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
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THU, JAN 29


Praised as “radiant and authentic” by Opera News and an artist with a “gracious tone” by The New York Times, soprano Lindsay Russell is quickly gaining recognition in the world of opera. More
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SAT, JAN 31


Dubbed “lively” and “wonderful” by The New Yorker, Jacqueline Leclair is an oboist whose performances have been described as “astonishing” with “electrifying agility” by The New York Times. Leclair is a member of the ensembles Signal and Sequitur, and can frequently be heard performing solo and chamber music concerts internationally. More

An Evening of Faculty Chamber Music

Featuring Sue Barber (bassoon), Lori Piitz (piano) and guest artist Mary Ann Archer (flute)

RECITAL HALL

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MON, FEB 2


JMU faculty members Sue Barber and Lori Piitz take the stage with Mary Ann Archer, a former member of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra who performs with Opera on the James, Virginia Opera and Opera Carolina. The concert features the music of François Devienne, Camille Saint Saëns and Carl Maria von Weber. 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

Chris Carrillo, trumpet

Amy Robertson, piano

RECITAL HALL

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MON, FEB 9


Chris Carrillo is a Conn-Selmer trumpet artist, artist-faculty at the Sulzbach-Rosenberg International Music Festival in Germany, and principal trumpet with the New Orchestra of Washington, D.C. Carrillo and Robertson will perform works for trumpet and piano by Ernest Bloch, Georges Enescu, Ulysses Kay, Benjamin Britten, F. Joseph Haydn and Rodion Shchedrin. More

JMU Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Band

with guest artist Joe Sullivan, composer/trumpet

CONCERT HALL

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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. Joe Sullivan directs the McGill Jazz Orchestra 1 and teaches jazz composition, arranging and trumpet at McGill University. More

Monticello Strings

Featuring Wanchi Huang (violin), Max Rabinovitsj (violin), Amadi Azikiwe (viola), and Carl Donakowski (cello)

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WED, FEB 11


Formed in 2009, this faculty string quartet has performed several times throughout Virginia and is actively involved in coaching student chamber music groups. 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

Amadi Azikiwe, viola and violin

with guest artist Kevin Sharpe, piano

RECITAL HALL

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FRI, FEB 13


JMU faculty member Amadi Azikiwe has been heard in recital in major cities throughout the United States, the Caribbean, Asia and South America. Azikiwe takes the stage with Kevin Sharpe, who has been praised for his "precise touch" and "strong individual voice." More

MON, FEB 16
FEB 16 SOLD OUT


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

Explorations

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

RECITAL HALL

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TUE, FEB 17


This opening concert of the CMF features new works for chamber ensembles, voice and percussion, by JMU faculty composers and others. Performers include faculty and students, and the Madison Modern Music ensemble. Pre-concert talk at 7:30. More

Jack Quartet

DUKE HALL GALLERY

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WED, FEB 18


The virtuoso JACK string quartet, described by The Boston Globe as “superheroes of the new music world,” perform works by Elliott Carter, Iannis Xenakis and Roger Reynolds. Reynolds, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for music, is the featured composer of this year’s CMF and will be present for a pre-concert talk at 7:30. 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
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TUE, FEB 24


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, KOR and Treble Chamber Choir, under the direction of W. Bryce Hayes. 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

Carl Donakowski, cello

Gabriel Dobner, piano

RECITAL HALL

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WED, FEB 25


JMU faculty cellist Carl Donakowski was a finalist in the 1989 Mendelssohn Competition in Berlin. His recital performances have aired on WQRS Detroit, WQXR New York and Sudwestfunk Radio Baden-Baden. Donakowski takes the stage with fellow music faculty member Gabriel Dobner for a dynamic performance. More

Bent

By Martin Sherman

STUDIO THEATRE

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FRI-TUE, FEB 27-MAR 3


In 1934 Berlin on the eve of the Nazi incursion, Max, a grafter, and his lover Rudy are recovering from a night of debauchery with a SA trooper. Two soldiers burst into the apartment and slit their guest's throat, beginning a nightmare odyssey through Nazi Germany. Mature themes, sexual content, adult language. 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

SUN, MAR 1
MAR 1 CANCELLED


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


Excellent seating is available in the Choral Balcony directly behind the stage.  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

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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
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TUE-SAT, MAR 31-APR 4


The adventurous Louis de Rougemont invites you to hear his amazing story of bravery, survival and celebrity that left 19th-century England spellbound. Dare to be whisked away in a story of the high seas, populated by exotic islanders, flying wombats, giant sea turtles and a monstrous man-eating octopus. Shipwrecked examines how far we are willing to blur the line between fact and fiction in order to leave our mark on the world. 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

Avenue Q

Music and lyrics by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx; Book by Jeff Whitty

Winner of the 2004 Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical and Best Original Score

STUDIO THEATRE

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FRI-WED, APR 17-22


This laugh-out-loud musical tells the timeless story of a recent college graduate named Princeton who moves into a shabby New York apartment all the way out on Avenue Q. While the residents seem nice, it’s clearly not an ordinary neighborhood. Together, Princeton and his newfound friends struggle to find jobs, dates and their ever-elusive purpose in life. Mature audiences: Sexual content, language, adult themes 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

Director's Fest

STUDIO THEATRE

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SUN, APR 26


Join us for a festival of 10-minute plays directed and designed by JMU School of Theatre students. Contains adult language and content. 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


  • Direct from Mexico City, Symphony Orchestra of the State of Mexico will perform at the Forbes Center



  • Anderson & Roe are revolutionizing the piano duo experience for the 21st century



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



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