Doug Varone and Dancers

With JMU's Dance Program
Headlining The New Dance Festival

FRI-SAT, SEP 13-14
MAINSTAGE THEATRE

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Doug Varone and Dancers

With JMU's Dance Program
Headlining The New Dance Festival

FRI-SAT, SEP 13-14
MAINSTAGE THEATRE


Witness the captivating talent of Doug Varone and Dancers, one of the most sought-after ambassadors and educators in contemporary dance. The recipient of 11 Bessie Awards, they have toured more than 125 US cities and multiple continents, collaborating on various Varone-directed and choreographed productions worldwide garnering rave reviews.
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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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JMU Wind Symphony

TUE, SEP 24
CONCERT HALL

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JMU Wind Symphony

TUE, SEP 24
CONCERT HALL


The JMU Wind Symphony, under the direction of Christopher Cicconi, 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. 
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JMU Brass Band

THU, SEP 26
CONCERT HALL

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JMU Brass Band

THU, SEP 26
CONCERT HALL


Recently crowned the 2024 North American Brass Association Championship Section winning band, the JMU Brass Band is one of the most successful collegiate brass bands in the world today. Formed by Professor Kevin Stees in the Fall of 2000, the band was named the North American Brass Band Association 1st Section Champion in 2004 and 2005, and was the 2006, 2007, 2010, 2016, 2019, and 2022 NABBA Championship Section Runner-up.
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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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JMU Symphony Orchestra

TUE, OCT 1
CONCERT HALL

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JMU Symphony Orchestra

TUE, OCT 1
CONCERT HALL


The JMU Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Kira Omelchenko, is the premier symphonic ensemble for the School of Music at James Madison University. The Symphony presents a number of concerts on- and off-campus each year, and has performed regularly as the invited college ensemble for the Virginia Music Educators Association. The ensemble presents a series of Youth Concerts for students from Harrisonburg/Rockingham and surrounding counties. The Symphony is the only college orchestra nationwide selected to participate in the Carnegie Hall (N.Y.) “LinkUp” concerts for young students.
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JMU Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Band

THU, OCT 3
CONCERT HALL

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JMU Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Band

THU, OCT 3
CONCERT HALL


The JMU Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Band were founded in 1971 and membership in each is determined by audition each semester. 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.
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JMU Concert Band

MON, OCT 7
CONCERT HALL

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JMU Concert Band

MON, OCT 7
CONCERT HALL


The JMU Concert Band is the band program's largest non-auditioned concert ensemble under the direction of Amy Birdsong.
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Silent Sky

By Lauren Gunderson

TUE-SUN, OCT 8-13
MAINSTAGE THEATRE

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Silent Sky

By Lauren Gunderson

TUE-SUN, OCT 8-13
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This inspiring drama, based on a true story, explores the determination, passion and sacrifice of the women who redefined our scientific understanding of the cosmos. Silent Sky has been dubbed sheer magic by the San Francisco Chronicle. Features students from JMU’s School of Theatre and Dance. Presented by special arrangement with Broadway Licensing, LLC, servicing Dramatists Play Service collection. www.dramatists.com
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JMU Symphonic Band

WED, OCT 9
CONCERT HALL

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JMU Symphonic Band

WED, OCT 9
CONCERT HALL


The JMU Symphonic Band is under the direction of Christopher Cicconi.
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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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The 43rd Annual JMU Contemporary Music Festival 

Featuring Jessie Montgomery and Synergy Virtuosi

Concert I featuring Synergy Virtuosi

SUN, OCT 13
CONCERT HALL

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The 43rd Annual JMU Contemporary Music Festival 

Featuring Jessie Montgomery and Synergy Virtuosi

Concert I featuring Synergy Virtuosi

SUN, OCT 13
CONCERT HALL


Join us for the 43rd Annual JMU Contemporary Music Festival featuring music from GRAMMY-winning composer, violinist, and educator Jessie Montgomery, Musical America’s 2023 Composer of the Year. Sunday's program features Synergy Virtuosi, a new all-female African American orchestra including JMU viola faculty Diane Phoenix-Neal.
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The 43rd Annual JMU Contemporary Music Festival 

Featuring Jessie Montgomery and Synergy Virtuosi
Concert II featuring Šarūnas Jankauskas

MON, OCT 14
CONCERT HALL

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The 43rd Annual JMU Contemporary Music Festival 

Featuring Jessie Montgomery and Synergy Virtuosi
Concert II featuring Šarūnas Jankauskas

MON, OCT 14
CONCERT HALL


Join us for the 43rd Annual JMU Contemporary Music Festival featuring music from GRAMMY-winning composer, violinist, and educator Jessie Montgomery, Musical America’s 2023 Composer of the Year. Monday evening features JMU faculty Šarūnas Jankauskas performing John Adams' clarinet concerto Gnarly Buttons.
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The 43rd Annual JMU Contemporary Music Festival 

Featuring Jessie Montgomery and Synergy Virtuosi

Concert III featuring JMU Symphony Orchestra and Richard Shuster

TUE, OCT 15
CONCERT HALL

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The 43rd Annual JMU Contemporary Music Festival 

Featuring Jessie Montgomery and Synergy Virtuosi

Concert III featuring JMU Symphony Orchestra and Richard Shuster

TUE, OCT 15
CONCERT HALL


Join us for the 43rd Annual JMU Contemporary Music Festival featuring music from GRAMMY-winning composer, violinist, and educator Jessie Montgomery, Musical America’s 2023 Composer of the Year. Tuesday's program features the JMU Symphony Orchestra performing Montgomery's Soul Force and guest pianist Richard Shuster in the premiere of Jason Haney's concerto The Ice at the End of the World.
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Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812

Book, Lyrics and Music by Dave Malloy

Adapted from War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

THU-SAT, OCT 24-26
CONCERT HALL

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Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812

Book, Lyrics and Music by Dave Malloy

Adapted from War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

THU-SAT, OCT 24-26
CONCERT HALL


Two-time Tony® Award Winner Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 is an innovative electropop opera based on a scandalous slice of Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace. Experience the show that The New York Times hailed as “the most innovative new musical to open since Hamilton!” Features students from JMU’s School of Theatre and Dance. Contains adult language, sexual content and gun violence. Recommended for ages 12 and up. Presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals. concordtheatricals.com
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JMU Chamber Orchestra

MON, OCT 28
RECITAL HALL

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JMU Chamber Orchestra

MON, OCT 28
RECITAL HALL


The JMU Chamber Orchestra brings students from across campus together to perform classic works composed for smaller orchestras. Kira Omelchenko directs the orchestra in conjunction with graduate students in conducting.
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JMU Percussion Ensemble

WED, OCT 30
CONCERT HALL

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JMU Percussion Ensemble

WED, OCT 30
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.
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Dancescapes

Featuring JMU’s Virginia Repertory Dance Company

FRI-SAT, NOV 1-2
MAINSTAGE THEATRE

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Dancescapes

Featuring JMU’s Virginia Repertory Dance Company

FRI-SAT, NOV 1-2
MAINSTAGE THEATRE


Dancescapes 2024, with JMU’s Virginia Repertory Dance Company, celebrates its 40th anniversary during this remarkable show! Directed by Associate Professor of Dance Matt Pardo, Dancescapes presents five works featuring three nationally renowned guest artists: Senegalese-American choreographer Momar Ndiaye (Ohio State University), Brian Martinez (Artistic Director, Boykin Dance Project), and Kia Smith (Artistic Director, South Chicago Dance Theater – "Dance Magazine’s Top 25 to Watch for 2024").
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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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The Little Prince

Composed by Rachel Portman
Libretto by Nicholas Wright
Featuring the JMU Opera Theater
With the JMU Opera Orchestra

FRI-SUN, NOV 8-10
MAINSTAGE THEATRE

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The Little Prince

Composed by Rachel Portman
Libretto by Nicholas Wright
Featuring the JMU Opera Theater
With the JMU Opera Orchestra

FRI-SUN, NOV 8-10
MAINSTAGE THEATRE


Based on the beloved children's book by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince is a profound fable about childhood, adulthood, love, and loss. First performed at Houston Grand Opera in 2003, this operatic adaptation is the rare work of art that provides solace to both young and old alike. Recommended for ages 8 and up. Sung in English with English Surtitles. 

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JMU Symphony Orchestra

WED, NOV 13
CONCERT HALL

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JMU Symphony Orchestra

WED, NOV 13
CONCERT HALL


The JMU Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Kira Omelchenko, is the premier symphonic ensemble for the School of Music at James Madison University. The Symphony presents a number of concerts on- and off-campus each year, and has performed regularly as the invited college ensemble for the Virginia Music Educators Association. The ensemble presents a series of Youth Concerts for students from Harrisonburg/Rockingham and surrounding counties. The Symphony is the only college orchestra nationwide selected to participate in the Carnegie Hall (N.Y.) “LinkUp” concerts for young students.
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JMU Brass Band

FRI, NOV 15
CONCERT HALL

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JMU Brass Band

FRI, NOV 15
CONCERT HALL


Recently crowned the 2024 North American Brass Association Championship Section winning band, the JMU Brass Band is one of the most successful collegiate brass bands in the world today. Formed by Professor Kevin Stees in the Fall of 2000, the band was named the North American Brass Band Association 1st Section Champion in 2004 and 2005, and was the 2006, 2007, 2010, 2016, 2019, and 2022 NABBA Championship Section Runner-up.
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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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JMU Guitar Ensemble

MON, NOV 18
RECITAL HALL

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JMU Guitar Ensemble

MON, NOV 18
RECITAL HALL


The JMU Guitar Ensemble performances include guitar music from Renaissance to 20th century, in group settings, as well as duos, trios, and quartets. The Guitar Ensemble is under the direction of Adam Larrabee.
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JMU Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Band

MON, NOV 18
CONCERT HALL

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JMU Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Band

MON, NOV 18
CONCERT HALL


The JMU Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Band were founded in 1971 and membership in each is determined by audition each semester. 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.
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JMU Chamber Orchestra

TUE, NOV 19
RECITAL HALL

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JMU Chamber Orchestra

TUE, NOV 19
RECITAL HALL


The JMU Chamber Orchestra brings students from across campus together to perform classic works composed for smaller orchestras. Kira Omelchenko directs the orchestra in conjunction with graduate students in conducting.
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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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JMU Wind Symphony

TUE, DEC 3
CONCERT HALL

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JMU Wind Symphony

TUE, DEC 3
CONCERT HALL


The JMU Wind Symphony, under the direction of Christopher Cicconi, 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.
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JMU Symphonic Band and Concert Band

THU, DEC 5
CONCERT HALL


The JMU Symphonic Band is under the direction of Christopher Cicconi; The JMU Concert Band is the band program's largest non-auditioned concert ensemble, under the direction of Amy Birdsong.  
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Join the JMU Choral Area and JMU Symphony Orchestra for a joyous HolidayFest celebration of Selections from Messiah,” a powerful and celebratory classic. This family-friendly event also features favorite songs and readings from “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” and our annual audience Carol-Sing! Prior to the December 8th matinee (at 1:00 pm), children can enjoy crafts, cookies, and cider in the lobby.

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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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Rusalka: The Littlest Mermaid

Written and adapted by Joshua Borths
Based on the opera Rusalka by Antonín Dvořák

Featuring the JMU Opera Theater

SAT-SUN, FEB 8-9
RECITAL HALL

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Rusalka: The Littlest Mermaid

Written and adapted by Joshua Borths
Based on the opera Rusalka by Antonín Dvořák

Featuring the JMU Opera Theater

SAT-SUN, FEB 8-9
RECITAL HALL


Take your family on a magical journey into the ocean, learning all about opera along the way! Based on Czech composer Antonín Dvořák's masterpiece "Rusalka," this charming, 35-min adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Mermaid is sure to delight audiences of all ages. Recommended for ages 6 and up. Performed in English.
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JMU Percussion Ensemble

THU, FEB 13
CONCERT HALL

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JMU Percussion Ensemble

THU, FEB 13
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.
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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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JMU Brass Band

FRI, FEB 21
CONCERT HALL

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JMU Brass Band

FRI, FEB 21
CONCERT HALL


Recently crowned the 2024 North American Brass Association Championship Section winning band, the JMU Brass Band is one of the most successful collegiate brass bands in the world today. Formed by Professor Kevin Stees in the Fall of 2000, the band was named the North American Brass Band Association 1st Section Champion in 2004 and 2005, and was the 2006, 2007, 2010, 2016, 2019, and 2022 NABBA Championship Section Runner-up.
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Big Fish

Book by John August
Music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa

Based on the Novel by Daniel Wallace and the Columbia Motion Picture written by John August
Originally produced on Broadway by Dan Jinks, Bruce Cohen and Stage Entertainment with Roy Furman, Broadway Across America/Rich Entertainment Group, John Domo, The Nederlander Organization and Edward Walson in association with CJ E&M, Dancing Elephant Productions, Parrothead Productions, Harvey Weinstein/Carole L. Haber, Peter May/Jim Fantaci, Ted Liebowitz/Joe Piacentile and Columbia Pictures.

TUE-SUN, FEB 25-MAR 2
MAINSTAGE THEATRE

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Big Fish

Book by John August
Music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa

Based on the Novel by Daniel Wallace and the Columbia Motion Picture written by John August
Originally produced on Broadway by Dan Jinks, Bruce Cohen and Stage Entertainment with Roy Furman, Broadway Across America/Rich Entertainment Group, John Domo, The Nederlander Organization and Edward Walson in association with CJ E&M, Dancing Elephant Productions, Parrothead Productions, Harvey Weinstein/Carole L. Haber, Peter May/Jim Fantaci, Ted Liebowitz/Joe Piacentile and Columbia Pictures.

TUE-SUN, FEB 25-MAR 2
MAINSTAGE THEATRE


Based on the celebrated novel by Daniel Wallace and the acclaimed film directed by Tim Burton, Big Fish tells the story of Edward Bloom, a traveling salesman who lives life to its fullest…and then some! Edward’s incredible, larger-than-life stories thrill everyone around him—most of all, his devoted wife Sandra. But their son Will, about to have a child of his own, is determined to find the truth behind his father’s epic tales. Presented through special arrangement with and all authorized performance materials are supplied by Theatrical Rights Worldwide. www.theatricalrights.com
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JMU Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Band

TUE, FEB 25
CONCERT HALL

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JMU Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Band

TUE, FEB 25
CONCERT HALL


The JMU Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Band were founded in 1971 and membership in each is determined by audition each semester. 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.
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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 Christopher Cicconi.
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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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JMU Chamber Orchestra

TUE, MAR 4
RECITAL HALL

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JMU Chamber Orchestra

TUE, MAR 4
RECITAL HALL


The JMU Chamber Orchestra brings students from across campus together to perform classic works composed for smaller orchestras. Kira Omelchenko directs the orchestra in conjunction with graduate students in conducting.
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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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JMU Symphony Orchestra

SUN, MAR 9
CONCERT HALL

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JMU Symphony Orchestra

SUN, MAR 9
CONCERT HALL


The JMU Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Kira Omelchenko, is the premier symphonic ensemble for the School of Music at James Madison University. The Symphony presents a number of concerts on- and off-campus each year, and has performed regularly as the invited college ensemble for the Virginia Music Educators Association. The ensemble presents a series of Youth Concerts for students from Harrisonburg/Rockingham and surrounding counties. The Symphony is the only college orchestra nationwide selected to participate in the Carnegie Hall (N.Y.) “LinkUp” concerts for young students.
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This concert features performances by the JMU Treble Chamber Choir, University Chorus: Tenor/Bass Ensemble (UCTB), and the University Chorus: Soprano/Alto Ensemble (UCSA). The JMU Treble Chamber Choir and the UCTB are under the direction of Dr. W. Bryce Hayes. The UCSA is under the direction of Dr. Jo-Anne van der Vat-Chromy.
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JMU Madison Singers and Chorale

THU, MAR 13
CONCERT HALL

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JMU Madison Singers and Chorale

THU, MAR 13
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.
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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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JMU Concert Band

SUN, MAR 30
RECITAL HALL

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JMU Concert Band

SUN, MAR 30
RECITAL HALL


The JMU Concert Band is the band program's largest non-auditioned concert ensemble under the direction of Amy Birdsong.
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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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JMU Brass Band

TUE, APR 1
CONCERT HALL

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JMU Brass Band

TUE, APR 1
CONCERT HALL


Recently crowned the 2024 North American Brass Association Championship Section winning band, the JMU Brass Band is one of the most successful collegiate brass bands in the world today. Formed by Professor Kevin Stees in the Fall of 2000, the band was named the North American Brass Band Association 1st Section Champion in 2004 and 2005, and was the 2006, 2007, 2010, 2016, 2019, and 2022 NABBA Championship Section Runner-up.
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Idomeneo

Composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Libretto by Giambattista Varesco

Featuring the JMU Opera Theater

SAT-SUN, APR 5-6
CONCERT HALL

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Idomeneo

Composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Libretto by Giambattista Varesco

Featuring the JMU Opera Theater

SAT-SUN, APR 5-6
CONCERT HALL


Written when Mozart was only 25, this operatic masterpiece filled with stunning arias, choruses, and ensembles, brings the myth of Idomeneo to life. On his way home at last from the Trojan War, the King of Crete, Idomeneo, is shipwrecked at sea. In desperation, he promises to sacrifice the first creature he finds if he safely survives the storm. However, in a twist worthy of the greatest Greek tragedies, it is his son, Idamante, he first encounters along the beach. Sung in Italian with English Surtitles.

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JMU Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band

WED, APR 9
CONCERT HALL


The JMU Wind Symphony, under the direction of Christopher Cicconi, 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.

Since 2007, the ensemble has hosted on-campus residencies with composers including David Maslanka, John Mackey, Michael Daugherty, Joel Puckett, Steven Bryant, Donald Grantham and JMU alumnus Brian Balmages. The ensemble has also presented consortium premieres of Maslanka’s Symphony No. 8, Puckett’s The Shadows of Sirius, Grantham’s Tuba Concerto, Plog’s Concerto 2010 and Balmages’ Portraits in Bluestone. As part of JMU’s annual Contemporary Music Festival, students have had the opportunity to work with composers such as Karel Husa, Joseph Schwanter, Don Freund, Donald Erb, John Harbison, Francis McBeth, Mark Camphouse and Samuel Adler.

In addition to an active on-campus concert schedule, the Wind Symphony has performed at the College Band Directors National Association/National Band Association conventions in Nashville, New Orleans, Charlotte, Williamsburg and Greensboro, plus numerous performances for the VMEA Conference. They have also performed at the Kennedy Center in 2007 and 1987. Graduates of the Wind Symphony hold positions in several of the Washington-based military bands, military post bands and symphony orchestras throughout the world; numerous graduates are serving as noted educators and conductors throughout the country.

The JMU Symphonic Band is under the direction of Christopher Cicconi.
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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 Chamber Orchestra

TUE, APR 22
CONCERT HALL

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JMU Chamber Orchestra

TUE, APR 22
CONCERT HALL


The JMU Chamber Orchestra brings students from across campus together to perform classic works composed for smaller orchestras. Kira Omelchenko directs the orchestra in conjunction with graduate students in conducting.
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JMU Brass Band

THU, APR 24
CONCERT HALL

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JMU Brass Band

THU, APR 24
CONCERT HALL


Recently crowned the 2024 North American Brass Association Championship Section winning band, the JMU Brass Band is one of the most successful collegiate brass bands in the world today. Formed by Professor Kevin Stees in the Fall of 2000, the band was named the North American Brass Band Association 1st Section Champion in 2004 and 2005, and was the 2006, 2007, 2010, 2016, 2019, and 2022 NABBA Championship Section Runner-up.
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JMU Percussion Ensemble

FRI, APR 25
CONCERT HALL

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JMU Percussion Ensemble

FRI, APR 25
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.
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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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JMU Jazz Ensemble

TUE, APR 29
CONCERT HALL

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JMU Jazz Ensemble

TUE, APR 29
CONCERT HALL


The JMU Jazz Ensemble was founded in 1971 and membership in each is determined by audition each semester. 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.
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JMU Jazz Band

WED, APR 30
CONCERT HALL

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JMU Jazz Band

WED, APR 30
CONCERT HALL


The JMU Jazz Band was founded in 1971 and membership is determined by audition each semester. 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. The JMU Jazz Band is under the direction of Greg Thomas.
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JMU Symphonic Band and Concert Band

THU, MAY 1
CONCERT HALL


The JMU Symphonic Band is under the direction of Christopher Cicconi; The JMU Concert Band is the band program's largest non-auditioned concert ensemble, under the direction of Amy Birdsong.  
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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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JMU Madison Singers and Chorale

SUN, MAY 4
CONCERT HALL

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JMU Madison Singers and Chorale

SUN, MAY 4
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.
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JMU Guitar Ensemble

MON, MAY 5
RECITAL HALL

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JMU Guitar Ensemble

MON, MAY 5
RECITAL HALL


The JMU Guitar Ensemble performances include guitar music from Renaissance to 20th century, in group settings, as well as duos, trios, and quartets. The Guitar Ensemble is under the direction of Adam Larrabee.
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This concert features performances by the JMU Treble Chamber Choir, University Chorus: Tenor/Bass Ensemble (UCTB), and the University Chorus: Soprano/Alto Ensemble (UCSA). The JMU Treble Chamber Choir and the UCTB are under the direction of Dr. W. Bryce Hayes. The UCSA is under the direction of Dr. Jo-Anne van der Vat-Chromy.
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JMU Wind Symphony

THU, MAY 8
CONCERT HALL

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JMU Wind Symphony

THU, MAY 8
CONCERT HALL


The JMU Wind Symphony, under the direction of Christopher Cicconi, 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.
Since 2007, the ensemble has hosted on-campus residencies with composers including David Maslanka, John Mackey, Michael Daugherty, Joel Puckett, Steven Bryant, Donald Grantham and JMU alumnus Brian Balmages. The ensemble has also presented consortium premieres of Maslanka’s Symphony No. 8, Puckett’s The Shadows of Sirius, Grantham’s Tuba Concerto, Plog’s Concerto 2010 and Balmages’ Portraits in Bluestone. As part of JMU’s annual Contemporary Music Festival, students have had the opportunity to work with composers such as Karel Husa, Joseph Schwanter, Don Freund, Donald Erb, John Harbison, Francis McBeth, Mark Camphouse and Samuel Adler.
In addition to an active on-campus concert schedule, the Wind Symphony has performed at the College Band Directors National Association/National Band Association conventions in Nashville, New Orleans, Charlotte, Williamsburg and Greensboro, plus numerous performances for the VMEA Conference. They have also performed at the Kennedy Center in 2007 and 1987. Graduates of the Wind Symphony hold positions in several of the Washington-based military bands, military post bands and symphony orchestras throughout the world; numerous graduates are serving as noted educators and conductors throughout the country.
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