French Fantasy

Naoko Takao (piano) with Serenity Trio - JMU faculty members Beth Chandler (flute), Diane Phoenix-Neal (viola) and Jaclyn Wappel (harp)

TUE, JAN 22
RECITAL HALL

Naoko Takao

French Fantasy

Naoko Takao (piano) with Serenity Trio - JMU faculty members Beth Chandler (flute), Diane Phoenix-Neal (viola) and Jaclyn Wappel (harp)

TUE, JAN 22
RECITAL HALL


Replete with charming melodies and mesmerizing tonal colors, this collaborative concert by guest pianist Naoko Takao and Serenity Trio features works by Maurice Ravel and Claude Debussy, including the radiant Sonatine by Ravel and the innovative trio for flute, viola and harp by Debussy. More


Jeremy Denk

WED, JAN 23
CONCERT HALL

Jeremy Denk

Jeremy Denk

WED, JAN 23
CONCERT HALL


Winner of a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship, the Avery Fisher Prize and the Musical America Instrumentalist of the Year Award, Jeremy Denk is an American “pianist you want to hear no matter what he performs, in whatever combination - both for his penetrating intellectual engagement with the music and for the generosity of his playing.” (The New York Times) More


Sam Suggs, double bass

SAT, JAN 26
RECITAL HALL

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Sam Suggs, double bass

SAT, JAN 26
RECITAL HALL


Sam Suggs was named New Artist of the Month by Musical America soon after receiving first prize at the 2015 International Society of Bassists solo competition, where he performed many of his own compositions. Suggs was named Concert Artists Guild’s New Music/New Places Fellow at the 2016 CAG international competition. Most recently, at the 2017 Bradetich Foundation International Double Bass Solo Competition, the jury invented and awarded Suggs a prize for “Extraordinary Creativity." More


A Holocaust Remembrance

I Never Saw Another Butterfly

SUN, JAN 27
CONCERT HALL

A Holocaust Remembrance

A Holocaust Remembrance

I Never Saw Another Butterfly

SUN, JAN 27
CONCERT HALL


JMU’s Madison Singers, invited artists, speakers (Holocaust survivor twins Seven Hess and Marion Ein-Lewin) and guests will mark International Holocaust Remembrance Day (January 27) with a special program featuring the poetry and music of Theresienstadt, a Nazi concentration camp and propaganda “artists’ ghetto.” More


Beth Wiese, tuba

MON, JAN 28
RECITAL HALL

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Beth Wiese, tuba

MON, JAN 28
RECITAL HALL


Tubist Beth Wiese leads a diverse performance career, having performed with a wide variety of orchestras and chamber groups. She is currently an assistant professor of tuba and euphonium at Appalachian State University. More


The Other Shore

By Gao Xingjian

WED-SAT, JAN 30-FEB 2
STUDIO THEATRE

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The Other Shore

By Gao Xingjian

WED-SAT, JAN 30-FEB 2
STUDIO THEATRE


Man emerges as the first individual after crossing over to “the other shore,” an afterlife of oblivion. He exists alongside a crowd of people, all learning how to speak, see, and think as if for the first time. Through a series of interactions and confrontations with an array of people, from a mad woman to a card player, Man has to decide whether to lead or run, to blame or accept, to stay true to himself or conform. Contains adult language and violence. More


Schubertiade

Celebrating the birthday of Austrian composer Franz Schubert in song

THU, JAN 31
RECITAL HALL

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Schubertiade

Celebrating the birthday of Austrian composer Franz Schubert in song

THU, JAN 31
RECITAL HALL


Schubert (1797-1828) is considered among the greatest composers of the early 19th century, best known for his leider or German art songs for voice and piano. Michael McMahon, one of Canada’s foremost accompanists and an illustrious musician of the Lied repertoire, will join forces with JMU’s vocal faculty and students for a performance that will honor the musical genius of Schubert and his contributions to the classical music canon. More



HIGHLIGHTS


  • Kyle Abraham's company, A.I.M, brings its "lush movement, infectious music and magnetic dancers" to the Forbes Center for the first time!



  • Jeremy Denk is "a pianist you want to hear no matter what he performs" (The New York Times).



  • The Shanghai Opera Symphony Orchestra makes its Forbes Center debut on its first-ever North American tour!



  • Staunton dance devotee Pamela McCray wins 2018 Circle of Excellence Award


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