Circle of Excellence in the Arts Awards

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FORBES CENTER

FRI-WED, FEB 27-APR 15


The Circle of Excellence in the Arts Awards are co-sponsored by the Forbes Center for the Performing Arts, the Arts Council of the Valley, and the College of Visual and Performing Arts at James Madison University. These awards recognize those individuals and organizations in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley that enhance and strengthen the cultural community by promoting and advocating for artistic excellence. Up to two awards are awarded annually in recognition of a Shenandoah Valley visual or performing artist, arts administrator, or arts educator whose creative and superior accomplishments in the arts have improved… More

Bent

By Martin Sherman

STUDIO THEATRE

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FRI-TUE, FEB 27-MAR 3


In 1934 Berlin on the eve of the Nazi incursion, Max, a grafter, and his lover Rudy are recovering from a night of debauchery with a SA trooper. Two soldiers burst into the apartment and slit their guest's throat, beginning a nightmare odyssey through Nazi Germany. Mature themes, sexual content, adult language. More

Papercuts

Paper Sculpture

DUKE HALL GALLERY

MAR 2-APR 10


Born in Australia, France, Czech Republic, Canada and the United States, the artists (Jaq Belcher, Beatrice Coron, Michelle Forsyth, Reni Gower, Lenka Konopasek, Lauren Scanlon and Daniella Woolf) bring a broad range of international perspectives to the contemporary art of papercutting. In a process that traces its origins to 6th-century China, artists cut, roll, punch, fold and pin to create works of historical, cultural and personal significance. More

James Madison

LISANBY MUSEUM - FESTIVAL CONFERENCE & STUDENT CENTER

MAR 16-MAY 8


Curated by Outreach & Engagement’s Madison Institutes in conjunction with James Madison Week, this exhibit examines the life and work of our university’s namesake and Father of the United States Constitution. The exhibit will include items on loan from James Madison’s Montpelier as well as artifacts from the university’s own collection. More
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TUE-SAT, MAR 31-APR 4


The adventurous Louis de Rougemont invites you to hear his amazing story of bravery, survival and celebrity that left 19th-century England spellbound. Dare to be whisked away in a story of the high seas, populated by exotic islanders, flying wombats, giant sea turtles and a monstrous man-eating octopus. Shipwrecked examines how far we are willing to blur the line between fact and fiction in order to leave our mark on the world. More
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THU, APR 2
APR 2 CANCELLED



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The Cashore Marionettes

MAINSTAGE THEATRE


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. A Forbes Family Fun event. More

TUE, APR 7


Recognized by The Baltimore Sun for his “warmth of tone and phrasing” and “expressive force,” Daniel Levitov performs locally and nationally as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician. More

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. More

Rosanne Cash

The River and the Thread

CONCERT HALL


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.” More

Stuart Pimsler Dance & Theater

Theater for the Heart and Mind

EARLYNN J. MILLER DANCE THEATRE

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SAT, APR 11


Come experience “choreography with exquisite abandon” as the company reveals “the urgency of expectation and the vulnerability that comes with a bared soul” (Minneapolis Star Tribune) in a performance that caps off a weeklong residency at JMU. More
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TUE, APR 14


The JMU Chamber Orchestra is under the direction of Robert McCashin. More

Spring Student Dance Concert

EARLYNN J. MILLER DANCE THEATRE

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WED-SAT, APR 15-18


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

Avenue Q

Music and lyrics by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx; Book by Jeff Whitty

Winner of the 2004 Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical and Best Original Score

STUDIO THEATRE

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FRI-WED, APR 17-22


This laugh-out-loud musical tells the timeless story of a recent college graduate named Princeton who moves into a shabby New York apartment all the way out on Avenue Q. While the residents seem nice, it’s clearly not an ordinary neighborhood. Together, Princeton and his newfound friends struggle to find jobs, dates and their ever-elusive purpose in life. Mature audiences: Sexual content, language, adult themes More

JMU Brass Band

CONCERT HALL

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FRI, APR 17


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. The Brass Band will share the stage with the Massanutten Youth Brass Band for a spirited performance. More

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). More
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MON, APR 20


Under the direction of Keith Stevens, the JMU Guitar Ensemble is a student-based ensemble dedicated to performing both chamber literature and large guitar orchestra repertoire. More

JMU Jazz Band

CONCERT HALL

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TUE, APR 21
APR 21 CANCELLED


The Jazz Band will now perform with the Jazz Ensemble on 4/22. The JMU Jazz Band was founded in 1971. More
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WED, APR 22


The JMU Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Band were founded in 1971. 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 Virginia Music Educator's Association annual convention. More
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THU, APR 23


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

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. A Forbes Family Fun event. More

Director's Fest

STUDIO THEATRE

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SUN, APR 26


Join us for a festival of 10-minute plays directed and designed by JMU School of Theatre students. Contains adult language and content. More
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SUN, APR 26


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. More

Beth Chandler, flute

with Paulo Steinberg, piano

RECITAL HALL

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MON, APR 27


Beth Chandler enjoys a career as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestral player, and teacher. She is in demand as a guest artist at universities and festivals throughout the United States and abroad. Chandler takes the stage fellow JMU faculty member Paulo Steinberg, who is an active recitalist and collaborative pianist. More

The Cherry Orchard

By Anton Chekhov

MAINSTAGE THEATRE

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TUE-SUN, APR 28-MAY 3


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. More
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TUE, APR 28


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