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


Study Group

By Maddie Kovach

A Studio Theatre Production

WED-MON, FEB 26-MAR 2
STUDIO THEATRE

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Study Group

By Maddie Kovach

A Studio Theatre Production

WED-MON, FEB 26-MAR 2
STUDIO THEATRE


It’s 2015, and seniors Mary, Victor, Jack and Pauline have banded together to study for their AP Government and Politics class at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic High School. Sweet, stressed out and too smart for their own good, the four are unprepared when cool and handsome Clark joins the group. As conversations shift from the books in their hands to the world they are about to enter, members of the study group will break the rules, fall in love, and discover their own voices—all for the first time. Contains sexual content and adult content (abortion). More


MUMMENSCHANZ

Direct from Switzerland

you & me

TUE, MAR 3
MAR 3 ADDED
MAINSTAGE THEATRE

MUMMENSCHANZ

MUMMENSCHANZ

Direct from Switzerland

you & me

TUE, MAR 3
MAR 3 ADDED
MAINSTAGE THEATRE


This new 10 am matinee performance is an abbreviated version of the 7 pm show, which is sold out. Bring your family and enjoy this wonderful show when schools in Harrisonburg City and Rockingham County are closed for Super Tuesday. 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


John Mietus, double bass

WED, MAR 4
RECITAL HALL

John Mietus

John Mietus, double bass

WED, MAR 4
RECITAL HALL


John Mietus is an award-winning double bassist and composer who is currently studying at Rice University. 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


Songs for Edith, Emily and Friends

Featuring Dr. Dorothy Maddison, soprano

THU, MAR 19
RECITAL HALL

Dorothy Maddison

Songs for Edith, Emily and Friends

Featuring Dr. Dorothy Maddison, soprano

THU, MAR 19
RECITAL HALL


As part of her creative research into female poets and composers, JMU faculty soprano Dr. Dorothy Maddison will present Songs for Edith, Emily and Friends. Featured soloists include Dr. Karen Dannessa on clarinet and Jane Strauman on flute. JMU alumna Tracey Schimmel-Reed will join as guest pianist. 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


JMU Concert Band

TUE, MAR 24
CONCERT HALL

Concert Band

JMU Concert Band

TUE, MAR 24
CONCERT HALL


The JMU Concert Band is under the direction of Amy Birdsong. 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


Facing

By Caitlin McCommis

A Studio Theatre Production

TUE-SAT, APR 14-18
STUDIO THEATRE

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Facing

By Caitlin McCommis

A Studio Theatre Production

TUE-SAT, APR 14-18
STUDIO THEATRE


Wilda modeled her life after that of her grandmother—to be fearless and adventure down the same dirt roads. The vision of Wilda’s future takes a different path when she is welcomed into a club she never asked to be a part of after being diagnosed with a debilitating illness. When another club member goes through a crisis, Wilda is forced to look her worst nightmare in the eye. 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! New

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


Jack and the Wonder Beans

Adapted by Larry Snipes
Based on the book by James Still

JMU CHILDREN'S THEATRE PRESENTS ROANOKE CHILDREN'S THEATRE

SAT-SUN, JUL 18-19
STUDIO THEATRE

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Jack and the Wonder Beans

Adapted by Larry Snipes
Based on the book by James Still

JMU CHILDREN'S THEATRE PRESENTS ROANOKE CHILDREN'S THEATRE

SAT-SUN, JUL 18-19
STUDIO THEATRE


An Appalachian telling of Jack and the Beanstalk featuring traditional folk music, Jack and the Wonder Beans is based on the delightful children’s book about what happens when a young boy plants magic beans in his backyard. Audiences will see this magic—and giants—come to life on stage in a participation-packed production highlighting Jack’s journey. More



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