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2014-2015 Masterpiece Season tickets now on sale!
How I Learned to DriveBy Paula Vogel
Winner of the 1998 Pulitzer Prize for Drama
September 23-28
Fusion: Poetry Voiced in Choral SongA Collaborative Project with JMU's Furious Flower     Poetry Center
Wednesday, September 24 @ 8 pm
Jazz 4 JusticeFeaturing the JMU Jazz Ensemble and Faculty
Saturday, October 4 @ 8 PM
CONCERT HALL
Parallel ExitExit Stage Left
Sunday, November 16 @ 2 pm and 7 pm
MAINSTAGE THEATRE
Sleeping BeautyStarring David Gonzalez
Saturday, January 17 @ 2 PM
MAINSTAGE THEATRE
Orquesta Sinfónica del Estado de MéxicoEnrique Bátiz, Music Director and Chief Conductor
Wednesday, February 4 @ 8 pm
CONCERT HALL
Anderson & Roe Piano DuoFeaturing Greg Anderson & Elizabeth Joy Roe
Friday, March 6 @ 8 PM
CONCERT HALL
Caladh NuaTuesday, March 17 @ 8 PM
CONCERT HALL
Ailey IIMarch 30-31
MAINSTAGE THEATRE
 
 
 


Fusion: Poetry Voiced in Choral Song

A Collaborative Project with JMU's Furious Flower Poetry Center

CONCERT HALL

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WED, SEP 24


This uplifting choral celebration features Broadway sensation Aurelia Williams, the Morgan State University Choir directed by Eric Conway, and the JMU Madison Singers and Chorale, with original music composed by Randy Klein and based on the poetry of Margaret Walker, Michael Harper and Yusef Komunyakaa. More

Ravi Coltrane Quartet

Part of the 2014 Furious Flower Poetry Conference

WILSON HALL

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SAT, SEP 27


Praised for his music's "elusive beauty" (Down Beat) and for his "style informed by tradition but not encumbered by it" (Philadelphia City Paper), saxophonist Ravi Coltrane brings his quartet to James Madison University for the close of the 2014 Furious Flower Poetry Conference (www.FuriousFlower2014.com). More
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SUN, SEP 28


JMU piano faculty member Paulo Steinberg has performed as a soloist and as a collaborative pianist in Brazil, Canada, Iceland, and in the United States. He will perform the music of Scarlatti, Beethoven, Liszt and Villa-Lobos, as well as a piece for piano and cell phones by Steen. More

Madison Brass

RECITAL HALL

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MON, SEP 29


Madison Brass is the premier brass quintet-in-residence at James Madison University and features Chris Carrillo (trumpet), Christine Ennis Carrillo (trumpet), Andrew Lankford (trombone), Ian Zook (horn) and Kevin Stees (tuba). More

JMU Wind Symphony

CONCERT HALL

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TUE, SEP 30


This concert features all-time favorite Lincolnshire Posy by Percy Grainger, John Adams’ most performed work, Short Ride in a Fast Machine, and new works by Grantham, Lindroth and Zare. The Wind Symphony will start the concert with a heartfelt arrangement of “The Star Spangled Banner” created by JMU alumnus Brian Balmages. More

JMU Brass Band

CONCERT HALL

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THU, OCT 2


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

Jazz 4 Justice

Featuring the JMU Jazz Ensemble and Faculty

CONCERT HALL

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SAT, OCT 4


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

Jonah Kim, cello

RECITAL HALL

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MON, OCT 6


Called “the next Yo-Yo Ma” by The Washington Post, Kim has performed in solo recitals with the Philadelphia Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, Orquestra Sinfônica Nacional, and many others. He has also played live with various artists and groups including The Beach Boys, Andrea Bocelli, Mariah Carey and Kenny Rogers. More
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TUE, OCT 7


The Athenia Chamber Ensemble presents fun and interactive performances that feature flute, oboe and bassoon. More

JMU Pops! Music from Stage and Screen

Les Miserables, Star Wars, Riverdance, and more!

JMU CONVOCATION CENTER

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SAT, OCT 11


This one-of-a-kind musical extravaganza showcases some of JMU's finest music ensembles: JMU's Brass Band, Symphony Orchestra, Madison Singers and Chorale, as well as the Marching Royal Dukes. Audiences of all ages will enjoy music from Riverdance, a medley of James Bond themes, John Williams' unforgettable Star Wars Suite, plus songs from Les Miserables and Gershwin favorites. More
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TUE, OCT 14


Marianne Gedigian has served as acting principal flute with the Pittsburgh Symphony, Boston Pops Orchestra, and Boston Symphony Orchestra and can be heard on dozens of Evening at Pops television broadcasts and on the soundtracks for Saving Private Ryan and Schindler’s List. More
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FRI, OCT 24


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 26


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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MON, OCT 27


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

JMU Wind Symphony

CONCERT HALL

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THU, OCT 30


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

Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn's Such Sweet Thunder

Featuring JMU's Jazz Ensemble and Theatre Students

CONCERT HALL


In honor of Shakespeare’s 450th anniversary, the JMU Jazz Studies program and the School of Theatre and Dance come together for a production of Duke Ellington’s masterful jazz suite Such Sweet Thunder. Written in 1957 by Duke Ellington and his longtime collaborator Billy Strayhorn, this inspired, 12-part tribute to the Bard takes it name from a line in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. More

La Bohème

By Giacomo Puccini

Featuring the JMU Opera Theater

MAINSTAGE THEATRE


La Bohème is easy to love—and impossible to forget. With sweeping orchestral and choral music, Puccini’s ravishing heartbreaker and its romantic characters touch our hearts with pathos and surging passions. More

Autumn Opera Gala

VIP Seating for La Bohème, a Pre-Performance Dinner and Dialogue

GRAND LOBBY/MAINSTAGE THEATRE


This exquisite evening features a cocktail reception in the Grand Lobby, a pre-performance “backstory chat” about La Bohème presented by a noted opera scholar, and a ticket to the 8 pm performance. Opera director Dr. Don Rierson and members of the cast will be in attendance to greet guests. The box office will contact buyers to confirm specific seat locations.  More

JMU Brass Band

CONCERT HALL

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FRI, NOV 14


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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TUE, DEC 2


The JMU Jazz Ensemble was founded in 1971 and is the premier jazz group in the School of Music at JMU. The group has been featured with the U.S. Navy Commodores Jazz Ensemble and U.S. Air Force Airmen of Note Jazz Ensemble, and at the East Coast Jazz Festival in Rockville, Md. The JMU Jazz Band was founded in 1971. More
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THU, DEC 4


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

Holidayfest

Featuring the JMU Symphony Orchestra and Madison Singers and Chorale

CONCERT HALL


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

Robin & Linda Williams

A Fundraising Event for WMRA Radio

CONCERT HALL


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

Taste of the Forbes

An Arts and Foodie Event

FORBES CENTER VENUES/RECEPTION IN GRAND LOBBY


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

Sleeping Beauty Tea Party

Tea plus matinee tickets to Sleeping Beauty

GRAND LOBBY/MAINSTAGE THEATRE


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

Sleeping Beauty

Starring David Gonzalez

MAINSTAGE THEATRE


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

Trio Sorpresa

RECITAL HALL

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THU, JAN 22


One of the hottest piano trios today, Trio Sorpresa is a powerhouse of master musicians Wanchi Huang (violin), Robert Koenig (piano) and Jacob Braun (cello) known for their “superb technique” and “innate musicality.” More
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MON, JAN 26


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

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

Enrique Bátiz, Music Director and Chief Conductor

CONCERT HALL


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

Opera Spotlight 

Songs and Scenes from the World's Greatest Operas

CONCERT HALL


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


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

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

The FLiGHT Project

Composed by Roger Reynolds with the JACK Quartet

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

CONCERT HALL

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THU, FEB 19


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


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

Sweet Charity

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

MAINSTAGE THEATRE

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TUE-SUN, FEB 24-MAR 1


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

JMU Brass Band

CONCERT HALL

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FRI, FEB 27


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


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

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

Caladh Nua

CONCERT HALL


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

Tri-State Jazz Festival

Featuring Drummer and JMU Alumnus Nate Smith

CONCERT HALL


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

JMU Wind Symphony

CONCERT HALL

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SUN, MAR 22


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

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

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

JMU Brass Band

CONCERT HALL

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FRI, APR 17


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

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

JMU Jazz Band

CONCERT HALL

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TUE, APR 21


The JMU Jazz Band was founded in 1971. More

JMU Jazz Ensemble

CONCERT HALL

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WED, APR 22


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


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

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


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

HIGHLIGHTS


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



  • Parallel Exit's speed-of-light comedy performs to rave reviews