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


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


David Pope, saxophone

MON, FEB 4
RECITAL HALL

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David Pope, saxophone

MON, FEB 4
RECITAL HALL


JMU faculty member David Pope has an international reputation as a saxophonist, composer, and author. More


JMU Madison Singers and Chorale

WED, FEB 6
CONCERT HALL

JMU Choral

JMU Madison Singers and Chorale

WED, FEB 6
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. More


JMU Percussion Ensemble

FRI, FEB 8
CONCERT HALL

JMU Percussion Ensemble

JMU Percussion Ensemble

FRI, FEB 8
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


Shanghai Opera Symphony Orchestra

Direct from Shanghai, People's Republic of China

Principal conductors: Zhang Chengjie, Zhang Guoyong and Lin Yousheng

SAT, FEB 9
CONCERT HALL

Shanghai Opera Symphony Orchestra

Shanghai Opera Symphony Orchestra

Direct from Shanghai, People's Republic of China

Principal conductors: Zhang Chengjie, Zhang Guoyong and Lin Yousheng

SAT, FEB 9
CONCERT HALL


Making its Forbes Center debut on its first-ever North American tour, the Shanghai Opera Symphony Orchestra is one of the premier symphony orchestras in China. This spectacular evening features Verdi’s Overture to La forza del destino, Xinghai’s Yellow River Piano Concerto, and Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9 in E Minor, Op. 95 (From the New World). More


Peter Steiner, trombone

SUN, FEB 10
RECITAL HALL

Peter Steiner

Peter Steiner, trombone

SUN, FEB 10
RECITAL HALL


Peter Steiner is an Italian trombonist whose playing has been described as “beautifully controlled with a vocal sound.” He is recognized around the world as “a new trombone star within his generation,” “playing with total control.” More


JMU Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Band

TUE, FEB 12
CONCERT HALL

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JMU Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Band

TUE, FEB 12
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. 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


The Hot Sardines

THU, FEB 14
CONCERT HALL

The Hot Sardines

The Hot Sardines

THU, FEB 14
CONCERT HALL


“The charismatic frontrunners of vintage jazz,” (The Guardian) The Hot Sardines is a New York-based ensemble making old sounds new again with brassy horn arrangements, rollicking piano melodies and uplifting vocals. Celebrating the musical love affair between America and France, pianist/bandleader Evan Palazzo and chanteuse Elizabeth Bougerol share French chansons, nods to American cinema’s fascination with Paris, and tributes to figures from Cole Porter to Fats Waller to Nina Simone. More


Opera Spotlight: An Evening in Paris

FRI-SAT, FEB 15-16
RECITAL HALL

Opera Spotlight: An Evening in Paris

Opera Spotlight: An Evening in Paris

FRI-SAT, FEB 15-16
RECITAL HALL


Be transported to the “City of Love” for an enchanting evening of French opera. JMU Opera Theater students will perform songs including “Mon coeur s’ouvre à ta voix” from Saint-Saëns’ Samson et Dalila; “Tu n’es pas beau, tu n’es pas riche” and “Ah, quel diner” (the drinking song) from Offenbach’s La Périchole; “L’amour est un oiseau rebelle” from Bizet’s Carmen; and more. Join the cast members for French pastries and coffee in the lobby following the performance! More


JMU Symphony Orchestra

SUN, FEB 17
CONCERT HALL

JMU Symphony Orchestra

JMU Symphony Orchestra

SUN, FEB 17
CONCERT HALL


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


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


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

Danu

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


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


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


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
CONCERT HALL

Black Violin

Black Violin

THU, APR 11
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


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


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


  • 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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