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  • Jan 18
    Rakonto: Voices from the Valley



    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.

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  • Jan 19
    Sarunas Jankauskas, clarinet



    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.” 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.” The new professor of clarinet at JMU, Jankauskas will perform an eclectic and exciting program of works by Marquez (Mexico), Chen Yi (China/USA), American composers Muhly and Greene, as well as Frenchmen Ghidoni and Chausson.

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  • Jan 24
    An Evening with Pat Metheny



    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.

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  • Jan 30
    JMU Percussion Ensemble



    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.

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  • Feb 1
    -PRISM Informational Meeting at the EJC Arboretum

    PRISM - The Regional Conservation Partnership Program is an invasive plants species removal funding opportunity for the region that gives landowner grants to fund the removal of invasive plants species. Attend this free meeting to learn if you qualify for a grant, held at the Frances Plecker Ed Center at the EJC Arboretum. There will be plenty of free parking in the in-grounds arboretum parking lots and along University Boulevard. Visit for more information

  • Feb 2
    Film Screening: The Gas Weapon

    Harrison 1261
    Free Admission

    Ukraine uses more natural gas per capita than any other country in the world. But that cheap gas comes from Russia, which has made no secret of its willingness to use it as an economic weapon. This film is a clear and much-needed examination of how Ukraine and much of Europe are dependent on Russian gas—and the role gas plays in recent Ukrainian politics. Directed by Alex Shiriaieff.

    Released in 2014. Run time: 52 minutes.

    A discussion will follow. This film is part of the Russian and East European Movie Series. Sponsored by the Russian Studies program and the Office of Cross Disciplinary Studies and Diversity Engagement.

  • Feb 12
    Valentine's Day Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides at the EJC Arboretum-

    Enjoy a romantic Valentine's Day horse-drawn carriage ride through the woodland trails of the EJC Arboretum with Harrisonburg's Favorite Horses from Classic Carriage. In JMU and Harrisonburg's favorite place for marriage proposals, reserve a ride to bring your romantic experience to a full circle of an approximate one mile ride in the afterooon Sunday before Valentine's Day, or the evening of the holiday. Then make a tradition with memories any couple will cherish of moonlight carriage rides whenever they are offered at the arboretum. In a luxurious vis-a-vis' carriage with the convertible roof down in temperate weather conditions, rides can be reserved for Sunday afternoon, 1-4:00 p.m, and also Tuesday, Feb 14, 5-8:00 pm. Detailed information is found at the arboretum website: Reservations are made by phone using any major credit card, calling (540) 568-3194.

  • Feb 14
    -Valentine's Day Moonlight Carriage Rides

    Give someone special a memory of their lifetime with a romantic Valentine's Day moonlight horse drawn carriage ride at the EJC Arboretum. Create a celebration that goes beyond ordinary. Your memorable Valentine's carriage ride may be only a first ride for those who court and propose during a Valentine's Day moonlight carriage ride. Then bring the romantic experience full circle and enjoy an exceptional EJC Arboretum garden wedding and a wedding day horse drawn carriage conveyance and start a personal tradition of moonlight carriage rides at the arboretum. Reserve by calling the arboretum office at (540) 568-3194, and find complete information at the arboretum website

  • Feb 15
    -Kokedama Moss Ball and Fern Terrarium Workshop

    If the winter blues have you down, enjoy making a decor piece that is a "wee-world" great for decorating any home or office. Time stops and harsh seasons do not touch the inner world of terrariums. It is spring all year for a Kokedama fern moss ball. An arboretum expert will lead the workshop to guide attendees through the process ofr creating a fern moss ball of their own to take away with them in a beautiful glass terrarium. While creating their Kokedama, attendees also learn about the compatibility of moss balls with other moisture and acid loving, low light plants. the workshop fee $35 covers all the supplies needed to make the terrarium. Visit to register online starting January 15, 2017.

  • Mar 15
    Birds of the Arboretum with Diane Lepkowski-

    In  partnership with the Rockingham Bird Club, Diane Lepkowski a bird expert presents an informative review and slide show of birds found at the arboretum. With plenty of humor interjected into the commentary, enjoy learning about some of the over 115 avian and raptor species that call the arboretum home. In the Frances Plecker Ed Center, and for free, with free parking along University Boulevard for the program, bird sightings captured photographically at the arboretum (which is an important migration rest stop) are shown, explained, and recounted. Come to learn how-tos of equipment and technique for bird watching. Plan to participate with the follow-up guided bird walk later in the spring at the arboretum.  

  • Mar 16
    Film Screening: Maidan

    Harrison 1261
    Free Admission

    A chronicle of the civil uprising against the regime of President Yanukovych that took place in Kiev (Ukraine) in the winter of 2013/14. The film follows the progress of the revolution: from peaceful rallies, half a million strong, in the Maidan square, to the bloody street battles between protesters and riot police. Directed by Sergei Loznitsa.

    Released in 2014. Run time: 134 minutes.

    A discussion will follow. This film is part of the Russian and East European Movie Series. Sponsored by the Russian Studies program and the Office of Cross Disciplinary Studies and Diversity Engagement.

  • Mar 29
    Madison Vision Series: Mary Ellen Callahan

    Forbes Center Concert Hall

    Mary Ellen CallahanThe Office of the President, in conjunction with the Madison Institutes of JMU’s department of Outreach and Engagement, welcomes Ms. Mary Ellen Callahan, as this year's final speaker for the Madison Vision Series. 

    Ms. Callahan served as Chief Privacy Officer of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security from 2009 until August 2012.  Prior to joining the Department of Homeland Security in 2009, as a partner in the DC office of an international law firm, Ms. Callahan focused on privacy, security, data protection, consumer protection, and e-commerce issues across a wide variety of industries including retail, technology, entertainment, financial services, health care, telecommunications and government contracts. She advised businesses, including multinational companies, on a variety of privacy and information governance issues, including privacy and security policies; performed audits of clients’ privacy and security policies as related to relevant state and federal legislation and created and implemented requisite compliance strategies and programs; and drafted website privacy policies and terms of use. Ms. Callahan is also experienced as a litigator and has represented clients before federal administrative agencies, in federal and state courts in the District of Columbia and in federal courts in Virginia and New York.

    She is a prolific writer and speaker on cutting-edge commercial privacy issues. She provides advice and counsel to an array of clients in industries that include media, public health and health care, manufacturing, online retail, government contracts, energy and other critical infrastructure sectors.

    Ms. Callahan is currently the Chair of Jenner & Block’s Privacy and Information Governance Practice.

    Admission to the lecture is free and open to the public.

  • Apr 13
    Film Screening: Leviathan

    Harrison 1261
    Free Admission

    In a Russian coastal town, Kolya is forced to fight the corrupt mayor when he is told that his house will be demolished. He recruits a lawyer friend to help, but the man’s arrival brings further misfortune for Kolya and his family. Directed by Andrey Zvyagintsev.

    Released in 2014. Run time: 140 minutes.

    A discussion will follow. This film is part of the Russian and East European Movie Series. Sponsored by the Russian Studies program and the Office of Cross Disciplinary Studies and Diversity Engagement.

  • Apr 22
    -Greg Moyers Gives a Guided Bird Walk at the EJC Arboretum

    After attending the March 15 birding lecture, take a guided bird walk at the arboretum led by birding expert and photographer Greg Moyers. The walk starts from the pavilion in the arboretum at 8:00 a.m. Register online at 30 days before the guided walk for this tour which has a limited registration spaces.  After the bird walk, head over to the Arbor Day Trees and Native Plants Sale at the Frances Plecker Ed Center to purchase the native plants, shrubs, and trees that native songbirds need that will beautify any home or business landscape. 

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