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The Havana Cuba All-StarsThe Asere Friendship Tour
Saturday, September 24 @ 8 pm
The Milk Carton KidsThursday, October 27 @ 8 PM
Julian Sands in A Celebration of Harold Pinter"a solo tour-de-force"
Friday, November 4 @ 8 pm
Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters: An African TaleDallas Children's Theater
Thursday, November 17 @ 6:30 pm
An Evening with Pat Methenyw/ Antonio Sanchez, Linda Oh & Gwilym Simcock
Tuesday, January 24 @ 8 PM
National Symphony Orchestra of Ukrainewith guest piano virtuoso Alexei Grynyuk
Friday, February 24 @ 8 pm
The Five Irish TenorsDirect from Dublin, Ireland
Sunday, March 19 @ 7 PM
Turtle Island Quartet with Cyrus ChestnutJelly, Rags & Monk
Saturday, April 22 @ 8 pm

The Havana Cuba All-Stars

The Asere Friendship Tour (Asere: The Cuban Word for "Friendship")

Cuban Nights


Direct from Havana, this 11-member band will bring to the Forbes Center the musical traditions of its forefathers—Latin dance, soulful ballads, Spanish and traditional songs—that are sure to leave audiences dancing in the aisles! The Asere Friendship Tour is the Havana Cuba All-Stars’ debut U.S. tour and celebrates the new, open friendship between the United States and Cuba. More

Throw Your Head Back & Sing

A Tribute to Maya Angelou




In partnership with JMU’s Furious Flower Poetry Center, the Forbes Center presents Throw Your Head Back & Sing as a tribute to Maya Angelou, one of America’s most popular poets. Echoing Angelou’s own frequent pairing of spoken word and spirituals, this evening features performances by over 20 acclaimed poets and vocalists, including Sonia Sanchez, Rutha Harris, Sonya Baker, and the New Song a cappella singers. More

Feet Don't Fail Me Now!

Rhythmic Circus


Four homegrown hoofers from Minneapolis hit the road with a trunk full of tap shoes, funky costumes, and a big brass band to perform their inventive, rapid-fire show, Feet Don’t Fail Me Now! With “fast, furious footwork” (The New York Times), “they tap their way in to everyone’s hearts” (Star Tribune). In this joyous parade of genre-hopping music and hard-hitting percussive dance, you’ll be jumping out of your seat and dancing to the beat! More

Kenneth Pattengale and Joey Ryan are The Milk Carton Kids, a Grammy-nominated, flat-picking duo that has captured the hearts of folk fans with its witty onstage banter and virtuosic performances that exhibit “the sweetness and beauty of two voices singing in harmony, the delicate interplay of two acoustic guitars, and the beauty and strength of great songwriting.” (Mix)  More

Julian Sands in A Celebration of Harold Pinter

Directed by John Malkovich


Renowned British film, stage and television star Julian Sands was a longtime friend of Nobel Prize-winning playwright and poet, Harold Pinter. Before his death in 2008, an ailing Pinter asked Sands to fill in for him at a special reading. Pinter spent hours with Sands, providing him with insight on how to deliver his poems. This unique collaboration laid the groundwork for the rich and humorous solo tour-de-force, A Celebration of Harold Pinter. More

John Steptoe's Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters: An African Tale

Dallas Children's Theater

Adapted for the stage by Karen Abbott
Music and lyrics by S-Ankh Rasa


When a great African king desires a wife, only the most perfect maidens in the land are invited to meet him. Mufaro’s pride and joy, his two daughters of different dispositions, travel through a mystical jungle and across a deep river to be presented to the king. Along the way, the girls encounter many mysterious situations that test their courage, kindness, and strength of spirit. Recommended for grades K-6. More

Since its founding by director Peter Phillips in 1973, this superb British vocal ensemble has become the leading exponent of Renaissance sacred vocal music throughout the world. The Grammy-nominated group has performed in over 2,000 concerts in sacred and secular settings with “frighteningly pure” voices that are “both spiritually and musically refreshing.” (The Arts Desk) More

Commissioned by the Forbes Center, this presentation created by award-winning composer and pianist Daniel Kelly celebrates the rich cultural diversity in the Shenandoah Valley by weaving together interviews and stories from family members of Harrisonburg High School students with photography, jazz, classical and folk music. A photographic exhibit will accompany the show. More

An Evening with Pat Metheny

w/ Antonio Sanchez, Linda Oh & Gwilym Simcock


One of the brightest stars of the jazz community, Pat Metheny is a 20-time Grammy-winning guitarist whose 42 recordings have sold 20 million records worldwide. Metheny will present a wide range of music from his storied 40-year career with Grammy-winning drummer Antonio Sanchez, bassist Linda Oh and British pianist Gwilym Simcock. More

The Bockety World of Henry & Bucket

By Sarah Argent

In collaboration with Barnstorm Theatre Company


Poetic, humorous and rich in visual antics, this play explores the friendship and shared adventures of best pals Henry and Bucket as they transform their rusty, dusty, battered and bockety world into a place of wonder! Since its founding in 1991, Barnstorm Theatre Company has been producing high-quality professional theatre in its hometown of Kilkenny, Ireland, and on tour across Europe and North America. Suitable for ages 4+. 1 hour without intermission. More

The National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine

Volodymyr Sirenko, Artistic Director and Conductor

Theodore Kuchar, Principal Guest Conductor


Direct from Kiev, the Grammy-nominated National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine is one of the finest symphony orchestras in Eastern Europe. This spectacular evening features Dvořák’s Carnival Overture, Op. 92, Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5, Op. 47, and Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Major, Op. 26 featuring guest piano virtuoso Alexei Grynyuk. More

Last of the Red Hot Lovers

By Neil Simon

Walnut Street Theatre




In this freshly conceived production of Neil Simon’s classic by the acclaimed Walnut Creek Theatre, true comedy ensues when a modern man faced with a midlife crisis looks for something new and different, but ends up finding himself in the same situation, again and again! More

Doug Varone and Dancers


Doug Varone and Dancers commands worldwide attention for its expansive vision, versatility and technical prowess. The New York-based contemporary dance company features “thrilling, mesmerizing work” (The Village Voice) by the internationally acclaimed Doug Varone, who creates inventive, exhilarating choreography that is “a feast of tens of thousands of individual moments.” (Kansas City Star) More

The Five Irish Tenors

Direct from Dublin, Ireland


One of Ireland’s most popular vocal ensembles embarks on its first-ever North American tour to provide a concert experience for the ages! Fusing Irish wit and boisterous charm with lyricism, dramatic flair and operatic style, the Five Irish Tenors will perform beloved Irish songs and opera arias that will transport audiences to “The Emerald Isle” for a magical choral evening. More

Turtle Island Quartet

with Cyrus Chestnut

Jelly, Rags & Monk


The Grammy Award-winning Turtle Island Quartet teams up with extraordinary jazz pianist Cyrus Chestnut to present a brand new program that embraces a range of composers—from the giant of ragtime and jazz, Jelly Roll Morton, to Thelonious Monk, a modern jazz era genius. Hailed as the quintessential New World string quartet of the 21st century, cellist Yo-Yo Ma celebrates Turtle Island Quartet as “a unified voice that truly breaks new ground …” More


  • American Shakespeare Center Wins Forbes Center's 2016 Circle of Excellence in the Arts Award

  • The Havana Cuba All-Stars bring the music of their rich culture to America for the first time!

  • Renowned British actor Julian Sands delivers a solo tour-de-force in "A Celebration of Harold Pinter" 

  • Experience masterful musicianship by the Grammy-nominated National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine!