Christopher K. Morgan & Artists

Headlining the New Dance Festival

FRI-SAT, SEP 8-9
MAINSTAGE THEATRE

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Christopher K. Morgan & Artists

Headlining the New Dance Festival

FRI-SAT, SEP 8-9
MAINSTAGE THEATRE


Christopher K. Morgan founded his professional contemporary dance company in 2011, the same year Dance Magazine named him “one of the six breakout choreographers in the United States.” This year’s festival features new works by Christopher K. Morgan & Artists and JMU’s award-winning dance faculty members. 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


Equus

By Peter Shaffer

TUE-SUN, SEP 26-OCT 1
MAINSTAGE THEATRE

Equus

Equus

By Peter Shaffer

TUE-SUN, SEP 26-OCT 1
MAINSTAGE THEATRE


What causes people to commit unspeakable acts of violence? This question lies at the heart of Equus, a frank and harrowing coming-of-age story that explores the topics of sexuality and religion in the life of 17-year-old Alan Strang. Features students from JMU’s School of Theatre and Dance. Adult content, language and nudity. 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


Out of Line

Book by Julio Agustin

Music and lyrics by John Franceschina

TUE-SAT, OCT 17-21
STUDIO THEATRE

Out of Line

Out of Line

Book by Julio Agustin

Music and lyrics by John Franceschina

TUE-SAT, OCT 17-21
STUDIO THEATRE


Out of Line, a musical that picks up where A Chorus Line left off, provides a humorous and compelling look at the lives of six successful Broadway performers who struggle to get out of the chorus and into the spotlight. Features students from JMU’s School of Theatre and Dance and School of Music. More


The School for Scandal

By Richard Brinsley Sheridan

TUE-SAT, OCT 31-NOV 4
MAINSTAGE THEATRE

The School for Scandal

The School for Scandal

By Richard Brinsley Sheridan

TUE-SAT, OCT 31-NOV 4
MAINSTAGE THEATRE


Sir Peter Teazle, a middle-aged, wealthy bachelor, has recently married a pretty maid from the country. Suddenly thrust into London’s high society, the young and frivolous Lady Teazle finds herself a willing member of a vicious “school for scandal” that spends its time maligning friend, foe and family alike. Features students from JMU’s School of Theatre and Dance. More


Così fan tutte (The School for Lovers)

Featuring the JMU Opera Theater

Composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte

FRI-SUN, NOV 10-12
MAINSTAGE THEATRE

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Così fan tutte (The School for Lovers)

Featuring the JMU Opera Theater

Composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte

FRI-SUN, NOV 10-12
MAINSTAGE THEATRE


Così fan tutte is one of Mozart’s most elegant and beloved operas. Full of mistaken identities, jealous lovers, and spectacular vocal fireworks, this comedic classic features Fiordiligi’s show-stopping aria, “Come scoglio,” and much, much more! More


Autumn Opera Gala

VIP Seating for Così fan tutte (The School for Lovers), a Pre-Performance Dinner and Dialogue

SAT, NOV 11
GRAND LOBBY/MAINSTAGE THEATRE

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Autumn Opera Gala

VIP Seating for Così fan tutte (The School for Lovers), a Pre-Performance Dinner and Dialogue

SAT, NOV 11
GRAND LOBBY/MAINSTAGE THEATRE


This exquisite evening features a cocktail reception in the Forbes Center Grand Lobby, a pre-performance “backstory chat” presented by a noted opera scholar, and the 8 pm performance. Opera director Don Rierson and members of the cast will meet and greet guests. 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


Holidayfest

Featuring five of JMU's vocal ensembles and Symphony Orchestra

SAT-SUN, DEC 2-3
CONCERT HALL

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Holidayfest

Featuring five of JMU's vocal ensembles and Symphony Orchestra

SAT-SUN, DEC 2-3
CONCERT HALL


Join JMU’s choral area ensembles and Symphony Orchestra for an inspired Christmas collage of holiday works for choirs and orchestra. More


Dancescapes

Featuring JMU's Virginia Repertory Dance Company

THU-SUN, DEC 7-10
MAINSTAGE THEATRE

Dancescapes

Dancescapes

Featuring JMU's Virginia Repertory Dance Company

THU-SUN, DEC 7-10
MAINSTAGE THEATRE


JMU’s premier dance ensemble will perform contemporary choreography by nationally and internationally known guest artists, as well as award-winning dance faculty members. 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


Parade

Book by Alfred Uhry
Music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown
Co-conceived and directed on Broadway
by Harold Prince

TUE-SUN, FEB 20-25
MAINSTAGE THEATRE

Parade

Parade

Book by Alfred Uhry
Music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown
Co-conceived and directed on Broadway
by Harold Prince

TUE-SUN, FEB 20-25
MAINSTAGE THEATRE


This Tony Award-winning musical is based on the true story of Leo Frank, a Brooklyn-raised Jew living in Georgia in 1913. Leo is plant superintendent of a pencil factory where 13-year-old Mary Phagan works. When the girl is found murdered, Leo is immediately suspected, arrested and put on trial. This moving theatrical experience about the dangers of prejudice and ignorance—and the endurance of love and hope against all odds—features students from JMU’s School of Theatre and Dance and School of Music. Adult language and violence. 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


Sing Out!

An A Cappella Celebration

THU-FRI, MAR 22-23
CONCERT HALL

Sing Out

Sing Out!

An A Cappella Celebration

THU-FRI, MAR 22-23
CONCERT HALL


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


JMU Symphony Honors Concert

SUN, MAR 25
CONCERT HALL

JMU Symphony Honors Concert

JMU Symphony Honors Concert

SUN, MAR 25
CONCERT HALL


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


New Voices in Dance

Featuring JMU's Contemporary Dance Ensemble

THU-SUN, MAR 29-APR 1
MAINSTAGE THEATRE

New Voices in Dance

New Voices in Dance

Featuring JMU's Contemporary Dance Ensemble

THU-SUN, MAR 29-APR 1
MAINSTAGE THEATRE


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 faculty artist Cynthia Thompson as well as established and up-and-coming choreographers. 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


Gilbert and Sullivan's H.M.S. Pinafore

Featuring the JMU Opera Theater

WED-THU, APR 11-12
CONCERT HALL

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Gilbert and Sullivan's H.M.S. Pinafore

Featuring the JMU Opera Theater

WED-THU, APR 11-12
CONCERT HALL


Set sail on the high seas with Gilbert and Sullivan’s gleeful and sassy satire H.M.S. Pinafore. This lighthearted and hilarious operetta spoofs British social mores in a convoluted tale of mistaken identity and star-crossed lovers. More


Mahler's Resurrection Symphony

SUN, APR 22
CONCERT HALL

Mahler's Resurrection Symphony

Mahler's Resurrection Symphony

SUN, APR 22
CONCERT HALL


The choirs, orchestras and vocal soloists of the JMU Symphony Orchestra and Chorale join forces with students from the Governor’s School of the Arts in Norfolk, Virginia, to perform Gustav Mahler’s Resurrection Symphony. Described as a “heart-shattering work of genius” (Classic FM), Mahler’s mighty work is brought to life in a rare performance by nearly 300 young musicians! More


Stained Glass

By Ingrid De Sanctis

TUE-SUN, APR 24-29
MAINSTAGE THEATRE

Stained Glass

Stained Glass

By Ingrid De Sanctis

TUE-SUN, APR 24-29
MAINSTAGE THEATRE


Jewels, a preacher’s daughter, returns to New Jersey for her father’s funeral in the middle of a hurricane. But the treacherous storm has other plans, washing ashore skeletons, avocado trees, and an oddball cast of characters from Moses to the Little Mermaid. They join Jewels as she journeys through the ruins of past and present, fantasy and truth, looking to find the family she lost and the faith she thought she knew. Features students from JMU’s School of Theatre and Dance in this new play by JMU theatre faculty member Ingrid De Sanctis. 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


Community Collage Concert

SAT, MAY 12
CONCERT HALL

Community Collage

Community Collage Concert

SAT, MAY 12
CONCERT HALL


This concert benefitting Any Given Child Harrisonburg features vocalists, chamber groups, as well as classical, bluegrass and jazz ensembles drawn from the Shenandoah Valley community. An ensemble of students selected from Harrisonburg City Schools return to the lineup in an evening that combines performance, education and dialogue to engage audiences of all ages. Check www.jmuforbescenter.com for program updates. More



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