OCT 24-DEC 9


This exhibition features works by Surabhi Ghosh, Rowland Ricketts and Michael Andrews. Ghosh is assistant professor/program coordinator of the Fibres and Materials Practices program in the Department of Studio Arts at Concordia University in Montreal. Ricketts is assistant professor of textiles at Indiana University’s Henry Radford Hope School of Fine Arts, and Andrews is assistant professor in the Fiber and Material Studies program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. More

OCT 31-DEC 9


Before books were printed, they were patiently copied by hand. Frequently written on expensive vellum pages and lavishly decorated, they were considered works of art. This exhibit features medieval manuscript leaves from JMU’s permanent collection, exploring the craft of bookmaking and illuminating the word itself. More

The Object of Play

INSTITUTE FOR VISUAL STUDIES

NOV 29-DEC 16


The exhibition presents the students’ semester projects from the IVS class, The Object of Play, where students explored ideas of “play” from philosophical, religious and artistic perspectives. More

Sue Barber, bassoon

Lori Piitz, piano

RECITAL HALL

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TUE, DEC 6


Sue Barber performs regularly with the Richmond Symphony Orchestra, Roanoke Symphony Orchestra, Opera on The James, and Opera Roanoke. She will share the stage with fellow JMU faculty member Lori Piitz, who enjoys a performance career that includes solo, four-hand and chamber music. More
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TUE, DEC 6


This concert features performances by the JMU Treble Chamber Choir and the University Men's, Women's and Combined Choruses. The JMU Treble Chamber Choir and the University Men’s and Combined Choruses are under the direction of Dr. W. Bryce Hayes. The University Women’s Chorus is under the direction of Dr. Jo-Anne van der Vat-Chromy. More
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WED, DEC 7


The JMU Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band, under the direction of Stephen P. Bolstad, are committed to performing the great works of the wind band’s core repertoire while also exploring the best of contemporary composition. More

Dancescapes

Featuring JMU's Virginia Repertory Dance Company

MAINSTAGE THEATRE


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

Since its founding by director Peter Phillips in 1973, this superb British vocal ensemble has become the leading exponent of Renaissance sacred vocal music throughout the world. The Grammy-nominated group has performed in over 2,000 concerts in sacred and secular settings with “frighteningly pure” voices that are “both spiritually and musically refreshing.” (The Arts Desk) More
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SAT, DEC 10


The JMU Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Band were founded in 1971 and are under the direction of Dr. Chuck Dotas. JMU jazz groups have performed at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts’ Terrace Theater, Montreux International Jazz and Blues Festival, North Sea Jazz Festival and VMEA annual convention. More

Faculty Exhibition

Multiple Media

DUKE HALL GALLERY

JAN 9-FEB 10


Award-winning faculty members from JMU’s School of Art, Design and Art History will display their work in an exhibition that includes two- and three-dimensional design pieces, as well as books, periodicals and other writings. More
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FRI, JAN 13


Hod O’Brien, his wife Stephanie Nakasian and their daughter Veronica Swift will take the stage for an evening of jazz that will entertain audiences of all ages! A professional jazz pianist for over 60 years, O’Brien has performed around the world for more than 30 years with Nakasian, a versatile vocal virtuoso. Swift recorded her first CD with her parents at the age of 9. More

JAN 17-FEB 24


Love watching Abby on NCIS? Then this exhibit is a must! Madison Art Collection faculty and students explore scientific applications in museum studies as they sleuth their way to the truth. More

Commissioned by the Forbes Center, this presentation created by award-winning composer and pianist Daniel Kelly celebrates the rich cultural diversity in the Shenandoah Valley by weaving together interviews and stories from family members of Harrisonburg High School students with photography, jazz, classical and folk music. A photographic exhibit will accompany the show. More
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THU, JAN 19


Lithuanian-born clarinetist Sarunas Jankauskas is a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician, and contemporary music artist whose playing has been praised for its “exotic flair” and “smooth and seductive delicacy.” Jankauskas is the new professor of clarinet at JMU. More

An Evening with Pat Metheny

w/ Antonio Sanchez, Linda Oh & Gwilym Simcock

CONCERT HALL


One of the brightest stars of the jazz community, Pat Metheny is a 20-time Grammy-winning guitarist whose 42 recordings have sold 20 million records worldwide. Metheny will present a wide range of music from his storied 40-year career with Grammy-winning drummer Antonio Sanchez, bassist Linda Oh and British pianist Gwilym Simcock. More
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MON, JAN 30


The JMU Percussion Ensemble, directed by Casey Cangelosi 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. More
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THU, FEB 2


James Markey began his “great career” (CNN) as principal trombone of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, and is currently the bass trombonist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. More
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SAT, FEB 4


The JMU Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Band were founded in 1971 and are under the direction of Dr. Chuck Dotas. JMU jazz groups have performed at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts’ Terrace Theater, Montreux International Jazz and Blues Festival, North Sea Jazz Festival and VMEA annual convention. More

The Bockety World of Henry & Bucket

By Sarah Argent

In collaboration with Barnstorm Theatre Company

CONCERT HALL


Poetic, humorous and rich in visual antics, this play explores the friendship and shared adventures of best pals Henry and Bucket as they transform their rusty, dusty, battered and bockety world into a place of wonder! Since its founding in 1991, Barnstorm Theatre Company has been producing high-quality professional theatre in its hometown of Kilkenny, Ireland, and on tour across Europe and North America. Suitable for ages 4+. 1 hour without intermission. More

Senior Dance Concert

EARLYNN J. MILLER DANCE THEATRE

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THU-SAT, FEB 9-11


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. More

This tribute to opera born out of the Jazz Age will feature graduate students from the JMU Opera Theater performing selections from Kurt Weill’s The Threepenny Opera (1928) and Street Scene (1947) including “Wouldn’t You Like to Be on Broadway?” and “I Got a Marble and a Star,” Cole Porter songs like “It’s De-Lovely,” and tunes from George Gershwin’s one-act jazz opera, Blue Monday (1922), and Oscar Hammerstein II’s Show Boat (1936). More

The 36th Annual JMU Contemporary Music Festival

Featuring the music of Augusta Read Thomas (three concerts)

CONCERT HALL

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TUE-THU, FEB 14-16


Described by The New Yorker as “a true virtuoso composer,” Augusta Read Thomas is a Grammy Award winner whose work embodies “unbridled passion and fierce poetry.” JMU faculty, ensembles and students will present Thomas’ music and other contemporary works in three main concerts during the festival. More

JMU Brass Band

CONCERT HALL

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SAT, FEB 18


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. More

Drawing on the Left: Ben Shahn and the Art of Human Rights

Encore Artist
Mixed Media
Reception: February 20

DUKE HALL GALLERY

FEB 20-APR 5


Born into a Lithuanian-Jewish family, Ben Shahn (1898-1969) is an American social realist artist and left-wing political activist who devoted his life to fighting injustice and promoting the human rights of underprivileged people. This exhibition will feature prints, drawings, photographs and paintings from the 1930s through the 1960s that focus on issues of poverty and unemployment, racial and ethnic discrimination, the Civil Rights movement, and the U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War, among others. More

Guys and Dolls

A Musical Fable of Broadway

MAINSTAGE THEATRE


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

The National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine

Volodymyr Sirenko, Artistic Director and Conductor

Theodore Kuchar, Principal Guest Conductor

CONCERT HALL


Direct from Kiev, the Grammy-nominated National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine is one of the finest symphony orchestras in Eastern Europe. This spectacular evening features Dvořák’s Carnival Overture, Op. 92, Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5, Op. 47, and Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Major, Op. 26 featuring guest piano virtuoso Alexei Grynyuk. More

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

Featuring the JMU Chorale and Symphony Orchestra

CONCERT HALL


The Schicksalslied (Song of Destiny), Op. 54 is regarded as a masterpiece of Johannes Brahms’ choral works. Based on Friedrich Hölderlin’s epic poem, Hyperion’s Schicksalslied, this masterwork was created by Brahms to “… uplift and benefit humanity …” More

Last of the Red Hot Lovers

By Neil Simon

Walnut Street Theatre

MAINSTAGE THEATRE

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TUE-WED, FEB 28-MAR 1


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

AXIS Dance Company

EARLYNN J. MILLER DANCE THEATRE

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WED, MAR 1


Featured on the FOX hit television show, So You Think You Can Dance, AXIS is one of the world’s leading and most innovative ensembles of dancers with and without disabilities. The evening features a new dance theatre work that brings to light issues facing our nation’s veterans. More
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THU, MAR 2


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

MAR 13-APR 27


A Nigerian proverb says, “In the moment of crisis, the wise build bridges and the foolish build dams.” These words of wisdom are illustrated in West African masking traditions that span the distance between the worlds of mankind and nature, as well as life and death. More

Friendship - Sweetest Balm of Life

A Choral Celebration

CONCERT HALL

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TUE, MAR 14


Two powerful choral programs come together for one great evening of song! James Madison University’s Chorale and Madison Singers will share the stage with the Florida State University Singers, performing works from FSU’s Spring 2017 Tour, Friendship – Sweetest Balm of Life. More

Doug Varone and Dancers

MAINSTAGE THEATRE


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

JMU George West Jazz Festival

Featuring the JMU Jazz Ensemble

CONCERT HALL

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SAT, MAR 18


Under the direction of Dr. Chuck Dotas, the JMU Jazz Ensemble was founded in 1971 and is the premier jazz group in the School of Music at JMU. The ensemble has performed at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts’ Terrace Theater, Montreux International Jazz and Blues Festival, North Sea Jazz Festival and VMEA annual convention. More

The Five Irish Tenors

Direct from Dublin, Ireland

CONCERT HALL


One of Ireland’s most popular vocal ensembles embarks on its first-ever North American tour to provide a concert experience for the ages! Fusing Irish wit and boisterous charm with lyricism, dramatic flair and operatic style, the Five Irish Tenors will perform beloved Irish songs and opera arias that will transport audiences to “The Emerald Isle” for a magical choral evening. More

Sing Out!

An A Cappella Celebration

CONCERT HALL


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

Harlem Quartet

CONCERT HALL


The Harlem Quartet is “bringing a new attitude to classical music, one that is fresh, bracing and intelligent” (The Cincinnati Enquirer). The New York-based ensemble has performed nationally and internationally to critical acclaim, including a performance for President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House in 2009. This exciting evening features Billy Strayhorn’s “Take the ‘A’ Train,” music by Chick Corea, and more! More

New Voices in Dance

Featuring JMU's Contemporary Dance Ensemble

MAINSTAGE THEATRE

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THU-SUN, MAR 30-APR 2


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

God Save the Queens

A Salute to Rock Royalty

CONCERT HALL

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SAT, APR 1


Two esteemed vocal ensembles from the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, D.C. will come together to sing new arrangements of music by rock legends Elvis, Queen, Prince, Madonna, Adele, and more! This evening benefits the Valley AIDS Network (affiliated with the Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services at JMU). More
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WED, APR 5


The JMU Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band, under the direction of Stephen P. Bolstad, are committed to performing the great works of the wind band’s core repertoire while also exploring the best of contemporary composition. More

JMU Brass Band

CONCERT HALL

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SAT, APR 8


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. More
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MON, APR 10


The JMU Percussion Ensemble, directed by Casey Cangelosi 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. More

Gilbert and Sullivan's The Mikado

Featuring the JMU Opera Theater

CONCERT HALL


Boasting a masterful script and incredible score, The Mikado joins The Pirates of Penzance and H.M.S. Pinafore as one of W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan’s comic opera masterpieces. Love triumphs in the end, but not before heads almost roll! More

JMU Jazz Ensemble

CONCERT HALL

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TUE, APR 18


Under the direction of Dr. Chuck Dotas, the JMU Jazz Ensemble was founded in 1971 and is the premier jazz group in the School of Music at JMU. The ensemble has performed at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts’ Terrace Theater, Montreux International Jazz and Blues Festival, North Sea Jazz Festival and VMEA annual convention. More

JMU Jazz Band

CONCERT HALL

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WED, APR 19


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

Spring Student Dance Concert

EARLYNN J. MILLER DANCE THEATRE

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WED-SAT, APR 19-22


This exciting dance event features talented young dancers and choreographers from JMU's Dance program.

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THU, APR 20


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. More

Turtle Island Quartet

with Cyrus Chestnut

Jelly, Rags & Monk

CONCERT HALL


The Grammy Award-winning Turtle Island Quartet teams up with extraordinary jazz pianist Cyrus Chestnut to present a brand new program that embraces a range of composers—from the giant of ragtime and jazz, Jelly Roll Morton, to Thelonious Monk, a modern jazz era genius. Hailed as the quintessential New World string quartet of the 21st century, cellist Yo-Yo Ma celebrates Turtle Island Quartet as “a unified voice that truly breaks new ground …” More

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

Picnic

By William Inge

MAINSTAGE THEATRE


It’s Labor Day, 1953, and as summer gives way to autumn and freedom to the obligations of work and school, an 18-year-old girl watches the changes from her front porch: her boyfriend preparing to leave for his last year of college, a sister discovering her femininity—and a stranger who walks into her small Kansas town. Suddenly it seems everything she knew is open to question. Features students from JMU’s School of Theatre and Dance. More
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THU, APR 27


The JMU Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band, under the direction of Stephen P. Bolstad, are committed to performing the great works of the wind band’s core repertoire while also exploring the best of contemporary composition. More

Painting the Valley: Works by Andrei Kushnir

Reception: May 1

DUKE HALL GALLERY

MAY 1-JUN 23


Andrei Kushnir is a Washington, D.C.-based artist who has been painting American landscapes outdoors, en plein air, for more than 30 years. This exhibition is the result of Kushnir’s decade-long project that began in 2004 to explore the natural and cultural landscapes of the Shenandoah Valley. His paintings depict popular landmarks as well as lesser-known places treasured by local residents, and represent a broad sampling of the Valley’s communities, roads, farmlands, forests, mountains and waterways. More

This new concert featuring artists and ensembles from the Shenandoah Valley and benefiting Any Given Child Harrisonburg combines performance, education and dialogue to engage audiences of all ages. The lineup includes Harrisonburg’s own Friendly City Chamber Players, a professional chamber music group, The Valley 7, a vocal chamber ensemble, and The Valley Wind Ensemble, featuring rich musicianship, challenging repertoire and memorable music. More

HIGHLIGHTS


  • Britain's Grammy-nominated vocal ensemble, The Tallis Scholars, bring "spiritually and musically refreshing" voices to the Forbes



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