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  • Sep 26
    Facing poverty in the Valley: A dialogue with the community and Kozol

    Room 256, Madison Union

    In this town-hall style session, internationally acclaimed author and poverty researcher Jonathan Kozol will join a panel of local community partners to share stories of their work addressing the needs of children, families and communities in poverty. This dialogue is intended to build cross-institutional networks of education, care and engagement for children as well as those who work daily to confront poverty in our community and beyond. Sponsored by the JMU College of Education.

    For a full schedule of events with Jonathan Kozol go to: http://www.actingforeducationalequity.com 

  • Sep 26
    Community keynote address by Jonathan Kozol

    Memorial Hall Auditorium

    Internationally acclaimed author and poverty researcher Jonathan Kozol will speak on the issues of persistent structural inequities that continue to plague our society. Through his stories of “Savage Inequalities” and “Amazing Grace,” he critiques the system in which we live and work and offers strategies to guide us in the creation of a more just and equitable future for all. Sponsored by the JMU College of Education.

    For a full schedule of events with Jonathan Kozol go to: http://www.actingforeducationalequity.com

  • Sep 27
    Kazol: Disrupting the Single Story of Poverty Through Art-Making

    Room 1075, Student Sucess Center

    Art-making can serve as a powerful contemplative practice for anyone. In this session, co-ed by Jonathan Kozol, renowned author and poverty researcher, and Aaron Bodle, a JMU arts-based researcher, participants are invited to explore and rethink their own experiences with and perceptions of the persistence of poverty by making art together. You don’t have to think of yourself as an artist to participate. Sponsored by the JMU College of Education.

    For a full schedule of events with Jonathan Kozol go to: http://www.actingforeducationalequity.com 

  • Sep 27
    Night Music - Masterworks by Bartók and Crumb

    FORBES CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

    CONCERT HALL

    Four JMU music faculty members, pianists Eric Ruple and Paulo Steinberg and percussionists Eric Guinivan and Casey Cangelosi, come together for the first time in concert to perform Béla Bartók’s Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion and George Crumb’s Music for a Summer Evening (Makrokosmos III), for two amplified pianos and percussion.

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2016/09/27-night-music.shtml

  • Sep 28
    Roundtable conversations with Jonathan Kozol

    Room 4046, Student Success Center

    The final event of author and poverty researcher Jonathan Kozol’s Harrisonburg visit is an opportunity to interact and converse with JMU faculty, students, staff and local community members. Kozol will offer his perspectives and guidance as participants develop action plans and strategies to move on work on equity in education. Sponsored by the JMU College of Education.

    For a full schedule of events with Jonathan Kozol go to: http://www.actingforeducationalequity.com 

  • Sep 29
    Throw Your Head Back and Sing - tribute to Maya Angelou

    7 p.m.
    Concert Hall, Forbes Center for the Performing Arts 

    Buy tickets from the box office  by phone (540.568.7000) or online through the Forbes Center’s website.

    One of America’s most popular poets, Maya Angelou produced an extraordinary body of work that counters despair with “a glorification of life and sensuality which produced a transcendence over all which could otherwise destroy,” according to critic Priscilla Ramsey. Embraced by a wide readership, her poetry uses accessible language and a powerful, incantatory rhythm. MacArthur fellow Edwidge Danticat remarked that Angelou “soars beyond art into the realm of survival. We were not mere consumers of Dr. Angelou's work; we were fellow travelers on a brutal, exuberant journey.”

    “... soars beyond art into the realm of survival.”

    Featuring performances by more than 20 acclaimed poets and vocalists, including Sonia Sanchez, Rutha Mae Harris, Sonya Baker, and New Song a cappella singers, this tribute to the late poet echoes Angelou’s own frequent pairing of two art forms, spoken word and spirituals. Those fortunate enough to have seen Angelou perform her poetry were impressed with her vocal virtuosity that resonated with the lyricism of the King James Bible, the cadences of black sermons and traditional spirituals, and the influence of literary figures William Shakespeare, Edgar Allan Poe, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Langston Hughes, and James Weldon Johnson, among others. (Want to learn more about the influence of Angelou’s work not only in the U.S. but also in Africa and the Carribean? Join us for a pre-event panel discussion, “Maya Angelou: Literature That Travels,” on Sept. 22 at 4 p.m. in JMU’s Madison Union.)

    JMU’s Furious Flower Poetry Center presents this event in partnership with poet Nikki Giovanni, director of the Steger Poetry Prize at Virginia Tech, as part of Forbes Center for the Performing Arts’ 2016–17 Masterpiece Season. For more information, call 540.568.8883.

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  • Sep 29
    Throw Your Head Back & Sing - A Tribute to Maya Angelou

    FORBES CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

    CONCERT HALL

    In partnership with JMU’s Furious Flower Poetry Center, the Forbes Center presents Throw Your Head Back & Sing as a tribute to Maya Angelou, one of America’s most popular poets. Echoing Angelou’s own frequent pairing of spoken word and spirituals, this evening features performances by over 20 acclaimed poets and vocalists, including Sonia Sanchez, Rutha Harris, Sonya Baker, and the New Song a cappella singers.

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2016/09/29-maya-angelou.shtml

  • Sep 30
    Feet Don't Fail Me Now! - Rhythmic Circus

    PRESENTED BY FORBES CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

    WILSON HALL (Please note that this performance takes place in Wilson Hall and not the Forbes Center)

    Four homegrown hoofers from Minneapolis hit the road with a trunk full of tap shoes, funky costumes, and a big brass band to perform their inventive, rapid-fire show, Feet Don’t Fail Me Now! With “fast, furious footwork” (The New York Times), “they tap their way in to everyone’s hearts” (Star Tribune). In this joyous parade of genre-hopping music and hard-hitting percussive dance, you’ll be jumping out of your seat and dancing to the beat!

    For tickets and information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2016/09/30-feet-dont-fail-me-now.shtml

  • Oct 1
    JMU Pops! Music of Our World

    PRESENTED BY FORBES CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

    JMU CONVOCATION CENTER (Please note that this performance takes place at the Convocation Center and not the Forbes Center)

    This one-of-a-kind musical extravaganza for audiences of all ages showcases some of JMU’s finest music ensembles, including JMU’s Wind Symphony, Brass Band, Chorale and Steel Band, as well as the Marching Royal Dukes.

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2016/10/01-jmu-pops.shtml

  • Oct 4
    Serpentine Pink

    FORBES CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

    MAINSTAGE THEATRE

    Tuesday-Saturday, October 4-8 @ 8 pm
    Sunday, October 9 @ 2 pm

    By Megan Breen

    In the weird, wild west of the Joshua Tree desert, a venomous combustion of lust, love, pain and desire weave a darkly seductive tale as a beautiful biker named Jaymee tries to win back her adorable trailer park lover, Henrietta, after a jealousy-fueled attack. Features students from JMU’s School of Theatre and Dance in this world premiere production. Adult content, language and violence.

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2016/10/04-serpentine-pink.shtml

  • Oct 5
    JMU Wind Symphony

    FORBES CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

    CONCERT HALL

    The JMU 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.

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2016/10/05-wind-symphony.shtml

  • Oct 7
    En Plein Aire Painting with Martha Henderson

    Artists are invited to gather and bring an easel, canvas, pencils, paints and brushes and everything needed for painting in the open air beauty of the arboretum with renowned impressionist and muralist painter, Martha Henderson. These plein air painting sessions are free and open to all skill levels. Paint under a master and a painter known for her lovely landscapes depicting scenes of the arboretum, Shenandoah Valley and beyond. The group size in each session is limited. Reserve your place at jmu.edu/arboretum. Session dates: Oct. 7 and 21.

  • Oct 7
    Jazz 4 Justice

    FORBES CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

    CONCERT HALL

    Take a walk down memory lane with hits from the big band swing era. This annual concert is in cooperation with Virginia State Bar’s Diversity Conference, and benefits Blue Ridge Legal Services and JMU’s School of Music scholarships.

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2016/10/07-jazz-4-justice.shtml

  • Oct 8
    Garden Photography Workshop with Joshua Taylor

    Joshua Taylor is bringing a premiere photography workshop to the Edith J. Carrier Arboretum. For more than 35 years, Joshua Taylor workshops have been offered by some of America's finest public gardens and arboretums. In this prestigeous lineup, now a Joshua Taylor workshop is offered at the Edith J. Carrier Arboretum. Photography enthusiasts will not have to go to the U.S. Botanic Garden for a Joshua Taylor workshop... and will not have to go to the Smithsonian, the U.S. National Arboretum, Brookside Gardens, Longwood Gardens, Adkins Arboretum or any other of the public gardens where Joshua Taylor has given workshops. Experience the guidance and coaching of an industry notable. Register for the Saturday Oct. 8, 9:00 am p 4:00 pm workshop on the arboretum website, jmu.edu/arboretum, soon. For a workshop where Joshua Taylor can interact with each member, space is limited. Learn to take winning photos in an outdoor shoot with Joshua. Then learn how to improve digital images using technology for unparalleled, unique, whimsical, surrealism in pictures. $150, or for JMU students, $125 per person.

  • Oct 10
    JMU Brass Band

    FORBES CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

    CONCERT HALL

    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.

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2016/10/10-brass-band.shtml

  • Oct 14
    Children of Eden

    FORBES CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

    CONCERT HALL

    Friday, October 14 @ 8 pm
    Saturday, October 15 @ 2 pm and 8 pm
    Sunday, October 16 @ 2 pm

    Book by John Caird
    Music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
    Based on a concept by Charles Lisanby

    From the composer of Wicked, Godspell and Pippin comes a joyous and inspirational musical about family and faith. Based on the Book of Genesis, Children of Eden is a candid, heartfelt, and often humorous look at the age-old conflict between parents and children. Features JMU theatre and musical theatre students. A Forbes Family Fun event.

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2016/10/14-children-of-eden.shtml

  • Oct 20
    JMU Madison Singers and Chorale

    FORBES CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

    CONCERT HALL

    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.

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2016/10/20-madison-singers-and-chorale.shtml

  • Oct 21
    En Plein Aire Painting with Martha Henderson

    Artists are invited to gather and bring an easel, canvas, pencils, paints and brushes and everything needed for painting in the open air beauty of the arboretum with renowned impressionist and muralist painter, Martha Henderson. These plein air painting sessions are free and open to all skill levels. Paint under a master and a painter known for her lovely landscapes depicting scenes of the arboretum, Shenandoah Valley and beyond. The group size in each session is limited. Reserve your place at jmu.edu/arboretum.

  • Oct 23
    JMU Symphony Orchestra

    FORBES CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

    CONCERT HALL

    The JMU Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Foster Beyers, is the premier symphonic ensemble for the JMU School of Music.

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2016/10/23-symphony-orchestra.shtml

  • Oct 24
    Surabhi Ghosh, Rowland Ricketts, Michael Andrews

    DUKE HALL GALLERY

    FIBERS

    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.

    Free admission. For further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2016/10/24-ghosh-ricketts-andrews.shtml

  • Oct 25
    JMU Symphonic Band

    FORBES CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

    CONCERT HALL

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

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2016/10/25-symphonic-band.shtml

  • Oct 27
    The Milk Carton Kids

    FORBES CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

    CONCERT HALL

    Kenneth Pattengale and Joey Ryan are The Milk Carton Kids, a Grammy-nominated, flat-picking duo that has captured the hearts of folk fans with its witty onstage banter and virtuosic performances that exhibit “the sweetness and beauty of two voices singing in harmony, the delicate interplay of two acoustic guitars, and the beauty and strength of great songwriting.” (Mix) 

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2016/10/27-milk-carton-kids.shtml

  • Oct 29
    JMU Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Band

    FORBES CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

    CONCERT HALL

    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.

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2016/10/29-jazz-ensemble-jazz-band.shtml

  • Oct 31
    Illuminating the Word: The Art of Medieval Manuscripts

    LISANBY MUSEUM, FESTIVAL

    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.

    Free admission. For further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2016/10/31-illuminating-the-word.shtml

  • Oct 31
    JMU Percussion Ensemble

    FORBES CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

    CONCERT HALL

    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.

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2016/10/31-percussion-ensemble.shtml

  • Nov 1
    The Tempest

    FORBES CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

    MAINSTAGE THEATRE

    Tuesday-Friday, November 1-4 @ 8 pm
    Saturday, November 5 @ 2 pm and 8 pm

    By William Shakespeare

    The Tempest puts on a collision course a ship of nobles, a horde of frightening and fantastical island creatures, a handful of would-be murderers, two bumbling clowns, and a pair of teenage lovers, all of whom Prospero, an embittered father and exiled magician, must maneuver as he charts his way to vengeance or forgiveness. Features students from JMU’s School of Theatre and Dance.

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2016/11/01-the-tempest.shtml

  • Nov 3
    JMU Wind Symphony

    FORBES CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

    CONCERT HALL

    The JMU 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.

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2016/11/03-wind-symphony.shtml

  • Nov 4
    Julian Sands in A Celebration of Harold Pinter

    FORBES CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

    CONCERT HALL

    Directed by John Malkovich

    Renowned British film, stage and television star Julian Sands was a longtime friend of Nobel Prize-winning playwright and poet, Harold Pinter. Before his death in 2008, an ailing Pinter asked Sands to fill in for him at a special reading. Pinter spent hours with Sands, providing him with insight on how to deliver his poems. This unique collaboration laid the groundwork for the rich and humorous solo tour-de-force, A Celebration of Harold Pinter.

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2016/11/04-julian-sands-celebration-of-harold-pinter.shtml

  • Nov 9
    Fall Student Dance Concert

    FORBES CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

    EARLYNN J. MILLER DANCE THEATRE

    Wednesday-Saturday, November 9-12 @ 8 pm

    This showcase of new choreography offers audiences an opportunity to see the work of the Dance program’s talented young artists.

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2016/11/09-fall-student-dance-concert.shtml

  • Nov 11
    Candide

    FORBES CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

    MAINSTAGE THEATRE

    Friday-Saturday, November 11-12 @ 8 pm
    Sunday, November 13 @ 2 pm

    The Royal National Theatre Version
    Music by Leonard Bernstein
    Book adapted from Voltaire by Hugh Wheeler
    In a new version by John Caird
    Lyrics by Richard Wilbur
    Additional lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, John Latouche, Lillian Hellman, Dorothy Parker and Leonard Bernstein

    Meet Candide - hero, lover and optimist. Not even war, earthquakes, shipwrecks, a volcano, several grisly deaths, and lost love can shake his optimism … or can it? Leonard Bernstein’s comedic operetta, based on Voltaire’s biting satire of social mores, politics, innocence and unfettered optimism, blends riotous comedy and sophisticated melodies to take you on grand adventure you will never forget!

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2016/11/11-candide.shtml

  • Nov 12
    Autumn Opera Gala

    FORBES CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

    GRAND LOBBY/MAINSTAGE THEATRE

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

    For tickets and information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2016/11/12-autumn-opera-gala.shtml

  • Nov 17
    John Steptoe's Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters: An African Tale

    FORBES CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

    MAINSTAGE THEATRE

    Dallas Children's Theater
    Adapted for the stage by Karen Abbott
    Music and lyrics by S-Ankh Rasa

    When a great African king desires a wife, only the most perfect maidens in the land are invited to meet him. Mufaro’s pride and joy, his two daughters of different dispositions, travel through a mystical jungle and across a deep river to be presented to the king. Along the way, the girls encounter many mysterious situations that test their courage, kindness, and strength of spirit. Recommended for grades K-6.

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2016/11/17-mufaros-beautiful-daughters.shtml

  • Nov 29
    The Object of Play

    INSTITUTE FOR VISUAL STUDIES

    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.

    Free admission. For further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2016/11/29-object-of-play.shtml

  • Dec 1
    JMU Brass Band

    FORBES CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

    CONCERT HALL

    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.

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2016/12/01-brass-band.shtml

  • Dec 2
    Downtown Harrisonburg ::: Holiday Parade & Tree Lighting

    Presented by the City of Harrisonburg Parks and Recreation

    All are welcome to join for this a family-friendly kickoff to the holiday season with an exciting mainstreet parade and celebration.

    The annual holiday parade begins at 7:30pm at the corner of Grattan and Main Street and ends at the Rockingham County Office Building on Gay St. Look for Downtown's entry in the parade!

    Following the parade, Mayor Christopher B. Jones will host a tree lighting ceremony in Court Square, followed by a holiday concert performed by the JMU Marching Royal Dukes.

    For more details and updates about this event, please see the City of Harrisonburg website.
    To see Harrisonburg local business holiday support events, please see the Celebrate Downtown Harrisonburg website.

    Photo by Harrisonburg Community Member, Art Pekun.

  • Dec 3
    Holidayfest: Dreams of the Nutcracker

    FORBES CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

    CONCERT HALL

    Saturday, December 3 @ 8 pm
    Sunday, December 4 @ 2 pm (children's activities in the Grand Lobby at 12:30 pm)

    Join the JMU Chorale and Symphony Orchestra for an inspired Christmas collage of holiday works for choirs and orchestra, featuring selected movements from Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker.

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2016/12/03-holidayfest.shtml

  • Dec 7
    JMU Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band

    FORBES CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

    CONCERT HALL

    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.

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2016/12/07-wind-symphony-and-symphonic-band.shtml

  • Dec 8
    The Tallis Scholars

    FORBES CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

    CONCERT HALL

    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)

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2016/12/08-the-tallis-scholars.shtml

  • Dec 8
    Dancescapes featuring JMU's Virginia Repertory Dance Company

    FORBES CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

    MAINSTAGE THEATRE

    Thursday-Saturday, December 8-10 @ 8 pm
    Sunday, December 11 @ 2 pm

    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.

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2016/12/08-dancescapes.shtml

  • Dec 10
    JMU Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Band

    FORBES CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

    CONCERT HALL

    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.

    FOr tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2016/12/10-jazz-ensemble-and-jazz-band.shtml

  • Jan 9
    Faculty Exhibition

    DUKE HALL GALLERY

    MULTIPLE MEDIA

    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.

    Free admission. For further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2017/01/09-faculty-exhibition.shtml

  • Jan 13
    The Family O'Brien

    FORBES CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

    RECITAL HALL

    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 Naskasian, a versatile vocal virtuoso. Swift recorded her first CD with her parents at the age of 9.

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2017/01/13-the-family-obrien.shtml

  • Jan 17
    Geeks in Museums: Putting Technology in Museology

    LISANBY MUSEUM, FESTIVAL

    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.

    Free admission. For further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2017/01/17-geeks-in-museums.shtml

  • Jan 18
    Rakonto: Voices from the Valley

    FORBES CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

    MAINSTAGE THEATRE

    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.

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2017/01/18-rakonto.shtml

  • Jan 19
    Sarunas Jankauskas, clarinet

    FORBES CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

    RECITAL HALL

    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.

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2017/01/19-sarunas-jankauskas.shtml

  • Jan 24
    An Evening with Pat Metheny

    FORBES CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

    CONCERT HALL

    w/ Antonio Sanchez, Linda Oh & Gwilym Simcock

    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.

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2017/01/24-an-evening-with-pat-metheny.shtml

  • Jan 30
    JMU Percussion Ensemble

    FORBES CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

    CONCERT HALL

    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.

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2017/01/30-percussion-ensemble.shtml

  • Feb 2
    James Markey, trombone

    FORBES CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

    RECITAL HALL

    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.

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2017/02/02-james-markey.shtml

  • Feb 4
    JMU Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Band

    FORBES CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

    CONCERT HALL

    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.

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2017/02/04-jazz-ensemble-and-jazz-band.shtml

  • Feb 5
    The Bockety World of Henry & Bucket

    FORBES CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

    CONCERT HALL

    By Sarah Argent
    In collaboration with Barnstorm Theatre Company

    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.

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2017/02/05-bockety-world-henry-bucket.shtml

  • Feb 9
    Senior Dance Concert

    FORBES CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

    EARLYNN J. MILLER DANCE THEATRE

    Thursday-Saturday, February 9-11 @ 8 pm

    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.

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2017/02/09-senior-dance-concert.shtml

  • Feb 10
    Opera and the Jazz Age

    FORBES CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

    CONCERT HALL

    Friday-Saturday, February 10-11 @ 8 pm

    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).

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2017/02/10-opera-and-the-jazz-age.shtml

  • Feb 14
    JMU Contemporary Music Festival: The Music of Augusta Read Thomas

    FORBES CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

    CONCERT HALL

    Tuesday-Thursday, February 16-16 @ pm

    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.

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2017/02/14-cmf.shtml

  • Feb 18
    JMU Brass Band

    FORBES CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

    CONCERT HALL

    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.

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2017/02/18-brass-band.shtml

  • Feb 20
    Drawing on the Left: Ben Shahn and the Art of Human Rights

    DUKE HALL GALLERY

    ENCORE ARTIST
    MIXED MEDIA

    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.

    Free admission. For further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2017/02/20-drawing-on-the-left.shtml

  • Feb 21
    Guys and Dolls - A Musical Fable of Broadway

    FORBES CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

    MAINSTAGE THEATRE

    Tuesday-Friday, February 21-24 @ 8 pm
    Saturday, February 25 @ 3 pm and 8 pm
    Sunday, February 26 @ 2 pm

    Based on a story and characters of Damon Runyon
    Music and lyrics by Frank Loesser
    Book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows

    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.

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2017/02/21-guys-and-dolls.shtml

  • Feb 24
    The National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine

    FORBES CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

    CONCERT HALL

    Volodymyr Sirenko, Artistic Director and Conductor
    Theodore Kuchar, Principal Guest Conductor

    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.

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2017/02/24-national-symphony-orchestra-of-ukraine.shtml

  • Feb 28
    Neil Simon's Last of the Red Hot Lovers - Walnut Street Theatre

    FORBES CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

    MAINSTAGE THEATRE

    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!

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2017/02/28-last-of-the-red-hot-lovers.shtml

  • Feb 28
    Brahms' Schicksalslied (Song of Destiny), Op. 54

    FORBES CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

    CONCERT HALL

    Featuring the JMU Chorale and Symphony Orchestra

    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 …”

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2017/03/14-friendship-fsu-jmu-choral-celebration.shtml

  • Mar 1
    AXIS Dance Company

    FORBES CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

    EARLYNN J. MILLER DANCE THEATRE

    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.

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2017/03/01-axis-dance-company.shtml

  • Mar 2
    JMU Symphonic Band

    FORBES CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

    CONCERT HALL

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

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2017/03/02-symphonic-band.shtml

  • Mar 13
    The Wise Build Bridges: West African Masking Traditions

    LISANBY MUSEUM, FESTIVAL

    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.

    Free admission. For further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2017/03/13-the-wise-build-bridges.shtml

  • Mar 14
    Friendship - Sweetest Balm of Life: A Choral Celebration

    FORBES CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

    CONCERT HALL

    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.

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2017/03/14-friendship-fsu-jmu-choral-celebration.shtml

  • Mar 15
    Doug Varone and Dancers

    FORBES CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

    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)

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2017/03/15-doug-varone-and-dancers.shtml

  • Mar 18
    JMU George West Jazz Festival with JMU Jazz Ensemble

    FORBES CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

    CONCERT HALL

    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.

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2017/03/18-george-west-jazz-festival.shtml

  • Mar 19
    The Five Irish Tenors

    FORBES CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

    CONCERT HALL

    Direct from Dublin, Ireland!

    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.

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2017/03/19-five-irish-tenors.shtml

  • Mar 22
    Sing Out! An A Cappella Celebration

    FORBES CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

    CONCERT HALL

    Wednesday-Thursday, March 22-23 @ 8 pm

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

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2017/03/23-sing-out.shtml

  • Mar 28
    Harlem Quartet

    FORBES CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

    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!

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2017/03/28-harlem-quartet.shtml

  • Mar 30
    New Voices in Dance featuring JMU's Contemporary Dance Ensemble

    FORBES CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

    MAINSTAGE THEATRE

    Thursday-Saturday, March 30-April 1 @ 8 pm
    Sunday, April 2 @ 2 pm

    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.

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2017/03/30-new-voices.shtml

  • Apr 1
    God Save the Queens - A Salute to Rock Royalty

    FORBES CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

    CONCERT HALL

    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).

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2017/04/01-gay-mens-chorus.shtml

  • Apr 5
    JMU Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band

    FORBES CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

    CONCERT HALL

    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.

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2017/04/05-wind-symphony-and-symphonic-band.shtml

  • Apr 8
    JMU Brass Band

    FORBES CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

    CONCERT HALL

    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.

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2016/10/10-brass-band.shtml

  • Apr 10
    JMU Percussion Ensemble

    FORBES CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

    CONCERT HALL

    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.

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2017/04/10-percussion-ensemble.shtml

  • Apr 12
    Spring Student Dance Concert

    FORBES CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

    EARLYNN J. MILLER DANCE THEATRE

    Wednesday-Saturday, April 12-15 @ 8 pm

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

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2017/04/12-spring-dance-concert.shtml

  • Apr 13
    Gilbert and Sullivan's The Mikado

    FORBES CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

    CONCERT HALL

    Thursday-Friday, April 13-14 @ 8 pm

    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!

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2017/04/13-the-mikado.shtml

  • Apr 18
    JMU Jazz Ensemble

    FORBES CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

    CONCERT HALL

    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.

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2017/04/18-jazz-ensemble.shtml

  • Apr 19
    JMU Jazz Band

    FORBES CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

    CONCERT HALL

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

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2017/04/19-jazz-band.shtml

  • Apr 20
    JMU Madison Singers and Chorale

    FORBES CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

    CONCERT HALL

    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.

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2017/04/20-madison-singers-and-chorale.shtml

  • Apr 22
    Turtle Island Quartet with Cyrus Chestnut - Jelly, Rags & Monk

    FORBES CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

    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 …”

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2017/04/22-turtle-island-quartet.shtml

  • Apr 23
    JMU Symphony Honors Concert

    FORBES CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

    CONCERT HALL

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

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2017/04/23-jmu-symphony-honors-concert.shtml

  • Apr 25
    Picnic

    FORBES CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

    MAINSTAGE THEATRE

    Tuesday-Wednesday, April 25-26 @ 8 pm
    Friday-Saturday, April 28-29 @ 8 pm
    Sunday, April 30 @ 2 pm
    * No Thursday performance

    By William Inge

    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.

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2017/04/25-picnic.shtml

  • Apr 27
    JMU Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band

    FORBES CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

    CONCERT HALL

    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.

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2017/04/27-wind-symphony-and-symphonic-band.shtml

  • May 1
    Painting the Valley: Works by Andrei Kushnir

    DUKE HALL GALLERY

    PLEIN AIR OIL PAINTING

    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.

    Free admission. For further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2017/05/01-painting-the-valley.shtml

  • May 13
    Community Collage Concert

    FORBES CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

    CONCERT HALL

    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, and The Valley 7, a vocal chamber ensemble.

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2017/05/13-community-collage-concert.shtml

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