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Amaranth Contemporary Dance

Headlining the New Dance Festival

MAINSTAGE THEATRE


With a "very emotional performance style," Amaranth Contemporary Dance has established itself as a "hidden jewel" in Richmond, Virginia. Founded in 2006 by internationally acclaimed choreographer Scott Putman, the company has presented its work in Italy, Mexico, California, Colorado, North Carolina, Rhode Island and Virginia. This year's New Dance Festival features exceptional new works by Amaranth and JMU's award-winning dance faculty members Suzanne Miller-Corso, Shane O'Hara, Cynthia Thompson and Kate Trammell. More

Returning to the Forbes Center is Rogério Souza, an award-winning guitarist, composer and arranger from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He has performed extensively across several continents with some of the great artists in Brazilian music. Souza is one of the founding members of Nó em Pingo d’Agua, one of Brazil’s most innovative choro ensembles, with whom he has released six recordings.  More

Jazz 4 Justice

CONCERT HALL


Take a walk down memory lane with hits from the big-band swing era. This third annual concert features JMU's Jazz Ensemble directed by Dr. Chuck Dotas, as well as award-winning faculty members and a special guest conductor. This concert is in partnership with Virginia State Bar's Diversity Conference and benefits the Diversity Conference, Blue Ridge Legal Services, Inc., and JMU's School of Music scholarships. Musicians of all levels are encouraged to bring their instruments and join in a post-concert jam… More

JMU Gallery Crawl

JMU GALLERIES


The most creative visual arts event in the Valley is back for a second year! Leave the car behind at the Warsaw Parking Deck as a chauffeured bus transports you and other arts enthusiasts to three galleries on JMU’s campus. The evening features tours of three exciting exhibitions, curated talks, appetizers, drinks, dessert and conversation. More

Boeing Boeing

By Marc Camoletti

Translated by Beverley Cross and Francis Evans

MAINSTAGE THEATRE


Fasten your seat belts as Boeing Boeing lands at the Forbes Center! In this 1960s French farce adapted for the English-speaking stage, playboy Bernard juggles the arrivals and departures of his three flight attendant fiancées. Tracking their airlines’ timetables and scheduling non-convergent “layovers,” he keeps “one up, one down and one pending” until unexpected schedule changes bring all three to Paris and his apartment at the same time. The result is a hilarious journey through near misses as he attempts to keep his love life from being grounded. More

Patti LuPone: COULDA, WOULDA, SHOULDA ... played that role 

Conceived and Directed by Scott Wittman

Musical Director: Joseph Thalken

CONCERT HALL


Tony and Olivier Award winner Patti LuPone in her new concert COULDA, WOULDA, SHOULDA … played that role performs songs from musicals which she could have played, should have played, did play and will play. The list of shows includes Hair, Bye Bye Birdie, Funny Girl, West Side Story and Peter Pan and, of course, songs from her Tony Award-winning performances in Evita and Gypsy. Ms. LuPone will be accompanied by JMU’s Symphony Orchestra and students from JMU’s Musical Theatre program. More

Phil Vassar

WILSON HALL


JMU alumnus and contemporary country singer Phil Vassar returns to campus for two performances with his band. Vassar made his name as a chart-topping songwriter before landing a record deal and becoming a hit-making artist in his own right. A native of Lynchburg, Virginia, Vassar earned a track scholarship to JMU, where he began to take music seriously. With unbounded energy and limitless talent, Vassar has proven himself, again and again, as one of Nashville’s most prolific and versatile stars. More

Pops Concert

Featuring the Marching Royal Dukes and Other JMU Ensembles

JMU CONVOCATION CENTER


This one-of-a-kind musical extravaganza showcases some of JMU's finest music ensembles and faculty talent. Be ready to stand up and cheer as the Marching Royal Dukes, as well as the JMU Wind Symphony, Brass Band, Choral and Steel Band blow the roof off of the Convocation Center. One of JMU's favorite Family Weekend traditions, this musical celebration is great entertainment for all ages! More

American Modern Ensemble

Part of the Contemporary Music Festival (Oct 8-10)

CONCERT HALL


Now in its 33rd year, the Contemporary Music Festival features the American Modern Ensemble, a New York-based, world-class ensemble that includes co-founder, artistic director and conductor Rob Paterson. AME has performed and premiered more than 135 works by at least 120 living composers, "consistently demonstrating a flair for inventive programming." (The New York Times) More

Defending the Caveman

Starring Kevin Burke

Written by Rob Becker

CONCERT HALL


Defending the Caveman holds the record as the longest running solo play in Broadway history. Now a worldwide rock-solid tour de force that has won the heart of millions, Caveman is a hilariously insightful play about how men and women relate. Seen in 45 countries and translated into 18 different languages (and counting!), Defending the Caveman makes us roar with laughter and recognition about all the ways men and women fight, love and laugh. Don’t miss this “outrageously funny and surprisingly sweet exploration of the gender gap.” (Chicago Sun Times) More

From Here ... to Broadway .... and Beyond

A Musical Theatre Revue

CONCERT HALL


This contemporary musical theatre showcase includes touching, uproarious and spellbinding selections from musicals written during the late 20th and early 21st century. Enjoy new Broadway favorites, works from lesser-known Off-Broadway shows, and songs from emerging professional musical theatre composers who hope their work will reach “The Great White Way.” More

Namely, Muscles

with Kate Trammell

EARLYNN J. MILLER DANCE THEATRE


JMU dance faculty artist Kate Trammell performs Namely, Muscles, a solo, comic masterpiece by world-renowned choreographer Claire Porter. This “funny and touching” work depicts Dr. Nickie Nom, a Forensic Orthopedic Autopsy Muscular Anatomical Surgical Specialist, as she reads from her new book of poems Namely, Muscles. Her 30 plus poems enact 68 major muscles of the body and then some. More

The Trojan Women

By Euripides

MAINSTAGE THEATRE


In the ruins of their smoldering city, the women of Troy, still grieving over the slaughter of their husbands and sons, wait to learn what the conquerors will do with them. One of the greatest plays to meditate on the limits and power of individual choice, the costs of war on civilians and families, and the boundaries of humanity, this timeless work by Euripides has found new life on the world’s stages in recent years. Mediating between the ancient world and the modern, it explores the choices left to war’s victims. More

Sheila Jordan

with the JMU Jazz Ensemble and Faculty

CONCERT HALL


One of the premier singers in jazz, Sheila Jordan is a superb scat singer who can just as easily reach the emotional depths of a ballad or improvise logical lyrics, which often rhyme. Whether singing well-known standards or original material, “her voice is pure magic.” (San Francisco Bay Guardian) In a career that has spanned more than a half-century, Jordan started out singing in clubs and jam sessions in the 1950s with some of New York’s jazz giants, including Charles Mingus, Herbie Nichols and Charlie Parker. More

The Magic Flute

MAINSTAGE THEATRE


Mozart’s mesmerizing classic The Magic Flute will cast its spell and transport audiences of all ages to a mythical land of enchantment. With soaring melodies, lush sets and charming yet elusive characters, The Magic Flute is one of the most popular operas of all time. When the Queen of the Night’s daughter Pamina is kidnapped by the evil sorcerer Sarastro, it’s up to the heroic prince Tamino and his outspoken sidekick Papageno to come to her rescue. Aided by a magic flute, Tamino and Papageno endure death-defying adventures to save her. Wisdom and true love More

Autumn Opera Gala

VIP Seating for The Magic Flute, a Pre-Performance Reception and Dialogue

GRAND LOBBY / MAINSTAGE THEATRE


This exquisite evening features a cocktail reception in the Grand Lobby, a pre-performance “backstory chat” about The Magic Flute presented by a noted opera scholar, and the 8 pm performance. Opera Director Dr. Don Rierson and members of the cast will be in attendance to greet guests. More

One of the most revered novels of the 20th century, Fahrenheit 451 is Ray Bradbury's dystopian tale of a bleak future where literature and knowledge are on the edge of extinction. Aquila Theatre, one of the foremost producers of touring classical theatre, will breathe new life into Bradbury's visionary parable of a society gone awry. More

Dancescapes

Featuring JMU's Virginia Repertory Dance Company

MAINSTAGE THEATRE


Offering an “eclectic range of well-performed, engaging dance works (Style Weekly), JMU’s premier dance group will present a cutting-edge program focusing on the new terrains of contemporary dance in the 21st century. The company will perform works by nationally and internationally recognized guest artists, including Richmond-based Scott Putman, Tzveta Kassabova from Florida (named one of the “top 25 artists to watch in 2012” by Dance Magazine), Raleigh choreographer and JMU alumna Tara Mullins, More

Holidayfest

Featuring the JMU Symphony Orchestra, Madison Singers and Chorale and Special Guest, the Shenandoah Valley Children's Choir

CONCERT HALL


After three sellout seasons at the Forbes Center, this community favorite returns with a variety of holiday classics and masterworks including excerpts from Handel’s Messiah. The SVCC will join the JMU ensembles for a concert that will delight audiences of all ages. Also featured is a holiday reading by a local Harrisonburg celebrity. Prior to the December 8th matinee (at 12:30 pm), children can enjoy crafts, cookies and cider in the Grand Lobby. More

One of the leading ensembles of traditional music in Ireland, Danú brings a heartwarming and high-energy Celtic Christmas celebration to the Forbes Center. Direct from County Waterford, this spirited band is known for its authentic interpretations, riveting performances and jaw-dropping talent. “A spirit-raising concoction,” raves The Irish Times. For more than a decade, Danú has been performing for a growing base of fans worldwide, demonstrating its mastery of traditional Celtic instruments complemented by breathtaking vocals. More

Step Afrika!

MAINSTAGE THEATRE


Prepare to feast your eyes and ears on a rhythmic performance brimming with 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. Now a worldwide dance phenomenon, Step Afrika! is committed to advancing the art of stepping through teaching and touring opportunities across the globe. The company has performed on some of America’s most prestigious stages, including the White House, New York’s Lincoln Center and the Kennedy Center. More

The Frog Bride

Starring David Gonzalez

MAINSTAGE THEATRE


When a King sends his three sons to find their brides, two return with fair ladies. The last returns with...A FROG? This critically acclaimed, hip adaptation of a classic Russian fairytale is brought to vibrant new life by the storytelling genius of David Gonzalez, who "has the gift of creating magical worlds and drawing his audience into them." (The New York Times) Gonzalez brings wonder and sparkle to every one of the show's characters, including princes, frogs, witches and one very enchanted young lady.  Audiences of all ages will embrace this tour de force featuring More

Andrew Michael Simon, clarinet

with Paulo Steinberg, piano

RECITAL HALL


Acclaimed for his brilliant musicianship and "almost god-like technique" (Auditorium Magazine, Korea), Andrew Simon is Principal Clarinet of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. As a soloist, he has given more than 60 performances with the HKPO, and has toured 23 cities in Japan. In 2012, Simon embarked on a tour of Italy, Scandinavia, the Czech Republic and the United States, performing with "character, spirit and humor" (The New York Times) as a chamber musician and recitalist. Simon shares the stage with Dr. Paulo Steinberg, who has performed as a soloist and More

Takuya Muramatsu of Dairakudakan

The Art of Butoh: A Contemporary Japanese Dance Form

EARLYNN J. MILLER DANCE THEATRE


Experience the mystery and beauty of the Japanese dance art form known as Butoh. These performances cap off a two-week residency by Takuya Muramatsu of Dairakudakan, one of the great exponents of the dynamic art form. This concert includes a work made with theatre and dance students during the residency, as well as a solo and group work by adjunct faculty member Julia Vessey, a former member of Dairakudakan. More

Established 25 years ago, the Amsterdam-based ensemble Calefax Reed Quintet is one of the world’s most innovative musical ensembles acclaimed for its contemporary yet timeless interpretations of classical music. From early music to classical and jazz to world premieres, in the hands of Calefax, it all sounds fresh and new. The Times of London has called the group, “five extremely gifted Dutch gents who almost made the reed quintet seem [like] the best musical format on the planet.” More

Opera Spotlight

Songs and Scenes from the World's Greatest Operas

CONCERT HALL


Songs and scenes from the world’s greatest operas come alive in an enchanting evening that will amaze audiences! Graduate students from the JMU Opera Theater are poised to launch their careers, and this event is your opportunity to see this incredibly talented core of future stars perform works like “E lucevan le stelle” from Puccini’s magnificent opera Tosca, and “Largo al Factotum” from Rossini’s The Barber of Seville, considered one of the most challenging baritone arias to perform. More

"One of the most exciting musicians to come onto the jazz scene in the last 20 years" (DownBeat Magazine), Omer Avital is a visionary composer and virtuoso bassist who is pushing the boundaries of jazz expression and providing audiences with both swing and spiritual sustenance. His compositions range from sophisticated jazz conversations to funky, Middle Eastern grooves to long-form, orchestral arrangements of traditional Sephardi music. Avital's Arabic, North African, Israeli and European influences have inspired a handful of genre-defying, jazz-based ensembles, More

Really Inventive Stuff

The Story of Babar, Toy Symphony and more!

Starring Michael Boudewyns and Special Guests

CONCERT HALL


Really Inventive Stuff actors Michael Boudewyns and Sara Valentine have packed their trunk full of fun surprises for the whole family as they return to the Forbes Center for performances of Jean de Brunhoff's The Story of Babar, Mozart's Toy Symphony, and Rossini's Duet for Two Cats, accompanied by musical guests. Eloquently set to music by Francis Poulenc, de Brunhoff's popular children's story about one little elephant's rise from rags to riches is expressively reimagined with all the enthusiasm and pomp worthy of a royal gathering. Long live King Babar! More

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra

with Ryu Goto

CONCERT HALL


For 41 years, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra has garnered international acclaim for its fine artistry while reinventing the way the world thinks about collaboration, outreach, and democratic leadership. Orpheus has recorded more than 70 albums (including the Grammy Award-winning Shadow Dances: Stravinsky Miniatures), worked with the leading soloists of our time, and commissioned and premiered 35 works. By performing without a conductor and integrating musicians into virtually every facet of the organization, Orpheus  More

ALL SHOOK UP

Inspired by and featuring the songs of ELVIS PRESLEY®

Book by JOE DIPIETRO

MAINSTAGE THEATRE


The hysterical musical ALL SHOOK UP is guaranteed to have your entire family jumpin’ out of their blue suede shoes! Inspired by the songs of Elvis Presley, ALL SHOOK UP features 24 of his greatest hits including such classics as “Heartbreak Hotel,” “Jailhouse Rock” and “Don’t Be Cruel.” Set in 1955, a mysterious, guitar-playing stranger rides through a square, little town in a square, little state helping everyone he meets rediscover the magic of romance and the power of rock and roll. More

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago stands at the forefront of American contemporary dance companies. Its work encompasses a vast array of techniques and forms, and its dancers display unparalleled versatility and virtuosity. Hubbard Street 2, its professional company for early-career artists, tours domestically and internationally: it showcases the work of its gifted young dancers, many of whom are already accomplished and recognized as contemporary choreographers. More

Hubbard Street 2 Dance Chicago

Family Performance

MAINSTAGE THEATRE


This Hubbard Street 2 family performance is a unique experience blending a dynamic presentation with behind-the-scenes insights into the choreographic process, stage production and dance technique. You'll move in your seats as you learn about everything that goes into creating contemporary dance performances from this renowned, professional dance company. Terence Marling, Director of Hubbard Street 2, leads this interactive, one-hour exploration of dance. A Forbes Family Fun event.  More

A cappella continues its widespread popularity! A sellout in its first two seasons, this event returns for two nights of performances by JMU's amazing a cappella groups!  This third annual Sing out! also features a cappella groups from Harrisonburg High School and Rockingham County Public Schools. A Forbes Family Fun event. More

Taste of the Forbes

An Arts and Foodie Event

FORBES CENTER VENUES / RECEPTION IN GRAND LOBBY


After a wildly successful debut last season, this event featuring a complete evening of entertainment returns for another year! This moveable 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… More

This musical favorite returns to the line-up with performances by internationally acclaimed marimbist and percussionist Kevin Bobo, faculty guest artist Dr. Andrew Connell, and JMU's Orchestra. Students will join Mr. Bobo for a presentation of Boboland, a work that shows the world through the eyes of a three-year old. The music highlights Mr. Bobo's wizardry on the marimba, as well as the constant changing of emotions, and fun and interesting sounds that a youngster makes. Also featured is a Brazilian-street parade leading More

NEA Jazz Master, renowned Grammy Award-winning saxophonist and Tony Award nominee Branford Marsalis is one of the most revered instrumentalists of his time. Leader of one of today’s finest jazz quartets and a frequent soloist with classical ensembles, Marsalis and his Quartet of musical friends recently released Four MFs Playin’ Tunes. On this new album, the song takes center stage, with the band members bringing their considerable musical expertise to bear as they focus on each tune as an important musical entity unto itself and not merely a vehicle for showcasing individual talent. More

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

Featuring the JMU Opera Theater

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. Old Admiral Sir Joseph Porter plans to marry the much younger Josephine with the consent of her father, Captain Corcoran. But Josephine is in love with Ralph, a common seaman, and the couple plans to elope with the help of the crew. Dick Deadeye overhears their plan and tells the Admiral. To further complicate matters, More

Experience the excitement of the JMU Symphony Honors Concert as the JMU Symphony Orchestra accompanies the winners of the prestigious School of Music Concerto Competition. Majors from each of the five areas of the School (woodwinds, brass and percussion, strings, piano, and voice) compete in the competition. Two finalists are then selected by each area to compete in the finals for the coveted spot in this honors concert. More

Clybourne Park

By Bruce Norris

MAINSTAGE THEATRE


“Vital, sharp-witted and ferociously smart” (The New York Times), Clybourne Park pits Race against Real Estate in Bruce Norris’ Olivier Award-winning play. Two generations of characters dance around social politics in one house on two afternoons, 50 years apart. In 1959, a white couple causes uproar in a middle-class neighborhood for selling their home to a black family. Fast forward to 2009 and the stakes have changed, but the debate is strikingly similar. This razor sharp social comedy reveals how far our ideas about race and gentrification have evolved—or have they? More

James Tocco

Featured pianist for the 2014 American Liszt Society Festival at JMU (June 6-8)

CONCERT HALL


James Tocco will perform Liszt's Harmonies Poetiques et Religeuses, and Jonathan Kregor will give a lecture.  In frequent demand worldwide as a recitalist, orchestral soloist, chamber music collaborator and pedagogue, Tocco is renowned for his "intensely concentrated playing, precisely gauged and rhythmically fluid" (The Detroit News) interpretations of Beethoven, Chopin and Liszt. "Tocco gave a knockout performance" (The New York Times) in a recital at the Lincoln Center paying tribute to Liszt 100 years after his death More

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