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  • Feb 4
    D.E.E.P. Impact Cultural Series: Jasmine Rand

    7 p.m.
    Wilson Hall Auditorium

    Jasmine Rand, attorney in the Trayvon Martin case, presents “I am Trayvon Martin: Hoodies Up, How One Case Changed a Nation and Ignited the World.” Rand will speak on her legal experience with the case, how she used the media to further a cause of social justice and how her students coined the phrase “I am Trayvon Martin.”

    The Diversity Excellence Education Program (D.E.E.P.) Impact Cultural Series is sponsored by the Center for Multicultural Student Services and features prominent speakers/performers who have made significant contributions to diversity awareness and education.

    For information, call (540) 568-6636.

  • 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 11
    Air Plant Terrarium Workshop

    Noon-1:30 p.m.
    Frances Plecker Education Center, Edith J. Carrier Arboretum

    Arboretum Director Jan Sievers Mahon leads the workshop in which participants create an air plant terrarium or “airarium” with all supplies provided, including air plants, a glass “orb” terrarium, moss, stones and decorative finishing touches. Everything needed is provided by the arboretum for the $35 registration fee. For additional cost of $25 per, make as many “airariums” as you wish.

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

  • Feb 11
    Special Collections Speakers Series

    4-5 p.m.
    Room 301, Carrier Library

    Dr. Madison Brown, an independent scholar, presents “German Printing in Colonial America: The Case of Christopher Saur.”

    Sponsored by Special Collections of JMU Libraries and Educational Technologies. Free.

  • 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 14
    Valentine's Day Carriage Rides

    5-8 p.m.
    Edith J. Carrier Arboretum

    Create a celebration that goes beyond ordinary to exceptional. In a private luxurious carriage, riders are drawn by beautiful horses with an experienced coachman.

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

  • Feb 16
    Fairy Houses and Gnome Homes

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

    Children and adults are welcome for a reading of stories about fairies and building fairy houses or gnome homes. Bring a brown-bag lunch to enjoy during the story.

    For information, check http://www.jmu.edu/arboretum.

  • 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
    Visiting Scholars Program Lecture

    9:30 a.m.
    Room 142, Music Building

    Roger Reynolds, University Professor of Composition, University of California, San Diego, presents “Alliances – Collaborations – Futures – Cross-Modality – What Is Needed – Memorability – Context or Features – Benediction.”

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

  • 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
    Frances Litten Botanical Lecture

    7-8:30 p.m.
    Ballroom A, Festival Conference and Student Center

    Doug Croft, a staff horticulturist at Chanticleer Garden, presents “Art and Artifacts in the Garden,” practical tips and information about exciting and innovative uses of common plants in landscape designs and home gardening.

    Following the lecture, book and arboretum products will be on sale from 8:30 to 9 p.m.

    Admission to lecture is free.

  • 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 25
    Special Collections Speaker Series

    4-5 p.m.
    Room 301, Carrier Library

    Andrew Ferguson, a doctoral candidate at the University of Virginia, presents “Pulp Science Fiction Magazines and the Shaver Mystery.”

    Sponsored by Special Collections of JMU Libraries and Educational Technologies. Free.

  • 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

  • Feb 28
    Winter Children's Art Workshop

    1-3:30 p.m.
    Frances Plecker Education Center, Edith J. Carrier Arboretum

    Artist Jewel Yoder Hertzler leads the workshop. For information check http://www.jmu.edu/arboretum.

  • 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 7
    Winter Children's Art Workshop

    1-3:30 p.m.
    Frances Plecker Education Center, Edith J. Carrier Arboretum

    Artist Jewel Yoder Hertzler leads the workshop. For information check http://www.jmu.edu/arboretum.

  • Mar 13
    Spring Break Holiday

    University closed.

  • Mar 16
    Fairy Houses and Gnome Homes

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

    Children and adults are welcome for a reading of stories about fairies and building fairy houses or gnome homes. Bring a brown-bag lunch to enjoy during the story.

    For information, check http://www.jmu.edu/arboretum.

  • Mar 16
    Visiting Scholars Program Lecture

    3:30 p.m.
    Room 404, Madison Union (formerly Room 404, Taylor Hall)

    Carl Lee, professor of mathematics and Chellgren Professor, University of Kentucky, presents “The Place of Mathematics and the Mathematics of Place.”

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

  • Mar 17
    St. Patrick's Live Highland Pipes Concert

    5 p.m.
    Jurney Stage Garden, Edith J. Carrier Arboretum

    Bring lawn chairs or a picnic blanket and a picnic dinner for a free performance featuring Jenna Marie Dennison on Highland pipes and Katherine Hummel on Celtic fiddle.

    For information, check http://www.jmu.edu/arboretum.

  • Mar 17
    St. Patrick's Day Dinner

    6-8:30 p.m.
    Frances Plecker Education Center, Edith J. Carrier Arboretum

    Dr. Amy Goodall, associate professor of geographic science at JMU, speaks on how citizen science and recent technologies support collecting data for birds and butterflies, which is influencing knowledge and has even led to the discovery of new species. Enjoy fine, genuine Irish cuisine and brew. For information, check http://www.jmu.edu/arboretum.

  • 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

  • Mar 25
    Birding Workshop

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

    Diane Lepkowski, avifauna notable and photographer of Blue Ridge and Shenandoah Valley avian species, lectures on songbirds to raptors in partnership with the Rockingham Bird Club.

    For information, check http://www.jmu.edu/arboretum.

  • Mar 25
    Special Collections Speaker Series

    4-5 p.m.
    Room 301, Carrier Library

    Emily Hancock, a poet and letterpress printing at St Brigid Press, presents “A Life in Letters: Traditional Printing in the 21st Century.”

    Sponsored by Special Collections of JMU Libraries and Educational Technologies. Free.

  • Mar 30
    Visiting Scholars Program Lecture

    7 p.m.
    Room 2105, Harrison Hall

    Journalist Bob Marshall of “The Lens,” presents “Losing Ground: Louisiana’s Coastal Crisis.”

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

  • Apr 2
    Visiting Scholars Program Lecture

    7 p.m.
    Madison Union Ballroom

    Elzbieta Gozdziak, research director, Institute for the Study of International Migration, Georgetown University, presents “Dreams Deferred: Undocumented Children and Children of Undocumented Parents.”

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

  • 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
    Special Collections Speaker Series

    4-5 p.m.
    Room 301, Carrier Library

    Emeritus and current members of the Student Government Association and Mary Ann Mason, graduate student in the JMU history department, present “SGA at JMU.”

    Sponsored by Special Collections in JMU Libraries and Educational Technologies. Free.

  • 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 13
    Visiting Scholars Program Lecture

    6 p.m.
    Room 2105, Harrison Hall

    Judith Jellison, Mary D. Bold Regents Professor in Music and Human Learning and Distinguished Teaching Professor, University of Texas at Austin, presents “Too Much Stuff, Not Enough Time: Essentials About Inclusion.”

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

  • 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 16
    Visiting Scholars Program Lecture

    6 p.m.
    Room 1302, Health and Human Services Building

    Alice Butler-Smith, assistant professor, School of Advanced Military Studies, presents (to be announced).

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

  • 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 20
    Fairy Houses and Gnome Homes

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

    Children and adults are welcome for a reading of stories about fairies and building fairy houses or gnome homes. Bring a brown-bag lunch to enjoy during the story.

    For information, check http://www.jmu.edu/arboretum.

  • 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

  • May 18
    Fairy Houses and Gnome Homes

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

    Children and adults are welcome for a reading of stories about fairies and building fairy houses or gnome homes. Bring a brown-bag lunch to enjoy during the story.

    For information, check http://www.jmu.edu/arboretum.

  • May 25
    Memorial Day

    University closed.

  • Jul 3
    Independence Day

    University closed.

  • Nov 25
    University closes at noon for Thanksgiving Holiday

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    Thanksgiving Holiday

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    University closed.

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    Holidays

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