New Dance Festival

Eisenhower Dance Ensemble
Headlining the New Dance Festival

September 7–8, 2012 Friday–Saturday @ 8 p.m. Mainstage Theatre


“Dance that touches the soul.” — Detroit Free Press

The Eisenhower Dance Ensemble, Detroit’s premier contemporary dance company, will take the stage for six cutting-edge dances by nationally renowned choreographers. Called “funny and touching” by The New York Times, the company is recognized as one of the Midwest’s top performance ensembles.

Ticket prices: $16–$18. Reserved seating. Advance tickets can be purchased online, by phone or in person at the Forbes Center Box Office (Mon.–Fri., 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m. or 1½ hours prior to performance). Cash, checks, major credit cards, JACards are accepted.
JMU student tickets: $13 in person at box office only with student ID.
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subUrbia

subUrbia
By Eric Bogosian

September 25–29, 2012 Tuesday–Saturday @ 8 p.m.

September 30, 2012 Sunday @ 2 p.m. Mainstage Theatre


“One of those rare must-sees...Bogosian’s themes cover escape and re-invention, the American dream...and the American nightmare.” — New York Post

First presented as part of Lincoln Center Theatre Company’s festival of New American Plays, subUrbia centers on a group of 20-somethings in a convenience store parking lot. Tensions build amongst the group when a semi-famous friend shows up, resulting in absurb physical moments and sheer violence. Features students from JMU’s School of Theatre and Dance. Contains adult language and situations.

Ticket prices: $12–$14. Reserved seating. Advance tickets can be purchased online, by phone or in person at the Forbes Center Box Office (Mon.–Fri., 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m. or 1½ hours prior to performance). Cash, checks, major credit cards, JACards are accepted.
JMU student tickets: $11 in person at box office only with student ID.
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JMU Gallery Crawl

JMU Gallery Crawl

September 21, 2012 Friday @ 8 p.m. Exhibition tours, curated talks, receptions in each gallery


Get ready to experience the most creative new visual arts event in the Valley! The crawl includes the following exhibitions: The Art of Writing at the Institute for Visual Studies; Reni Gower at Sawhill Gallery; and Birds and Blooms at the brand new Lisanby Museum. The evening also features appetizers, drinks, dessert and conversation with other arts enthusiasts.

Ticket price: $35. Reserved seating. Advance tickets can be purchased online, by phone or in person at the Forbes Center Box Office (Mon.–Fri., 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m. or 1½ hours prior to performance). Cash, checks, major credit cards, JACards are accepted.
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Bruce Hornsby

Bruce Hornsby

September 23, 2012 Sunday @ 7 p.m. Concert Hall


“A remarkable pianist...with America in his music.” — The New York Times

Bruce Hornsby has built one of the most diverse, collaborative and adventurous careers in contemporary music. The singer, pianist, composer and bandleader is a 13-time Grammy nominee famous for hits like “The Way It Is,” “Mandolin Rain” and “Every Little Kiss.” His albums have sold more than 11 million copies worldwide.

Ticket prices: $43–$50. Reserved seating. Advance tickets can be purchased online, by phone or in person at the Forbes Center Box Office (Mon.–Fri., 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m. or 1½ hours prior to performance). Cash, checks, major credit cards, JACards are accepted.
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October

Rockapella

Rockapella
Motown & More

October 4–5, 2012 Thursday–Friday @ 8 p.m. Wilson Hall
A Forbes Center presentation


“The best musical instrument of all is the human voice — and if you’ve seen Rockapella, you know that’s the truth.” — USA Today

Rockapella is one of the world’s most sophisticated and lasting pop vocal groups. What began as an enthusiastic a cappella quartet at Brown University has evolved into a worldwide phenomenon: a high-energy quintet with a full-band sound that is a meld of rock and a cappella. Best known for its theme song “Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?,” Rockapella captivates audiences with its dynamic stage presence, dance moves, comic interludes and impeccable timing. Rockapella’s latest show Motown & More includes many audience favorites and pays tribute to the music of Motown with unique versions of hit songs from The Jackson 5, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, and more. With multiple award-winning CDs, Rockapella has acquired millions of fans around the globe, making it a cappella’s finest touring group today. Click here to download Rockapella’s latest promotional video.

Ticket prices: $25–$45. Reserved Seating. Advance tickets can be purchased online, by phone or in person at the Forbes Center Box Office (Mon.–Fri., 10:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m.). Cash, checks, major credit cards, JACards accepted.
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For Sale

For Sale
By Garret Lee Milton

October 9–12, 2012 Tuesday–Friday @ 8 p.m.
October 13, 2012 Saturday @ 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Studio Theatre


A young married couple finds its world turned upside down when an economic downturn forces the two to confront the reality of their lives. This funny and touching drama continues a long tradition for the JMU theatre program in producing outstanding, original, student-written work. Features students from JMU’s School of Theatre and Dance. Contains adult language and themes.

Ticket prices: $13–$14. Reserved Seating. Advance tickets can be purchased online, by phone or in person at the Forbes Center Box Office (Mon.–Fri., 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m. or 1½ hours prior to performance). Cash, checks, major credit cards, JACards accepted.
JMU student tickets: $11 in person at box office only with student ID.
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Gil Evans

Gil Evans
Featuring the JMU Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Band

October 11, 2012 Thursday @ 8 p.m. Concert Hall


“Among the finest 20th-century orchestrators in any musical genre, a unique bandleader and a singular personality...” — Jazz Times

Celebrate the legacy and music of one of the most significant arrangers in jazz. Gil Evans (1912–1988) worked as a pianist, arranger, composer and band leader for more than half a century. He played a key role in the development of cool jazz, modal jazz and jazz fusion, creating music for artists ranging from Claude Thornhill and Tommy Dorsey to Jimi Hendrix and Sting. Evan’s classic recordings with Miles Davis (Birth of the Cool, Miles Ahead, Porgy and Bess and Sketches of Spain) are among the great collaborations in 20th-century music alongside the work of Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn, and Igor Stravinsky and George Balanchine.

Ticket prices: $14–$15. Reserved seating. Advance tickets can be purchased online, by phone or in person at the Forbes Center Box Office (Mon.–Fri., 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. or 1½ hours prior to performance). Cash, checks, major credit cards, JACards accepted.
JMU student tickets: Advance tickets — $6 discount tickets in person at Forbes Center Box Office only with ID. Cash only 1½ hours prior to performance.
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Six Degrees of Andrew Lloyd Webber

Six Degrees of Andrew Lloyd Webber
A Musical Theatre Revue

October 20, 2012 Saturday @ 8 p.m.
October 21, 2012 Sunday @ 2 p.m. Concert Hall


Andrew Lloyd Webber, the prolific composer of such Broadway hits as Phantom of the Opera, Cats and Evita, has worked with some of the most innovative and talented musical theatre artists of our time. This concert celebrates Webber’s creative genius and highlights work from his contemporaries and collaborators, including Elton John (Aida), Bjorn Ulvaeus (Mamma Mia!, Chess), Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Godspell), Alan Menken (Little Mermaid), and many others. This Broadway musical celebration features advanced musical theatre students from JMU’s School of Theatre and Dance.

Ticket prices: $11–$12. Reserved Seating. Advance tickets can be purchased online, by phone or in person at the Forbes Center Box Office (Mon.–Fri., 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m. or 1½ hours prior to performance). Cash, checks, major credit cards, JACards accepted.
JMU student tickets: $10 in person at box office only with student ID.
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Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra performing

Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra
The National Symphony of Poland
Featuring pianist Yulianna Avdeeva, the 2010 First Prize winner of the 16th International Frédéric Chopin Competition

October 26, 2012 Friday @ 8 p.m. Concert Hall


Due to a change in its national touring schedule, The Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra has cancelled several concert bookings including our October 26, 2012 performance. We plan to book another extraordinary show so keep checking the website for more updated information.

Anna in the Tropics

Anna in the Tropics
By Nilo Cruz

October 30–November 2, 2012 Tuesday–Friday @ 8 p.m.
November 3, 2012 Saturday @ 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Mainstage Theatre


“The words of Nilo Cruz waft from a stage like a scented breeze. They sparkle and prickle and swirl...in timeless passions that touch us all.” — Miami Herald

Winner of the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Anna in the Tropics is a poignant and poetic play set in Florida in 1929 in a Cuban-American cigar factory, where cigars are rolled by hand and lectors (readers) are employed to educate and entertain workers. When a new lector arrives and begins to read Anna Karenina, he unwittingly becomes a catalyst in the lives of his avid listeners, for whom Tolstoy, the topics and the American dream prove a volatile combination. Features students from JMU’s School of Theatre and Dance.

Ticket prices: $13–$14. Reserved seating. Advance tickets can be purchased online, by phone or in person at the Forbes Center Box Office (Mon.–Fri., 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. or 1½ hours prior to performance). Cash, checks, major credit cards, JACards accepted.
JMU student tickets: $11 in person at box office only with student ID.
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November

Anna in the Tropics

Anna in the Tropics
By Nilo Cruz

October 30–November 2, 2012 Tuesday–Friday @ 8 p.m.
November 3, 2012 Saturday @ 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Mainstage Theatre


“The words of Nilo Cruz waft from a stage like a scented breeze. They sparkle and prickle and swirl...in timeless passions that touch us all.” — Miami Herald

Winner of the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Anna in the Tropics is a poignant and poetic play set in Florida in 1929 in a Cuban-American cigar factory, where cigars are rolled by hand and lectors (readers) are employed to educate and entertain workers. When a new lector arrives and begins to read Anna Karenina, he unwittingly becomes a catalyst in the lives of his avid listeners, for whom Tolstoy, the topics and the American dream prove a volatile combination. Features students from JMU’s School of Theatre and Dance.

Ticket prices: $13–$14. Reserved seating. Advance tickets can be purchased online, by phone or in person at the Forbes Center Box Office (Mon.–Fri., 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. or 1½ hours prior to performance). Cash, checks, major credit cards, JACards accepted.
JMU student tickets: $11 in person at box office only with student ID.
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Boston Brass

Boston Brass

November 4, 2012 Sunday @ 7 p.m. Concert Hall


“To say the performers are spectacular and technical musical wizards is an understatement.”
Charleston Today

Expect an evening of great music and boisterous fun as Boston Brass, one of the best known quintets in the business, takes the Concert Hall stage for one night only! Captivating audiences for 26 years, this ensemble combines humor and personality with a repertoire of jazz, ragtime, Latin and pop style favorites to create a one-of-a-kind musical experience.

Ticket prices: $33–$36. Reserved seating. Advance tickets can be purchased online, by phone or in person at the Forbes Center Box Office (Mon.–Fri., 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m. or 1½ hours prior to performance). Cash, checks, major credit cards, JACards are accepted.
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The Elixir of Love

The Elixir of Love
By Gaetano Donizetti
Featuring the JMU Opera Theater

November 9–10, 2012 Friday–Saturday @ 8 p.m.
November 11, 2013 Sunday @ 2 p.m. Mainstage Theatre


The Elixir of Love is one of opera’s most popular and effervescent romantic comedies. Since it premiered in Milan in 1832, it has been a favorite for opera-goers around the world. True love triumphs in the end in this hilarious comic romp! The show features “Una furtiva lagrima,” one of the most famous of all arias.

Ticket prices: $18–$20. Reserved Seating. Advance tickets can be purchased online, by phone or in person at the Forbes Center Box Office (Mon.–Fri., 10:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m. or 1½ hours prior to performance). Cash, checks, major credit cards, JACards accepted.
JMU student tickets: Advance tickets — $15 discount tickets in person at Forbes Center Box Office only with student ID.
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Autumn Opera Gala

Autumn Opera Gala
Featuring VIP Seating for The Elixir of Love,
a Pre-Performance Reception and Dialogue

November 10, 2012 Saturday @ 6 p.m. Mainstage Theatre, Grand Lobby


This exquisite evening includes a cocktail reception in the Grand Lobby, a pre-performance “backstory chat” about The Elixir of Love presented by a noted opera scholar, and the 8 p.m. performance. Opera Director Dr. Don Rierson and members of the cast will be in attendance to greet guests.
Limited to the first 75 patrons. Price $60.00 per person. Cocktail attire.

Ticket price: $60. Advance reservations required. Gala tickets can be purchased online, by phone or in person at the Forbes Center Box Office (Mon.–Fri., 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.). Cash, checks, major credit cards, JACards accepted. The Autumn Opera Gala can be purchased as part of the “Opera is for Lovers” Subscription package or by itself.
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39 Steps: Two actors sit in stage car

Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps
The hilarious Off-Broadway hit phenomenon

November 16, 2012 Friday @ 8 p.m. Mainstage Theatre


“Inventively astonishing, riotous and marvelous!” — The New York Times

A runaway hit in London, this two-time Tony Award-winner and 2007 Olivier Award for Best Comedy features four actors taking on over 140 roles! Mix an Alfred Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel, add a dash of vintage Monty Python and you have The 39 Steps, a hysterical whodunit, part espionage thriller and part slapstick comedy adapted for the stage from the famous film and novel.

Ticket prices: $36–$38. Reserved seating. Advance tickets can be purchased online, by phone or in person at the Forbes Center Box Office (Mon.–Fri., 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m. or 1½ hours prior to performance). Cash, checks, major credit cards, JACards accepted.
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December

Holidayfest actors, one male looking surprised and one female smiling in festive attire

Holidayfest

December 1–2, 2012
Saturday, December 1 @ 8 p.m.
Sunday, December 2 @ 2 p.m. (12:30 p.m. children’s activies in the Grand Lobby) Concert Hall


The Shenandoah Valley’s most beloved family holiday tradition for 44 years!

This community favorite returns with a cornucopia of performances by JMU’s small and large music ensembles and musical theatre students. The concert also features a holiday reading by a local Harrisonburg celebrity! Prior to the December 2nd matinee (at 12:30 p.m.), children can enjoy crafts, cookies and cider in the Grand Lobby.

Ticket prices: $14–$15. Reserved seating. Advance tickets can be purchased online, by phone or in person at the Forbes Center Box Office (Mon.–Fri., 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m. or 1½ hours prior to performance). Cash, checks, major credit cards, JACards are accepted.
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Metaphors in Motion

Metaphors in Motion
Featuring JMU’s Virginia Repertory Dance Company

December 6–8, 2012 Thursday–Saturday @ 8 p.m.
December 9, 2012 Sunday @ 2 p.m. Mainstage Theatre


Praised by the Richmond Times-Dispatch for its “range and versatility,” this pre-professional ensemble will present a kaleidoscope of works by national and international guest artists, including Carol Finley from Raleigh, N.C., James Hansen and JMU alumna Donna Costello from New York, and Virginia choreographer Alan Arnett. As part of a cultural exchange residency, noted Chinese choreographer Wei Chen will stage a special dance for the company.

Ticket prices: $13–$14. Reserved seating. Advance tickets can be purchased online, by phone or in person at the Forbes Center Box Office (Mon.–Fri., 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m. or 1½ hours prior to performance). Cash, checks, major credit cards, JACards are accepted.
JMU student tickets: $11 in person at box office only with student ID.
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January

West Virginia Dance Company

West Virginia Dance Company
Featuring a new work by internationally acclaimed choreographer, Doug Varone

January 12, 2013 Saturday @ 8 p.m. Mainstage Theatre


“One of the few modern dance choreographers...still able to convey depth of emotion through movement.” — The New York Times

West Virginia Dance Company consists of highly trained, professional dancers whose repertoire includes works influenced by West Virginia’s rich cultural heritage. The program features an imaginative presentation of community life in Appalachia set to the unforgettable country music of Patty Loveless. The New York Times says this American masterpiece, created with soulful choreography by Doug Varone, is “filled with surprises.”

Ticket prices: $13–$14. Reserved seating. Advance tickets can be purchased online, by phone or in person at the Forbes Center Box Office (Mon.–Fri., 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m. or 1½ hours prior to performance). Cash, checks, major credit cards, JACards are accepted.
JMU student tickets: $11 in person at box office only with student ID.
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Man dressed in bolwer hat and bow tied suit with feature duster stood next to a chalkboad on eisle that reads Peter and the Wolf by Sergei Prokofiev, symbol of a wolf's footprint in the middle of the board

Really Inventive Stuff starring Michael Boudewyns
Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf and Mozart’s Toy Symphony
Featuring the Montpelier Wind Quintet, the faculty woodwind quintet-in-residence at JMU

January 13, 2013 Sunday @ 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Mainstage Theatre

A Forbes Center family offering

“…a great storyteller.” — Philadelphia Inquirer

Really Inventive Stuff actor Michael Boudewyns is a master of “ready-to-go theatrical presentations that keep the music in the spotlight.” He has performed with major national and international orchestras, delighting audiences of all ages with his whimsical performances including Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf and Mozart’s Toy Symphony. Features the Montpelier Wind Quintet with Beth Chandler (flute), Michele Kirkdorffer (oboe), Janice L. Minor (clarinet), Susan N. Barber (bassoon) and Ian Zook (horn).

(Performance time: 1 hour without an intermission)

Ticket prices: $16–$17. Reserved seating. Advance tickets can be purchased online, by phone or in person at the Forbes Center Box Office (Mon.–Fri., 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m. or 1½ hours prior to performance). Cash, checks, major credit cards, JACards are accepted.
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Mike Rayburn is mid-air as he plays the guitar

Mike Rayburn

January 25, 2013 Friday @ 8 p.m. Concert Hall


“A comic genius ... enough wit and talent to jumpstart a pacemaker.” — Aspen Daily News

JMU alumnus Mike Rayburn, dubbed “The World’s Funniest Guitar Virtuoso,” is a world-class musician, stand-up comedian and one of the most innovative entertainers you will ever experience! A regular performer at New York’s Carnegie Hall, Rayburn draws from a wealth of life experiences as an adventurer, business owner, comedian, guitarist, author, philanthropist, husband and father to deliver a hilarious, motivational and musically magnificent message.

Ticket prices: $33–$36. Reserved seating. Advance tickets can be purchased online, by phone or in person at the Forbes Center Box Office (Mon.–Fri., 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. or 1½ hours prior to performance). Cash, checks, major credit cards, JACards accepted.
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February

Birdland Big Band members perform on stage

Straight from Manhattan’s Birdland Jazz Club
Birdland Big Band
Directed by legendary drummer Tommy Igoe

February 5, 2013 Tuesday @ 8 p.m. Concert Hall


The hottest weekly music event in New York, it is “... a music experience you simply must witness.”
Time Out New York

A dynamic new ensemble of New York’s finest musicians, The Birdland Big Band provides an unforgettable music event that “sets the new standard for what a big band can be in the 21st century.” (The International Jazz Herald) Directed by Tommy Igoe, one of today’s most successful and diverse drummers, the band infuses the best of American jazz with world music from every corner of the globe to surprise and delight audiences of all ages. You don’t need to travel to Manhattan to experience these critically acclaimed jazz performers!

Ticket prices: $38–$40. Reserved seating. Advance tickets can be purchased online, by phone or in person at the Forbes Center Box Office (Mon.–Fri., 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m. or 1½ hours prior to performance). Cash, checks, major credit cards, JACards accepted.
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Spring Awakening

Spring Awakening
Music and lyrics by Steven Sater
Book by Duncan Sheik
Based on the play by Frank Wedekind

February 19–22, 2013 Tuesday–Friday @ 8 p.m.
February 23, 2013 Saturday @ 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.
February 24, 2013 Sunday @ 2 p.m. Mainstage Theatre


Winner of Eight Tony Awards including Best Musical

Adapted from Frank Wedekind’s 1891 expressionist play about the trials, tears and exhilaration of the teenage years, Spring Awakening celebrates the unforgettable journey from youth to adulthood with a power, poignancy, and passion that you will never forget. Features students from JMU’s School of Theatre and Dance. Mature language, sexual content, violence, nudity. Audience and parental discretion advised.

Ticket prices: $16–$18. Reserved seating. Advance tickets can be purchased online, by phone or in person at the Forbes Center Box Office (Mon.–Fri., 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m. or 1½ hours prior to performance). Cash, checks, major credit cards, JACards accepted.
JMU student tickets: $13 in person at box office only with student ID.
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Chanticleer

Chanticleer

February 25, 2013 Monday @ 8 p.m. Concert Hall


“Chanticleer fascinates and enthralls for much the same reason a fine chocolate or a Rolls Royce does: through luxurious perfection.” — Los Angeles Times

Called ”the world’s reigning male chorus” by The New Yorker magazine and named one of Billboard magazine’s Top 10 best-selling classical artists, Chanticleer is a multiple Grammy Award-winning all-male vocal ensemble of 12. This “orchestra of voices” will leave audiences breathless with its vast and varied repertoire of music ranging from Gregorian chant to Romantic art song to contemporary music, jazz, spirituals and world music. “They are, to put it directly, one of the world’s best.” (San Francisco Chronicle)

Ticket prices: $35–$38. Reserved seating. Advance tickets can be purchased online, by phone or in person at the Forbes Center Box Office (Mon.–Fri., 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m. or 1½ hours prior to performance). Cash, checks, major credit cards, JACards are accepted.
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March

Sing Out blonde female singing

Sing Out! An A Cappella Celebration

March 12–13, 2013 Tuesday–Wednesday @ 8 p.m. Concert Hall


A cappella continues to take the world by storm! A sellout last season, this event returns for two nights of performances by JMU’s amazing a cappella groups! This second annual Sing Out! also features an a cappella group from Harrisonburg High School and a visiting university.

Ticket prices: $14–$15. Reserved seating. Advance tickets can be purchased online, by phone or in person at the Forbes Center Box Office (Mon.–Fri., 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m. or 1½ hours prior to performance). Cash, checks, major credit cards, JACards accepted.
JMU student tickets: $10 in person at box office only with student ID.
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Marimba Orchestra and Friends

Marimba Orchestra and Friends

March 16, 2013 Saturday @ 8 p.m. Concert Hall


This extraordinary event returns with performances by JMU’s Marimba Orchestra, Steel Band and Madison Singers, as well as faculty guest artists. This concert features selections by Grammy Award winner Béla Fleck, plus classical and ragtime style works, including a medley of tunes from hit Broadway musicals, as well as an extended salute to the world-renowned Carlos Santana.

Ticket prices: $14–$15. Reserved seating. Advance tickets can be purchased online, by phone or in person at the Forbes Center Box Office (Mon.–Fri., 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. or 1½ hours prior to performance). Cash, checks, major credit cards, JACards accepted.
JMU student tickets: Advance tickets — $8 discount tickets in person at Forbes Center Box Office only with ID. Cash only 1½ hours prior to performance.
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Opera Spotlight

Opera Spotlight
Songs and Scenes from the World’s Greatest Operas

March 20–21, 2013 Wednesday–Thursday @ 8 p.m. Concert Hall


Songs and scenes from the world’s greatest operas come alive in an enchanting evening that will dazzle audiences! Graduate students from the JMU Opera Theater are poised to launch their careers, and this event is your opportunity to see this amazingly talented core of future stars perform.

Ticket prices: $11–$12. Reserved seating. Advance tickets can be purchased online, by phone or in person at the Forbes Center Box Office (Mon.–Fri., 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. or 1½ hours prior to performance). Cash, checks, major credit cards, JACards accepted.
JMU student tickets: Advance tickets — $8 discount tickets in person at Forbes Center Box Office only with ID. Cash only 1½ hours prior to performance.
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New Voices in Dance

New Voices in Dance
Featuring JMU’s Contemporary Dance Ensemble

March 21–23, 2013 Thursday–Saturday @ 8 p.m.
March 24, 2013 Sunday @ 2 p.m. Mainstage Theatre


Featuring the best works developed by students during the year, this concert is a catalyst for launching future careers in dance! Come support these breakthrough artists perform jazz, ballet and modern works, as well as a work by guest choreographer Julio Agustin Matos, Jr. inspired by the late, infamous director-choreographer Bob Fosse.

Ticket prices: $13–$14. Reserved seating. Advance tickets can be purchased online, by phone or in person at the Forbes Center Box Office (Mon.–Fri., 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m. or 1½ hours prior to performance). Cash, checks, major credit cards, JACards are accepted.
JMU student tickets: $11 in person at box office only with student ID.
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Anna Deveare Smith

Anna Deveare Smith
Speaker Series/Performance Event

March 23, 2013 Saturday @ 8 p.m. Concert Hall


Hailed by Newsweek as “the most exciting individual in American theater.”

Anna Deavere Smith is an acclaimed playwright and performer who has created countless memorable characters on television, in film, and on stage. Featured on the television programs Nurse Jackie and The West Wing, Smith has also starred in several films, including The American President, Philadelphia and Dave. Over the past 20 years, she has interviewed over 2,000 individuals for her series of solo theatrical works called On The Road: A Search for American Character, which has been described as “a new form of theatre — a blend of theatrical art, social commentary, journalism and intimate reverie.” Without props, sets or costumes, she translates her interviews into performances that represent the vast diversity, race and cultural identity of both legendary and everyday people.

Ticket prices: $43–$45. Reserved seating. Advance tickets can be purchased online, by phone or in person at the Forbes Center Box Office (Mon.–Fri., 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. or 1½ hours prior to performance). Cash, checks, major credit cards, JACards accepted.
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Photo of the Forbes Center with the words, Forbes Center for the Performing Arts, laid on top

Taste of the Forbes
An Arts and Foodie Event

Thursday, March 28 @ 6:30 p.m. Forbes Center Venues / Reception in Grand Lobby


Celebrate the arts in style with this new event that features a complete evening of entertainment! This movable feast includes three distinctive presentations in three Forbes Center venues, plus a reception that will allow you to mingle with other arts enthusiasts. The event begins in the Grand Lobby with appetizers and drinks. You will then move from venue to venue to enjoy 20-minute music and theatre/dance presentations, as well as a white glove presentation highlighting hidden treasures from the Madison Art Collection. Each presentation also includes a director/curator-led dialogue. Dessert in the Grand Lobby tops off this magical night!

Ticket price: $35. Reserved seating will be assigned by the box office for all presentations once a general admission ticket has been purchased.. Advance tickets can be purchased online, by phone or in person at the Forbes Center Box Office (Mon.–Fri., 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. or 1½ hours prior to performance). Cash, checks, major credit cards, JACards accepted.
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April

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Julie Fowlis: Music of the Scottish Isles

April 5, 2013 Friday @ 8 p.m. Concert Hall


“There are some voices that carry much more than a melody...and make magic out of thin air. Julie Fowlis has just such a voice.” — Evening-Standard, London

Featured in PIXAR’s animated film, Brave, Julie Fowlis is a folk-singer and multi-instrumentalist who has won numerous awards for her peerless voice and fine musicianship. Named by the Scottish Parliament as its first-ever Gaelic Ambassador, Fowlis will present an evening of vibrant and moving Celtic music with a first-class touring ensemble known for its expressive and high-energy live shows.

Ticket prices: $33–$36. Reserved seating. Advance tickets can be purchased online, by phone or in person at the Forbes Center Box Office (Mon.–Fri., 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m. or 1½ hours prior to performance). Cash, checks, major credit cards, JACards accepted.
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Paula Robison smiles at the camera as she holds a flute over her shoulder.

Paula Robison

April 12, 2013 Friday @ 8 p.m. Concert Hall


“An absolute wonder.” — The New York Times

Called “the first lady of the flute,” Paula Robison is “a rare artist who can make the flute sound both sensuous and classically pure.” (The New York Times) Robison has enjoyed a career that has spanned over four decades, performing at the United Nations, the White House, on television’s Live from Lincoln Center and The Today Show, and at major concert halls and music festivals in the U.S. and abroad.

Ticket prices: $16–$18. Reserved seating. Advance tickets can be purchased online, by phone or in person at the Forbes Center Box Office (Mon.–Fri., 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m. or 1½ hours prior to performance). Cash, checks, major credit cards, JACards are accepted.
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Mozart Requiem
Mass in D minor (K. 626)
By Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Featuring the JMU’s Chamber Orchestra, Madison Singers and Chorale

Sunday, April 14, 2013 @ 2 p.m. Concert Hall


Experience the sublime and quiet majesty of one of Mozart’s most popular vocal works. It is fueled by a dark and furious energy that audiences find captivating.

Ticket prices: $14–$15. Reserved seating. Advance tickets can be purchased online, by phone or in person at the Forbes Center Box Office (Mon.–Fri., 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. or 1½ hours prior to performance). Cash, checks, major credit cards, JACards accepted.
JMU student tickets: Advance tickets — $8 discount tickets in person at Forbes Center Box Office only with ID. Cash only 1½ hours prior to performance.
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The Pirates of Penzance

Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance
Featuring the JMU Opera Theater

April 18, 2013 Thursday @ 8 p.m. Concert Hall


The Pirates of Penzance, one of the most popular comic operas of all time, is a treasure–filled musical extravaganza teaming with dazzling damsels in distress, rugged rogues and swashbuckling pirates! A tempest begins to brew and mayhem reigns when Frederic falls for the lovely Mabel, the daughter of the “very model of a modern Major General.”

Ticket prices: $11–$12. Reserved seating. Advance tickets can be purchased online, by phone or in person at the Forbes Center Box Office (Mon.–Fri., 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. or 1½ hours prior to performance). Cash, checks, major credit cards, JACards accepted.
JMU student tickets: Advance tickets — $8 discount tickets in person at Forbes Center Box Office only with ID. Cash only 1½ hours prior to performance.
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JMU Symphony Honors member plays the harp

JMU Symphony Honors Concert

April 21, 2013 Sunday @ 2 p.m. Concert Hall


Experience the excitement as the JMU Symphony Orchestra accompanies the winners of the prestigious School of Music Concerto Competition.

Ticket prices: $14–$15. Reserved seating. Advance tickets can be purchased online, by phone or in person at the Forbes Center Box Office (Mon.–Fri., 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. or 1½ hours prior to performance). Cash, checks, major credit cards, JACards accepted.
JMU student tickets: Advance tickets — $8 discount tickets in person at Forbes Center Box Office only with ID. Cash only 1½ hours prior to performance.
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Romeo and Juliet

Romeo and Juliet
By William Shakespeare

April 23–27, 2013 Tuesday–Saturday @ 8 p.m.
April 28, 2013 Sunday @ 2 p.m. Mainstage Theatre


One of the greatest love stories ever told

Shakespeare’s classic tragedy about star-crossed lovers in the midst of a violent family feud has been entertaining audiences for over 400 years. Romeo and Juliet is a play that questions what every generation and every age holds most dear. Features students from JMU’s School of Theatre and Dance.

Ticket prices: $13–$14. Reserved Seating. Advance tickets can be purchased online, by phone or in person at the Forbes Center Box Office (Mon.–Fri., 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m. or 1½ hours prior to performance). Cash, checks, major credit cards, JACards accepted.
JMU student tickets: $11 in person at box office only with student ID.
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