Harmonic Laboratory

Multiple Media

DUKE HALL GALLERY

SEP 3-OCT 14


Harmonic Laboratory, an interdisciplinary artist collective, is redefining what performance art means by creating collaborative, multimedia-rich projects that merge the arts and sciences. Artists from Harmonic Laboratory will give lectures in dance, music composition, and digital art while at JMU. More

SEP 5-OCT 22


With the Impressionist movement of the late 19th century came new ways to understand and depict the world. Artists explored these new theories throughout the early 20th century, creating images of a vibrant and transitory world. Join us for an artistic exploration that traces this journey as seen in paintings from JMU’s permanent collection. More
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MON, SEP 5


Join us for an exciting concert featuring standards from the great American popular songbook, including Lerner and Loew’s “On the Street Where You Live” from My Fair Lady, plus guitarist John Abercrombie’s Labor Day and several Larrabee and Hallahan compositions. More

Marie Curie: A Staged Song Cycle

Featuring Dorothy Maddison, soprano

RECITAL HALL

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THU, SEP 8


Scientist Marie Curie asked: can music serve science in the same way that is serves religion, romantic love and profound human experience? JMU voice faculty member Dorothy Maddison explores this question, bridging music and science in a carefully conceived theatrical style that contrasts dance forms, minimalism, Romantic harmony, and 20th-century jazz elements. More

Attack Theatre

Headlining the New Dance Festival

MAINSTAGE THEATRE


Attack Theatre is a Pittsburgh-based dance company known for its ability to “attack” performances with “ninja-like intensity” (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review). This year’s New Dance Festival features works by Attack Theatre and JMU’s award-winning dance faculty members. More

Bad Jews

By Joshua Harmon

STUDIO THEATRE

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FRI-TUE, SEP 9-13


The night after their grandfather’s funeral, three cousins engage in a verbal (and sometimes physical) battle. When one cousin stakes claim to their grandfather's Chai necklace, a vicious and hilarious brawl ensues over family, faith and legacy. Adult content and language. More

Mountain Stage

Featuring The Steel Wheels, guitarist Sean Watkins, and The Seldom Scene

A Fundraising Event for WMRA Radio

CONCERT HALL

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SUN, SEP 11


A limited number of seats are available in the Choral Balcony for $30. For more than 30 years, Mountain Stage with Larry Groce has been the home of live music on public radio. Recorded in front of a live audience, the show will feature Sean Watkins, celebrated guitarist of the Grammy-winning progressive bluegrass trio, Nickel Creek, The Steel Wheels, a dynamic, four-piece string band from Harrisonburg, and the acclaimed bluegrass band, The Seldom Scene. More

Playing Pictures: Graphic Notation in the 20th Century

Reception: September 13, 11 am-1 pm

INSTITUTE FOR VISUAL STUDIES

SEP 13-NOV 4


In the 1950s, composers including John Cage, Cathy Berberian and George Crumb felt increasingly restricted by both compositional standards and tradition. Inspired by visual sources such as calligraphy and comic books, they created a new American musical genre known as graphic notation. This exhibition offers a range of scores that connect music and the visual arts. More

The Havana Cuba All-Stars

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

Cuban Nights

CONCERT HALL


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

Night Music

Masterworks by Bartók and Crumb

Featuring Eric Ruple and Paulo Steinberg, piano, and Eric Guinivan and Casey Cangelosi, percussion

CONCERT HALL


Four JMU music faculty members, pianists Eric Ruple and Paulo Steinberg and percussionists Eric Guinivan and Casey Cangelosi, come together for the first time in concert to perform Béla Bartók’s Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion and George Crumb’s Music for a Summer Evening (Makrokosmos III), for two amplified pianos and percussion. More

Throw Your Head Back & Sing

A Tribute to Maya Angelou

CONCERT HALL

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THU, SEP 29


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

WILSON HALL


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

JMU Pops! Music of Our World

Featuring the Marching Royal Dukes and Other JMU Ensembles

JMU CONVOCATION CENTER

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SAT, OCT 1


This one-of-a-kind musical extravaganza for audiences of all ages showcases some of JMU’s finest music ensembles, including JMU’s Wind Symphony, Brass Band, Chorale and Steel Band, as well as the Marching Royal Dukes. More

Serpentine Pink

By Megan Breen

STUDIO THEATRE


In the weird, wild west of the Joshua Tree desert, a venomous combustion of lust, love, pain and desire weave a darkly seductive tale as a beautiful biker named Jaymee tries to win back her adorable trailer park lover, Henrietta, after a jealousy-fueled attack. Features students from JMU’s School of Theatre and Dance in this world premiere production. Adult content, language and violence. More

JMU Wind Symphony

CONCERT HALL

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WED, OCT 5


The JMU 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

Jazz 4 Justice

Featuring the JMU Jazz Ensemble and Faculty

Reception at 7 pm

CONCERT HALL

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FRI, OCT 7


Take a walk down memory lane with hits from the big band swing era. This annual concert is in cooperation with Virginia State Bar’s Diversity Conference, and benefits Blue Ridge Legal Services and JMU’s School of Music scholarships. More

JMU Brass Band

CONCERT HALL

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MON, OCT 10


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

Children of Eden

Book by John Caird
Music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Based on a concept by Charles Lisanby

CONCERT HALL


From the composer of Wicked, Godspell and Pippin comes a joyous and inspirational musical about family and faith. Based on the Book of Genesis, Children of Eden is a candid, heartfelt, and often humorous look at the age-old conflict between parents and children. Features JMU theatre and musical theatre students. More
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THU, OCT 20


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
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SUN, OCT 23


The JMU Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Foster Beyers, is the premier symphonic ensemble for the JMU School of Music. More

OCT 24-DEC 9


This exhibition features works by Surabhi Ghosh, Rowland Ricketts and Michael Andrews. Ghosh is assistant professor/program coordinator of the Fibres and Materials Practices program in the Department of Studio Arts at Concordia University in Montreal. Ricketts is assistant professor of textiles at Indiana University’s Henry Radford Hope School of Fine Arts, and Andrews is assistant professor in the Fiber and Material Studies program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. More
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TUE, OCT 25


The JMU Symphonic Band is under the direction of Stephen P. Bolstad. 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
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SAT, OCT 29


The JMU Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Band were founded in 1971 and are under the direction of Dr. Chuck Dotas. JMU jazz groups have performed at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts’ Terrace Theater, Montreux International Jazz and Blues Festival, North Sea Jazz Festival and VMEA annual convention. More

OCT 31-DEC 9


Before books were printed, they were patiently copied by hand. Frequently written on expensive vellum pages and lavishly decorated, they were considered works of art. This exhibit features medieval manuscript leaves from JMU’s permanent collection, exploring the craft of bookmaking and illuminating the word itself. More
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MON, OCT 31


The JMU Percussion Ensemble, directed by Casey Cangelosi 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

The Tempest

By William Shakespeare

MAINSTAGE THEATRE


The Tempest puts on a collision course a ship of nobles, a horde of frightening and fantastical island creatures, a handful of would-be murderers, two bumbling clowns, and a pair of teenage lovers, all of whom Prospero, an embittered father and exiled magician, must maneuver as he charts his way to vengeance or forgiveness. Features students from JMU’s School of Theatre and Dance. More

JMU Wind Symphony

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THU, NOV 3


The JMU 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

Julian Sands in A Celebration of Harold Pinter

Directed by John Malkovich

CONCERT HALL


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

Fall Student Dance Concert

EARLYNN J. MILLER DANCE THEATRE

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WED-SAT, NOV 9-12


This showcase of new choreography offers audiences an opportunity to see the work of the Dance program’s talented young artists. More

Candide

Featuring the JMU Opera Theater

CONCERT HALL


Meet Candide - hero, lover and optimist. Not even war, earthquakes, shipwrecks, a volcano, several grisly deaths, and lost love can shake his optimism … or can it? Leonard Bernstein’s comedic operetta, based on Voltaire’s biting satire of social mores, politics, innocence and unfettered optimism, blends riotous comedy and sophisticated melodies to take you on grand adventure you will never forget! More

Autumn Opera Gala

VIP Seating for Candide, a Pre-Performance Dinner and Dialogue

GRAND LOBBY/MAINSTAGE THEATRE


This exquisite evening features a cocktail reception, a pre-performance “backstory chat” about Candide presented by a noted opera scholar, and a ticket to the 8 pm performance. Opera director Don Rierson and members of the cast will meet and greet guests. 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

MAINSTAGE THEATRE


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

The Object of Play

INSTITUTE FOR VISUAL STUDIES

NOV 29-DEC 16


The 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

JMU Brass Band

CONCERT HALL

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THU, DEC 1


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

Holidayfest: Dreams of the Nutcracker

Featuring the JMU Chorale and Symphony Orchestra

CONCERT HALL


Join the JMU Chorale and Symphony Orchestra for an inspired Christmas collage of holiday works for choirs and orchestra, featuring selected movements from Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker. More
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WED, DEC 7


The JMU Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band, under the direction of Stephen P. Bolstad, are committed to performing the great works of the wind band’s core repertoire while also exploring the best of contemporary composition. More

Dancescapes

Featuring JMU's Virginia Repertory Dance Company

MAINSTAGE THEATRE


Choreography from across the country takes center stage as JMU’s premier dance ensemble performs work by recognized guest artists and award-winning dance faculty members. 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
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SAT, DEC 10


The JMU Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Band were founded in 1971 and are under the direction of Dr. Chuck Dotas. JMU jazz groups have performed at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts’ Terrace Theater, Montreux International Jazz and Blues Festival, North Sea Jazz Festival and VMEA annual convention. More

Faculty Exhibition

Multiple Media

DUKE HALL GALLERY

JAN 9-FEB 10


Award-winning faculty members from JMU’s School of Art, Design and Art History will display their work in an exhibition that includes two- and three-dimensional design pieces, as well as books, periodicals and other writings. More
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FRI, JAN 13


Hod O’Brien, his wife Stephanie Nakasian and their daughter Veronica Swift will take the stage for an evening of jazz that will entertain audiences of all ages! A professional jazz pianist for over 60 years, O’Brien has performed around the world for more than 30 years with Naskasian, a versatile vocal virtuoso. Swift recorded her first CD with her parents at the age of 9. More

JAN 17-FEB 24


Love watching Abby on NCIS? Then this exhibit is a must! Madison Art Collection faculty and students explore scientific applications in museum studies as they sleuth their way to the truth. 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
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THU, JAN 19


Lithuanian-born clarinetist Sarunas Jankauskas is a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician, and contemporary music artist whose playing has been praised for its “exotic flair” and “smooth and seductive delicacy.” Jankauskas is the new professor of clarinet at JMU. More

An Evening with Pat Metheny

w/ Antonio Sanchez, Linda Oh & Gwilym Simcock

CONCERT HALL


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
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MON, JAN 30


The JMU Percussion Ensemble, directed by Casey Cangelosi 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
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THU, FEB 2


James Markey began his “great career” (CNN) as principal trombone of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, and is currently the bass trombonist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. More
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SAT, FEB 4


The JMU Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Band were founded in 1971 and are under the direction of Dr. Chuck Dotas. JMU jazz groups have performed at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts’ Terrace Theater, Montreux International Jazz and Blues Festival, North Sea Jazz Festival and VMEA annual convention. More

The Bockety World of Henry & Bucket

By Sarah Argent

In collaboration with Barnstorm Theatre Company

CONCERT HALL


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

Senior Dance Concert

EARLYNN J. MILLER DANCE THEATRE

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THU-SAT, FEB 9-11


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

This tribute to opera born out of the Jazz Age will feature graduate students from the JMU Opera Theater performing selections from Kurt Weill’s The Threepenny Opera (1928) and Street Scene (1947) including “Wouldn’t You Like to Be on Broadway?” and “I Got a Marble and a Star,” Cole Porter songs like “It’s De-Lovely,” and tunes from George Gershwin’s one-act jazz opera, Blue Monday (1922), and Oscar Hammerstein II’s Show Boat (1936). More

The 36th Annual JMU Contemporary Music Festival

Featuring the music of Augusta Read Thomas (three concerts)

CONCERT HALL

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TUE-THU, FEB 14-16


Described by The New Yorker as “a true virtuoso composer,” Augusta Read Thomas is a Grammy Award winner whose work embodies “unbridled passion and fierce poetry.” JMU faculty, ensembles and students will present Thomas’ music and other contemporary works in three main concerts during the festival. More

JMU Brass Band

CONCERT HALL

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SAT, FEB 18


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

Drawing on the Left: Ben Shahn and the Art of Human Rights

Encore Artist
Mixed Media
Reception: February 20

DUKE HALL GALLERY

FEB 20-APR 5


Born into a Lithuanian-Jewish family, Ben Shahn (1898-1969) is an American social realist artist and left-wing political activist who devoted his life to fighting injustice and promoting the human rights of underprivileged people. This exhibition will feature prints, drawings, photographs and paintings from the 1930s through the 1960s that focus on issues of poverty and unemployment, racial and ethnic discrimination, the Civil Rights movement, and the U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War, among others. More

Guys and Dolls

A Musical Fable of Broadway

MAINSTAGE THEATRE


Roll the dice and fall in love with one of the greatest musicals of all time! This American classic, set in New York City around the same time it opened on Broadway in 1950, features an eclectic ensemble of high-rolling gambler “guys,” well-meaning missionary “dolls,” and brassy-voiced showgirls in a toe-tappingly fun and romantic fable about gambling men and the strong-willed women who love them. Features students from JMU’s School of Theatre and Dance. More

The National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine

Volodymyr Sirenko, Artistic Director and Conductor

Theodore Kuchar, Principal Guest Conductor

CONCERT HALL


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

Brahms' Schicksalslied (Song of Destiny), Op. 54

Featuring the JMU Chorale and Symhpony Orchestra

CONCERT HALL


The Schicksalslied (Song of Destiny), Op. 54 is regarded as a masterpiece of Johannes Brahms’ choral works. Based on Friedrich Hölderlin’s epic poem, Hyperion’s Schicksalslied, this masterwork was created by Brahms to “… uplift and benefit humanity …” More

Last of the Red Hot Lovers

By Neil Simon

Walnut Street Theatre

MAINSTAGE THEATRE

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TUE-WED, FEB 28-MAR 1


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

AXIS Dance Company

EARLYNN J. MILLER DANCE THEATRE

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WED, MAR 1


Featured on the FOX hit television show, So You Think You Can Dance, AXIS is one of the world’s leading and most innovative ensembles of dancers with and without disabilities. The evening features a new dance theatre work that brings to light issues facing our nation’s veterans. More
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THU, MAR 2


The JMU Symphonic Band is under the direction of Stephen P. Bolstad. More

MAR 13-APR 27


A Nigerian proverb says, “In the moment of crisis, the wise build bridges and the foolish build dams.” These words of wisdom are illustrated in West African masking traditions that span the distance between the worlds of mankind and nature, as well as life and death. More

Friendship - Sweetest Balm of Life

A Choral Celebration

CONCERT HALL

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TUE, MAR 14


Two powerful choral programs come together for one great evening of song! James Madison University’s Chorale and Madison Singers will share the stage with the Florida State University Singers, performing works from FSU’s Spring 2017 Tour, Friendship – Sweetest Balm of Life. More

Doug Varone and Dancers

MAINSTAGE THEATRE


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

JMU George West Jazz Festival

Featuring the JMU Jazz Ensemble

CONCERT HALL

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SAT, MAR 18


Under the direction of Dr. Chuck Dotas, the JMU Jazz Ensemble was founded in 1971 and is the premier jazz group in the School of Music at JMU. The ensemble has performed at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts’ Terrace Theater, Montreux International Jazz and Blues Festival, North Sea Jazz Festival and VMEA annual convention. More

The Five Irish Tenors

Direct from Dublin, Ireland

CONCERT HALL


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

Sing Out!

An A Cappella Celebration

CONCERT HALL


This lively, annual concert features JMU’s amazing a cappella groups and a cappella groups from Harrisonburg High School and Rockingham County Public Schools. More

Harlem Quartet

CONCERT HALL


The Harlem Quartet is “bringing a new attitude to classical music, one that is fresh, bracing and intelligent” (The Cincinnati Enquirer). The New York-based ensemble has performed nationally and internationally to critical acclaim, including a performance for President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House in 2009. This exciting evening features Billy Strayhorn’s “Take the ‘A’ Train,” music by Chick Corea, and more! More

New Voices in Dance

Featuring JMU's Contemporary Dance Ensemble

MAINSTAGE THEATRE

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THU-SUN, MAR 30-APR 2


Come and witness the rising talent of the next generation of choreographers in this concert featuring works by selected JMU dance majors. The performance will also include dances by world-renowned choreographer Doug Varone, up-and-coming New York-based Nadia Tykulsker, and faculty artist Shane O’Hara. More

God Save the Queens

A Salute to Rock Royalty

CONCERT HALL

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SAT, APR 1


Two esteemed vocal ensembles from the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, D.C. will come together to sing new arrangements of music by rock legends Elvis, Queen, Prince, Madonna, Adele, and more! This evening benefits the Valley AIDS Network (affiliated with the Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services at JMU). More
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WED, APR 5


The JMU Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band, under the direction of Stephen P. Bolstad, are committed to performing the great works of the wind band’s core repertoire while also exploring the best of contemporary composition. More

JMU Brass Band

CONCERT HALL

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SAT, APR 8


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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MON, APR 10


The JMU Percussion Ensemble, directed by Casey Cangelosi 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

Gilbert and Sullivan's The Mikado

Featuring the JMU Opera Theater

CONCERT HALL


Boasting a masterful script and incredible score, The Mikado joins The Pirates of Penzance and H.M.S. Pinafore as one of W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan’s comic opera masterpieces. Love triumphs in the end, but not before heads almost roll! More

JMU Jazz Ensemble

CONCERT HALL

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TUE, APR 18


Under the direction of Dr. Chuck Dotas, the JMU Jazz Ensemble was founded in 1971 and is the premier jazz group in the School of Music at JMU. The ensemble has performed at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts’ Terrace Theater, Montreux International Jazz and Blues Festival, North Sea Jazz Festival and VMEA annual convention. More

JMU Jazz Band

CONCERT HALL

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WED, APR 19


The JMU Jazz Band was founded in 1971 and is under the direction of Dr. Chuck Dotas. More
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THU, APR 20


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

Turtle Island Quartet

with Cyrus Chestnut

Jelly, Rags & Monk

CONCERT HALL


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

Experience the JMU Symphony Orchestra as they accompany the winners of the prestigious School of Music Concerto Competition. More

Picnic

By William Inge

MAINSTAGE THEATRE


It’s Labor Day, 1953, and as summer gives way to autumn and freedom to the obligations of work and school, an 18-year-old girl watches the changes from her front porch: her boyfriend preparing to leave for his last year of college, a sister discovering her femininity—and a stranger who walks into her small Kansas town. Suddenly it seems everything she knew is open to question. Features students from JMU’s School of Theatre and Dance. More
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THU, APR 27


The JMU Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band, under the direction of Stephen P. Bolstad, are committed to performing the great works of the wind band’s core repertoire while also exploring the best of contemporary composition. More

Painting the Valley: Works by Andrei Kushnir

Reception: May 1

DUKE HALL GALLERY

MAY 1-JUN 23


Andrei Kushnir is a Washington, D.C.-based artist who has been painting American landscapes outdoors, en plein air, for more than 30 years. This exhibition is the result of Kushnir’s decade-long project that began in 2004 to explore the natural and cultural landscapes of the Shenandoah Valley. His paintings depict popular landmarks as well as lesser-known places treasured by local residents, and represent a broad sampling of the Valley’s communities, roads, farmlands, forests, mountains and waterways. More

This new concert featuring artists and ensembles from the Shenandoah Valley and benefiting Any Given Child Harrisonburg combines performance, education and dialogue to engage audiences of all ages. The lineup includes Harrisonburg’s own Friendly City Chamber Players, a professional chamber music group, The Valley 7, a vocal chamber ensemble, and The Valley Wind Ensemble, featuring rich musicianship, challenging repertoire and memorable music. More

HIGHLIGHTS


  • 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!