Beyond the 300: The Classical World and You

LISANBY MUSEUM - FESTIVAL CONFERENCE & STUDENT CENTER

OCT 13-DEC 12


We’ve all seen the movies 300 and Gladiator, but is Greek and Roman society relevant to the modern world? Learn how we’ve adopted their ideas of religion, politics, and even medical practices into today’s culture. More

Rebecca Kamen

Sculpture

DUKE HALL GALLERY

OCT 20-DEC 5


Rebecca Kamen’s work explores the nexus of art and science, and is informed by wide-ranging research into chemistry, cosmology, spirituality and philosophy—and the investigation of rare books and manuscripts. More

Richard Robinson

Rothstein's First Assignment

NEW IMAGE GALLERY

OCT 20-DEC 5


Richard Robinson is an award-winning photographer and filmmaker based near Charlottesville, Virginia. His exhibition is an ongoing re-photographic project documenting Arthur Rothstein’s first assignment at Shenandoah National Park. In 1935, Rothstein was assigned to photograph Virginia residents before they were moved from their homes by government officials to make way for the Park. More

The Object of Play

THE INSTITUTE FOR VISUAL STUDIES

NOV 18-DEC 12


This exhibition presents the students’ semester projects from the IVS class, The Object of Play, where students explored ideas of “play” from philosophical, religious and artistic perspectives. More
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MON, DEC 1


Known for "captivating temperament," "brilliant technique" and for “recalling the legendary violinists of the past,” Odin Rathnam is a veteran performer who has played at many major European and American festivals. More
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TUE, DEC 2


The JMU Jazz Ensemble was founded in 1971 and is the premier jazz group in the School of Music at JMU. The group has been featured with the U.S. Navy Commodores Jazz Ensemble and U.S. Air Force Airmen of Note Jazz Ensemble, and at the East Coast Jazz Festival in Rockville, Md. The JMU Jazz Band was founded in 1971. More

Christmas Joy

Featuring the University Men's and Women's Choruses, KOR and Treble Chamber Choir

CONCERT HALL

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WED, DEC 3


Join us for an end-of-the-semester concert featuring the University Women’s Chorus, under the direction of Jo-Anne van der Vat-Chromy, and the University Men’s Chorus, KOR and Treble Chamber Choir, under the direction of W. Bryce Hayes. More

Dancescapes

Featuring JMU's Virginia Repertory Dance Company

MAINSTAGE THEATRE


JMU’s premier dance ensemble will present a program that is “varied, fun and athletic” (Richmond Times-Dispatch). The company will perform cutting-edge choreography by nationally known guest artists in the field of contemporary dance and dance faculty members. More

Director's Fest

STUDIO THEATRE

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THU-SAT, DEC 4-6


Nineteen 10-minute plays performed in two blocks. Attend both blocks to see all 19 plays! Directed and designed by JMU School of Theatre students. Contains adult language, violence and sexual content.
Block A = December 4 and 6 @ 8 pm
Block B = December 5 @ 8 pm and December 6 @ 2 pm

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THU, DEC 4


The Wind Symphony, under the direction of Stephen P. Bolstad, is the premier woodwind, brass and percussion ensemble at JMU. The Wind Symphony is committed to performing the great works of the wind-band’s core repertoire while also exploring the best of contemporary composition. More

Holidayfest

Featuring the JMU Symphony Orchestra and Madison Singers and Chorale

CONCERT HALL

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SAT-SUN, DEC 6-7
DEC 6 SOLD OUT
DEC 7 SOLD OUT


This community favorite returns with an assortment of holiday classics and masterworks by JMU’s small and large music ensembles. A Forbes Family Fun event. More

Robin & Linda Williams

A Fundraising Event for WMRA Radio

CONCERT HALL


Robin and Linda Williams perform “a robust blend of bluegrass, folk, old-time and acoustic country that combines wryly observant lyrics with a wide-ranging melodicism.” More

Jefferson Pinder

Encore Artist

Mixed Media

DUKE HALL GALLERY

JAN 12-FEB 20


Jefferson Pinder, a Chicago-based video artist, seeks to find black identity through the most dynamic circumstances. His experimental videos and films feature minimal performances that reference music videos and physical theatre. More

The Yeats Family: Life in Ireland

LISANBY MUSEUM - FESTIVAL CONFERENCE & STUDENT CENTER

JAN 12-FEB 27


In a land of ruggedness and beauty, both solidarity and internal struggles are reflected in the art, poetry and business ventures of the Yeats family. Beautifully hand-colored prints by Jack B. Yeats are brought to life with poetry readings from the literary works of his brother William Butler Yeats. More

Taste of the Forbes

An Arts and Foodie Event

FORBES CENTER VENUES/RECEPTION IN GRAND LOBBY


This moveable feast includes three distinctive presentations in three Forbes Center venues, plus a reception that will allow you to mingle with other arts enthusiasts. Seating is General Admission in each venue. More

Sleeping Beauty Tea Party

Tea plus matinee tickets to Sleeping Beauty

GRAND LOBBY/MAINSTAGE THEATRE


Dress up and enjoy afternoon tea before the enchanting 2 pm matinee of Sleeping Beauty. This delightful event features finger sandwiches, bite-size desserts, games, and more!  Your ticket includes tea, a meet-and-greet with David Gonzalez, and the 2 pm show. A Forbes Family Fun event. The box office will contact ticket buyers to confirm seating locations.  More

Sleeping Beauty

Starring David Gonzalez

MAINSTAGE THEATRE


Master storyteller David Gonzalez returns to the Forbes Center with a modern twist on the classic tale of Sleeping Beauty replete with rhyming, live music inspired by Bach’s Goldberg Variations, image projections and exquisite lighting. A Forbes Family Fun event. More

Trio Sorpresa

RECITAL HALL

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THU, JAN 22


One of the hottest piano trios today, Trio Sorpresa is a powerhouse of master musicians Wanchi Huang (violin), Robert Koenig (piano) and Jacob Braun (cello) known for their “superb technique” and “innate musicality.” More

MAN-SPEAK-DANCE

An Evening of Dance Theatre with Shane O'Hara and Ric Rose

EARLYNN J. MILLER DANCE THEATRE

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FRI-SAT, JAN 23-24


Longtime colleagues Shane O’Hara (James Madison University) and Ric Rose (University of Florida) reunite for a dance theatre performance that will have audiences laughing in their seats! More
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MON, JAN 26


The JMU Percussion Ensemble, directed by William C. Rice and Dr. Michael Overman, consists of nearly 30 students and has performed throughout the East Coast, including concerts at the Virginia Music Educators Association Convention and Virginia Days of Percussion. More

Orquesta Sinfónica del Estado de México (Symphony Orchestra of the State of Mexico)

Enrique Bátiz, Music Director and Chief Conductor

CONCERT HALL


Direct from Mexico City, the Orquesta Sinfónica del Estado de México was founded in 1971 by Maestro Enrique Bátiz and the State Government of Mexico. This extraordinary evening features Joaquín Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez with Mexican guitar soloist Alfonso Moreno, Joaquín Turina’s Danzas Fantásticas Op 22, and Johannes Brahms’ Symphony No. 4 in E Minor, Op. 98. More

Opera Spotlight 

Songs and Scenes from the World's Greatest Operas

CONCERT HALL


Graduate students from the JMU Opera Theater are poised to launch their careers, and this event is your opportunity to see this incredibly talented core of future stars perform sweeping melodies from Leoncavallo’s I Pagliacci and Mascagni’s 1890 masterpiece Cavalleria rusticana.  More
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TUE, FEB 10


The JMU Jazz Ensemble was founded in 1971 and is the premier jazz group in the School of Music at JMU. The group has been featured with the U.S. Navy Commodores Jazz Ensemble and U.S. Air Force Airmen of Note Jazz Ensemble, and at the East Coast Jazz Festival in Rockville, Md. The JMU Jazz Band was founded in 1971. More

Senior Dance Concert

EARLYNN J. MILLER DANCE THEATRE

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THU-SAT, FEB 12-14


JMU’s senior dance majors are on the verge of graduation and entering into their exciting careers as dance artists. Come watch them as they showcase their amazing work in this annual concert. More

One of the world’s most celebrated vocal ensembles, The King’s Singers is a group of consummate entertainers: a class act with a delightfully British wit. Instantly recognizable for their spot-on intonation, impeccable vocal blend, flawless articulation of the text and incisive timing, “they make splendid use of vocal arrangements to tap into current cultural idiom … and … turn education and entertainment into art and back again.” (The New York Times)  More

The FLiGHT Project

Composed by Roger Reynolds with the JACK Quartet

Part of the Contemporary Music Festival (Feb 17-19)

CONCERT HALL

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THU, FEB 19


Pulitzer Prize-winning American composer Roger Reynolds joins forces with JMU’s Contemporary Music Festival to present the first of a series of workshop performances that will trace the development of his FLiGHT Project. Reynolds’ original music composition for the celebrated JACK string quartet will provide the core for this immersive event. More
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SUN, FEB 22


The JMU Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. Robert McCashin, is the premier symphonic ensemble for the JMU School of Music. The Symphony has performed regularly as the invited college ensemble for the Virginia Music Educators Association. More

Sweet Charity

Book by Neil Simon, Music by Cy Coleman, Lyrics by Dorothy Fields

MAINSTAGE THEATRE

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TUE-SUN, FEB 24-MAR 1


This Tony Award-winning musical comedy is a warm, touching and humorous look at the trials and tribulations of Charity Hope Valentine who repeatedly gives her heart—and her savings—to the wrong men. Charity sings, dances, laughs and cries her way through one romance after another, all the while staying sweet and hopeful that someday her dreams will come true. Students from JMU’s School of Theatre and Dance will perform hits such as “Big Spender,” “Rhythm of Life,” and “If My Friends Could See Me Now.” More

JMU Brass Band

CONCERT HALL

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FRI, FEB 27


The JMU Brass Band is the university’s premier brass ensemble. Directed by professor of music Kevin Stees, it is one of only a few collegiate brass bands in the United States. More
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SUN, MAR 1


The Madison Singers is the advanced, auditioned choral chamber ensemble at JMU. Ranging from 60-80 voices, the JMU Chorale is an auditioned and highly select choir. More

Papercuts

Paper Sculpture

DUKE HALL GALLERY

MAR 2-APR 10


Born in Australia, France, Czech Republic, Canada and the United States, the artists (Jaq Belcher, Beatrice Coron, Michelle Forsyth, Reni Gower, Lenka Konopasek, Lauren Scanlon and Daniella Woolf) bring a broad range of international perspectives to the contemporary art of papercutting. In a process that traces its origins to 6th-century China, artists cut, roll, punch, fold and pin to create works of historical, cultural and personal significance. More

Anderson & Roe Piano Duo

Featuring Greg Anderson & Elizabeth Joy Roe

CONCERT HALL


Known for their adrenalized performances, original compositions and notorious music videos, Greg Anderson and Elizabeth Joy Roe are revolutionizing the piano duo experience for the 21st century. Described by ThirdCoast Digest as “the intense synchronization of genius” and “a sensuous blend of two keyboards and souls completely in sync,” the Anderson & Roe Piano Duo strives to make classical music a relevant and powerful force around the world. More

James Madison

LISANBY MUSEUM - FESTIVAL CONFERENCE & STUDENT CENTER

MAR 16-MAY 8


Curated by Outreach & Engagement’s Madison Institutes in conjunction with James Madison Week, this exhibit examines the life and work of our university’s namesake and Father of the United States Constitution. The exhibit will include items on loan from James Madison’s Montpelier as well as artifacts from the university’s own collection. More

Caladh Nua

CONCERT HALL


Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with the vibrant and staggeringly talented band Caladh Nua whose origins are deeply rooted in the Southern counties of Ireland. Comprised of five versatile musicians and singers who play a wide selection of instruments—from banjo to fiddle, guitar to bodhran, and tin whistle to button accordion—the band captures the essential qualities of traditional Irish music and balances them with an innovative contemporary flair. More

JMU Gallery Crawl

Exhibition tours, curated talks, reception in each gallery

DUKE HALL GALLERY/LISANBY MUSEUM / INSTITUTE FOR VISUAL STUDIES


The most creative visual arts event in the Valley returns this year! Leave the car behind at the Warsaw Parking Deck as a chauffeured bus transports you and other arts enthusiasts to three galleries on JMU’s campus, including the new Duke Hall Gallery. The evening features tours of three exciting exhibitions, curated talks, appetizers, drinks, dessert and conversation. More

Tri-State Jazz Festival

Featuring Drummer and JMU Alumnus Nate Smith

CONCERT HALL


This concert featuring headliner Nate Smith will celebrate George “Doc” West, the late founder of the JMU Jazz Studies program. The Tri-State Jazz Festival will be renamed in his honor. An alumni jazz ensemble, comprised of professional musicians who were students of Doc’s over the years, will also perform—as will the JMU Jazz Ensemble. More

JMU Wind Symphony

CONCERT HALL

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SUN, MAR 22


The Wind Symphony, under the direction of Stephen P. Bolstad, is the premier woodwind, brass and percussion ensemble at JMU. The Wind Symphony is committed to performing the great works of the wind-band’s core repertoire while also exploring the best of contemporary composition. More

This hot-selling, annual event returns for two nights of performances by JMU’s amazing a cappella groups! This year’s Sing Out! also features a cappella groups from Harrisonburg High School and Rockingham County Public Schools. A Forbes Family Fun event. More

New Voices in Dance

Featuring JMU's Contemporary Dance Ensemble

MAINSTAGE THEATRE


Experience the vitality and creativity of the next generation of choreographers in this concert featuring works by selected JMU dance majors. The evening will also include a dance by guest choreographer Stephanie Martinez, a former principal dancer with River North Dance Chicago, as well as premieres by dance faculty artists Ryan Corriston and Cynthia Thompson. More

Ailey II

MAINSTAGE THEATRE


One of the most popular dance companies in the country, Ailey II merges the spirit and energy of the country’s best young dance talent with the passion and creative vision of today’s most outstanding emerging choreographers. Ailey II presents exhilarating performances by dance masters such as Alvin Ailey, Donald Byrd, George W. Faison and Lar Lubovitch. More

The Cashore Marionettes

MAINSTAGE THEATRE


Unmatched in artistry, grace and movement, the internationally acclaimed Cashore Marionettes redefine the art of puppetry. Prepare to enter “a wonderful world of breathtaking magic” as founder and award-winning puppeteer Joseph Cashore performs Simple Gifts, a series of touching portrayals and poignant scenes from everyday life set to stunning music by composers such as Vivaldi, Strauss, Beethoven and Copland. A Forbes Family Fun event. More

Patience is a virtue—and a milkmaid! This hilarious spoof of Oscar Wilde and the aesthetic movement is brimming with cunning wit and lively repartee. More

Rosanne Cash

The River and the Thread

CONCERT HALL


Rosanne Cash is a Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter and the eldest daughter of country music icon Johnny Cash. Her concert features songs from her most recent release The River of the Thread, lauded by USA Today as “a captivating … album that’s among the finest of her career.” More

Stuart Pimsler Dance & Theater

Theater for the Heart and Mind

EARLYNN J. MILLER DANCE THEATRE

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SAT, APR 11


Come experience “choreography with exquisite abandon” as the company reveals “the urgency of expectation and the vulnerability that comes with a bared soul” (Minneapolis Star Tribune) in a performance that caps off a weeklong residency at JMU. More

Spring Student Dance Concert

EARLYNN J. MILLER DANCE THEATRE

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WED-SAT, APR 15-18


This exciting concert features talented young dancers and choreographers from JMU’s Dance program. More

JMU Brass Band

CONCERT HALL

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FRI, APR 17


The JMU Brass Band is the university’s premier brass ensemble. Directed by professor of music Kevin Stees, it is one of only a few collegiate brass bands in the United States. More

Enjoy this two-part choral and symphonic celebration! First, experience the JMU Symphony Orchestra as they accompany the winners of the prestigious School of Music Concerto Competition. Next, join the JMU Symphony Orchestra and Chorale for the transcendent masterwork Gloria by composer Francis Poulenc (1899-1963). More

JMU Jazz Band

CONCERT HALL

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TUE, APR 21


The JMU Jazz Band was founded in 1971. More

JMU Jazz Ensemble

CONCERT HALL

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WED, APR 22


The JMU Jazz Ensemble was founded in 1971 and is the premier jazz group in the School of Music at JMU. The group has been featured with the U.S. Navy Commodores Jazz Ensemble and U.S. Air Force Airmen of Note Jazz Ensemble, and at the East Coast Jazz Festival in Rockville, Md. More
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THU, APR 23


The Madison Singers is the advanced, auditioned choral chamber ensemble at JMU. Ranging from 60-80 voices, the JMU Chorale is an auditioned and highly select choir. More

This exciting music event returns for a fifth season with performances by faculty guest artist Dr. Andrew Connell, as well as JMU’s Marimba Orchestra, Brass Band and Madison Singers. A Forbes Family Fun event. More
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SUN, APR 26


The Wind Symphony, under the direction of Stephen P. Bolstad, is the premier woodwind, brass and percussion ensemble at JMU. The Wind Symphony is committed to performing the great works of the wind-band’s core repertoire while also exploring the best of contemporary composition. More

The Cherry Orchard

By Anton Chekhov

MAINSTAGE THEATRE

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TUE-SUN, APR 28-MAY 3


In this funny, elegant and heartbreaking play, Chekhov’s cast of eccentric characters face the dawning of a new Russia at the turn of the 20th century. Madame Ranevskaya and her family of aristocrats are on the verge of bankruptcy. Lopakhin, a rags-to-riches merchant, has a plan to help the family keep their fortune. But is the reluctant Ranevskaya willing to pay the price? Features students from JMU's School of Theatre and Dance. More

HIGHLIGHTS


  • Fifth Anniversary Season at the Forbes: Bruce and Lois Forbes Share Their Story  



  • Ailey II dances its way to the top of the 2014-2015 Masterpiece Season



  • Master storyteller David Gonzalez returns with a modern twist on the classic tale of Sleeping Beauty



  • Prepare to enter "a wonderful world of breathtaking magic" with the internationally acclaimed Cashore Marionettes!