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  • Sep 5
    Christopher K. Morgan & Artists - Headlining the New Dance Festival

    Christopher K. Morgan founded his professional contemporary dance company in 2011, the same year Dance Magazine named him “one of the six breakout choreographers in the United States.” This year’s festival features new works by Christopher K. Morgan & Artists and JMU’s award-winning dance faculty members.

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2014/09/05-christopher-morgan.shtml

  • Sep 6
    Sesame Street's One World One Sky Returns to the JMU Planetarium!

    One World One Sky Returns to the JMU Planetarium!

    Follow Sesame Street's Big Bird and Elmo as they explore the night sky with Hu Hu Zhu, a Muppet from Zhima Jie, the Chinese co-production of Sesame Street. Together, they take an imaginary trip from Sesame Street to the moon, where they discover how different it is from Earth. 


    Following each full-dome film presentation on Saturdays at 11am & 1pm in September, we will raise our incredible Goto Chronos starball and highlight the Valley sky! We will show you the stars, planets and constellations you can see in your backyard sky later that night! If it is sunny, we will also have our solar telescopes set-up outside! See the Sun as the active, dynamic star that it is instead of the pale yellow dot drawn by kids! Don't miss out on seeing our STAR in a safe way that will leave you mesmerized! ALL FREE!

  • Sep 6
    In Search of Our Cosmic Origins at the JMU Planetarium!

    In Search of Our Cosmic Origins at the JMU Planetarium

    About 400 years ago, in Padua, Italy, Galileo observed the sky with a new instrument, the telescope, and our view of the world was transformed. Now, follow the young astronomer Ariane in the show "In Search of Our Cosmic Origins" to discover how astronomers are continuing Galileo's quest to understand the Universe. Ari
    ane takes us on a journey from ALMA's unique site high in Chile's Atacama region, through our Milky Way and onward to some of the most distant galaxies, seen as they were in the early Universe. Closer to home, we learn about the formation of stars and planets, and how ALMA will help us answer questions about our origins. ALMA is the leading telescope for observing the cool Universe, the relic radiation of the Big Bang, and the molecular gas and dust that constitute the building blocks of stars, planetary systems, galaxies, and life itself. ALMA is managed right here in Virginia by National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO)!

    Following each full-dome film presentation on Saturdays at 2:15pm & 3:30pm in September, we will raise our incredible Goto Chronos starball and highlight the Valley sky! We will show you the stars, planets and constellations you can see in your backyard sky later that night! If it is sunny, we will also have our solar telescopes set-up outside! See the Sun as the active, dynamic star that it is instead of the pale yellow dot drawn by kids! Don't miss out on seeing our STAR in a safe way that will leave you mesmerized! ALL FREE!

  • Sep 9
    Storytime in the Understory

    11 a.m.-noon
    Jurney Stage Garden, Edith J. Carrier Arboretum (rain location: Frances Plecker Education Center, Edith J. Carrier Arboretum)

    Young story enthusiasts will develop an understanding of the importance of nature from children’s literature selections. Bring a picnic blanket and picnic lunch for after story time and plan to explore miles of arboretum trails. No advance registration is needed.

    For information, check http://www.jmu.edu/arboretum or call (540) 568-3194. Free.

  • Sep 12
    ICCE Event: Innovation, Collaboration, Creativity, Entrepreneurship

    Start the conversation! Join us on Friday, Sept. 12, at the Festival Conference and Student Center for a high energy evening celebrating JMU Entrepreneurs and featuring: JMU Student Pitch Competition, ICCE Talks, Networking with Alumni, Faculty, and Students, Great Food and More! Click here for more information and to register.

  • Sep 12
    EMERGENCY written and performed by Daniel Beaty

    "The most important new American drama since Angels in America - NYTHEATRE.COM

    A slave ship emerges in front of the Statue of Liberty sending New York City into a whirlwind of emotion in Daniel Beaty’s explosive, solo tour-de-force featuring slam poetry, multi-character transformation, and song. One of the most acclaimed, new playwrights and performers of our time, Beaty portrays a cast of 40 characters who all respond to the unexpected phenomenon. Through the characters’ individual responses to this surreal happening and their varied testimonies on identity and personal freedom, EMERGENCY weaves a stirring commentary on what it is to be human and the longing to be free. Adult content and language.

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2014/09/12-daniel-beaty-emergency.shtml.

  • Sep 13
    Remarkable Trees Field Trip

    7:45 a.m.-5 p.m.

    Meeting in the parking lot at the Frances Plecker Education Center, Edith J. Carrier Arboretum

    Enjoy a tour with destinations including viewing the Remarkable White Oak of the Oak Ridge Estate in Nelson County, a tree known to be about 400 years old. Then see the Lesesne State Forest where American chestnut restoration research in under way with the Virginia Department of Forestry.

    A $10 fee per person includes transportation and tour. To register by Sept. 10, check http://www.jmu.edu/arboretum or call (540) 568-3194.

  • Sep 13
    Children's Monarch Migration Tagging Workshop

    10 a.m.-1 p.m.
    Frances Plecker Education Center, Edith J. Carrier Arboretum

    A workshop program with Linda Marchman, owner of Social Butterflies, teaches tagging for migratory monarch butterflies that emerged from their pupae. The program includes a lecture, a tagging demonstration and the release of butterflies to start migration from the arboretum.

    Beginning at noon, registrants also enjoy a butterfly craft activity with Gail Napora, creative activity facilitator, to create a memento of their released butterfly.

    Cost is $25. To register, check http://www.jmu.edu/arboretum or call (540) 568-3194.

  • Sep 17
    Madison Vision Series: Justice William Mims

    Forbes Center Concert Hall

    The Office of the President, in conjunction with the Madison Institutes of JMU Outreach and Engagement, welcomes Justice William C. Mims. Justice Mims became a member of the Supreme Court of Virginia in 2010. He previously served as Attorney General of Virginia and Chief Deputy Attorney General. He also served in the Virginia Senate and House of Delegates.

    Justice Mims will serve as the Constitution Day speaker in the Madison Vision Series. He will deliver a lecture titled, Be It Ever So Humble: Justice as a Virtue.

    This event is free and open to the public.

  • Sep 22
    Visiting Scholars Program Lecturer Geoff Dabelko

    Geoff Dabelko4 p.m.
    Room 405, Taylor Hall

    Geoff Dabelko, professor and director of Environmental Studies at Ohio University, presents “The Periphery Isn’t Peripheral: Acting on the Integration Imperative for Sustainability.”

    http://www.wilsoncenter.org/staff/geoffrey-d-dabelko

    Sponsored by the College of Arts and Letters. For information, call (540) 568-6472. Free.

  • Sep 22
    Visiting Scholars Program Lecturer Gary Packard

    5:30 p.m.
    Gary PackardRoom 2105, Harrison Hall

    Col. Gary Packard, professor and head of the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership at the U.S. Air Force Academy, presents “Gays in the Military: Why the All-Volunteer Force Didn’t ‘Break’ with the Repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don't Tell.’”

    http://www.usafa.edu/df/dfbl/faculty.cfm

    Sponsored by the College of Arts and Letters. For information, call (540) 568-6472. Free.

  • Sep 22
    Dominion Lecture Series

    Portrait of Dr. Leah P. Hollis
    Dr. Leah P. Hollis

    7-8 p.m.
    Transitions, Warren Hall

    “Changing Agents: Inclusive Excellence as Path to Innovation” presented by Dr. Leah P. Hollis, diversity trainer and consultant. With shifting demographics in staff, students and community, any university needs inclusive practices in leadership. Such inclusive leadership practices that embrace diversity and civility assist in maintaining a healthy environment. The keynote speech will reflect on the diversity and innovation that emerge from a culture of inclusion.

    The lecture will be introduced by Mrs. Mary Ann Alger and a reception will follow the lecture in the same location. For information, contact Kristi McDonnell at (540) 568-7998.

    Free admission.

  • Sep 23
    How I Learned To Drive

    Winner of the 1998 Pulitzer Prize for Drama
    By Paula Vogel

    Hold onto the wheel for “a most compelling ride” through one woman’s memories of her harrowing childhood in rural Maryland in the 1960s. Through a series of flashbacks and flash-forwards, Li’l Bit shares her story of survival through an inappropriate sexual relationship initiated by her Uncle Peck during her first driving lesson. Features students from JMU’s School of Theatre and Dance.

    Contains sexual content. Parental discretion advised. 

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2014/09/23-learned-to-drive.shtml

  • Sep 24
    Conference - Seeding the Future of African American Poetry

    Seeding the Future of African American Poetry: Sept. 24-27, 2014Held only once a decade, this much-anticipated gathering of poets and scholars features readings by many of the best established and emerging African American poets writing today—and all of these readings are free and open to the public.

    For more information and to reserve your place at the Furious Flower Poetry Conference, please visit FuriousFlower2014.com, or call us at (540) 568-8883.

    James Madison University and the Furious Flower Poetry Center are committed to creating events that are accessible to all. If you need an accommodation related to a disability or condition please contact us at least two weeks in advance to ensure that we are able to best meet your needs. You can email or call Elizabeth Hoover: hoovered@jmu.edu or 540-568-2694.


    Schedule of Events

    The following is subject to change as we get closer to the conference. Last updated August 29, 2014. Most of the events are free and open to the public. Those *with asterisks* require registration or tickets.

    If you intend to drive onto the JMU campus, please consult our parking guide.

    Wednesday, September 24, 2014

    1 – 5 p.m. Registration, Festival Conference Center (upper level)

    6 – 7:30 Gallery opening and reception, Duke Hall Gallery

    Time collapses as Nigerian artist Wole Lagunju merges images from the Victorian era with Yoruba Gelede to create intriguing paintings, and pop culture becomes bedfellows with archetypal imagery in his kaleidoscopic works. Such genre-bending speaks to the notions of identity, gender, power, and difference. It also generates conversations about multiculturalism, globalization and transcultural ethos.

    8 p.m. *Opening concert,* Forbes Center for the Performing Arts

    Fusion: Poetry Voiced in Choral Song: featuring Aurelia Williams (soloist), Morgan State University Choir directed by Eric Conway), and JMU Chorale (directed by Jo-Anne van der Vat-Chromy) with original music composed by Randy Klein and based on the poetry of Margaret Walker, Michael Harper, and Yusef Komunyakaa

    (Your ticket for this concert is included with conference registration. Additional tickets are available for purchase here.)

    Thursday, September 25, 2014

    8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Registration, Festival Conference Center Lobby

    8 – 8:30 a.m. *Continental breakfast,* Festival Conference Center Ballroom

    8:30 – 9:15 a.m. Opening session, Festival Conference Center Ballroom

    Documentary: Furious Flower I and II

    Occasion by Joanne Gabbin, Executive Director of Furious Flower Poetry Center, JMU

    Welcome by Jonathan Alger, President of James Madison University

    Remarks by Jerry Benson, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, JMU

    9:30 – 11:30 a.m. Critics’ roundtable, Festival Conference Center Ballroom

    The Black Avant-Garde: Formal Poetic Innovation by Black Artists in America, moderated by Lauri Ramey, California State University, Los Angeles; with Aldon Lynn Nielson, Mendi Lewis Obadike, C. S. Giscombe, Douglas Kearney, Mark McMorris, giovanni singleton, Tyrone Williams, Meta DuEwa Jones

    11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. Lunch break

    1:30 – 3:30 p.m. Special session, Festival Conference Center Ballroom

    S.O.S. Calling All Black People: Honoring the Memory of Amiri Baraka, a panel discussion with John H. Bracey, Jr., Sonia Sanchez, and James Smethurst; poetry readings by Tony Medina, jessica Care moore, Evie Shockley, Quincy Troupe, Eugene Redmond, Haki Madhubuti

    4 – 5:15 p.m. Concurrent sessions, Taylor Hall 

    Black Aesthetics (Taylor 302)
    Moderator: Arlette Miller Smith, John Fisher College

    Panther Teacher: Sarah Webster Fabio and the Black Arts Movement    
    Michael New, Keene State College

    Sonia Sanchez: Inviting Ancestors to Chandelier Sound   
    Becky Thompson, Simmons College

    We Are Cowboys in the Boat of Ra: Sonny Rollins and Ishmael Reed’s Black Cowboy   
    Brian Flota, James Madison University

    Carrying On: Jayne Cortez, Wanda Coleman, and Amiri Baraka 
    M. Nzadi Keita, Ursinus College; Jacqueline Jones LaMon, Adelphi University

    Chain-Chain-Change Your Mind: The Rhetorical Successes of the Black Arts Movement
    Sarah RudeWalker, Penn State University

    Black Poetry = Black Pedagogy? (Taylor 405)

    We Poets Too: The Dynamics and Consequence of Rap as an Area of Concentration for the MFA in Creative Writing 
    Dennis Winston, Howard University

    Don’t Deny My Voice: Seeding Poetry and the Poetics of Effective Instruction and Learning 
    Jeffrey D. Mack, Albany (GA) State University (moderator); Zanice Bond, Tuskeegee University; Deborah Ford, Mississippi Valley State University

    Craft Focus: Metaphor (Taylor 305)

    Metaphor beyond Hermeneutics in the Book of Isaiah
    Valerie Sweeney Prince, Allegheny College

    Navigating the Binary and the Redefinition of Blackness 
    Hoke (Bro Yao) Glover, Bowie State University

    Recapitulation, Prophecy, and Power: Metaphor, Mullen, and Muse Drudge
    Monifa A. Love Asante, Bowie State University

    In the Tradition (Taylor 309)

    Celebrating the 21st Anniversary of a Seminal Anthology of Young Black Writers  
    Kimberly A. Collins, Spalding University (moderator); Artress Bethany White, Carson-Newman University; Esther Iverem, Washington, D.C.; Tony Medina, Howard University; Thomas Sayers Ellis, Lesley University

    Poets of Place: Margaret Walker and Brenda Marie Osbey (Taylor 306)
    Moderator: Deborah McDowell, University of Virginia 

    For Her People: A Tribute to Margaret Walker
    Page Laws, Norfolk State University

    Summoning Our Saints: The Poetry of Brenda Marie Osbey 
    Thadious Davis, University of Pennsylvania; John Wharton Lowe, University of Georgia; Reggie Scott Young, University of Louisiana, Lafayette; Malin Pereira, University of North Carolina, Charlotte

    Poetry of the Black Diaspora: Transgressing Borders (Taylor 402)

    The Metic Experience of the Black British Writer: Challenging the Margins 
    Malika Booker, London, England; Roger Robinson, London, England; Nick Makoha, London, England

    Talking Trethewey, Talking Truth, Talking Time (Taylor 400)
    Moderator: Opal Moore, Spelman College

    Ruthless Memory in Thrall and Native Guard
    Keith Leonard, American University

    Natasha Trethewey’s Thrall: History, Truth, and Resonance
    Annette Debo, Western Carolina University

    The Poetics of Time and Place in Natasha Trethewey 
    Meta DuEwa Jones, Howard University

    History, Memory, and Nostalgia in the Works of Natasha Trethewey 
    Nagueyalti Warren, Emory University

    5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Dinner break

    8 – 10:30 p.m. Poetry reading, Wilson Hall Auditorium

    Nikki Giovanni, Thomas Sayers Ellis (with James Brandon Lewis and Luke Stewart), Brenda Marie Osbey, Marilyn Nelson, Aracelis Girmay, Afaa Michael Weaver, Patricia Smith, Major Jackson

    Friday, September 26, 2014

    8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Registration, Festival Conference Center Lobby

    7:30 – 8:30 a.m. *Continental breakfast,* Taylor Hall (307)

    8 – 9:15 a.m. Concurrent sessions, Taylor Hall

    Blues across Borders (Taylor 302)
    Moderator: J. Indigo Eriksen, Northern Virginia Community College

    The Evolving Imagination in Two Pan-African Poetic Forms
    Anthony Kellman, Georgia Regents University

    The Diasporic Crux: The Sculpted Ocean in “Requiem for Aunt May” by Ishion Hutchinson and “Griot or Keeper of Begots” by Erica Hunt  
    Mildred R. Mickle, Penn State University

    The Landscape of Exile in the Poetry of Dennis Brutus and Arthur Nortje 
    Stan Galloway, Bridgewater College

    Jayne Cortez and Circum-Atlantic Dialogue
    Renee M. Kingan, College of William and Mary

    “For a Single, Beautiful Word”: The Construction of Blackness in the Parsley Massacre
    J. Indigo Eriksen, Northern Virginia Community College

    The Crucible of Affrilachia (Taylor 400)

    The Affrilachian States of America: Making a Space for Black Regional Poetry  
    Keith S. Wilson, Covington, Kentucky 

    “Scratch Out a New Picture”: Seven Years of pluck! Magazine
    Mitchell L. H. Douglas (moderator), Indiana University; Phillip B. Williams, Washington University, St. Louis; Aziza D. Barnes, New York; Nate Marshall, University of Michigan; Ama Codjoe, Bronx, New York

    Form as Resistance: Performance and Composition Strategies in the Avant-Garde (Taylor 305)
    Moderator: Hilary Holladay, University of Virginia 

    “Who Stole the Soul?”: An Avant-Garde History of the Dark Room Collective 
    Keith D. Leonard, American University

    “Soundtrack for a Generational Shift”: The Visual Representation of Music in Evie Shockley’s The New Black 
    Laura E. Vrana, Penn State University

    Loud and Queer: Spoken Word Poetics and Sexual Politics  
    McKinley Melton, Gettysburg College

    Sex as Resistance in the Poetry of Melvin Dixon
    Christopher Rose, Portland Community College

    Green Is the New Black (Taylor 404)

    Black and Green and Read All Over: African American Nature Poetics 
    Camille T. Dungy, Colorado State University (moderator); Douglas Kearney, CalArts; Gregory Pardlo, Columbia University; Kendra Hamilton, Presbyterian College

    Keeping the Torch Lit (Taylor 405)

    The Furious Flower Poetry Summer Seminars on Lucille Clifton (2009) and
    Sonia Sanchez (2011)
    DaMaris Hill, University of Kentucky (moderator); Becky Thompson, Simmons College; Antoinette Brim, Capital Community College; Sandra Staton-Taiwo, Alabama State University; Patricia Biela, Hampton, Virginia; Colena Corbett, University of South Carolina

    The Power of Collectives (Taylor 402)

    Carolina African American Writers Collective: A Critical Fellowship 
    Lenard D. Moore, University of Mount Olive (moderator); L. Teresa Church, Durham, North Carolina; Raina J. Leon, St. Mary’s College; Grace C. Ocasio, Charlotte, North Carolina

    The Watering Hole: A Space that Sustains Black Poetry and Community 
    Candace G. Wiley, University of South Carolina (moderator) and Monifa Lemons (moderator), Columbia, South Carolina; members of The Watering Hole community

    Publishing Visionaries (Taylor 306)

    Willow Books and the Future of African American Poetry 
    Reginald Flood, Eastern Connecticut State University; Derrick Harriell, University of Mississippi; Randall Horton, University of New Haven; featuring readings by Kelly Norman Ellis, Chicago State University; Curtis L. Crisler, Indiana University, Perdue University Fort Wayne

    10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Critics’ roundtable, Festival Conference Center Ballroom

    Diaspora Poetry: Black Poetry Crossing, Expanding, and Challenging Borders, moderated by Daryl Cumber Dance, University of Richmond; with Kwame Dawes, Brenda Marie Osbey, Lorna Goodison

    12:15 – 1:45 p.m. Lunch break

    *Laureate’s luncheon,* Festival Conference Center Ballroom (tickets required)

    Introduction by Nikki Giovanni, Distinguished Professor at Virginia Tech

    Keynote by Rita Dove, Commonwealth Professor at University of Virginia

    2:15 – 4:45 p.m. Poetry reading, Wilson Hall Auditorium

    Rita Dove, Frank X Walker, Ekere Mariahadessa Tallie, Elizabeth Alexander, Cornelius Eady, Toi Derricotte, Yusef Komunyakaa, Ishmael Reed

    6:30 – 7 p.m. Gallery reception, Festival Conference Center's Lisanby Museum

    For the 2004 Furious Flower Poetry Conference, Malaika Favorite was commissioned to paint a 24-portrait museum piece to serve as the major attraction, and it is featured here. Favorite layered the portraits of famous black poets with fragments of the poets’ writing and images to create, as art historian Maureen Shanahan writes in the International Journal of Art & Design Education (June 2010), “an interactive visual-textual body of poets and poetry.”

    7:30 – 10 p.m. *Lifetime Achievement awards gala,* Festival Conference Center Ballroom

    Rita Dove presented by Elizabeth Alexander

    Toi Derricotte presented by Cornelius Eady

    Michael Harper presented by Anthony Walton

    Yusef Komunyakaa presented by Hermine Pinson

    Marilyn Nelson presented by Opal Moore

    Quincy Troupe presented by Keith Gilyard

    Ishmael Reed presented by Mursalata Muhammad

    Special performance by Orchesis Dance Ensemble, Bethune-Cookman University (Carla Lester, director) 

    10:30 p.m. – 1 a.m. Poetry jam, Festival Conference Center Ballroom

    Tyehimba Jess, Kamilah Aisha Moon, Dawn Lundy Martin, Douglas Kearney, Mendi Lewis Obadike, Tennessee Reed, Duriel Harris; with music by DJ Phaze

    Saturday, September 27, 2014

    8 a.m. – 12 p.m. Registration, Festival Conference Center Lobby

    7:30 – 8:30 a.m. *Continental breakfast,* Taylor Hall (307)

    8 – 9:15 a.m. Concurrent sessions, Taylor Hall 

    Archaeologies and Archives: Uncovering the Silenced Voices of Women (Taylor 302)
    Moderator: Patricia Lespinasse, Binghamton University

    “It Is Dangerous to Defy the Gods”: The Poetics and Politics of Silence in Women’s Poetry of the Harlem Renaissance
    Michelle J. Pinkard, Tennessee State University

    Recognizably (new) Black: Reading Evie Shockley’s “mesostics”
    Sequoia Maner, University of Texas at Austin

    Archaeologies of Black Women’s Memory: Grace Nichols’s I is a long memoried woman and Nagueyalti Warren’s Margaret
    Shirley Toland- Dix, UNCF/Mellon Programs

    Beast Inside: The Trope of the Animal in African American Poetry (Taylor 306)

    Writing as Metamorphosis in Thylias Moss’s Slave Moth
    Jeffery Westover, Boise State University

    Everything Is Animal
    Aracelis Girmay, Hampshire College; Rachel Eliza Griffiths, Sarah Lawrence College; Kamilah Aisha Moon, Medgar Evers College; Samantha Thornhill, Juilliard School

    Interrogating the Avant-Garde (Taylor 400)

    What Is African American about the Black Avant-Garde? 
    Erica Hunt, New York (moderator); Tonya Foster, City University of New York; Dawn Lundy Martin, University of Pittsburgh; John Keene, Rutgers University; Tyrone Williams, Xavier University; Evie Shockley, Rutgers University

    Reimagining Tropes (Taylor 305)
    Moderator: Dana Williams, Howard University

    Landscape, Love, and the Likeness of Black Women in the Poetry of Frank X Walker
    Shauna Morgan Kirlew, Howard University

    “Shut Your Rhetorics in a Box”: Social Commentary in Gwendolyn Brooks’s The Anniad 
    Bryan Duncan, Bridgewater College

    “Live in the Along”: Temporal Vocabularies in Gwendolyn Brooks’s Poems of Childhood  
    Rachel Conrad, Hampshire College

    In between the Sacred and the Violated: Understanding Rita Dove’s Mother Love
    Althea Tait, University of Arizona

    Technology-Driven Composition (Taylor 402)

    Visual Poetry
    Reginald O. Johns, Hampton, Virginia

    Electronic Corpse: The Role of Social Media in Collaborative Poetry-Making
    M. Ayodele Heath, Atlanta, Georgia; Christina Springer, Santa Clara, California; Joel Dias-Porter, Atlantic City, New Jersey

    Golden Shovel Anthology Honoring Gwendolyn Brooks
    Peter Kahn, Chicago, Illinois; Patricia Smith, College of Staten Island, CUNY

    10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Critics’ roundtable, Grafton-Stovall Theatre

    Going Too Far: The Queer Poetics Distraction from Issues of Race and Class, moderated by Jericho Brown, Emory University; with Mendi Lewis Obadike, Roger Reeves, L. Lamar Wilson

    12 – 1:15 p.m. Lunch break

    12:30 – 3 p.m. Special session for K – 12 teachers, Taylor Hall (405)

    Presented by University of Virginia’s Center for Liberal Arts: an introductory panel on teaching African American poetry (confers professional development credits and requires separate registration; email rla@virginia.edu or register onsite)

    1:30 – 3 p.m. Open mic, Grafton-Stovall Theatre

    Emcee: Tim Seibles, Old Dominion University

    Special performance by dance students, JMU School of Theatre and Dance (Cynthia Thompson, director)

    3:30 – 5:30 p.m. Poetry reading, Grafton-Stovall Theatre

    Remica Bingham-Risher, Jericho Brown, Camille Dungy, Patricia Spears Jones, Duriel Harris, Samantha Thornhill, A. Van Jordan, Michael Harper

    5:45 – 7:45 p.m. Dinner break

    8 – 10:30 p.m. *Conference finale,* Wilson Hall Auditorium

    Praised for his music’s “elusive beauty” (DownBeat), and for his “style informed by tradition but not encumbered by it” (Philadelphia City Paper), saxophonist Ravi Coltrane brings his quartet to JMU for the close of the 2014 Furious Flower Poetry Conference. 

    (Your ticket for this concert is included with conference registration. Additional tickets are available for purchase here.)

    Ongoing Exhibits

    Visit any of these installations and exhibits throughout the conference.

    Art of Wole Lagunju at Duke Hall Gallery; see description above for the opening on Wednesday, 9/24, at 6 p.m.

    The Growing Exhibit at Carrier Library: C. B. Claiborne captures the spontaneous, impulsive, reflective, and unexpected moments of the 2014 Furious Flower Poetry Conference on film. Photographs are added to the digital exhibit each day, culminating in a conference vignette.

    Standing Among Poets in Warren Hall (Transitions): Photos captured and selected by Lynda Koolish feature Lucille Clifton among her poet friends. Other photographs made by C. B. Claiborne show the spirit of artistic community that formed during previous Furious Flower poetry conferences.

    Beyond Mountains in the Festival Conference Center lobby (near registration tables): Photos by students in the fall 2013 “Performance for the Lens” class taught by JMU’s Professor of Art, Corinne Diop, are based on Nadine Pinede’s chapbook, An Invisible Geography.

    Art of Malaika Favorite at Festival's Lisanby Museum; see description above for the reception on 9/26 at 6:30 p.m.

    Furious Flower Conference Exhibit in Warren Hall (Transitions): The JMU Bookstore features the books of poets and critics participating in the conference. More than 100 titles are available. In addition, select items from the Furious Flower catalog are on display and available for purchase.

    Artifacts at Warren Hall patio: Vendors are on hand throughout the conference with fabrics, clothing, jewelry, perfumes, art, and artifacts. In case of rain, the vendor exhibits will be housed inside Warren Hall (Transitions).

  • Sep 24
    Fusion: Poetry Voiced in Choral Song

    A Collaborative Project with JMU's Furious Flower Poetry Center

    This uplifting choral celebration features Broadway sensation Aurelia Williams, the Morgan State University Choir directed by Eric Conway, and the JMU Madison Singers and Chorale, with original music composed by Randy Klein and based on the poetry of Margaret Walker, Michael Harper and Yusef Komunyakaa.

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2014/09/24-fusion.shtml

  • Sep 26
    Fall Plant and Bulb Sale

    Sept. 26-27

    9 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday and Saturday
    Frances Plecker Education Center, Edith J. Carrier Arboretum

    Perennials, shrubs and tress planted in the fall establish to be ready for a spring bloom that will burst into enviable color.

    For information, check http://www.jmu.edu/arboretum or call (540) 568-3194.

  • Sep 30
    JMU Wind Symphony

    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.

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2014/09/30-wind-symphony.shtml

  • Oct 2
    JMU Brass Band

    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/2014/10/02-brass-band.shtml

  • Oct 4
    Jazz 4 Justice

    Featuring the JMU Jazz Ensemble and Faculty

    Take a walk down memory lane with hits from the big-band swing era. This annual concert features JMU’s Jazz Ensemble directed by Dr. Chuck Dotas, as well as award-winning faculty members and a special guest conductor. Musicians of all levels are encouraged to bring their instruments and join in a post-concert jam session in the Grand Lobby. This concert is in cooperation with Virginia State Bar’s Diversity Conference and benefits the Diversity Conference, Blue Ridge Legal Services, Inc. and JMU’s School of Music scholarships.

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2014/10/04-jazz-justice.shtml

  • Oct 7
    Gone Missing

    Written by Steve Cosson from interviews by the Civilians
    Music and Lyrics by Michael Friedman

    Gone Missing, dubbed "a cunningly constructed show" by The New York Times, is a wry and whimsical documentary musical about things that go missing: keys, personal identification, a Gucci pump, or one’s mind. It was conceived in 2003 by the Civilians, an acclaimed investigative theatre company in New York City, from man-on-the-street interviews. 

    Contains adult content.

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2014/10/07-gone-missing.shtml

  • Oct 8
    Visiting Scholars Program Lecturer Andrew Morris-Singer

    6:30 p.m.
    Andrew Morris-SingerRoom 2301, Health and Human Services Building

    Andrew Morris-Singer, physician; instructor, Harvard Medical School; president and principal founder, Primary Care Progress, presents “Revitalizing Primary Care: All Hands on Deck.”

    http://primarycareprogress.org/morris-singerbio

    Sponsored by the College of Arts and Letters. For information, call (540) 568-6472. Free.

  • Oct 10
    Colin Mochrie & Brad Sherwood: Two Man Group

    Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood, stars of the Emmy-nominated Who’s Line Is It Anyway?, have teamed up to present an evening of extraordinary improvisational comedy. Using their quick wit, Colin and Brad take contributions from the audience to create hilarious and original scenes, just like a live version of Who’s Line!

    This show is improvised.  The performers do not control audience suggestions.  Parental discretion advised.

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2014/10/10-colin-and-brad.shtml

  • Oct 11
    JMU Pops! Music from Stage and Screen

    Les Miserables, Star Wars, Riverdance, and more!

    This one-of-a-kind musical extravaganza showcases some of JMU's finest music ensembles: JMU's Brass Band, Symphony Orchestra, Madison Singers and Chorale, as well as the Marching Royal Dukes. Audiences of all ages will enjoy music from Riverdance, a medley of James Bond themes, John Williams' unforgettable Star Wars Suite, plus songs from Les Miserables and Gershwin favorites.

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2014/10/11-jmu-pops.shtml

    

  • Oct 13
    Flu Vaccine Clinic

    Oct. 13 | 9am-5pm | University Health Center

    Free flu shots for Aetna and Anthem members with insurance card in hand (FluMist $40)

    The cost without Aetna or Anthem health insurance is $23 flu shot, $40 FluMist (ages 4-49).

    Forms of payment accepted are cash, check, and credit card, but NO FLEX. Receipts will be provided for other insurance reimbursement.

    JMU will pay for a flu shot (not FluMist) for any JMU employee (with identification) without Aetna or Anthem health insurance.

    The vaccine is being provided by Maxim Health Systems for two days only, Oct. 13 at the Walk-in Clinic entrance of the University Health Center, located on the corner of Mason Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Way, from 9-5, and Oct. 14 in the Highlands Room of the Festival Conference and Student Center from 8-2:30. Parking is very limited and not close to either location, but there are bus stops at both locations.

  • Oct 13
    Visiting Scholars Program Lecturer Ed Sarath

    7 p.m.
    Room 2105, Harrison Hall

    Ed SarathEd Sarath, professor of music and director of the program in creativity and consciousness studies at the University of Michigan, presents “Creativity, Consciousness and the Future of Education: Jazz as Change in the 21st Century Academy.”

    http://www.music.umich.edu/faculty_staff/bio.php?u=sarahara

    Sponsored by the College of Arts and Letters. For information, call (540) 568-6472. Free.

  • Oct 14
    Flu Vaccine Clinic

    Oct. 14 | 8am-2:30pm | Festival Highlands Room

    Free flu shots for Aetna and Anthem members with insurance card in hand (FluMist $40)

    The cost without Aetna or Anthem health insurance is $23 flu shot, $40 FluMist (ages 4-49).

    Forms of payment accepted are cash, check, and credit card, but NO FLEX. Receipts will be provided for other insurance reimbursement.

    JMU will pay for a flu shot (not FluMist) for any JMU employee (with identification) without Aetna or Anthem health insurance.

    The vaccine is being provided by Maxim Health Systems for two days only, Oct. 13 at the Walk-in Clinic entrance of the University Health Center, located on the corner of Mason Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Way, from 9-5, and Oct. 14 in the Highlands Room of the Festival Conference and Student Center from 8-2:30.

    Parking is very limited and not close to either location, but there are bus stops at both locations.

  • Oct 14
    Marianne Gedigian, flute

    Marianne Gedigian has served as acting principal flute with the Pittsburgh Symphony, Boston Pops Orchestra, and Boston Symphony Orchestra and can be heard on dozens of Evening at Pops television broadcasts and on the soundtracks for Saving Private Ryan and Schindler’s List.

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2014/10/14-marianne-gedigian.shtml

  • Oct 16
    Madison Vision Series: Jeff Rosen

    Forbes Center Concert Hall

    The Office of the President, in conjunction with the Madison Institutes of JMU Outreach and Engagement, welcomes Jeffrey Rosen. Mr. Rosen became President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Constitution Center in 2013. He is a law profesor at George Washington University as well as a noted journalist who's essays and commentaries have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic Monthly, on National Public Radio, and in The New Yorker.

    Mr. Rosen will be this year's second speaker in the Madison Vision Series.

    This event is free and open to the public.

  • Oct 21
    JMU Symphonic Band

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2014/10/21-symphonic-band.shtml

  • Oct 23
    Visiting Scholars Program Lecturer Caty Borum Chattoo

    7 p.m.
    Caty Borum ChattooRoom 2105, Harrison Hall

    Caty Borum Chattoo, professor of public communication and executive in residence, School of Communication, American University, presents “Designing for Impact: A Strategic Approach to Storytelling.”

    http://www.american.edu/soc/faculty/chattoo.cfm

    Sponsored by the College of Arts and Letters. For information, call (540) 568-6472. Free.

  • Oct 24
    JMU Madison Singers and Chorale

    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.

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2014/10/24-madison-singers-chorale.shtml

  • Oct 27
    Visiting Scholars Program Lecturer Alice Honig

    Alice HonigMemorial Hall Auditorium

    Alice Honig, professor emerita, Syracuse University, presents “Infant Mental Health: Insurance for our Future.”

    http://falk.syr.edu/faculty/HonigAlice.aspx

    Sponsored by the College of Arts and Letters. For information, call (540) 568-6472. Free.

  • Oct 27
    JMU Percussion Ensemble

    The JMU Percussion Ensemble, directed by William C. Rice 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.

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2014/10/27-percussion-ensemble.shtml

  • Oct 28
    Machinal

    By Sophie Treadwell

    Inspired by the sensationalist 1927 trial of Ruth Snyder, Sophie Treadwell’s expressionistic portrayal of the events and forces surrounding Snyder’s alleged crime leaves open the question of guilt. Suffocated by her manipulative mother, overbearing husband and the dehumanizing industrialism that drives Prohibition-era New York City, a “Young Woman” makes the ultimate bid for freedom. Features students from JMU’s School of Theatre and Dance. 

    Adult content. 

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2014/10/28-machinal.shtml

  • Oct 30
    Visiting Scholars Program Lecturer Charles Morgan



    Charles Morgan

    Room 1261, Harrison Hall

    Charles Morgan, research psychiatrist/associate clinical professor of psychiatry at Yale University, presents “Stress vulnerability and stress reliance; why people differ in their responses to traumatic events: Insights from psycho-neurological studies of Special Forces.”

    http://medicine.yale.edu/psychiatry/people/charles_a_morgan-2.profile

    Sponsored by the College of Arts and Letters. For information, call (540) 568-6472. Free.

  • Oct 30
    JMU Wind Symphony

    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.

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2014/10/30-wind-symphony.shtml

  • Nov 1
    Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn's Such Sweet Thunder

    Featuring JMU's Jazz Ensemble and Theatre Students

    In honor of Shakespeare’s 450th anniversary, the JMU Jazz Studies program and the School of Theatre and Dance come together for a production of Duke Ellington’s masterful jazz suite Such Sweet Thunder. Written in 1957 by Duke Ellington and his longtime collaborator Billy Strayhorn, this inspired, 12-part tribute to the Bard takes it name from a line in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2014/11/01-such-sweet-thunder.shtml

  • Nov 4
    Visiting Scholars Program Lecturer Pilar Perez Solano

    6 p.m.
    Pilar Perez SolanoRoom 2105, Harrison Hall

    Pilar Perez Solano, documentary filmmaker, presents “The Making and Meaning of ‘Las maestras de la Republica.’”

    http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1429327/

    Sponsored by the College of Arts and Letters. For information, call (540) 568-6472. Free.

  • Nov 5
    Madison Vision Series: iDebate Rwanda

    Memorial Hall, Auditorium

    The Office of the President, in conjunction with the Madison Institutes of JMU Outreach and Engagement, welcomes iDebate Rwanda. Six young debaters from Rwanda are traveling to campus to share the story of recovery of Rwanda through the eyes of a post genocide generation.

    iDebate Rwanda will be this year's third lecture in the Madison Vision Series.

    This event is free and open to the public.

  • Nov 7
    La Bohème

    By Giacomo Puccini
    Featuring the JMU Opera Theater

    La Bohème is easy to love—and impossible to forget. With sweeping orchestral and choral music, Puccini’s ravishing heartbreaker and its romantic characters touch our hearts with pathos and surging passions.

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2014/11/07-la-boheme.shtml

  • Nov 10
    An Evening of Storytelling with Garrison Keillor

    In this solo performance, Garrison Keillor shares hilarious anecdotes about growing up in the Midwest, the people of Lake Wobegon and “late-life fatherhood.” America’s favorite storyteller is best known for his wildly popular show A Prairie Home Companion.

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2014/11/10-garrison-keillor.shtml

  • Nov 12
    Fall Student Dance Concert

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

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2014/11/12-fall-student-dance.shtml

  • Nov 14
    JMU Brass Band

    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/2014/11/14-brass-band.shtml

  • Nov 16
    Parallel Exit - Exit Stage Left

    "They get laughs simply by breathing" - The New York Times

    A Forbes Family Fun Event

    “Featuring enough slamming doors, pratfalls, songs, magic tricks, tap-dancing and slapstick to fuel a dozen shows” (The New York Post), Parallel Exit’s Exit Stage Left is a rollicking, speed-of-light comedy inspired by the films of Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin.

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2014/11/16-parallel-exit.shtml

  • Nov 22
    Thanksgiving Break

    Nov. 22-30

    Classes do not meet.

  • Nov 27
    Thanksgiving Holiday

    Nov. 27-28

    University closed.

  • Dec 1
    Classes resume

    Classes meet as scheduled.

  • Dec 2
    JMU Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Band

    The JMU Jazz Ensemble was founded in 1971 and is the premier jazz group in the School of Music at JMU. The group has been featured with the U.S. Navy Commodores Jazz Ensemble and U.S. Air Force Airmen of Note Jazz Ensemble, and at the East Coast Jazz Festival in Rockville, Md. The JMU Jazz Band was founded in 1971.

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2014/12/02-jazz-ensemble-band.shtml

  • Dec 4
    Dancescapes / Featuring JMU's Virginia Repertory Dance Company

    JMU’s premier dance ensemble will present a program that is “varied, fun and athletic” (Richmond Times-Dispatch). The company will perform cutting-edge choreography by nationally known guest artists in the field of contemporary dance and dance faculty members.

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2014/12/04-dancescapes.shtml

  • Dec 4
    JMU Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band

    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.

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2014/12/04-wind-symphony-symphonic.shtml

  • Dec 6
    Holidayfest

    Featuring the JMU Symphony Orchestra and Madison Singers and Chorale

    A Forbes Family Fun Event

    This community favorite returns with an assortment of holiday classics and masterworks by JMU’s small and large music ensembles. Prior to the December 7th matinee (at 12:30 pm), children can enjoy crafts, cookies and cider in the Grand Lobby. 

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2014/12/06-holidayfest.shtml

  • Dec 8
    Final examinations

  • Dec 11
    Robin & Linda Williams / A Fundraising Event for WMRA Radio

    Robin and Linda Williams perform “a robust blend of bluegrass, folk, old-time and acoustic country that combines wryly observant lyrics with a wide-ranging melodicism.

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2014/12/11-williams-wmra.shtml

  • Dec 13
    Winter Break

    Dec. 13, 2014-Jan. 11, 2015

    Classes do not meet.

  • Dec 13
    Commencement

    10 a.m.
    JMU Convocation Center

  • Dec 24
    Holiday

    Dec. 24-31

    University closed.

  • Jan 17
    Sleeping Beauty starring David Gonzalez

    A Forbes Family Fun Event.

    Master storyteller David Gonzalez returns to the Forbes Center with a modern twist on the classic tale of Sleeping Beauty replete with rhyming, live music inspired by Bach’s Goldberg Variations, image projections and exquisite lighting.

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2015/01/17-sleeping-beauty.shtml

  • Jan 22
    Trio Sorpresa

    One of the hottest piano trios today, Trio Sorpresa is a powerhouse of master musicians Wanchi Huang (violin), Robert Koenig (piano) and Jacob Braun (cello) known for their “superb technique” and “innate musicality.

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2015/01/22-trio-sorpresa.shtml

  • Jan 23
    Man-Speak-Dance with Shane O'Hara and Ric Rose

    Longtime colleagues Shane O’Hara (James Madison University) and Ric Rose (University of Florida) reunite for a dance theatre performance that will have audiences laughing in their seats!

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2015/01/23-man-speak-dance.shtml

  • Jan 26
    JMU Percussion Ensemble

    The JMU Percussion Ensemble, directed by William C. Rice 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.

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2015/01/26-percussion-ensemble.shtml

  • Feb 4
    Orquesta Sinfónica del Estado de México

    Symphony Orchestra of the State of Mexico / Enrique Bátiz, Music Director and Chief Conductor

    Direct from Mexico City, the Orquesta Sinfónica del Estado de México was founded in 1971 by Maestro Enrique Bátiz and the State Government of Mexico. This extraordinary evening features Joaquín Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez with Mexican guitar soloist Alfonso Moreno, Joaquín Turina’s Danzas Fantásticas Op 22, and Johannes Brahms’ Symphony No. 4 in E Minor, Op. 98.

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2015/02/04-mexico-symphony.shtml

  • Feb 7
    Opera Spotlight

    Songs and Scenes from the World's Greatest Operas

    Graduate students from the JMU Opera Theater are poised to launch their careers, and this event is your opportunity to see this incredibly talented core of future stars perform sweeping melodies from Leoncavallo’s I Pagliacci and Mascagni’s 1890 masterpiece Cavalleria rusticana.

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2015/02/07-opera-spotlight.shtml

  • Feb 10
    JMU Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Band

    The JMU Jazz Ensemble was founded in 1971 and is the premier jazz group in the School of Music at JMU. The group has been featured with the U.S. Navy Commodores Jazz Ensemble and U.S. Air Force Airmen of Note Jazz Ensemble, and at the East Coast Jazz Festival in Rockville, Md. The JMU Jazz Band was founded in 1971.

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2015/02/10-jazz-ensemble-band.shtml

  • Feb 12
    Senior Dance Concert

    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/2015/02/12-senior-dance-concert.shtml

  • Feb 16
    The King's Singers

    "...The King's Singers are still unmatched for their sheer musicality and ability to entertain." - The Times, London

    One of the world’s most celebrated vocal ensembles, The King’s Singers is a group of consummate entertainers: a class act with a delightfully British wit. Instantly recognizable for their spot-on intonation, impeccable vocal blend, flawless articulation of the text and incisive timing, “they make splendid use of vocal arrangements to tap into current cultural idiom … and … turn education and entertainment into art and back again.” (The New York Times)

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2015/02/16-kings-singers.shtml

  • Feb 19
    The FLiGHT Project composed by Roger Reynolds with the Jack Quartet

    Pulitzer Prize-winning American composer Roger Reynolds joins forces with JMU’s Contemporary Music Festival to present the first of a series of workshop performances that will trace the development of his FLiGHT Project. Reynolds’ original music composition for the celebrated JACK string quartet will provide the core for this immersive event.

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2015/02/19-flight-project.shtml

  • Feb 22
    JMU Symphony Orchestra

    The JMU Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. Robert McCashin, is the premier symphonic ensemble for the JMU School of Music. The Symphony has performed regularly as the invited college ensemble for the Virginia Music Educators Association.

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2015/02/22-symphony-orchestra.shtml

  • Feb 24
    Sweet Charity

    Book by Neil Simon, Music by Cy Coleman, Lyrics by Dorothy Fields
    Based on an Original Screenplay by Federico Fellini, Tullio Pinelli and Ennio Plaiano
    Produced for the Broadway Stage by Fryer, Carr and Harris
    Conceived, Staged and Choreographed by Bob Fosse

    This Tony Award-winning musical comedy is a warm, touching and humorous look at the trials and tribulations of Charity Hope Valentine who repeatedly gives her heart—and her savings—to the wrong men. Charity sings, dances, laughs and cries her way through one romance after another, all the while staying sweet and hopeful that someday her dreams will come true. Students from JMU’s School of Theatre and Dance will perform hits such as “Big Spender,” “Rhythm of Life,” and “If My Friends Could See Me Now.”

    Q&A to follow performances on Thursday, February 26 and Sunday, March 1.

    Sweet Charity is produced by arrangement with, and the music and dialogue materials furnished by TAMS-WHITMARK, Music Library Inc., 560 Lexington Aven, New York, NY 10022. 

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2015/02/24-sweet-charity.shtml

  • Feb 27
    JMU Brass Band

    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/2015/02/27-brass-band.shtml

  • Mar 1
    JMU Madison Singers and Chorale

    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.

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2015/03/01-madison-singers-chorale.shtml

  • Mar 3
    JMU Symphonic Band

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2015/03/03-symphonic-band.shtml

  • Mar 6
    Anderson & Roe Piano Duo

    Featuring Greg Anderson & Elizabeth Joy Roe

    Known for their adrenalized performances, original compositions and notorious music videos, Greg Anderson and Elizabeth Joy Roe are revolutionizing the piano duo experience for the 21st century. Described by ThirdCoast Digest as “the intense synchronization of genius” and “a sensuous blend of two keyboards and souls completely in sync,” the Anderson & Roe Piano Duo strives to make classical music a relevant and powerful force around the world.

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2015/03/06-anderson-roe.shtml

  • Mar 17
    Caladh Nua

    Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with the vibrant and staggeringly talented band Caladh Nua whose origins are deeply rooted in the Southern counties of Ireland. Comprised of five versatile musicians and singers who play a wide selection of instruments—from banjo to fiddle, guitar to bodhran, and tin whistle to button accordion—the band captures the essential qualities of traditional Irish music and balances them with an innovative contemporary flair.

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2015/03/17-caladh-nua.shtml

  • Apr 2
    JMU Symphonic Band

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2015/04/02-symphonic-band.shtml

  • Apr 4
    The Cashore Marionettes

    A Forbes Family Fun Event.

    Unmatched in artistry, grace and movement, the internationally acclaimed Cashore Marionettes redefine the art of puppetry. Prepare to enter “a wonderful world of breathtaking magic” as founder and award-winning puppeteer Joseph Cashore performs Simple Gifts, a series of touching portrayals and poignant scenes from everyday life set to stunning music by composers such as Vivaldi, Strauss, Beethoven and Copland.

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2015/04/04-cashore-marionettes.shtml

  • Apr 8
    Gilbert and Sullivan's Patience

    Patience is a virtue—and a milkmaid! This hilarious spoof of Oscar Wilde and the aesthetic movement is brimming with cunning wit and lively repartee.

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2015/04/08-patience.shtml

  • Apr 10
    Rosanne Cash - The River and the Thread

    Rosanne Cash is a Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter and the eldest daughter of country music icon Johnny Cash. Her concert features songs from her most recent release The River of the Thread, lauded by USA Today as “a captivating album that’s among the finest of her career.”

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2015/04/10-rosanne-cash.shtml

  • Apr 15
    Spring Student Dance Concert

    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/2015/04/15-spring-student-dance.shtml

  • Apr 17
    JMU Brass Band

    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/2015/04/17-brass-band.shtml

  • Apr 19
    JMU Symphony Honors Concert and Poulenc's Gloria

    Enjoy this two-part choral and symphonic celebration! First, experience the JMU Symphony Orchestra as they accompany the winners of the prestigious School of Music Concerto Competition. Next, join the JMU Symphony Orchestra and Chorale for the transcendent masterwork Gloria by composer Francis Poulenc (1899-1963).

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2015/04/19-honors-gloria.shtml

  • Apr 21
    JMU Jazz Band

    The JMU Jazz Band was founded in 1971.

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2015/04/21-jazz-band.shtml

  • Apr 22
    JMU Jazz Ensemble

    The JMU Jazz Ensemble was founded in 1971 and is the premier jazz group in the School of Music at JMU. The group has been featured with the U.S. Navy Commodores Jazz Ensemble and U.S. Air Force Airmen of Note Jazz Ensemble, and at the East Coast Jazz Festival in Rockville, Md.

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2015/04/22-jazz-ensemble.shtml

  • Apr 23
    JMU Madison Singers and Chorale

    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.

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2015/04/23-madison-singers-chorale.shtml

  • Apr 25
    Marimba Orchestra & Friends

    A Forbes Family Fun Event.

    This exciting music event returns for a fifth season with performances by faculty guest artist Dr. Andrew Connell, as well as JMU’s Marimba Orchestra, Brass Band and Madison Singers.

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2015/04/25-marimba-orchestra.shtml

  • Apr 26
    JMU Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band

    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.

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2015/04/26-wind-symphony-symphonic.shtml

  • Apr 28
    The Cherry Orchard

    By Anton Chekhov

    In this funny, elegant and heartbreaking play, Chekhov’s cast of eccentric characters face the dawning of a new Russia at the turn of the 20th century. Madame Ranevskaya and her family of aristocrats are on the verge of bankruptcy. Lopakhin, a rags-to-riches merchant, has a plan to help the family keep their fortune. But is the reluctant Ranevskaya willing to pay the price? Features students from JMU's School of Theatre and Dance. Q&A to follow performances on Wednesday, April 29 and Sunday, May 3. 

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2015/04/28-cherry-orchard.shtml

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