Penn State College of Arts and Architecture
Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State


From a young age, Cuban pianist Alfredo Rodríguez lived a musical life, first studying at a conservatory and later performing with his father’s television band.

Aparna and Ranee Ramaswamy stand together holding their arms in the air.

Growing up in India, Ragamala Dance Company co-founder Ranee Ramaswamy studied classical dance the way many girls in the United States take up ballet or tap.

A young woman with her violin stands with a man with a cello and another man with a violin on his shoulder.

Catalyst Quartet violinist Karla Donehew-Perez says the foursome wanted to make a splash with its debut recording.

A close photo of a young Latino woman playing the violin on a dark stage.

When Catalyst Quartet violinist Karla Donehew-Perez’s family left Puerto Rico for California, it was the first step in realizing her dream to become a classical musician.

Dworkin smiles, wearing glasses, and holding his violin.

Almost everyone knows a few bars of at least one piece of classical music.