Chris Cornelius

Architectural Design/Mixed Media

DUKE HALL GALLERY

JAN 11-FEB 19


Chris Cornelius, an enrolled member of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin, focuses his work on the architectural translation of culture. He is the founding principal of studio:indigenous, a practice that creates design solutions for American Indian clients. More

JAN 18-FEB 26


The popular image of ancient Egypt focuses on its funerary rituals and burial practices, particularly as dramatized by cinema and television. A closer look reveals a culture that is not obsessed with death but with continued existence both on earth and in the afterworld. More

Forbes Fat Tuesday

A Mardi Gras Celebration

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Forbes Fat Tuesday celebrates the music of “The Big Easy” with contemporary and traditional jazz selections performed by JMU’s Jazz Ensemble. Come prepared to don a decorative mask and colorful beads in this fun, festive concert! A Forbes Family Fun event. More

Senior Dance Concert

EARLYNN J. MILLER DANCE THEATRE

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THU-SUN, FEB 11-14


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

The Sound of a Voice

By David Henry Hwang

STUDIO THEATRE

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FRI-SUN, FEB 12-14


When a woman living in a desolate area of Japan welcomes a man seeking refuge for the night into her home, they both are comforted by “the sound of a voice.” Inspired by Japanese folk stories, this incredibly moving play explores the relationship—and the gamut of emotions—between two lost and lonely souls hungry for human interaction. More

Cory Band

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Hailing from South Wales, the world’s top brass band ensemble will play an eclectic and engaging collection of repertoire bursting with energetic precision in a fun and rousing concert! More

Virginia Sinfonietta with guest composer Stephen Hartke

Part of the Contemporary Musical Festival (February 16-18)

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TUE, FEB 16


This concert includes music by guest composer Stephen Hartke, winner of the 2013 Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Classical Composition, as well as a performance by Virginia Sinfonietta, which consists of faculty members from James Madison University and other universities across the Commonwealth. More

Gradus: Chamber Music of Hartke, Tower and Adams

Part of the Contemporary Music Festival (February 16-18) 

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WED, FEB 17

Chorale, Preludes and Fugues: Music of Hartke, Hilliard and Larsen

Part of the Contemporary Music Festival (February 16-18)

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THU, FEB 18

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SAT, FEB 20


Cellist Pablo Mahave-Veglia will perform his Not So Alone program, a recital that focuses on the idea of creating polyphony (visual or musical) in works for cello with electronic and/or video counterpoint.  More

Selections from Mendelssohn's Elijah

Featuring the JMU Madison Singers, Chorale and Symphony Orchestra

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Felix Mendelssohn’s Elijah (Op. 70) is one of the epic choral masterworks of all time alongside Handel’s Messiah and Haydn’s The Creation, depicting events in the life of the Biblical prophet Elijah. Mendelssohn’s lyricism and use of orchestral and choral colors clearly reflect his genius as an early Romantic composer. More

Mark Strandquist

Windows from Prison

Reception: February 22, 5 pm - 7 pm

NEW IMAGE GALLERY

FEB 22-APR 8


Mark Strandquist is an artist, activist and educator who uses art as a vehicle for connecting diverse communities to build empathy and support for social justice movements. This exhibition highlights his Windows from Prison project, which involves images produced for prisoners by students, former prisoners, artists and activists, to spark dialogue and action around criminal justice issues. More
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MON, FEB 22


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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TUE, FEB 23


Join us for a concert featuring the University Women’s Chorus, under the direction of Jo-Anne van der Vat-Chromy, and the University Men’s Chorus, under the direction of W. Bryce Hayes. More

Wanchi, violin

Robert Koenig, piano, and Chunyang Wang, double bass

RECITAL HALL

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TUE, FEB 23


JMU faculty vionist Wanchi has given highly acclaimed recitals and collaborated with internationally-renowned performing artists in chamber music performances throughout the United States, including at the Kennedy Center. She will perform an exciting program with pianist Robert Koenig and fellow music faculty member Chunyang Wang. More

The Wild Party

Book by Andrew Lippa. Music and Lyrics by Andrew Lippa. Based on the poem by Joseph Moncure March.

MAINSTAGE THEATRE


Note: The performance on Sat., Feb. 27 has been moved from 2 pm to 3 pm. Featuring one of the most exciting, pulse-racing scores ever written, this Roaring Twenties musical inspired by a poem of the same name tells the story of one wild evening in the Manhattan apartment shared by lovers Queenie and Burrs. An Off-Broadway gem, this highly-charged and edgy production captures the spirit and sensuality of its tumultuous time! Features students from JMU’s School of Theatre and Dance. Adult content, adult language, violence, sexual violence and sexual content. More

Opera Gala

VIP Seating for the Metropolitan Opera Rising Stars, and a Pre-Performance Dinner and Dialogue

FORBES CENTER GRAND LOBBY


This exquisite evening features a cocktail dinner reception, a pre-performance dialogue about the Metropolitan Opera, and the 8 pm performance. More

Experience this once-in-a-lifetime evening with a performance by the Met Opera stars of the future! For more than 125 years, the Metropolitan Opera has been the artistic home of the greatest singers in the world. This concert features four singers performing popular arias, duets and ensembles by opera’s greatest composers. More

JMU Brass Band

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FRI, FEB 26


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

Sue Barber, bassoon

Lori Piitz, piano

RECITAL HALL

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SUN, FEB 28


JMU faculty bassoonist Sue Barber performs regularly with the Richmond Symphony Orchestra, Roanoke Symphony Orchestra, Opera on The James, and Opera Roanoke. She and fellow music faculty member Lori Piitz will take the stage for an exciting concert! More

Maria Magdalena Compos-Pons

Encore Artist

Photography/Mixed Media

DUKE HALL GALLERY

FEB 29-APR 6


With a diverse oeuvre ranging from painting to mixed-media installations to performance, video and photography, Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons is recognized as one of the most important artists to emerge from post-revolutionary Cuba. More
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TUE, MAR 1


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

Danielle Talamantes, soprano

Gabriel Dobner, piano

RECITAL HALL

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TUE, MAR 1


This concert is rescheduled from Jan. 23, 2016. International recitalist and Met Opera star Danielle Talamantes will join forces with JMU faculty pianist Gabriel Dobner to perform works by Granados, Turina, Gershwin, Ellington, and more! More

MAR 14-APR 28


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

Moscow Festival Ballet

Swan Lake

MAINSTAGE THEATRE

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MON-TUE, MAR 14-15
MAR 15 ADDED


Experience one of the greatest classical ballets of all time: Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake. Featuring a company of 50 leading dancers from across Russia, exquisite sets and resplendent costumes, this event is a must-see this season! More
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TUE, MAR 15


Nicknamed “The Paganini of Percussion” among his peers and “a marimbist of magisterial power and insight” by the Classical Marimba league, Casey Cangelosi is a composer, educator and award-winning percussionist. He has performed at some of the world’s most prestigious percussion festivals, and is the new director of percussion at James Madison University. More

Danú

A St. Patrick's Day Celebration

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One of the leading ensembles of traditional music in Ireland, Danú returns to the Forbes Center for a high-energy St. Patrick's Day celebration featuring a mix of ancient Irish music and fresh, new songs. JMU’s Madison Singers will sing a few select numbers with Danú in this concert. More

Sing Out!

An A Cappella Celebration

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This upbeat, annual concert features JMU’s amazing a cappella groups and a cappella groups from Harrisonburg High School and Rockingham County Public Schools. A Forbes Family Fun event. More

JMU Brass Band

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WED, MAR 30


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

Love That Dog

Theatergroep Kwatta

Based on the novel by Sharon Creech

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Based in the Netherlands, the award-winning Theatergroep Kwatta is recognized for its lighthearted and inspirational productions, including Love That Dog. Written as a series of free-verse poems from Jack’s point of view, Love That Dog is brought to vivid life in a performance that uses visual effects, music and puppetry to show how one boy finds his own voice with the help of a teacher, a writer, a pencil, some yellow paper, and above all, a dog. More

New Voices in Dance

Featuring JMU's Contemporary Dance Ensemble

MAINSTAGE THEATRE

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THU-SUN, MAR 31-APR 3


Experience the explosiveness and creativity of the next generation of choreographers in this concert featuring works by selected JMU dance majors. The performance will also include work by guest choreographer Maurice Fraga, artistic director of Ekilibre Dance Company, as well as premieres by faculty artist Suzanne Miller-Corso and new JMU faculty member Julio Agustin. More

JMU George West Jazz Festival

Featuring the JMU Jazz Ensemble

CONCERT HALL

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SAT, APR 2


The JMU Jazz Ensemble is directed by Dr. Chuck Dotas. More
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WED, APR 6


The 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

Jazz piano icon Chick Corea and unparalleled banjoist Béla Fleck, with a combined 37 Grammy Awards and 93 Grammy nominations, will share classic tunes and the music from their Grammy-winning album, The Enchantment. This casual, intimate evening will bring together two legends from different musical worlds for “one masterly, magical concert.” (Daytona Beach News-Journal) More
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MON, APR 11


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 Merry Widow

By Franz Lehár

Featuring the JMU Opera Theater

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Who wants to marry a millionaire? Every man in Pontevedro when “The Merry Widow” is in town. Replete with beguiling Viennese waltzes, toe-tapping marches, and even the can-can, this uproarious jewel-of-an-operetta highlights the magic of turn-of-the-century Paris in a charming story where true love triumphs in the end. More

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

Spring Student Dance Concert

EARLYNN J. MILLER DANCE THEATRE

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WED-SAT, APR 20-23


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

Time for Three

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With an uncommon mix of virtuosity and showmanship, Time for Three performs music from Bach to Brahms and beyond, playing world premieres, original compositions and their own arrangements, plus ingenious mash-ups of hits by the Beatles, Kanye West, Katy Perry, Justin Timberlake, and more. More

JMU Brass Band

CONCERT HALL

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THU, APR 21


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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FRI, APR 22


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, APR 24


The 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 Jazz Ensemble

CONCERT HALL

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TUE, APR 26


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 Virginia Music Educator’s Association annual convention. More

Pretty Theft

By Adam Symkowicz

MAINSTAGE THEATRE

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TUE-SUN, APR 26-MAY 1


After losing her father, Allegra falls under the wing of bad girl Suzy, only to find an unexpected friendship with Joe, an autistic savant. When life takes a violent turn, Allegra and Suzy escape cross-country and befriend Marco, a mysterious thief who claims he cannot be caught. Features students from JMU’s School of Theatre and Dance. Adult language and sexual content. More

JMU Jazz Band

CONCERT HALL

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WED, APR 27


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

James Crable

Photography

DUKE HALL GALLERY

MAY 2-JUN 24


James Crable, emeritus professor of art and art history at JMU, is a photographic artist living in Harrisonburg, Virginia. His patterned yet geometrically diverse artwork, which generally includes features such as doorways, sidewalks, walls and stairways, has been exhibited in museums and galleries throughout the United States and abroad. More

HIGHLIGHTS


  • Singers from the Met Opera Rising Stars Concert Series perform live at the Forbes Center!



  • Experience the great classical ballet, Swan Lake, with the Moscow Festival Ballet!