Boston Brass

FRI, SEP 15
CONCERT HALL

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Boston Brass

FRI, SEP 15
CONCERT HALL


Captivating audiences for 30 years, Boston Brass combines humor and personality with a repertoire of jazz, ragtime, Latin and pop style favorites to create a one-of-a-kind musical experience. More


Step Afrika!

FRI, SEP 22
WILSON HALL

Step Afrika

Step Afrika!

FRI, SEP 22
WILSON HALL


This electrifying live show perfect for the entire family features airtight synchronization, exuberant joy and a sense of humor. Step Afrika! is the first professional company in the world dedicated to the tradition of stepping, and has evolved the art form to include styles such as tap, modern and hip-hop. More


Vienna Boys Choir

SUN, OCT 15
CONCERT HALL

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Vienna Boys Choir

SUN, OCT 15
CONCERT HALL


The world’s most beloved choir has been thrilling audiences young and old for over 500 years! “The angelic voices of this most famous vocal group are ageless.” (The Salt Lake Tribune) Don’t miss this fabulous concert experience as the boys bring their glorious harmonies to the Forbes Center for the first time ever! More


Aquila Theatre

Jane Austen's Sense & Sensibility

TUE, NOV 14
MAINSTAGE THEATRE

Aquila Theatre's Sense & Sensibility

Aquila Theatre

Jane Austen's Sense & Sensibility

TUE, NOV 14
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! More


Nobuntu

THU, NOV 16
CONCERT HALL

Nobuntu

Nobuntu

THU, NOV 16
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! More


Catalyst Quartet

TUE, NOV 28
CONCERT HALL

Catalyst Quartet

Catalyst Quartet

TUE, NOV 28
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) More


The 13-Story Treehouse

CDP Theatre Producers (Sydney, Australia)

Based on the No. 1 international bestseller and multi-award winning book series by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton

FRI, JAN 12
MAINSTAGE THEATRE

The 13-Story Treehouse

The 13-Story Treehouse

CDP Theatre Producers (Sydney, Australia)

Based on the No. 1 international bestseller and multi-award winning book series by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton

FRI, JAN 12
MAINSTAGE THEATRE


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. More


So Percussion

FRI, JAN 19
CONCERT HALL

So Percussion

So Percussion

FRI, JAN 19
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. More


Dublin Irish Dance

Stepping Out

MON, JAN 22
MAINSTAGE THEATRE

Dublin Irish Dance

Dublin Irish Dance

Stepping Out

MON, JAN 22
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! More


Cantus

Discovery of Sight

SUN, FEB 4
CONCERT HALL

Cantus

Cantus

Discovery of Sight

SUN, FEB 4
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. More


The Steel Wheels

Wild As We Came Here

SUN, FEB 11
CONCERT HALL

The Steel Wheels

The Steel Wheels

Wild As We Came Here

SUN, FEB 11
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. More


Ray Chen

In Recital

TUE, FEB 20
CONCERT HALL

Ray Chen

Ray Chen

In Recital

TUE, FEB 20
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)  More


Montreal Guitar Trio

SAT, MAR 3
CONCERT HALL

MG3

Montreal Guitar Trio

SAT, MAR 3
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) More


Moscow Festival Ballet

Cinderella

MON-TUE, MAR 12-13
MAINSTAGE THEATRE

Moscow Festival Ballet

Moscow Festival Ballet

Cinderella

MON-TUE, MAR 12-13
MAINSTAGE THEATRE


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! More


The High Kings

SAT, MAR 17
CONCERT HALL

The High Kings

The High Kings

SAT, MAR 17
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. More


Apollo's Fire

The Cleveland Baroque Orchestra
Jeannette Sorrell, Music Director

A Night at Bach's Coffeehouse

TUE, MAR 27
CONCERT HALL

Apollo's Fire

Apollo's Fire

The Cleveland Baroque Orchestra
Jeannette Sorrell, Music Director

A Night at Bach's Coffeehouse

TUE, MAR 27
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. More


Ruling the Great White Way

Broadway Legend Harold Prince Up Close and Personal

with musical theatre performances from his most iconic works!

FRI, APR 6
CONCERT HALL

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Ruling the Great White Way

Broadway Legend Harold Prince Up Close and Personal

with musical theatre performances from his most iconic works!

FRI, APR 6
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. More


Cameron Carpenter

Featuring the International Touring Organ

WED, APR 25
CONCERT HALL

Cameron Carpenter

Cameron Carpenter

Featuring the International Touring Organ

WED, APR 25
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). More


How I Became a Pirate

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

MON, APR 30
MAINSTAGE THEATRE

How I Became a Pirate

How I Became a Pirate

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

MON, APR 30
MAINSTAGE THEATRE


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. More



HIGHLIGHTS


  • Step Afrika! returns for one night of sensational stepping!



  • The world's beloved Vienna Boys Choir makes its Forbes Center debut!



  • JMU poetry pioneer wins 2017 Circle of Excellence Award


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