Cellist Jonathan Ruck will join forces with pianist Ingrid Keller to perform Beethoven’s Sonata in F Major for Piano and Cello, Op. 5, No. 1; Stravinsky’s Suite Italienne for Cello and Piano; and Brahms’ Sonata in F Major for Cello and Piano, Op. 99. More


The 39th Annual JMU Contemporary Music Festival

Featuring the music of Bright Sheng

MON-WED, OCT 21-23
CONCERT HALL

JMU Contemporary Music Festival

The 39th Annual JMU Contemporary Music Festival

Featuring the music of Bright Sheng

MON-WED, OCT 21-23
CONCERT HALL


This year’s festival features the music of Bright Sheng, one of today’s foremost composers. A MacArthur Fellow and former student of Leonard Bernstein, Sheng creates stage, orchestral, chamber and vocal works that are widely commissioned—including by The White House in 1999—and regularly performed throughout North America, Europe and Asia. JMU faculty, ensembles and students will present Sheng’s music and other contemporary works in three main concerts during the festival. More


Minnesota Orchestra members John Snow and Peter McGuire make their debut performance at the Forbes Center! More


The Hour We Knew Nothing of Each Other

By Peter Handke
Translation by Meredith Oakes

A Studio Theatre Production

THU-MON, OCT 24-28
STUDIO THEATRE

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The Hour We Knew Nothing of Each Other

By Peter Handke
Translation by Meredith Oakes

A Studio Theatre Production

THU-MON, OCT 24-28
STUDIO THEATRE


The Hour We Knew Nothing of Each Other takes place in a city square where more than 400 characters pass by one another without speaking a single word. In the silence of the square, Handke journeyed to the brink of speech: Who is that person passing by? Is she on her way, or is she coming back? Is her story ahead of her, or is it behind? The gift of speech—the magic of telling a story—is left to the spectator in this “extraordinary piece of epic mime.” (The Guardian) Contains nudity (partial).  More


JMU Madison Singers and Chorale

FRI, OCT 25
CONCERT HALL

JMU Choral 2019

JMU Madison Singers and Chorale

FRI, OCT 25
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 Symphonic Band

TUE, OCT 29
CONCERT HALL

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JMU Symphonic Band

TUE, OCT 29
CONCERT HALL


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


Vinegar Tom

By Caryl Churchill

TUE-SAT, OCT 29-NOV 2
MAINSTAGE THEATRE

Vinegar Tom

Vinegar Tom

By Caryl Churchill

TUE-SAT, OCT 29-NOV 2
MAINSTAGE THEATRE


Set in rural England during the 17th century, Vinegar Tom tells the story of four non-conforming women tried for witchcraft and a village of accusers desperately trying to keep them in their proper place. Features students from JMU’s School of Theatre and Dance. Adult content, adult language, violence, and sexual violence. More


This Natural World

Featuring Beth Chandler, flute

with Paulo Steinberg (piano), Sarunas Jankauskas (clarinet), Wanchi Huang (violin), Carl Donakowski (cello), and Caleb Pickering (percussion)

WED, OCT 30
RECITAL HALL

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This Natural World

Featuring Beth Chandler, flute

with Paulo Steinberg (piano), Sarunas Jankauskas (clarinet), Wanchi Huang (violin), Carl Donakowski (cello), and Caleb Pickering (percussion)

WED, OCT 30
RECITAL HALL


This collaborative program features Lowell Liebermann’s Ice Music (2012) for Chamber Ensemble, Sofia Gubaidulina’s Sounds of the Forest for Flute and Piano, Katherine Hoover’s Kokopeli for Solo Flute, Ian Clarke’s Spiral Lament for Flute and Piano, and other works. This multimedia presentation features stunning videography of the Arctic wilderness by photographer/flutist Brooks de Wetter-Smith. More


JMU Percussion Ensemble

THU, OCT 31
CONCERT HALL

JMU Percussion Ensemble

JMU Percussion Ensemble

THU, OCT 31
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


Cory Band

FRI, NOV 1
CONCERT HALL

Cory Band

Cory Band

FRI, NOV 1
CONCERT HALL


Hailing from South Wales, the world’s top brass band ensemble will play an eclectic and engaging collection of repertoire bursting with energetic precision in a fun and rousing concert! More


Faust

Featuring the JMU Opera Theater

Music by Charles Gounod
Libretto by Jules Barbier and Michel Carré, based on Goethe’s Faust, Part One

FRI-SUN, NOV 8-10
MAINSTAGE THEATRE

Faust

Faust

Featuring the JMU Opera Theater

Music by Charles Gounod
Libretto by Jules Barbier and Michel Carré, based on Goethe’s Faust, Part One

FRI-SUN, NOV 8-10
MAINSTAGE THEATRE


From Marguerite’s celebrated “Jewel Song” to the beloved “Soldiers’ Chorus,” Gounod’s searing and sumptuous score propels Goethe’s tale of redemption and damnation into a dizzying dance with the devil that is impossible to forget. More


Wiley and the Hairy Man

By Susan Zeder

A Studio Theatre Production

MON-SAT, NOV 11-16
STUDIO THEATRE

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Wiley and the Hairy Man

By Susan Zeder

A Studio Theatre Production

MON-SAT, NOV 11-16
STUDIO THEATRE


In the wild swamps of Louisiana, Wiley lives with his Mammy. Wiley wants to spend his time as carefree as possible—playing with Dog, sleeping when he wants, learning a bit of magic from Mammy. But after a nightmare and an argument, Wiley is sent to the swamp where he encounters the Hairy Man. The big, bad boogie man of the swamp, the Hairy Man got his Daddy. Will he get Wiley too? More


Taj Express

The Bollywood Musical Revue

TUE-WED, NOV 12-13
MAINSTAGE THEATRE

Taj Express

Taj Express

The Bollywood Musical Revue

TUE-WED, NOV 12-13
MAINSTAGE THEATRE


An electrifying fusion of film, dance and music, Taj Express is an international sensation that captures the expressive spirit of Bollywood movies that have been entertaining billions of people for generations. A feast for the eyes and ears, this pulsating production featuring nearly 30 performers donning over 2,000 costumes will have you dancing in the aisles! More


Fall Student Dance Concert

THU-SAT, NOV 14-16
EARLYNN J. MILLER DANCE THEATRE

Fall Student Dance Concert

Fall Student Dance Concert

THU-SAT, NOV 14-16
EARLYNN J. MILLER DANCE THEATRE


This showcase of new choreography offers audiences an opportunity to see the work of the Dance Program’s talented young artists. More


JMU Brass Band

FRI, NOV 15
CONCERT HALL

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JMU Brass Band

FRI, NOV 15
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


Aquila Theatre - 1984

By George Orwell
Adaptation by Michael Gene Sullivan

SUN, NOV 17
MAINSTAGE THEATRE

Aquila Theatre's 1984

Aquila Theatre - 1984

By George Orwell
Adaptation by Michael Gene Sullivan

SUN, NOV 17
MAINSTAGE THEATRE


One of the great novels of the 20th century—George Orwell’s 1984—is brought to life in an evocative and timely production by the acclaimed Aquila Theatre. Written more than 70 years ago, 1984 envisions a future dystopia where people are under constant control and surveillance by the government. How does Orwell’s nightmare compare to today’s society? Aquila’s “classically trained modernly hip troupe” (The New York Times) explores this question and more in this page-to-stage cautionary classic. More


JMU Symphonic Band and Concert Band

MON, NOV 18
CONCERT HALL


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


JMU Symphony Orchestra

WED, NOV 20
CONCERT HALL

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JMU Symphony Orchestra

WED, NOV 20
CONCERT HALL


In commemoration of the 150th anniversary of Hector Berlioz’s death, the Orchestra will perform Symphonie fantastique, a wild love story gone wrong that takes audiences from the ballroom to the meadows, ending with a vivid execution and witch’s dance. The program also features Rebecca Clarke’s Viola Sonata in a masterful orchestration by Ruth Lomon, featuring faculty violist Diane Phoenix-Neal. More


Paulo Steinberg, piano

THU, NOV 21
RECITAL HALL

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Paulo Steinberg, piano

THU, NOV 21
RECITAL HALL


JMU faculty member Paulo Steinberg has performed as a soloist and as a collaborative pianist across the United States, Canada, South America and Europe. More


JMU Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Band

TUE, DEC 3
CONCERT HALL

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JMU Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Band

TUE, DEC 3
CONCERT HALL


The JMU Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Band, along with JMU jazz faculty guest artists, will perform classic recordings by Nat King Cole, the great jazz singer and pianist who recorded over 100 songs that became hits on the pop charts in the 1950s and 1960s. The year 2019 marks the centennial of Cole’s birth. More


JMU Wind Symphony

WED, DEC 4
CONCERT HALL

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JMU Wind Symphony

WED, DEC 4
CONCERT HALL


The JMU Wind Symphony, under the direction of Stephen P. Bolstad, is the premier woodwind, brass and percussion ensemble at JMU. The Wind Symphony is committed to performing the great works of the wind band’s core repertoire while also exploring the best of contemporary composition. More


Dancescapes

Featuring JMU's Virginia Repertory Dance Company

THU-SUN, DEC 5-8
MAINSTAGE THEATRE

Dancescapes

Dancescapes

Featuring JMU's Virginia Repertory Dance Company

THU-SUN, DEC 5-8
MAINSTAGE THEATRE


JMU’s premier dance ensemble will perform contemporary choreography by nationally- and internationally-recognized guest artists and award-winning dance faculty members. More


JMU Chamber Orchestra

THU, DEC 5
RECITAL HALL

JMU Chamber Orchestra Learn More

JMU Chamber Orchestra

THU, DEC 5
RECITAL HALL


Be transported to France as the JMU Chamber Orchestra plays music by Delibes and Debussy. 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


Holidayfest: The Gift

SAT-SUN, DEC 7-8
CONCERT HALL

Holidayfest

Holidayfest: The Gift

SAT-SUN, DEC 7-8
CONCERT HALL


The JMU Symphony Orchestra joins the combined Madison Singers and JMU Chorale for an inspired Christmas collage of holiday works for choirs and orchestra, featuring Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on Christmas Carols and the finale (Ring Out, Ye Crystal Spheres) from the Christmas cantata Hodie. More


Walls

Conceived by Paul Holland and developed by Ingrid De Sanctis

FRI-SUN, JAN 17-19
STUDIO THEATRE

Walls

Walls

Conceived by Paul Holland and developed by Ingrid De Sanctis

FRI-SUN, JAN 17-19
STUDIO THEATRE


When newly-engaged Abigail and Carver receive DNA tests as a wedding gift, they interrogate what it means to marry someone of a different race. As they grapple with their identities from midnight to dawn, family legends and stories interrupt their idealized future together. Can Abigail and Carver overcome the past and forge a new story together? This world premiere features students from JMU’s School of Theatre and Dance. More


Yamato - The Drummers of Japan

Jhonetsu - Passion

FRI, JAN 17
JAN 17 SOLD OUT
MAINSTAGE THEATRE

Yamato

Yamato - The Drummers of Japan

Jhonetsu - Passion

FRI, JAN 17
JAN 17 SOLD OUT
MAINSTAGE THEATRE


Experience a thrilling interpretation of the ancient Japanese tradition of taiko drumming with Yamato, whose members use “every bit” of their bodies to create an intense and high-energy performance that sends audiences home with a new vitality and passion for life. Jhonetsu-Passion is an innovative program that highlights the group’s virtuosity, strength, spirit, and sheer endurance. More


Wilde Creatures

Based on fairy tales by Oscar Wilde
Produced by Tall Stories from London, England

TUE, JAN 21
MAINSTAGE THEATRE

Wilde Creatures

Wilde Creatures

Based on fairy tales by Oscar Wilde
Produced by Tall Stories from London, England

TUE, JAN 21
MAINSTAGE THEATRE


A captivating crew of storytelling musicians bring Oscar Wilde’s classic fairy tales to life in Tall Stories’ new show, Wilde Creatures, a fantastical journey through palaces, forests and beyond direct from London’s West End. Founded in 1997, England’s Tall Stories is internationally recognized for its exciting blend of storytelling, original music, and laughs. More


Bluestone Winds

WED, JAN 22
CONCERT HALL

Bluestone Winds

Bluestone Winds

WED, JAN 22
CONCERT HALL


Bluestone Winds is the faculty woodwind quintet-in-residence in the James Madison University School of Music. Featuring Beth Chandler (flute), Jeanette Zkyo (oboe), Sarunas Jankauskas (clarinet), Sue Barber (bassoon) and Ian Zook (horn), the ensemble will present a varied program of standard quintet repertoire as well as literature by lesser-known composers. More


American Spiritual Ensemble

FRI, JAN 31
CONCERT HALL

American Spiritual Ensemble

American Spiritual Ensemble

FRI, JAN 31
CONCERT HALL


Prepare to be uplifted and transformed by the critically-acclaimed American Spiritual Ensemble featuring some of the finest singers in the classical music world. ASE aims to keep the American Negro Spiritual alive by performing renditions of classic spirituals, jazz and Broadway favorites that highlight the black experience. The Madison Singers will sing a few select numbers with ASE in this concert. More


JMU Percussion Ensemble

FRI, FEB 7
CONCERT HALL

JMU Percussion Ensemble

JMU Percussion Ensemble

FRI, FEB 7
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


The Siberian State Symphony Orchestra

Direct from Krasnoyarsk, Russia

Vladimir Lande, music director and chief conductor

SAT, FEB 8
CONCERT HALL

The Siberian State Symphony Orchestra

The Siberian State Symphony Orchestra

Direct from Krasnoyarsk, Russia

Vladimir Lande, music director and chief conductor

SAT, FEB 8
CONCERT HALL


Award-winning conductor Vladimir Lande will lead the Siberian State Symphony Orchestra, one of the best orchestras in Russia, and a world-class piano soloist in a dazzling concert of Russian favorites including Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in D Minor, Op. 30; Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 in E Minor, Op. 64; and Shostakovich’s The Bolt, Suite from the Ballet, Op. 27a - Tango. More


Opera Spotlight: Hot Latin Nights

TUE-WED, FEB 11-12
RECITAL HALL

Opera Spotlight: Hot Latin Nights

Opera Spotlight: Hot Latin Nights

TUE-WED, FEB 11-12
RECITAL HALL


Be swept away by the romance of hot Latin breezes in this enchanting evening of scenes and arias from your favorite operas! JMU Opera Theater students will perform songs from Massenet’s Don Quixote and Rossini’s The Barber of Seville, “Granada” and “Tico-Tico no fubá,” as well as others by Granados, Rodrigo, and more. Join the cast members for Latin-inspired desserts and coffee in the lobby following the performance! More


JMU Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Band

THU, FEB 13
CONCERT HALL

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JMU Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Band

THU, FEB 13
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


Senior Dance Concert

THU-SAT, FEB 13-15
EARLYNN J. MILLER DANCE THEATRE

Senior Dance Concert

Senior Dance Concert

THU-SAT, FEB 13-15
EARLYNN J. MILLER DANCE THEATRE


JMU’s senior dance majors are on the verge of graduation and entering into their exciting careers as dance artists. Come watch them as they showcase their amazing work in this annual concert. More


Bel Canto Trio

Nicholas Brownlee, bass-baritone, Julie Adams, soprano, and Joshua Guerrero, tenor
Christopher Allen, music director

TUE, FEB 18
CONCERT HALL

Bel Canto Trio

Bel Canto Trio

Nicholas Brownlee, bass-baritone, Julie Adams, soprano, and Joshua Guerrero, tenor
Christopher Allen, music director

TUE, FEB 18
CONCERT HALL


Three of opera’s most critically-acclaimed rising stars perform the world’s greatest arias, duets, and trios from Rigoletto, Faust, I Lombardi, La traviata, Manon Lescaut, La bohème, and more! This concert commemorates the 70th anniversary of the original Bel Canto Trio, and features the program that toured the United States in the 1947-1948 season. More


JMU Brass Band

FRI, FEB 21
CONCERT HALL

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JMU Brass Band

FRI, FEB 21
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


Miloš Karadaglić

Voice of the Guitar

TUE, FEB 25
CONCERT HALL

Milos

Miloš Karadaglić

Voice of the Guitar

TUE, FEB 25
CONCERT HALL


“One of the most exciting classical guitarists today,” (The New York Times) Miloš Karadaglić is topping record charts and delighting audiences worldwide with playing that is “crisp, colorful and rhythmically alive.” (NPR) Voice of the Guitar features Miloš and a world-class musical quintet playing classical and pop favorites by musicians ranging from J.S. Bach and Enrique Granados to Astor Piazzolla and The Beatles. More


Side Show

Book and Lyrics by Bill Russell
Music by Henry Krieger

TUE-SUN, FEB 25-MAR 1
MAINSTAGE THEATRE

Side Show

Side Show

Book and Lyrics by Bill Russell
Music by Henry Krieger

TUE-SUN, FEB 25-MAR 1
MAINSTAGE THEATRE


Violet and Daisy Hilton shared a rare bond: they were literally attached at the hip. The conjoined twins are the real-life inspiration behind the 2014 Broadway musical revival Side Show, which follows the story of the English entertainers and their search for love and acceptance amidst exploitation and fame in the 1930s’ side show, vaudeville and Hollywood communities. Features students from JMU’s School of Theatre and Dance and School of Music. More


JMU Symphonic Band

THU, FEB 27
CONCERT HALL

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JMU Symphonic Band

THU, FEB 27
CONCERT HALL


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


MUMMENSCHANZ

Direct from Switzerland

you & me

TUE, MAR 3
MAINSTAGE THEATRE

MUMMENSCHANZ

MUMMENSCHANZ

Direct from Switzerland

you & me

TUE, MAR 3
MAINSTAGE THEATRE


Swiss-based theatre troupe MUMMENSCHANZ has been dazzling audiences worldwide for over four decades, pioneering a mesmerizing and joy-filled form of visual theatre. It latest program, you & me, is a visually-stunning spectacle featuring life-size puppets, masked characters and awe-inspiring optical illusions. More


Che Malambo

FRI, MAR 6
MAINSTAGE THEATRE

Che Malambo

Che Malambo

FRI, MAR 6
MAINSTAGE THEATRE


The powerhouse all-male Argentinian dance company Che Malambo performs a percussive dance and music spectacle that celebrates the unique South American cowboy tradition of the gaucho. Malambo is a dynamic blend of precision footwork, rhythmic stomping, drumming, singing, and whirling of boleadoras (lassos with stones on the end). Don’t miss this exhilarating show that has captivated audiences across the globe! More


A cappella Live!

Conceived and arranged by Deke Sharon

Featuring Committed, The Filharmonic, Women of the World, and Blake Lewis

MON, MAR 16
CONCERT HALL

A cappella Live!

A cappella Live!

Conceived and arranged by Deke Sharon

Featuring Committed, The Filharmonic, Women of the World, and Blake Lewis

MON, MAR 16
CONCERT HALL


This vocal celebration brings together beatbox sensation Blake Lewis from American Idol fame and a cappella groups Committed, Grammy-nominated gospel/R&B legends and Season 2 champions of The Sing-Off; Filipino-American boyband The Filharmonic, whose unique hip-hop and 90s’ nostalgia sound was featured in Pitch Perfect 2; and the internationally inspired Women of the World, who perform folk music in 32 languages. Features select members of JMU’s nine a cappella groups. More


Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde

Featuring JMU's music faculty chamber ensemble

WED, MAR 18
CONCERT HALL

Mahler

Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde

Featuring JMU's music faculty chamber ensemble

WED, MAR 18
CONCERT HALL


Seventeen JMU School of Music faculty and alumna will perform an arrangement for chamber ensemble of Gustav Mahler’s stirring song-symphony Das Lied von der Erde (The Song of the Earth), which consists of six songs based on a collection of Chinese poems about the joys and sorrows of life. Features the solo voices of tenor Jamison Walker and baritone Kevin McMillan under the direction of Foster Beyers. More


JMU George West Jazz Festival

Featuring the JMU Jazz Ensemble

SAT, MAR 21
CONCERT HALL

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JMU George West Jazz Festival

Featuring the JMU Jazz Ensemble

SAT, MAR 21
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


Michael Boyd, piano

MON, MAR 23
RECITAL HALL

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Michael Boyd, piano

MON, MAR 23
RECITAL HALL


Micheal Boyd is a Steinway artist who has performed with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, and at guest recitals across Europe and the United States, including Carnegie Hall. Boyd is a professor of piano at the University of Toledo. More


Amernet String Quartet

With special guests Heather Coltman, piano, and Sam Suggs, double bass

WED, MAR 25
CONCERT HALL

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Amernet String Quartet

With special guests Heather Coltman, piano, and Sam Suggs, double bass

WED, MAR 25
CONCERT HALL


The Amernet is one of today’s exceptional string quartets, praised by The New York Times for its “intelligence” and “immensely satisfying” playing of new music and commissions as well as neglected works of the past. Currently the ensemble-in-residence at Florida International University in Miami, the Amernet will perform with special guests Heather Coltman, JMU Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, and JMU faculty bassist Sam Suggs. More


JMU Symphony Orchestra

FRI, MAR 27
CONCERT HALL

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JMU Symphony Orchestra

FRI, MAR 27
CONCERT HALL


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


Calefax Reed Quintet

SAT, MAR 28
CONCERT HALL

Calefax Reed Quintet

Calefax Reed Quintet

SAT, MAR 28
CONCERT HALL


Amsterdam-based Calefax Reed Quintet is acclaimed for its contemporary yet timeless interpretations of classical music. The Times of London has called the group, “five extremely gifted Dutch gents who almost made the reed quintet seem (like) the best musical format on the planet.” More


JMU Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band

THU, APR 2
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


New Voices in Dance

Featuring JMU's Contemporary Dance Ensemble

THU-SUN, APR 2-5
MAINSTAGE THEATRE

New Voices in Dance

New Voices in Dance

Featuring JMU's Contemporary Dance Ensemble

THU-SUN, APR 2-5
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 Rubén Graciani and Cynthia Thompson, and New York City-based dance professional Omar Román De Jesús, artistic director and choreographer of Boca Tuya and dancer with Yin Yue Dance Company. More


JMU Percussion Ensemble

SUN, APR 5
CONCERT HALL

JMU Percussion Ensemble

JMU Percussion Ensemble

SUN, APR 5
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 Brass Band

WED, APR 8
CONCERT HALL

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JMU Brass Band

WED, APR 8
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


Brubeck Brothers Quartet

Dave Brubeck Centennial Celebration

FRI, APR 10
CONCERT HALL

Brubeck Brothers Quartet

Brubeck Brothers Quartet

Dave Brubeck Centennial Celebration

FRI, APR 10
CONCERT HALL


This special show commemorating the centennial of the birth of jazz giant Dave Brubeck features stories by the Brubeck brothers, video interviews with Dave Brubeck and musicians he influenced, as well as music by the Brubeck Brothers Quartet, “a wondrous combination of swing, melodic majesty, masterful arrangements and a truckload of truly inspirational solos.” (The Seattle Times) More


Gilbert and Sullivan's Iolanthe

Featuring the JMU Opera Theater

THU-FRI, APR 16-17
CONCERT HALL

Iolanthe

Gilbert and Sullivan's Iolanthe

Featuring the JMU Opera Theater

THU-FRI, APR 16-17
CONCERT HALL


Brimming with a lush score, compelling plot and brilliant wit, the hilarious and satirical operetta Iolanthe is a send up to Gilbert and Sullivan’s topsy-turvy world of misalliances, contradictions, and English political peculiarities. Passions are ignited, lovers are thwarted and then reunited, and in true G&S style, irreconcilable differences vanish with a pencil stroke and the wave of the Fairy Queen’s magic wand. More


JMU Symphony Honors Concert

Also featuring O'Regan's Triptych

SUN, APR 19
CONCERT HALL

JMU Symphony Honors Concert

JMU Symphony Honors Concert

Also featuring O'Regan's Triptych

SUN, APR 19
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 will feature the strings of the JMU Symphony Orchestra along with The Madison Singers, JMU Chorale and JMU dance students in Triptych, a fast-moving, three-movement work by Grammy-nominated composer Tarik O’Regan. More


JMU Jazz Ensemble

TUE, APR 21
CONCERT HALL

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JMU Jazz Ensemble

TUE, APR 21
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


The Hungry Woman: A Mexican Medea

By Cherríe Moraga

TUE-SUN, APR 21-26
MAINSTAGE THEATRE

The Hungry Woman

The Hungry Woman: A Mexican Medea

By Cherríe Moraga

TUE-SUN, APR 21-26
MAINSTAGE THEATRE


In the apocalyptic play The Hungry Woman, feminist author and Chicano playwright Cherríe Moraga uses mythology and intimate realism to describe the embattled position of Chicanos and Chicanas, not only in the United States but in relation to one another. Features students from JMU’s School of Theatre and Dance. More


JMU Jazz Band

WED, APR 22
CONCERT HALL

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JMU Jazz Band

WED, APR 22
CONCERT HALL


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


Spring Student Dance Concert

THU-SAT, APR 23-25
EARLYNN J. MILLER DANCE THEATRE

Spring Student Dance Concert

Spring Student Dance Concert

THU-SAT, APR 23-25
EARLYNN J. MILLER DANCE THEATRE


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


JMU Symphonic Band and Concert Band

FRI, APR 24
CONCERT HALL


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


Gina Chavez

SAT, APR 25
CONCERT HALL

Gina Chavez

Gina Chavez

SAT, APR 25
CONCERT HALL


A multi-ethnic Latin pop songstress, Gina Chavez is a 10-time Austin Music Award winner whose NPR Tiny Desk Concert has garnered over 800,000 views. Her latest all-English release Lightbeam, “steeped in slow-burn soul and up-tempo R&B,” (NPR) adds diversity to her passionate collection of bilingual songs that traverse cumbia, indie folk, blues, and Latin pop. Chavez “possesses the vocal abilities to dig deep into your soul with her melodies.” (Nanobot Rock Reviews) More


JMU Wind Symphony

TUE, APR 28
CONCERT HALL

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JMU Wind Symphony

TUE, APR 28
CONCERT HALL


The JMU Wind Symphony, under the direction of Stephen P. Bolstad, is the premier woodwind, brass and percussion ensemble at JMU. The Wind Symphony is committed to performing the great works of the wind band’s core repertoire while also exploring the best of contemporary composition. More


Llama Llama - Live!

Bay Area Children's Theatre

A new musical
From the beloved book series by Anna Dewdney & new Netflix series
Book, Music and Lyrics by Austin Zumbro

THU, APR 30
MAINSTAGE THEATRE

Llama Llama - Live!

Llama Llama - Live!

Bay Area Children's Theatre

A new musical
From the beloved book series by Anna Dewdney & new Netflix series
Book, Music and Lyrics by Austin Zumbro

THU, APR 30
MAINSTAGE THEATRE


After a full day of fun adventures at school and the store, Baby Llama can’t wait to put on his red pajamas. But where’s Mama? This hilarious new musical will warm every Llama and Llama Mama’s heart. Wear your pajamas and join us for a pre-show reception and crafts at 6 pm! Founded in 2004, Bay Area Children’s Theatre reaches 125,000 children and adults per year in the San Francisco Bay Area. More


Community Collage Concert

SUN, MAY 17
CONCERT HALL

Community Collage Concert

Community Collage Concert

SUN, MAY 17
CONCERT HALL


This concert benefitting Any Given Child Shenandoah Valley features the Valley Wind Ensemble, a group of more than 60 local area music educators and freelance musicians. 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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