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Eisenhower DanceHeadlining the New Dance Festival
September 11-12
MAINSTAGE THEATRE
MR. JOYWritten and Performed by Daniel Beaty
Saturday, September 19 @ 8 PM
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Jazz 4 JusticeA big band celebration!
Saturday, September 26 @ 8 pm
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TenebraeSaturday, October 24 @ 8 PM
CONCERT HALL
The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Other Eric Carle FavoritesMermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia
Sunday, January 24 @ 1 and 4 pm
Metropolitan Opera Rising StarsThursday, February 25 @ 8 PM
CONCERT HALL
Moscow Festival BalletSwan Lake
March 14-15
MAINSTAGE THEATRE
 
 
 


An Evening of Mozart

featuring Dorothy Maddison, soprano

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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

The Multimedia Trombone

Featuring Andrew Lankford, trombone

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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

Jazz 4 Justice

Featuring the JMU Jazz Ensemble and Faculty

FREE reception at 7 pm

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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

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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

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

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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

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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

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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
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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

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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
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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
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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
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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

JMU Wind Symphony

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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

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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

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

Holidayfest

Featuring the JMU Symphony Orchestra and Chorale

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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

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

Bitches Brew - A Tribute to Miles Davis and Fusion Jazz

with Robert Jospé and the Inner Rhythm Sextet

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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

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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

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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

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

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
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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

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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
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TUE, MAR 1


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

JMU George West Jazz Festival

Featuring the JMU Jazz Ensemble

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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

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

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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

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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

JMU Jazz Band

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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

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!