Brittney Spencer

SAT, SEP 21
CONCERT HALL

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Brittney Spencer

SAT, SEP 21
CONCERT HALL


Baltimore native Brittney Spencer is known for her free spirit and ability to mold life, truth, and wild imagination into songs. She's been crowned as “Nashville’s new star” by CBS Mornings and recently made her Billboard Hot 100 debut for her collaboration with Beyoncé for "Blackbiird.”  Her critically acclaimed debut album 'My Stupid Life' was called by Rolling Stone "one of the most convincing country statements in a while." This performance is in partnership with Furious Flower Poetry Center as part of their fourth decennial conference, The Worlds of Black Poetry. Video
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Pops Plus!

A CVPA Collaborative Arts Celebration for Student Scholarships

FRI, SEP 27
ATLANTIC UNION BANK CENTER

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Pops Plus!

A CVPA Collaborative Arts Celebration for Student Scholarships

FRI, SEP 27
ATLANTIC UNION BANK CENTER


This exciting event is a super-charged version of one of JMU's beloved Family Weekend traditions – the JMU POPS! Concert featuring five of JMU’s finest School of Music ensembles and performances by JMU's talented students in the School of Theatre and Dance. The evening also features a Silent Auction highlighting original artwork by students, faculty and alumni from JMU's School of Arts, Design and Art History.  All event proceeds benefit CVPA student scholarships. Doors open at 6:30 pm for the Silent Auction. Performance begins at 8:00 pm.  
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The Doo Wop Project

SAT, SEP 28
WILSON HALL

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The Doo Wop Project

SAT, SEP 28
WILSON HALL


Featuring stars from Broadway’s hit shows like Jersey Boys, Motown: The Musical, Beautiful, and A Bronx Tale, The Doo Wop Project reimagines some of the greatest music in American pop and rock history! With huge vocal talent and stunning showmanship, these performers and their hot band take audiences on a energetic journey from the 1950s through today's contemporary hits. Video
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Christine and Michelle Naughton

SAT, OCT 12
CONCERT HALL

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Christine and Michelle Naughton

SAT, OCT 12
CONCERT HALL


The first piano duo to win the Avery Fisher Career Grant (2019), twins Christina and Michelle Naughton have been described by The Washington Post as “on a level with some of the greatest piano duos of our time...they have to be heard to be believed.” Captivating audiences with the unity created by their mystical communication, as reported by the Wall Street Journal, in Christina’s own words, “there are times I forget we are two people playing together.” They have played with prestigious orchestras around the world. Video
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Plena Libre

FRI, NOV 1
CONCERT HALL

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Plena Libre

FRI, NOV 1
CONCERT HALL


The trailblazing Plena Libre has been thrilling international audiences for nearly three decades. Masters of the traditional Puerto Rican plena and bomba styles, Plena Libre fuses well-loved traditions with modern Afro-Caribbean influences, putting a new and electrifying spin on this scintillating music. This multi-GRAMMY Award-nominated band always brings the heat! Video
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Cantus

Wanting Memories

SAT, NOV 16
CONCERT HALL

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Cantus

Wanting Memories

SAT, NOV 16
CONCERT HALL


The acclaimed vocal ensemble Cantus is widely known for its trademark warmth and blend, innovative programming and riveting performances of music ranging from the Renaissance to the 21 st century. As one of the nation's few full-time vocal ensembles "the main hallmark of the Cantus sound has always been sheer quality...warming and invigorating the human spirit." (Star Tribune) Video
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Tennessee Rising

The Dawn of Tennessee Williams

Written and Performed by Jacob Storms
Originally Directed by Alan Cumming

THU, NOV 21
MAINSTAGE THEATRE

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Tennessee Rising

The Dawn of Tennessee Williams

Written and Performed by Jacob Storms
Originally Directed by Alan Cumming

THU, NOV 21
MAINSTAGE THEATRE


Tennessee Rising is a critically acclaimed solo play that explores the formative early years (1939-1945) of the young Williams when the world is on the brink of World War II. It traces his journey from the unknown young writer named Tom into one of the theatre’s greatest playwrights Tennessee Williams and explores the people in his life that will go on to inspire his most iconic characters. The play is a riveting theatrical experience." (The ScotsmanContains adult language and sexual content.
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Lúnasa

Irish Solstice Celebration

THU, DEC 12
CONCERT HALL

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Lúnasa

Irish Solstice Celebration

THU, DEC 12
CONCERT HALL


The beloved Irish folk supergroup Lúnasa, who the Irish Voice called the “hottest Irish acoustic band on the planet” shares a festive holiday winter solstice concert featuring a guest vocalist. Comprised of some of the finest pickers, pipers and fiddlers in the world, Lúnasa is sure to lift your spirits! They have performed more than 2,000 shows across 36 countries thrilling audiences worldwide. Video
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Pirate School: Sea Dreams

Created and performed by David Engel

THU, JAN 23
MAINSTAGE THEATRE

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Pirate School: Sea Dreams

Created and performed by David Engel

THU, JAN 23
MAINSTAGE THEATRE


Pirate School: Sea Dreams is a madcap, swashbuckling solo show created and performed by veteran New York actor David Engel. Please feel free to come in costume! Recommended for ages 4 and up. Video
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Percussion All Stars

Silkroad Ensemble

With Kaoru Watanabe (taiko drum,flute), Balla Kouyate (balafon, vocal), Sandeep Das (tabla, vocal percussion), Joseph Gramley (percussion), Shane Shanahan (percussion), Mark Suter (percussion) and Haruka Fujii (percussion)

SUN, JAN 26
CONCERT HALL

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Percussion All Stars

Silkroad Ensemble

With Kaoru Watanabe (taiko drum,flute), Balla Kouyate (balafon, vocal), Sandeep Das (tabla, vocal percussion), Joseph Gramley (percussion), Shane Shanahan (percussion), Mark Suter (percussion) and Haruka Fujii (percussion)

SUN, JAN 26
CONCERT HALL


All-star percussionists drawn from the Silkroad Ensemble present an exhibition of storytelling through the exchange of rhythm, pulse, and melody from different musical traditions around the world including India, Africa, Japan, Cuba, the Middle East, Europe and beyond. The program showcases a virtuoso performance by each world-class artist plus  master percussion works by luminary composers. The GRAMMY Award-winning Silkroad Ensemble, conceived of by Yo-Yo Ma in 1998, has been called "one of the most visionary arts initiatives of our time." (WNPR) Video
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Czech National Philharmonic Orchestra

FRI, JAN 31
CONCERT HALL


The Czech National Philharmonic Orchestra is one of the leading and oldest symphony orchestras in the Czech Republic celetrating its 79th season in 2024. Based in the historic capital of Moravia, the orchestra ranks among the most authentic interpreters of Czech national music culture. This spectacular program will celebrate works by two of the Czech Republic’s acclaimed composers, Antonín Dvořák (1841- 1904), and Bedřich Smetana (1824-1884). Video
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The Spirit of Harriet Tubman

Written and performed by Leslie McCurdy

In Celebration of Black History Month

WED, FEB 5
CONCERT HALL

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The Spirit of Harriet Tubman

Written and performed by Leslie McCurdy

In Celebration of Black History Month

WED, FEB 5
CONCERT HALL


Acclaimed playwright and actress Leslie McCurdy thrills audiences with her passionate portrayal of Harriet Tubman in thispowerful and must-see performance ” (Michigan Arts and Humanities) McCurdy invokes the 'spirit' of Harriet Tubman from her early childhood to her elder years and chronicles the life of the courageous Underground Railroad conductor, recreating familiar stories and some rarely told. A Q&A follows the show. Recommended for audiences ages 8 and up.Video
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Time for Three

Charles Yang (violin, vocals), Nicolas Kendall (violin, vocals), Ranaan Meyer (double bass, vocals)

FRI, FEB 14
CONCERT HALL

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Time for Three

Charles Yang (violin, vocals), Nicolas Kendall (violin, vocals), Ranaan Meyer (double bass, vocals)

FRI, FEB 14
CONCERT HALL


GRAMMY and Emmy-winning ensemble Time For Three (TF3) defies conventions with genre-bending excellence. Their extraordinary sound merges classical, Americana, modern pop, and singer-songwriter styles. “Is it bluegrass or country, jazz improvisation or some new kind of classical? One thing’s for certain. It’s fabulous!” (Albany Times Union) Video
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Jazz at Lincoln Center Presents

New Orleans Songbook

SUN, MAR 2
CONCERT HALL

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Jazz at Lincoln Center Presents

New Orleans Songbook

SUN, MAR 2
CONCERT HALL


New Orleans Songbook brings the spirit and joy of Mardi Gras and the soul of New Orleans to this amazing evening, celebrating the composers and inspired songs of the Crescent City, the historic epicenter of jazz. Led by today’s hottest rising stars in jazz music including acclaimed pianist, Luther S. Allison and extraordinary vocalists Quiana Lynell and Milton Suggs, New Orleans Songbook immerses audiences in the captivating and timeless spirit of this vibrant city. Video
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The Vanishing Elephant

Produced by Cahoots NI

FRI, MAR 7
MAINSTAGE THEATRE

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The Vanishing Elephant

Produced by Cahoots NI

FRI, MAR 7
MAINSTAGE THEATRE


Inspired by true events, The Vanishing Elephant, an incredible story of resilience and friendship, comes to life through large-scale puppetry, illusion, and magic. Recommended for ages 8 and up.Contains moments of human mistreatment of animal puppets that can prompt further discussion. Video
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Houston Ballet II

TUE-WED, MAR 25-26
MAINSTAGE THEATRE

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Houston Ballet II

TUE-WED, MAR 25-26
MAINSTAGE THEATRE


Don’t miss this amazing evening of dance from Houston Ballet II, the second company of Houston Ballet, America’s fifth largest ballet company. This magical evening features The Sleeping Beauty Act III (1890), staging by Ben Stevenson after Marius Petipa with music by Tchaikovsky, the Grand Pas de Deux from Don Quixote, Act III, and A Dance in the Garden of Mirth. Video
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The Antipodes

By Annie Baker

TUE-SUN, APR 1-6
STUDIO THEATRE

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The Antipodes

By Annie Baker

TUE-SUN, APR 1-6
STUDIO THEATRE


Annie Baker is a Pulitzer Prize-winner and one of America’s most provocative playwrights. Her 2019 play, Antipodes, delivers a surreal writer’s room, a #MeToo premonition, and a many-layered meditation on storytelling.Contains sexual content and adult language. Presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc. www.concordtheatricals.com
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Miró Quartet

Daniel Ching (violin), William Fedkenheuer (violin), John Largess (viola) Joshua Gindele (cello)

FRI, APR 11
CONCERT HALL

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Miró Quartet

Daniel Ching (violin), William Fedkenheuer (violin), John Largess (viola) Joshua Gindele (cello)

FRI, APR 11
CONCERT HALL


Miró Quartet is one of America’s most celebrated chamber groups, captivating audiences around the world. Widely acclaimed for its thoughtful expressivity and imaginative interpretations as well as its “explosive vigor” and “technical finesse,” (The New York Times) the quartet has performed for 29 years on the world’s most prestigious concert stages, earning accolades from critics and audiences alike. Video
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New Voices in Dance

Featuring JMU’s Contemporary Dance Ensemble

FRI-SUN, APR 11-13
MAINSTAGE THEATRE

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New Voices in Dance

Featuring JMU’s Contemporary Dance Ensemble

FRI-SUN, APR 11-13
MAINSTAGE THEATRE


​​New Voices in Dance will feature JMU’s Contemporary Dance Ensemble, which is comprised of sophomore to senior JMU dance majors. This concert will highlight original choreography by five JMU dance majors and an inspiring piece choreographed by Doug Varone.
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Reduced Shakespeare Company

All the Great Books (abridged)

WED, APR 16
MAINSTAGE THEATRE

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Reduced Shakespeare Company

All the Great Books (abridged)

WED, APR 16
MAINSTAGE THEATRE


The literary canon explodes as the Reduced Shakespeare Company (RSC) once again unleashes a comic outrage on an unsuspecting public. The Bad Boys of Abridgment take audiences on a roller-coaster ride through a compact compendium of the world’s great books in All The Great Books (abridged). It's a blast of bibliography! RSC shows contain some occasional bawdy language and mild innuendo, so they rate their shows PG- 13: Pretty Good If You’re Thirteen. ​​  Video
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JMU Symphony Honors Concert

SUN, APR 27
CONCERT HALL

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JMU Symphony Honors Concert

SUN, APR 27
CONCERT HALL


Revel in the delightful sound of glorious classical music as JMU’s Symphony Orchestra joins the esteemed 2024 School of Music Concerto Competition winners to bring you a captivating concert. Majors from each of the six areas of the School (woodwinds, brass and percussion, strings, piano, and voice) competed, and two finalists are then selected to compete in the finals for a coveted spot in this concert.
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Cello Stories
A Life Under Broadway

With Mairi Dorman-Phaneuf

FRI, MAY 2
CONCERT HALL

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Cello Stories
A Life Under Broadway

With Mairi Dorman-Phaneuf

FRI, MAY 2
CONCERT HALL


Acclaimed cellist Mairi Dorman-Phaneuf has established a stellar career in New York City as a solo, chamber, Broadway, and recording artist. Dorman-Phaneuf mesmerizes audiences with captivating and funny stories about her life as a Broadway musician and her exquisite arrangements for cello and piano. Since 2003, she has held chairs in 20 Broadway shows including Sunday in the Park with George, Parade, and A Little Night Music. Video
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