Circle of Excellence in the Arts Awards

Submit your nominations now!

MON-FRI, FEB 18-APR 26
FORBES CENTER

Circle of Excellence 2019 Learn More

Circle of Excellence in the Arts Awards

Submit your nominations now!

MON-FRI, FEB 18-APR 26
FORBES CENTER


The Circle of Excellence in the Arts Awards are co-sponsored by the Forbes Center for the Performing Arts, the Arts Council of the Valley, and the College of Visual and Performing Arts at James Madison University. These awards, founded in 2013, recognize those individuals and organizations in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley that enhance and strengthen the cultural community by promoting and advocating for artistic excellence. One award is given annually in recognition of an Augusta or Rockingham County, Harrisonburg, Staunton or Waynesboro visual or performing artist, arts administrator, or arts educator whose creative… More


Leonce und Lena

By Georg Büchner

TUE-SUN, MAR 19-24
STUDIO THEATRE

Leonce und Lena

Leonce und Lena

By Georg Büchner

TUE-SUN, MAR 19-24
STUDIO THEATRE


The melancholic Prince Leonce is disheartened as he thinks too long and hard about the purpose of his existence. Moreover, his mother (the queen) has arranged a politically advantageous marriage for him, which doesn’t help matters. His intended partner, the more cheerful Princess Lena, is similarly reluctant to agree to the match, and they both run away to the forest—Leonce with his companion, Miss Todd, and Lena with her governess, Kindermädchen. Don’t miss this comedic and deeply philosophical modern fairy tale! More


New Voices in Dance

Featuring JMU's Contemporary Dance Ensemble

THU-SUN, MAR 21-24
MAINSTAGE THEATRE

New Voices in Dance

New Voices in Dance

Featuring JMU's Contemporary Dance Ensemble

THU-SUN, MAR 21-24
MAINSTAGE THEATRE


Prepare to be moved and inspired by the choreography and performances in this annual concert that features dances by selected JMU dance majors, faculty artists Ryan Corriston and Rubén Graciani, and internationally known dance artist Kiki Lucas, resident choreographer of Mosaic Dance Project in Miami, Florida. More


Sing Out!

An A Cappella Celebration

FRI-SAT, MAR 22-23
CONCERT HALL

Sing Out! 2019

Sing Out!

An A Cappella Celebration

FRI-SAT, MAR 22-23
CONCERT HALL


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


JMU Chamber Orchestra

MON, MAR 25
RECITAL HALL

JMU Chamber Orchestra Learn More

JMU Chamber Orchestra

MON, MAR 25
RECITAL HALL


The JMU Chamber Orchestra is under the direction of Foster Beyers. More


JMU Brass Band

WED, MAR 27
CONCERT HALL

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JMU Brass Band

WED, MAR 27
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. More


Beth Chandler, flute

Paulo Steinberg, piano

THU, MAR 28
RECITAL HALL

Beth Chandler Learn More

Beth Chandler, flute

Paulo Steinberg, piano

THU, MAR 28
RECITAL HALL


Flutist Beth Chandler enjoys an active career as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestral player, and teacher. She will share the stage with faculty member Paulo Steinberg who has performed as a soloist and collaborative pianist across the United States, Canada, South America, and Europe. More


JMU George West Jazz Festival

Featuring the JMU Jazz Ensemble

SAT, MAR 30
CONCERT HALL

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JMU George West Jazz Festival

Featuring the JMU Jazz Ensemble

SAT, MAR 30
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. More


Jeanette Zyko, oboe

Lori Piitz, piano

MON, APR 1
RECITAL HALL

Jeanette Zyko

Jeanette Zyko, oboe

Lori Piitz, piano

MON, APR 1
RECITAL HALL


Praised by Fanfare Magazine and ArtsNash for her “refined playing” and “achingly beautiful lines,” JMU faculty oboist Jeanette Zyko enjoys an active career as a chamber and orchestra musician. Zyko will collaborate with fellow faculty member Lori Piitz to present an evening of music for oboe and piano featuring Malcolm Arnold's Sonatina, Robert Fleming's Three Dialogues, and Miguel Del Aguila's Summer Song. More


columbinus

Written by Stephen Karam and PJ Paparelli
Dramaturgy by Patricia Hersch
Conceived PJ Paparelli

TUE-SAT, APR 2-6
STUDIO THEATRE

columbinus

columbinus

Written by Stephen Karam and PJ Paparelli
Dramaturgy by Patricia Hersch
Conceived PJ Paparelli

TUE-SAT, APR 2-6
STUDIO THEATRE


A play sparked by the April 1999 massacre at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, is a meeting of fact and fiction that illuminates the realities of adolescent culture by exploring the events surrounding the shootings. This play weaves together excerpts from discussions with parents, survivors and community leaders in Littleton, as well as police evidence to bring to light the dark recesses of American adolescence. Contains adult language, gun violence and gunfire, nudity (partial), sexual violence, and staged suicide. Parental discretion advised. Programming is not suitable for children. More


JMU Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band

WED, APR 3
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. More


Carl Donakowski, cello

Gabriel Dobner, piano

THU, APR 4
RECITAL HALL

Carl Donakowski

Carl Donakowski, cello

Gabriel Dobner, piano

THU, APR 4
RECITAL HALL


Carl Donakowski was a prizewinner in the 1989 Mendelssohn Competition in Berlin. He will share the stage with fellow JMU faculty member Gabriel Dobner for an evening of exciting music! More


Gilbert and Sullivan's The Pirates of Penzance

Featuring the JMU Opera Theater

MON-TUE, APR 8-9
CONCERT HALL

The Pirates of Penzance

Gilbert and Sullivan's The Pirates of Penzance

Featuring the JMU Opera Theater

MON-TUE, APR 8-9
CONCERT HALL


One of the most popular comic operas of all time, The Pirates of Penzance is a treasure-filled musical extravaganza teaming with dazzling damsels in distress, rugged rogues and swashbuckling pirates! More


Joel Schoenhals, piano

WED, APR 10
RECITAL HALL

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Joel Schoenhals, piano

WED, APR 10
RECITAL HALL


Joel Schoenhals, a professor of piano at Eastern Michigan University whose playing has been described as "passionate...impetuous...radiant" by Fanfare magazine, will perform an all-Brahm program featuring the character pieces Op. 116, Op. 117, Op. 118 and Op. 119. More


Black Violin

THU, APR 11
APR 11 SOLD OUT
CONCERT HALL

Black Violin

Black Violin

THU, APR 11
APR 11 SOLD OUT
CONCERT HALL


This dynamic Florida duo fuses classical and hip-hop, and adds elements of rock, bluegrass, R&B and pop, in a performance that melds infectious beats and lyrical melodies with classical instrumentation and searing technique to defy expectations and shatter stereotypes. Accompanied by an incredible band featuring ace turntable whiz DJ SPS and a drummer, Wilner Baptiste (“Wil B”) and Kevin Sylvester (“Kev Marcus”) came together in 2004 to create Black Violin. More


Samuel G. Cross Memorial Concert

SAT, APR 13
RECITAL HALL


This concert event is presented “in memory of,” and will feature performers on the double bass who are former students of Sam Cross, JMU’s bass professor for 44 years. Represented will be students from his earlier tenure up to the end of his career at JMU, as well as a double-bass choir, and will demonstrate the dedication and breadth of his commitment to double bass pedagogy. More


JMU Symphony Honors Concert

Also featuring selections from Haydn's The Creation

SUN, APR 14
CONCERT HALL

JMU Symphony Honors Concert Slideshow

JMU Symphony Honors Concert

Also featuring selections from Haydn's The Creation

SUN, APR 14
CONCERT HALL


Experience the JMU Symphony Orchestra as they accompany the winners of the prestigious School of Music Concerto Competition. The second half of the program features The Madison Singers, JMU Chorale, selected soloists and Symphony Orchestra performing selections from The Creation, Joseph Haydn’s most famous and enduring masterpiece. More


JMU Concert Band

MON, APR 15
CONCERT HALL

Concert Band

JMU Concert Band

MON, APR 15
CONCERT HALL


The JMU Concert Band is under the direction of Amy Birdsong. More


This concert features performances by the JMU Treble Chamber Choir and the University Men's, Women's and Combined Choruses.The JMU Treble Chamber Choir and the University Men’s and Combined Choruses are under the direction of Dr. W. Bryce Hayes. The University Women’s Chorus is under the direction of Dr. Jo-Anne van der Vat-Chromy. More


Spring Student Dance Concert

WED-SAT, APR 17-20
EARLYNN J. MILLER DANCE THEATRE

Spring Student Dance Concert

Spring Student Dance Concert

WED-SAT, APR 17-20
EARLYNN J. MILLER DANCE THEATRE


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


JMU Percussion Ensemble

SAT, APR 20
CONCERT HALL

JMU Percussion Ensemble

JMU Percussion Ensemble

SAT, APR 20
CONCERT HALL


The JMU Percussion Ensemble, directed by Casey Cangelosi, 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. More


JMU Jazz Ensemble

TUE, APR 23
CONCERT HALL

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JMU Jazz Ensemble

TUE, APR 23
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. More


Sotoba Komachi

By Yukio Mishima

TUE-SUN, APR 23-28
MAINSTAGE THEATRE

Sotoba Komachi

Sotoba Komachi

By Yukio Mishima

TUE-SUN, APR 23-28
MAINSTAGE THEATRE


Komachi is a 99-year-old woman who meets a young poet in a Tokyo park. Unattractive and wrinkled, Komachi was once a great beauty courted by a handsome general. When she shares her past with the poet, the two enact a tale beyond time, with deadly consequences. Features students from JMU’s School of Theatre and Dance. More


JMU Jazz Band

WED, APR 24
CONCERT HALL

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JMU Jazz Band

WED, APR 24
CONCERT HALL


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


JMU Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band

THU, APR 25
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. More


Diary of a Worm, a Spider, & a Fly

Dallas Children's Theater

Book, music & lyrics by Joan Cushing
Based on the three books by Doreen Cronin and illustrated by Harry Bliss

TUE, APR 30
MAINSTAGE THEATRE

Diary of a Worm, a Spider, & a Fly

Diary of a Worm, a Spider, & a Fly

Dallas Children's Theater

Book, music & lyrics by Joan Cushing
Based on the three books by Doreen Cronin and illustrated by Harry Bliss

TUE, APR 30
MAINSTAGE THEATRE


A joyful, hip musical exploration of the world outside, Diary of a Worm, a Spider, & a Fly captures all of the whimsy of the wildly popular books in the coolest ever rock-and-roll romp in a bug’s world! Dallas Children’s Theater is one of the top theatres for families in the nation, touring professional large-scale productions designed to stir the heart and stretch the mind. More


Community Collage Concert

SUN, MAY 5
CONCERT HALL

Community Collage

Community Collage Concert

SUN, MAY 5
CONCERT HALL


This concert benefitting Any Given Child Harrisonburg features the Massanutten Brass Band, an award-winning British-style band directed by JMU faculty member Kevin Stees, Good Company, a six-member a cappella group that won the 2018 Shenandoah Valley Sing Off, as well as guitarist Bobby Driver and singer Trudy Cole, a popular blues and swing couple who has been delighting Shenandoah Valley audiences for many years. 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 back for program updates. More



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