Attack Theatre

Headlining the New Dance Festival


Attack Theatre is a Pittsburgh-based dance company known for its ability to “attack” performances with “ninja-like intensity” (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review). This year’s New Dance Festival features works by Attack Theatre and JMU’s award-winning dance faculty members. More

The Havana Cuba All-Stars

The Asere Friendship Tour (Asere: The Cuban Word for "Friendship")

Cuban Nights


Direct from Havana, this 11-member band will bring to the Forbes Center the musical traditions of its forefathers—Latin dance, soulful ballads, Spanish and traditional songs—that are sure to leave audiences dancing in the aisles! The Asere Friendship Tour is the Havana Cuba All-Stars’ debut U.S. tour and celebrates the new, open friendship between the United States and Cuba. More

Night Music

Masterworks by Bartók and Crumb

Featuring Eric Ruple and Paulo Steinberg, piano, and Eric Guinivan and Casey Cangelosi, percussion


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

Feet Don't Fail Me Now!

Rhythmic Circus


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

Serpentine Pink

By Megan Breen


In the weird, wild west of the Joshua Tree desert, a venomous combustion of lust, love, pain and desire weave a darkly seductive tale as a beautiful biker named Jaymee tries to win back her adorable trailer park lover, Henrietta, after a jealousy-fueled attack. Features students from JMU’s School of Theatre and Dance in this world premiere production. Adult content, language and violence. More

Children of Eden

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


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

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

The Tempest

By William Shakespeare


The Tempest puts on a collision course a ship of nobles, a horde of frightening and fantastical island creatures, a handful of would-be murderers, two bumbling clowns, and a pair of teenage lovers, all of whom Prospero, an embittered father and exiled magician, must maneuver as he charts his way to vengeance or forgiveness. Features students from JMU’s School of Theatre and Dance. More

Julian Sands in A Celebration of Harold Pinter

Directed by John Malkovich


Renowned British film, stage and television star Julian Sands was a longtime friend of Nobel Prize-winning playwright and poet, Harold Pinter. Before his death in 2008, an ailing Pinter asked Sands to fill in for him at a special reading. Pinter spent hours with Sands, providing him with insight on how to deliver his poems. This unique collaboration laid the groundwork for the rich and humorous solo tour-de-force, A Celebration of Harold Pinter. More

John Steptoe's Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters: An African Tale

Dallas Children's Theater

Adapted for the stage by Karen Abbott
Music and lyrics by S-Ankh Rasa


When a great African king desires a wife, only the most perfect maidens in the land are invited to meet him. Mufaro’s pride and joy, his two daughters of different dispositions, travel through a mystical jungle and across a deep river to be presented to the king. Along the way, the girls encounter many mysterious situations that test their courage, kindness, and strength of spirit. More


Featuring the JMU Opera Theater


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


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

Holidayfest: Dreams of the Nutcracker

Featuring the JMU Chorale and Symphony Orchestra


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


Featuring JMU's Virginia Repertory Dance Company


Choreography from across the country takes center stage as JMU’s premier dance ensemble performs work by recognized guest artists and award-winning dance faculty members. 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

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

An Evening with Pat Metheny

w/ Antonio Sanchez, Linda Oh & Gwilym Simcock


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

The Bockety World of Henry & Bucket

By Sarah Argent

In collaboration with Barnstorm Theatre Company


Poetic, humorous and rich in visual antics, this play explores the friendship and shared adventures of best pals Henry and Bucket as they transform their rusty, dusty, battered and bockety world into a place of wonder! Since its founding in 1991, Barnstorm Theatre Company has been producing high-quality professional theatre in its hometown of Kilkenny, Ireland, and on tour across Europe and North America. 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

Guys and Dolls

A Musical Fable of Broadway


Roll the dice and fall in love with one of the greatest musicals of all time! This American classic, set in New York City around the same time it opened on Broadway in 1950, features an eclectic ensemble of high-rolling gambler “guys,” well-meaning missionary “dolls,” and brassy-voiced showgirls in a toe-tappingly fun and romantic fable about gambling men and the strong-willed women who love them. Features students from JMU’s School of Theatre and Dance. More

The National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine

Volodymyr Sirenko, Artistic Director and Conductor

Theodore Kuchar, Principal Guest Conductor


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

Last of the Red Hot Lovers

By Neil Simon

Walnut Street Theatre




In this freshly conceived production of Neil Simon’s classic by the acclaimed Walnut Creek Theatre, true comedy ensues when a modern man faced with a midlife crisis looks for something new and different, but ends up finding himself in the same situation, again and again! More

Brahms' Schicksalslied (Song of Destiny), Op. 54

Featuring the JMU Chorale and Symhpony Orchestra


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

Doug Varone and Dancers


Doug Varone and Dancers commands worldwide attention for its expansive vision, versatility and technical prowess. The New York-based contemporary dance company features “thrilling, mesmerizing work” (The Village Voice) by the internationally acclaimed Doug Varone, who creates inventive, exhilarating choreography that is “a feast of tens of thousands of individual moments.” (Kansas City Star) More

The Five Irish Tenors

Direct from Dublin, Ireland


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


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


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

New Voices in Dance

Featuring JMU's Contemporary Dance Ensemble




Come and witness the rising talent of the next generation of choreographers in this concert featuring works by selected JMU dance majors. The performance will also include dances by world-renowned choreographer Doug Varone, up-and-coming New York-based Nadia Tykulsker, and faculty artist Shane O’Hara. More

Gilbert and Sullivan's The Mikado

Featuring the JMU Opera Theater


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

Turtle Island Quartet

with Cyrus Chestnut

Jelly, Rags & Monk


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


By William Inge


It’s Labor Day, 1953, and as summer gives way to autumn and freedom to the obligations of work and school, an 18-year-old girl watches the changes from her front porch: her boyfriend preparing to leave for his last year of college, a sister discovering her femininity—and a stranger who walks into her small Kansas town. Suddenly it seems everything she knew is open to question. Features students from JMU’s School of Theatre and Dance. 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, and The Valley 7, a vocal chamber ensemble. More


  • Experience masterful musicianship by the Grammy-nominated National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine!