Faculty Exhibition

Multiple Media

DUKE HALL GALLERY

AUG 31-OCT 9


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

SEP 7-OCT 16


Ukiyo is Japanese for “the floating world,” describing the exotic pleasures found in the red-light district of Edo. It is also a homophone for “the sorrowful world,” from which Buddhists desired escape. Ukiyo-e forms the bridge, as visions captured in elegant prints, between these two worlds. More

An Evening of Mozart

featuring Dorothy Maddison, soprano

CONCERT HALL

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THU, SEP 10


JMU voice faculty member Dorothy Maddison will take the stage for An Evening of Mozart featuring the JMU Symphony Orchestra and a semi-staged production of Mozart's opera, The Impresario. More

Eisenhower Dance

Headlining the New Dance Festival

MAINSTAGE THEATRE


Eisenhower Dance, Detroit’s premier contemporary dance company, returns to the Forbes Center to perform an exciting collection of repertory by nationally-known guest choreographers. This year’s New Dance Festival also features JMU’s award-winning dance faculty members. More

The Multimedia Trombone

Featuring Andrew Lankford, trombone

RECITAL HALL

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MON, SEP 14


JMU music faculty member Andrew Lankford is the trombonist with the Madison Brass, the solo trombonist with the Massanutten Brass Band, and a member of Mr. Jefferson's Bones. Everything in this concert includes video projection, audio tracks, theatrical elements, or a combination of all three. More

Collaborating Across the Disciplines

Reception: September 15, 11 am - 1 pm

INSTITUTE FOR VISUAL STUDIES

SEP 15-DEC 11


Since 2008, students and faculty at IVS have worked in multidisciplinary teams to create artworks, products and applications. This exhibition focuses on a range of these projects, tracing the different stages of creative inquiry. More

The Aliens

By Annie Baker

A Studio Theatre Production

STUDIO THEATRE

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TUE-SAT, SEP 15-19


Behind a coffee shop in small-town Vermont, thirty-something slackers Jasper and KJ hash over thoughts ranging from music to writing to everything in between. When asked to find a new home by employee and high school senior, Evan, the two men refuse and rope the college-hopeful into their conversation. An unexpected and meaningful friendship results in this “offbeat, slyly intriguing drama with comedy.” (TheaterMania.com) For mature audiences. Adult language and drug use. More

MR. JOY

Written and Performed by Daniel Beaty

CONCERT HALL


What happened to Mr. Joy? One of the most acclaimed, new playwrights and performers of our time, Daniel Beaty returns to the Forbes Center to explore that question and others related to race and class in his explosive solo play, MR. JOY. This hilarious and heartwarming piece of theatre taps into the pulse of contemporary American culture. Adult content and language. More

Jazz 4 Justice

Featuring the JMU Jazz Ensemble and Faculty

FREE reception at 7 pm

CONCERT HALL

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SAT, SEP 26


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

Ian Zook, horn

RECITAL HALL

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SUN, SEP 27


JMU music faculty member Ian Zook is an active orchestral and chamber musician, solo performer and teacher, and has appeared in concerts throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. He has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Verbier and Pacific Music Festivals, and with the New York Collegium on historic instruments. More
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MON, SEP 28


An experienced orchestral flutist, Dr. Jennifer Parker-Harley currently teaches flute at the University of South Carolina in Columbia. She appears as a frequent performer in music series, schools and conventions across the country. More

Anton in Show Business

By Jane Martin

MAINSTAGE THEATRE

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TUE-SUN, SEP 29-OCT 4


Winner of the 2001 American Theatre Critics Steinberg New Play Award, this crazy comedy follows the joys, pains and absurdities of three actresses cast in Anton Chekhov’s Three Sisters at a regional theatre in San Antonio, Texas. Join the journey of the “three sisters,” Holly, Lisabette and Casey, in their quest to make it in the world of show business! Features students from JMU’s School of Theatre and Dance. Adult language and content. More

The Second City

Fully Loaded

WILSON HALL


Chicago’s legendary sketch and improv comedy theatre, The Second City, brings to JMU its hysterical new show, Fully Loaded, which features classic material made famous by Second City stars like Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert and Steve Carell, as well as brand new scenes, songs and improv straight from its sold-out shows in Chicago and Toronto. For mature audiences. Contains sexual and adult content. Parental discretion advised. 
A free shuttle will run from the Warsaw Parking Deck to Wilson Hall starting one hour prior to performances and returning immediately thereafter. More

JMU Pops! Heroes and Villains

Featuring the Marching Royal Dukes and Other JMU Ensembles

JMU CONVOCATION CENTER

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SAT, OCT 3


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

JMU Wind Symphony

CONCERT HALL

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TUE, OCT 6


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

First Lady Suite

By Michael John LaChiusa

STUDIO THEATRE


This unique musical showcases the lives of four 20th-century First Ladies: Jackie Kennedy, Mamie Eisenhower, Bes Truman and Eleanor Roosevelt. First Lady Suite takes a humorous and poignant look at their shared struggle to define the role of women in a changing world and each one’s search to define herself while living under the scrutiny of the public eye. Features JMU musical theatre students. More

JMU Brass Band

CONCERT HALL

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FRI, OCT 9


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

Eric Reed, horn

RECITAL HALL

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SUN, OCT 11
OCT 11 CANCELLED


Eric Reed is a member of the American Brass Quintet, the longest continuously performing brass band in North America, and is a former member of the critically acclaimed Canadian Brass. He has performed as a member of the Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular, on many Broadway shows, and with Ray Charles, Wynton Marsalis and Boyz II Men. More

Best known for her singing of the theme song in Disney PIXAR’s animated film, Brave, Julie Fowlis returns to the Forbes Center with new Celtic music and awards to her name. Touring with a first-class ensemble, Fowlis has developed a formidable line-up synonymous with expressive and high-energy live shows; she is one of Scotland’s true contemporary treasures. More

John Foster

Vernacular Photography, Collection of 2D and 3D Artwork by Self-Taught Artists

DUKE HALL GALLERY

OCT 19-DEC 4


John Foster is an artist, graphic designer and the curator of Accidental Mysteries, a blog and traveling exhibition of vernacular photography. The exhibition was named one of the Top 100 Art Collections in the United States (2005) by Art & Antiques Magazine. Foster’s art will be on display in both Duke Hall and New Image Gallery. More
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TUE, OCT 20


The Symphonic Band is under the direction of Stephen P. Bolstad. More
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THU, OCT 22


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 Virginia Music Educator’s Association annual convention. More

Tenebrae

CONCERT HALL


Based in England, Tenebrae is hailed as one of the world’s most outstanding vocal performance groups. Tenebrae creates an awe-inspiring atmosphere of spiritual and musical reflection, where Medieval chant and Renaissance works are interspersed with contemporary compositions to create an ethereal mood of contemplation. More

OCT 26-DEC 11


This exhibit explores Christian iconography of the 16th through the 19th centuries as it seeks to express the complex nature of Jesus Christ. More
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MON, OCT 26


Hailed by The New York Times as a “suave and gifted pianist,” Dmitry Rachmanov has been praised for his passionate performances and “precise, yet dazzling technique.” He has played in the world’s most prestigious venues and festivals, as a soloist, chamber musician and with major orchestras. More
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MON, OCT 26


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 Pillowman

By Martin McDonagh

A Studio Theatre Production

STUDIO THEATRE

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MON-SAT, OCT 26-31


With echoes of Stoppard, Kafka and the Brothers Grimm, The Pillowman centers on a writer in an unnamed totalitarian state who is being interrogated about the gruesome content of his short stories and their similarities to a series of child murders. The result is an urgent work of theatrical bravura and an unflinching examination of the very nature and purpose of art. For mature audiences. Adult language and violence. More
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THU, OCT 29


Wayne Tice has enjoyed 20 years as the principal saxophonist with the West Point Band, the oldest Army band in the United States. He was the first saxophone soloist to perform with the People’s Liberation Army Band, the only state-level band in the Chinese Republic. More

DanceShare

EARLYNN J. MILLER DANCE THEATRE

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FRI-SAT, OCT 30-31


Faculty and students from the Dance programs at JMU and Radford University come together to perform exciting new work. More
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FRI, OCT 30


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, NOV 1


The JMU Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. Robert McCashin, is the premier symphonic ensemble for the JMU School of Music. More

Shakuntala

By Kālidasā. Translated by W.J. Johnson.

MAINSTAGE THEATRE


Written more than 15 hundred years ago, Kālidasā's finest work chronicles the journey of Shakuntala, a beautiful young woman, and Dushyanta, a valiant king. Through lyrical prose and mythic storytelling, this sensual and evocative play immerses the audience in an ancient Indian world of gods, spirits, curses, and the triumph of love over all opposition. Features students from JMU’s School of Theatre and Dance. More

JMU Wind Symphony

CONCERT HALL

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WED, NOV 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

JMU Brass Band

CONCERT HALL

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FRI, NOV 6


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

Fall Student Dance Concert

EARLYNN J. MILLER DANCE THEATRE

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WED-SAT, NOV 11-14


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

The Barber of Seville

By Gioachino Rossini

Featuring the JMU Opera Theater

MAINSTAGE THEATRE


One of the greatest romantic comedy operas, The Barber of Seville will delight audiences with its effervescent music and zany humor. With a count in multiple disguises, a young woman trying to outwit her guardian, and Barber Figaro being paid to ensure a happy ending, what could possibly go wrong? You’ll want to grab a seat in this barbershop to see what happens! More

Dogfight: The Musical

Music and Lyrics by Justin Paul and Benj Pasek. Book by Peter Duchan.

A Studio Theatre Production

STUDIO THEATRE

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FRI-SAT, NOV 13-14


It’s November 21, 1963. On the eve of their deployment to a small but growing conflict in Southeast Asia, three young Marines set out for one final boys’ night of debauchery. But when Corporal Eddie Birdlace meets Rose, an awkward and idealistic waitress whom he recruits to win a cruel bet with his fellow Marines, she rewrites the rules of the game and teaches him the power of love and compassion. For mature audiences. Adult language and content.  More

Susanna Hamnett in Nearly Lear

A Mischievous Retelling of Shakespeare's Great Play

Directed by Edith Tankus

MAINSTAGE THEATRE


Susanna Hamnett plays the Fool - and every other character - in an original adaptation of the Shakespearean classic that is not only poignant and tragic, but also mischievous, tender and achingly funny. Nearly Lear incorporates exuberant storytelling, music and film, as well as Shakespeare’s rich poetic text to entrance both lovers of Shakespeare and newcomers to the Bard. A Forbes Family Fun event. More

Holidayfest

Featuring the JMU Symphony Orchestra and Chorale

CONCERT HALL


This Forbes Center favorite features a variety of holiday classics and masterworks by JMU’s small and large music ensembles. A Forbes Family Fun event. More
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TUE, DEC 8


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 Virginia Music Educator’s Association annual convention. More

Dancescapes

Featuring JMU's Virginia Repertory Dance Company

MAINSTAGE THEATRE


JMU’s premier dance ensemble will perform contemporary choreography by nationally and internationally acclaimed guest artists as well as dance faculty members. More

Ring in the holidays with a performance by the world-renowned Sonos Handbell Ensemble! At the forefront of handbell artistry, Sonos has moved handbells into the musical mainstream with show-stopping, sold-out performances to millions across the United States, Europe and Asia. More
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FRI, DEC 11


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

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

Aquila Theatre

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

MAINSTAGE THEATRE


Legendary sleuth, Sherlock Holmes, takes center stage in this witty, fast-paced production by the acclaimed Aquila Theatre. With actors drawn from top British and American stages, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes is a thrilling and memorable ride full of suspense and intrigue! More

The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Other Eric Carle Favorites

Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia

MAINSTAGE THEATRE


This puppet production by one of the most respected creators of family entertainment includes the wonderful story of the metamorphosis of The Very Hungry Caterpillar into a beautiful butterfly, the fanciful account of the travels of Little Cloud through the sky, and the discovery by the Mixed-Up Chameleon of his own unique nature. A Forbes Family Fun event. More

Bitches Brew - A Tribute to Miles Davis and Fusion Jazz

with Robert Jospé and the Inner Rhythm Sextet

CONCERT HALL

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TUE, JAN 26


Led by dynamic drummer Robert Jospé, this concert features trumpeter John D’earth (who played in Davis’ last concert in 1991) backed by a group that includes the twin keyboards of music faculty member Bob Hallahan and JMU alum Butch Taylor (formerly with the Dave Matthews Band). The program includes selections from Miles Davis’ revolutionary million-plus-selling album, Bitches Brew, which helped introduce rock and funk influences to jazz in the late 1960s. More

For Thee We Sing

Marian Anderson's 1939 Easter Concert:

A Retrospective with Dr. Sonya Baker

RECITAL HALL


This multimedia lecture recital features visual images of Marian Anderson, recordings of Anderson’s own voice, and repertoire from the 1939 concert performed by Dr. Sonya Baker, opera singer and associate dean of JMU’s College of Visual and Performing Arts. Come celebrate Black History Month marking this momentous occasion. More

Opera and the Silver Screen:

Classy Tunes from Classy Cinema

CONCERT HALL


See timeless movies and movie posters come to life both on stage and on screen in this tribute to classic American musical theatre and cinema! Graduate students from the JMU Opera Theater will perform songs including “Old Man River” from Show Boat (1936), “Italian Street Song” and “Ah Sweet Mystery of Life” from Naughty Marietta (1935), “Indian Love Call” and “Some of These Days” from Rose Marie (1935), and other immortal Victor Herbert tunes. More

Forbes Fat Tuesday

A Mardi Gras Celebration

CONCERT HALL


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

Cory Band

CONCERT HALL


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)

CONCERT HALL

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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

Selections from Mendelssohn's Elijah

Featuring the JMU Madison Singers, Chorale and Symphony Orchestra

CONCERT HALL


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

The Wild Party

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

MAINSTAGE THEATRE


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

CONCERT HALL

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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

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

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

CONCERT HALL


One of the leading ensembles of traditional music in Ireland, Danú returns to the Forbes Center for a high-energy St. Patrick 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

CONCERT HALL


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

CONCERT HALL

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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

CONCERT HALL


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

CONCERT HALL


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

CONCERT HALL


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


  • One-on-one with Daniel Beaty



  • Julie Fowlis returns with new Celtic music



  • 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!