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Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State


Among the barrage of homework and study groups, students might pine for a more creative task or extracurricular activity.

American dance-theater troupe Pilobolus will step into the spotlight with “Shadowland,” the company’s first Penn State performance since 2012, at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18, in Eisenhower Auditorium.

Prolific, powerhouse jazz artists Ramsey Lewis and John Pizzarelli will celebrate the music of Nat King Cole—“the best friend a song ever had”—with their tribute concert “Straighten Up and Fly Right” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, in Eisenhower Auditorium.

Sphinx Virtuosi, a self-conducting orchestra featuring 18 string-instrument soloists of African-American and Hispanic descent, will celebrate diversity in classical music with a performance at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, in Schwab Auditorium.

Not since “Cirkopolis” has Montreal-based contemporary circus troupe Cirque Éloize tantalized a central Pennsylvania audience with its gravity-defying acrobatics.