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Virginia Sinfonietta with guest composer Stephen HartkePart of the Contemporary Musical Festival
Tuesday, February 16 @ 8 pm
Selections from Mendelssohn's ElijahFeaturing the JMU Madison Singers, Chorale and Symphony Orchestra
Sunday, February 21 @ 2 pm
The Wild PartyBook by Andrew Lippa. Music and Lyrics by Andrew Lippa. Based on the poem by Joseph Moncure March.
February 23-28
Metropolitan Opera Rising StarsThursday, February 25 @ 8 PM
Moscow Festival BalletSwan Lake
March 14-15

Chris Cornelius

Architectural Design/Mixed Media


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

Mark Strandquist

Windows from Prison

Reception: February 22, 5 pm - 7 pm


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

Maria Magdalena Compos-Pons

Encore Artist

Photography/Mixed Media


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

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

James Crable



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


  • 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!