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  • Oct 23
    The 37th Annual JMU Contemporary Music Festival

    FORBES CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

    CONCERT HALL

    Monday-Wednesday, October 23-25 @ 8 pm (3 concerts)

    Canadian music and composers take center stage for this year’s festival celebrating the 150th birthday of Canada! JMU faculty, ensembles and students will present Kelly-Marie Murphy’s music, the music of Canadian composer Elizabeth Raum, and other Canadian contemporary works in three main concerts during the festival.

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2017/10/23-jmu-cmf.shtml

  • Oct 31
    The School for Scandal

    FORBES CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

    MAINSTAGE THEATRE

    Tuesday-Friday, October 31-November 3 @ 8 pm
    Saturday, November 4 @ 2 pm and 8 pm

    By Richard Brinsley Sheridan

    Sir Peter Teazle, a middle-aged, wealthy bachelor, has recently married a pretty maid from the country. Suddenly thrust into London’s high society, the young and frivolous Lady Teazle finds herself a willing member of a vicious “school for scandal” that spends its time maligning friend, foe and family alike. Features students from JMU’s School of Theatre and Dance.

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2017/10/31-the-school-for-scandal.shtml

  • Nov 1
    JMU Wind Symphony

    FORBES CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

    CONCERT HALL

    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.

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2017/11/01-wind-symphony.shtml

  • Nov 3
    JMU Percussion Ensemble

    FORBES CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

    CONCERT HALL

    The JMU Percussion Ensemble, directed by Casey Cangelosi, 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.

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2017/11/03-percussion-ensemble.shtml

  • Nov 8
    Fall Student Dance Concert

    FORBES CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

    EARLYNN J. MILLER DANCE THEATRE

    This showcase of new choreography offers audiences an opportunity to see the work of the Dance program’s talented young artists.

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2017/11/08-fall-student-dance-concert.shtml

  • Nov 10
    Così fan tutte (The School for Lovers)

    FORBES CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

    MAINSTAGE THEATRE

    Friday-Saturday, November 10-11 @ 8 pm
    Sunday, November 12 @ 2 pm

    Featuring the JMU Opera Theater
    Composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte

    Così fan tutte
     is one of Mozart’s most elegant and beloved operas. Full of mistaken identities, jealous lovers, and spectacular vocal fireworks, this comedic classic features Fiordiligi’s show-stopping aria, “Come scoglio,” and much, much more!

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2017/11/10-cosi-fan-tutte.shtml

  • Nov 13
    Noftsinger Celebration of Madison Scholarship

    Festival Ballroom

    JMU Research & Scholarship cordially invites you to the 7th Noftsinger Celebration of Madison Scholarship (NCMS).  This annual event provides a relaxed setting for faculty to attend a presentation by the Provost Award Winner for Excellence in Research and Scholarship – 2017 award recipient is Dr. Paul Bogard, enjoy creative performances by JMU faculty, and connect with colleagues from across campus on scholarly pursuits during a catered reception.  The 2017 NCMS will include a welcome by President Alger, piano performances by Provost Coltman, and poetry readings by Dr. Joanne Gabbin, Executive Director of the Furious Flower Poetry Center and Ms. Lauren Alleyne, Assistant Director.  The 75-minute program will be followed by a beer and wine reception with plenty of hot and cold hors-d'oeuvres.  This event is open to all JMU faculty. 

    Schedule

    – Welcome by President Alger

    – Provost Coltman Piano Performance

    – Paul Bogard Keynote

    – Furious Flower Poetry Readings

    – Provost Coltman Piano Performance

    – Reception




    Paul Bogard Bio

    Paul Bogard is the author of The Ground Beneath Us: From the Oldest Cities to the Last Wilderness, What Dirt Tells Us About Who We Are, published by Little, Brown and Company on March 21, 2017.  He is also the author of The End of Night: Searching for Natural Darkness in an Age of Artificial Light, published in North America by Little, Brown and Company and in the UK and around the world by 4th Estate/Harper Collins.  The End of Night has been translated into German, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, and Korean, and is available in hardcover, e-book, paperback, and audiobook.  A native Minnesotan, Paul grew up exploring the forest and watching the stars near a lake in the northern part of the state.  He has lived and taught in New Mexico, Nevada, Wisconsin, and North Carolina, and is a faculty member in the English Department at James Madison University, where he teaches creative nonfiction and environmental literature.

    Joanne Gabbin Bio

    A professor of English at James Madison University, Joanne V. Gabbin was the director of the JMU Honors Program (now the Honors College) when she hosted the premier Furious Flower Poetry Conference in 1994, which was the first academic conference on Black poetry.  She continued to invite Black poets and other scholars to the JMU campus under the auspices of the Honors Program (calling these guest lectures and readings Furious Flower events), and in 2005, after the grand success of another major Furious Flower Poetry Conference in 2004, JMU formally established the Furious Flower Poetry Center, the first and at the time only academic center devoted to Black poetry.  Dr. Gabbin left her beloved position with the Honors Program to become executive director of the new center.  Since then, Gabbin has served as a visionary leader, building key relationships with scholars, poets, and corporate partners, as well as conceiving, overseeing, and fundraising for special projects and events.

    Lauren Alleyne Bio

    Associate Professor of English at James Madison University, Lauren K. Alleyne serves as Furious Flower’s Assistant Director, seeking funding through grants and gifts; envisioning and planning events; editing the center's online journal, The Fight & the Fiddle, and other literary projects; and advising JMU’s student creative writing organization, Word is Born.  She hails from the twin-island nation of Trinidad and Tobago and holds an MFA in Poetry and a graduate certificate in Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from Cornell University.  Her fiction, poetry, and nonfiction have been widely published in journals and anthologies, and she is a Cave Canem graduate who has been awarded numerous prizes, including the 2016 Split This Rock Poetry Prize, the 2015 Iowa Arts Council Fellowship Award, the 2015 Picador Guest Professorship in Literature at the University of Leibzig, a 2012 Lyrical Iowa Award, 2010 Small Axe Literary Prize, and honorable mention in the 2010 Cave Canem Poetry Prize. 




    Questions?  Contact Ben Delp.

  • Nov 14
    Aquila Theatre - Jane Austen's Sense & Sensibility

    FORBES CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

    MAINSTAGE THEATRE

    Jane Austen is one of the most beloved authors of all time. Now, one of her most popular novels comes to life in a visionary, new production by Aquila Theatre, one of the foremost professional producers of touring classical theatre in the United States. Seduction, courtship, love, heartbreak and surprise abound in this classic romantic comedy sure to win over the hearts of audiences and Jane Austen fans alike!

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2017/11/14-aquila-theatre.shtml

  • Nov 16
    Nobuntu

    FORBES CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

    CONCERT HALL

    This female a cappella quintet from Zimbabwe has garnered international acclaim for its inventive performances that include traditional Zimbabwean songs to Afro-jazz to gospel music. On its first-ever American tour, Nobuntu will perform an uplifting concert featuring pure voices, percussion, traditional instruments like the mbira (thumb piano), and authentic dance movements!

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2017/11/16-nobuntu.shtml

  • Nov 28
    Catalyst Quartet

    FORBES CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

    CONCERT HALL

    Hailed by The New York Times at its sold-out Carnegie Hall debut as “invariably energetic and finely burnished… playing with earthy vigor,” Catalyst Quartet strives to advance diversity in classical music with dynamic performances of cutting-edge repertoire by a wide range of composers. This evening features works by Latin American composers of the 20th and 21st centuries—and will be “nothing short of fantastic.” (Lincoln Journal Star)

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2017/11/28-catalyst-quartet.shtml

  • Dec 2
    Holidayfest: Believe

    FORBES CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

    CONCERT HALL

    Saturday, December 2 @ 8 pm
    Sunday, December 3 @ 2 pm (children's activies in Grand Lobby at 12:30 pm)

    Join JMU’s choral area ensembles and Symphony Orchestra for an inspired Christmas collage of holiday works for choirs and orchestra.

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2017/12/02-holidayfest.shtml

  • Dec 5
    JMU Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Band

    FORBES CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

    CONCERT HALL

    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.

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2017/12/05-jazz-ensemble-and-jazz-band.shtml

  • Dec 7
    Dancescapes

    FORBES CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

    MAINSTAGE THEATRE

    Thursday-Saturday, December 7-9 @ 8 pm
    Sunday, December 10 @ 2 pm

    JMU’s premier dance ensemble will perform contemporary choreography by nationally and internationally known guest artists, as well as award-winning dance faculty members.

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2017/12/07-dancescapes.shtml

  • Dec 8
    JMU Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band

    FORBES CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

    CONCERT HALL

    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.

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2017/12/08-wind-symphony-and-symphonic-band.shtml

  • Dec 9
    JMU Symphony Orchestra

    FORBES CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

    CONCERT HALL

    The JMU Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Foster Beyers, is the premier symphonic ensemble for the JMU School of Music.

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2017/12/09-symphony-orchestra.shtml

  • Dec 10
    JMU Brass Band

    FORBES CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

    CONCERT HALL

    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.

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2017/12/10-brass-band.shtml

  • Jan 12
    The 13-Story Treehouse

    FORBES CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

    MAINSTAGE THEATRE

    CDP Theatre Producers (Sydney, Australia)
    Based on the No. 1 international bestseller and multi-award winning book series by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton

    Who wouldn’t want to live in a treehouse – especially a 13-story treehouse that has a bowling alley, a secret underground laboratory, self-making beds, and more?! Andy and Terry live there, have silly adventures, and make stories together. Today’s the day they’re going to bring those stories to the stage – curtain-up! CDP is Australia’s largest producer of high quality theatre for young audiences. Suitable for ages 5 and up.

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2018/01/12-the-13-story-treehouse.shtml

  • Jan 19
    So Percussion

    FORBES CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

    CONCERT HALL

    Hailed by The Cincinnati Enquirer as “rock stars of the percussion world,” So Percussion is pushing its voice to the forefront of American musical culture with innovative multi-genre original productions and sensational interpretations of modern classics. Members of the JMU Percussion Ensemble will play one number with So Percussion.

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2018/01/19-so-percussion.shtml

  • Jan 22
    Dublin Irish Dance - Stepping Out

    FORBES CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

    MAINSTAGE THEATRE

    Experience the sights and sounds of Ireland in this dance and music extravaganza! Featuring world champion step dancers, a traditional Irish band and vocalists, the all-star cast of performers have appeared worldwide with Riverdance, Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance, and Celtic Woman. “Step out” for an evening of Celtic culture you won’t soon forget!

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2018/01/22-dublin-irish-dance.shtml

  • Feb 4
    Cantus - Discovery of Sight

    FORBES CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

    CONCERT HALL

    Cantus is among the finest a cappella vocal ensembles known worldwide for its musical versatility, “intellectually, emotionally and musically rich” (Star Tribune) sound, and engaging performances of music ranging from the Renaissance to the 21st century. Discovery of Sight features seasoned masterpieces, newer works, a world premiere commission, and a guest appearance by JMU’s Madison Singers.

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2018/02/04-cantus.shtml

  • Feb 6
    JMU Percussion Ensemble

    FORBES CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

    CONCERT HALL

    The JMU Percussion Ensemble, directed by Casey Cangelosi, 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.

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2018/02/06-percussion-ensemble.shtml

  • Feb 8
    Senior Dance Concert

    FORBES CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

    EARLYNN J. MILLER DANCE THEATRE

    Thursday-Saturday, February 8-10 @ 8 pm

    JMU’s senior dance majors are on the verge of graduation and entering into their exciting careers as dance artists. Come watch them as they showcase their amazing work in this annual concert.

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2018/02/08-senior-dance-concert.shtml

  • Feb 11
    The Steel Wheels

    FORBES CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

    CONCERT HALL

    Hailing from the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, The Steel Wheels has a musical style that weaves through Americana and bluegrass, folk and old-time music, and the acoustic poetry of the finest singer-songwriters. The evening features music from the group’s latest album, Wild As We Came Here.

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2018/02/11-the-steel-wheels.shtml

  • Feb 13
    JMU Symphony Orchestra

    FORBES CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

    CONCERT HALL

    The JMU Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Foster Beyers, is the premier symphonic ensemble for the JMU School of Music.

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2018/02/13-symphony-orchestra.shtml

  • Feb 15
    Opera Spotlight: An Evening in Strauss' Vienna

    FORBES CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

    RECITAL HALL

    Thursday-Friday, February 15-16 @ 8 pm

    Students from the JMU Opera Theater are poised to launch their careers, and this concert is your opportunity to see an incredible talented core of future stars perform songs by Johann Strauss II, tunes from Franz Lehár’s Guiditta, Richard Heuberger’s waltz duet, “Geh’n wir in’s Chambre séparée,” from Der Opernball (The Opera Ball), and more. Learn Viennese waltzes and enjoy Linzer torte and coffee in the lobby following the performance!

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2018/02/15-opera-spotlight.shtml

  • Feb 17
    JMU Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Band

    FORBES CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

    CONCERT HALL

    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.

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2018/02/17-jazz-ensemble-and-jazz-band.shtml

  • Feb 20
    Parade

    FORBES CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

    MAINSTAGE THEATRE

    Tuesday-Friday, February 20-23 @ 8 pm
    Saturday, February 24 @ 3 pm and 8 pm
    Sunday, February 25 @ 2 pm

    Book by Alfred Uhry
    Music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown
    Co-conceived and directed on Broadway by Harold Prince

    This Tony Award-winning musical is based on the true story of Leo Frank, a Brooklyn-raised Jew living in Georgia in 1913. Leo is plant superintendent of a pencil factory where 13-year-old Mary Phagan works. When the girl is found murdered, Leo is immediately suspected, arrested and put on trial. This moving theatrical experience about the dangers of prejudice and ignorance—and the endurance of love and hope against all odds—features students from JMU’s School of Theatre and Dance and School of Music. Adult language and violence.

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2018/02/20-parade.shtml

  • Feb 20
    Ray Chen

    FORBES CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

    CONCERT HALL

    Winner of the Queen Elisabeth (2009) and Yehudi Menuhin Competitions (2008), Ray Chen is among the most compelling young violinists today. Chen has performed on his 1715 “Joachim” Stradivarius violin with the world’s leading orchestras, including the Orchestre National de France, where he performed in Paris’ Bastille Day 2015 concert televised to 800,000 people. With “rock-solid technique and lush sound” (Kurier), “Ray Chen can do pretty much anything he wants on the violin.” (The Washington Post) 

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2018/02/20-ray-chen.shtml

  • Feb 21
    Jay Hershberger, piano

    FORBES CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

    RECITAL HALL

    Dubbed a “superb” pianist with “solid musicianship,” Jay Hershberger has appeared in concerts and recitals throughout North America, Europe and Asia. He tours extensively with Excelsior! Trio, a chamber group he co-founded that performs an eclectic mix of music including classical, folk, jazz and fusion. He is a professor of piano at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota.

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2018/02/21-jay-hershberger.shtml

  • Feb 23
    JMU Brass Band

    FORBES CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

    CONCERT HALL

    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.

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2018/02/23-brass-band.shtml

  • Mar 1
    JMU Symphonic Band

    FORBES CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

    CONCERT HALL

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

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2018/03/01-symphonic-band.shtml

  • Mar 3
    Montreal Guitar Trio

    FORBES CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

    CONCERT HALL

    Described by the CBC as the “hottest guitar ensemble in Canada,” Montreal Guitar Trio (MG3) has established itself as a major musical force. For more than 18 years, the trio’s virtuosity, rigor, creativity, and dynamic stage presence has been winning over audiences around the world. Don’t miss this evening of MG3’s original arrangements, interactive style and “infectious good humor.” (Edmonton Journal, Canada)

    For tickets and proram updates, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2018/03/03-montreal-guitar-trio.shtml

  • Mar 12
    Moscow Festival Ballet - Cinderella

    FORBES CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

    MAINSTAGE THEATRE

    Monday-Tuesday, March 12-13 @ 8 pm

    The classic fairy tale comes to life in one of the world’s most beloved ballets: Sergei Prokofiev’s Cinderella. Featuring a company of 50 dancers, lavish sets and resplendent costumes, this event is a must-see for the entire family!

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2018/03/12-moscow-festival-ballet.shtml

  • Mar 17
    The High Kings - A St. Patrick's Day Celebration

    FORBES CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

    CONCERT HALL

    Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in style with one of world’s most popular Irish folk bands! This concert showcases the incredible versatility and multi-instrumentalist skills of Finbarr Clancy, Brian Dunphy, Martin Furey and Darren Holden who play 13 instruments between them, bringing exciting acoustic flavor to brand new songs and old favorites.

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2018/03/17-the-high-kings.shtml

  • Mar 22
    Sing Out! An A Cappella Celebration

    FORBES CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

    CONCERT HALL

    Thursday-Friday, March 22-23 @ 8 pm

    This joyful, annual concert features JMU’s amazing a cappella groups and a cappella groups from Harrisonburg High School and Rockingham County Public Schools.

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2018/03/22-sing-out.shtml

  • Mar 25
    JMU Symphony Honors Concert

    FORBES CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

    CONCERT HALL

    Experience the JMU Symphony Orchestra as they accompany the winners of the prestigious School of Music Concerto Competition.

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2018/03/25-honors-concert.shtml

  • Mar 27
    Apollo's Fire - The Cleveland Baroque Orchestra, A Night at Bach's Coffeehouse

    FORBES CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

    CONCERT HALL

    “The USA’s hottest baroque band” (Classical Music), Apollo’s Fire will perform the music of Johann Sebastian Bach and his contemporaries in an evening featuring Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 in G Major, Bach’s Concerto in D Minor for Two Violins, selections from Telemann’s Burlesque de Quixotte, as well as works by Handel and Vivaldi.

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2018/03/27-apollos-fire.shtml

  • Mar 29
    New Voices in Dance featuring JMU's Contemporary Dance Ensemble

    FORBES CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

    MAINSTAGE THEATRE

    Thursday-Saturday, March 29-31 @ 8 pm
    Sunday, April 1 @ 2 pm

    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 faculty artist Cynthia Thompson as well as established and up-and-coming choreographers.

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2018/03/29-new-voices.shtml

  • Mar 29
    JMU Brass Band

    FORBES CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

    CONCERT HALL

    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.

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2018/03/29-brass-band.shtml

  • Apr 4
    JMU Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band

    FORBES CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

    CONCERT HALL

    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.

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2018/04/04-wind-symphony-and-symphonic-band.shtml

  • Apr 6
    Ruling the Great White Way featuring Broadway Legend Harold Prince

    FORBES CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

    CONCERT HALL

    Don’t miss this rare opportunity to engage with Broadway legend Harold (Hal) Prince in person! This special event features Harold Prince reflecting on his star-studded career, complimented by live musical theatre performances by renowned JMU alumni who have appeared on Broadway as well as current JMU students.

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2018/04/06-ruling-the-great-white-way.shtml

  • Apr 11
    Gilbert and Sullivan's H.M.S. Pinafore featuring the JMU Opera Theater

    FORBES CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

    CONCERT HALL

    Wednesday-Thursday, April 11-12 @ 8 pm

    Set sail on the high seas with Gilbert and Sullivan’s gleeful and sassy satire H.M.S. Pinafore. This lighthearted and hilarious operetta spoofs British social mores in a convoluted tale of mistaken identity and star-crossed lovers.

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2018/04/11-hms-pinafore.shtml

  • Apr 14
    JMU George West Jazz Festival featuring the JMU Jazz Ensemble

    FORBES CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

    CONCERT HALL

    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.

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2018/04/14-george-west-jazz-festival.shtml

  • Apr 16
    JMU Jazz Band

    FORBES CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

    CONCERT HALL

    The JMU Jazz Band was founded in 1971 and is under the direction of Dr. Chuck Dotas.

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2018/04/16-jazz-band.shtml

  • Apr 18
    Spring Student Dance Concert

    FORBES CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

    EARLYNN J. MILLER DANCE THEATRE

    Wednesday-Saturday, April 18-21 @ 8 pm

    This exciting concert features talented young dancers and choreographers from JMU’s Dance program.

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2018/04/18-spring-dance-concert.shtml

  • Apr 18
    JMU Madison Singers and Chorale

    FORBES CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

    CONCERT HALL

    The Madison Singers is the advanced, auditioned choral chamber ensemble at JMU. Maintaining an active performance schedule both on- and off-campus, the Madison Singers explore, prepare and present advanced choral repertoire that is expressive of the diversity of the human spirit throughout both music history and world cultures.

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2018/04/18-madison-singers-and-chorale.shtml

  • Apr 22
    Mahler's Resurrection Symphony

    FORBES CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

    CONCERT HALL

    The choirs, orchestras and vocal soloists of the JMU Symphony Orchestra and Chorale join forces with students from the Governor’s School of the Arts in Norfolk, Virginia, to perform Gustav Mahler’s Resurrection Symphony. Described as a “heart-shattering work of genius” (Classic FM), Mahler’s mighty work is brought to life in a rare performance by nearly 300 young musicians!

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2018/04/22-mahler.shtml

  • Apr 24
    Stained Glass

    FORBES CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

    MAINSTAGE THEATRE

    Tuesday-Wednesday, April 24-25 @ 8 pm
    Friday-Saturday, April 27-28 @ 8 pm
    Sunday, April 29 @ 2 pm

    By Ingrid De Sanctis

    Jewels, a preacher’s daughter, returns to New Jersey for her father’s funeral in the middle of a hurricane. But the treacherous storm has other plans, washing ashore skeletons, avocado trees, and an oddball cast of characters from Moses to the Little Mermaid. They join Jewels as she journeys through the ruins of past and present, fantasy and truth, looking to find the family she lost and the faith she thought she knew. Features students from JMU’s School of Theatre and Dance in this new play by JMU theatre faculty member Ingrid De Sanctis.

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2018/04/24-stained-glass.shtml

  • Apr 25
    Cameron Carpenter featuring the International Touring Organ

    FORBES CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

    CONCERT HALL

    Cameron Carpenter is having a ball smashing the stereotypes of organists and organ music, and all the while generating international acclaim and controversy unprecedented in his field. Carpenter launched his International Touring Organ in 2014, and is the first solo organist ever nominated for a Grammy Award for a solo album. “No other musician of Carpenter’s generation has more adeptly fused shrewd showmanship, dazzling technique and profound thinking about his instrument and his place in the musical cosmos…” (San Francisco Chronicle)

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2018/04/25-cameron-carpenter.shtml

  • Apr 26
    JMU Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band

    FORBES CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

    CONCERT HALL

    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.

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2018/04/26-wind-symphony-and-symphonic-band.shtml

  • Apr 28
    JMU Percussion Ensemble

    FORBES CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

    CONCERT HALL

    The JMU Percussion Ensemble, directed by Casey Cangelosi, 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.

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2018/04/28-percussion-ensemble.shtml

  • Apr 30
    How I Became a Pirate

    FORBES CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

    MAINSTAGE THEATRE

    Dallas Children's Theater
    Book, Music & Lyrics by Janet Yates Vogt and Mark Friedman
    Based on the book How I Became a Pirate by Melinda Long with illustrations by David Shannon

    ARRRGH! Sail off on a swashbuckling musical excursion as Jeremy Jacobs joins Captain Braid Beard’s band of comical pirates who are searching for the perfect spot to bury their treasure! With songs like “Green Teeth,” “I’m Really Just a Sensitive Guy” and “Talk Like a Pirate,” this joyful family musical is sure to leave mateys singing and dancing in the aisles! Dallas Children’s Theater is one of the top theatres for families in the nation. Recommended for ages 5 and up.

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2018/04/30-how-i-became-a-pirate.shtml

  • May 12
    Community Collage Concert

    FORBES CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

    CONCERT HALL

    This concert benefitting Any Given Child Harrisonburg features vocalists, chamber groups, as well as classical, bluegrass and jazz ensembles drawn from the Shenandoah Valley community. An ensemble of students selected from Harrisonburg City Schools return to the lineup in an evening that combines performance, education and dialogue to engage audiences of all ages.

    For tickets and program updates, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2018/05/12-community-collage-concert.shtml

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