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Night MusicMasterworks by Bartók and Crumb performed by JMU faculty pianists and percussionists
Tuesday, September 27 @ 8 pm
Throw Your Head Back & SingA Tribute to Maya Angelou
Thursday, September 29 @ 7 PM
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Feet Don't Fail Me Now!Rhythmic Circus
Friday, September 30 @ 8 PM
WILSON HALL
Serpentine Pink - A World Premiere!By Megan Breen
October 4-9
STUDIO THEATRE
The Milk Carton KidsThursday, October 27 @ 8 PM
CONCERT HALL
Julian Sands in A Celebration of Harold Pinter"a solo tour-de-force"
Friday, November 4 @ 8 pm
Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters: An African TaleDallas Children's Theater
Thursday, November 17 @ 6:30 pm
 
 
 


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

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 Millenium Diversity Initiative, Inc., and benefits the Jazz 4 Justice Foundation, 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
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FRI, OCT 14


Barbara Lister-Sink is an internationally acclaimed performer and global leader in injury-preventive keyboard technique. She is currently Artist-in-Residence at Salem College, Winston-Salem, N.C. More

Children of Eden

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

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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
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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
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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

JMU Wind Symphony

CONCERT HALL

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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

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

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

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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

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
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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

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

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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

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

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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

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

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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
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THU, MAR 2


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

Friendship - Sweetest Balm of Life

A Choral Celebration

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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

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

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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

God Save the Queens

A Salute to Rock Royalty

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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

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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
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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

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

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