The Pride

By Alexi Kaye Campbell

THU-TUE, FEB 14-19
STUDIO THEATRE

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The Pride

By Alexi Kaye Campbell

THU-TUE, FEB 14-19
STUDIO THEATRE


Alternating between 1958 and 2008—and featuring the same three people living similar yet radically different lives, The Pride examines changing attitudes toward sexuality over a period of 50 years. It is an exploration of intimacy and identity, and the courage it takes to be who you really are. Contains adult language, sexual content, and violence. More


Monticello Strings

MON, FEB 18
RECITAL HALL

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Monticello Strings

MON, FEB 18
RECITAL HALL


Green Day's American Idiot

Music by Green Day
Lyrics by Billie Joe Armstrong
Book by Billie Joe Armstrong and Michael Mayer

TUE-SUN, FEB 19-24
MAINSTAGE THEATRE

Green Day's American Idiot

Green Day's American Idiot

Music by Green Day
Lyrics by Billie Joe Armstrong
Book by Billie Joe Armstrong and Michael Mayer

TUE-SUN, FEB 19-24
MAINSTAGE THEATRE


In this two-time Tony Award-winning hit musical, Johnny, Will and Tunny struggle to find meaning in a post-9/11 world. The three disgruntled men flee the constraints of their hometown for the thrills of city life, but quickly go in separate ways. Features students from JMU’s School of Theatre and Dance and School of Music. Adult content, adult language, suicide. Strobe lighting. More


The Madison Jazz Collective

Featuring members Chuck Dotas (trumpet), Marlon Foster (drums), Bob Hallahan (piano), Adam Larrabee (guitar), David Pope (saxophones), and Sam Suggs (bass)

WED, FEB 20
RECITAL HALL

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The Madison Jazz Collective

Featuring members Chuck Dotas (trumpet), Marlon Foster (drums), Bob Hallahan (piano), Adam Larrabee (guitar), David Pope (saxophones), and Sam Suggs (bass)

WED, FEB 20
RECITAL HALL


Consisting of three musical generations, The Madison Jazz Collective brings to its performances over 100 years of musical experience and wisdom. This concert will feature a variety of original compositions and arrangements by the six JMU faculty members. More


Violist Diane Phoenix-Neal performs nationally and internationally as a collaborative chamber musician and soloist. Her sound is described as “rich and sumptuous” (Classical Voice of North Carolina) with “an admirable combination of precision and fire” (The New York Times). Phoenix-Neal wil take the stage with fellow faculty member Lori Piitz, who has performed in prestigious venues on both sides of the Atlantic. More


JMU Brass Band

FRI, FEB 22
CONCERT HALL

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JMU Brass Band

FRI, FEB 22
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


They Called Her Vivaldi

Theatre Lovett of Dublin, Ireland

MON, FEB 25
MAINSTAGE THEATRE

They Called Her Vivaldi

They Called Her Vivaldi

Theatre Lovett of Dublin, Ireland

MON, FEB 25
MAINSTAGE THEATRE


Cecilia Maria is a sensitive musical prodigy, making a quiet name for herself in a cacophonous world until one night her magical, musical hat “Capello” goes missing. Now she must journey over cobblestones and canals to track down the curious Cat Burglar. One of Ireland’s leading theatre companies, Theatre Lovett brings us a “delightfully smart performance” (The Irish Times) for audiences of all ages! More


Mayumana

Currents

Direct from Israel

THU-FRI, FEB 28-MAR 1
MAINSTAGE THEATRE

Mayumana

Mayumana

Currents

Direct from Israel

THU-FRI, FEB 28-MAR 1
MAINSTAGE THEATRE


Combining elements of dance, music and theatre with unbridled creativity and energy, internationally acclaimed performance troupe Mayumana will take audiences by storm with its “funky moves and cutting-edge blend of movement and technology.” (Time Out New York) Playing specially made instruments, Mayumana’s 11 gifted performers will bring their diverse talents to Currents, a bold and unforgettable spectacle featuring mind-blowing sights and sounds. More


JMU Symphonic Band

WED, MAR 13
CONCERT HALL

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JMU Symphonic Band

WED, MAR 13
CONCERT HALL


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


Andrew Lankford, trombone

THU, MAR 14
RECITAL HALL

Andrew Lankford

Andrew Lankford, trombone

THU, MAR 14
RECITAL HALL


JMU music faculty member Andrew Lankford is the trombonist with the Madison Brass, the solo trombonist with the Massanutten Brass Band, and a member of Mr. Jefferson's Bones. More


Danú

A St. Patrick's Day Celebration

FRI, MAR 15
CONCERT HALL

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Danú

A St. Patrick's Day Celebration

FRI, MAR 15
CONCERT HALL


One of the leading ensembles of traditional music in Ireland, Danú returns to the Forbes Center for a high-energy St. Patrick’s Day celebration featuring a mix of ancient Irish music and fresh, new songs. JMU’s Madison Singers will sing a few select numbers with Danú in this concert. More


Matthew Nelson, clarinet

MON, MAR 18
RECITAL HALL

Matthew Nelson

Matthew Nelson, clarinet

MON, MAR 18
RECITAL HALL


Praised for his “astounding range and virtuosity,” (CD HotList) clarinetist Matthew Nelson serves as an associate professor of clarinet at the University of Louisville where he performs with the Louisville Winds’ woodwind quintet and the Grawemeyer Players’ contemporary music ensemble. More


Leonce und Lena

By Georg Büchner

TUE-SUN, MAR 19-24
STUDIO THEATRE

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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


Scharoun Ensemble Berlin

TUE, MAR 19
CONCERT HALL

Sharoun Ensemble Berlin

Scharoun Ensemble Berlin

TUE, MAR 19
CONCERT HALL


One of Germany’s leading chamber music groups, the Scharoun Ensemble Berlin features eight musicians who are all members of the Berlin Philharmonic, called “the world’s best orchestra” by The Guardian. The Scharoun Ensemble will perform “with impeccable intonation and technical polish” (The Washington Post) a program that includes Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet in A Major and Schubert’s Octet in F Major. 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 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


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


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, 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


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


JMU Symphony Honors Concert

Also featuring selections from Haydn's The Creation

SUN, APR 14
CONCERT HALL

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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


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



HIGHLIGHTS

  • Circle of Excellence in the Arts Awards - Submit your nominations now!



  • Ireland's Theatre Lovett brings "a delightfully smart performance" of "They Called Her Vivaldi" to audiences in this Forbes Family Fun event!



  • Israeli performance troupe Mayumana presents "Currents," a bold spectacle featuring mind-blowing sights and sounds.



  • Danú returns to the Forbes Center for a St. Patrick's Day celebration featuring JMU's Madison Singers 



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


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