Nina DeCesare, double bass

THU, FEB 3
RECITAL HALL

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Nina DeCesare, double bass

THU, FEB 3
RECITAL HALL


Bassist Nina DeCesare joined the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in 2020 and brings five years of experience with the Oregon Symphony to the Forbes Center Recital Hall stage! More


Gina Chavez

FRI, FEB 4
CONCERT HALL

Gina Chavez

Gina Chavez

FRI, FEB 4
CONCERT HALL


Experience internationally-acclaimed Latinx pop artist Gina Chavez in concert! A 2020 Latin Grammy nominee for her album La Que Manda (The Woman in Charge), Chavez is a 12-time Austin Music Award  winner whose NPR Tiny Desk Concert boasts over 1.2 million views. Her passionate collection of songs traverse cumbia, indie folk, blues, and Latin pop. More


Sarunas Jankauskas, clarinet

SAT, FEB 5
RECITAL HALL

Saranus Jankauskas

Sarunas Jankauskas, clarinet

SAT, FEB 5
RECITAL HALL


JMU clarinet faculty member Sarunas Jankauskas has performed throughout Europe, Canada, and the United States, collaborating with Boulder Chamber Orchestra, the St. Petersburg and Jasper String Quartets, as well as pianists Domenico Codispoti and Johan Botes. More


Amernet String Quartet

With special guest Heather Coltman, piano

TUE, FEB 8
CONCERT HALL

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Amernet String Quartet

With special guest Heather Coltman, piano

TUE, FEB 8
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. This evening features special guest Heather Coltman, JMU Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, in a program of Mozart’s Piano Quartet in G minor, K. 478; Korngold’s Suite from Much Ado About Nothing; Schubert’s Quartet in E-flat major, D. 87; and Schoenberg’s Quartet No. 0 (1897). More


The Turn of the Screw

Music by Benjamin Britten
Libretto by Myfanwy Piper

FRI-SAT, FEB 11-12
RECITAL HALL

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The Turn of the Screw

Music by Benjamin Britten
Libretto by Myfanwy Piper

FRI-SAT, FEB 11-12
RECITAL HALL


Benjamin Britten’s immensely popular opera The Turn of the Screw has replaced Opera Spotlight: Music for Change. This program change was made to reflect the extraordinary vocal talent in the JMU Opera Theater program and to provide you, our loyal opera audiences, an opportunity to experience this work in a concert version. Ticket holders for Opera Spotlight: Music for Change should contact the box office M–F, 10 am to 5:30 pm, at 540-568-7000 or by email at forbesboxoffice@jmu.edu for exchange/refund information. 

Based on the ghost story by Henry James, Britten’s chamber opera is an edge-of-your-seat psychological thriller with achingly beautiful music. The hit Netflix series The Haunting of Bly Manor is based on James’ story. This concert version is sure to “chill many a spine." (The Times)
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I Wrote That One, Too... An Evening with Steve Dorff

The Hit Songs and the Stories Behind Them

SAT, FEB 12
CONCERT HALL

Steve Dorff

I Wrote That One, Too... An Evening with Steve Dorff

The Hit Songs and the Stories Behind Them

SAT, FEB 12
CONCERT HALL


Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2018, Steve Dorff is the master songwriter behind 400 legendary and iconic songs recorded by over 250 artists, including Kenny Roger’s “Through the Years,” Anne Murray’s “I Just Fall in Love Again,” and George Strait’s “I Cross My Heart.” Dorff performs some of his most beloved songs and shares the stories behind them in this entertaining evening! More


JMU Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Band

TUE, FEB 15
CONCERT HALL

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JMU Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Band

TUE, FEB 15
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


A Tribute to Aretha Franklin - The Queen of Soul

With Damien Sneed and Valerie Simpson

THU, FEB 17
CONCERT HALL

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A Tribute to Aretha Franklin - The Queen of Soul

With Damien Sneed and Valerie Simpson

THU, FEB 17
CONCERT HALL


With a legendary career spanning several generations, Aretha Franklin possessed powerful vocals that skyrocketed her to international stardom. Musician, vocalist and composer Damien Sneed pays homage to the “Queen of Soul” with fresh takes on her hits like “Respect,” “Knew You Were Waiting,” “Think,” and more! The show features six-time Grammy nominee Valerie Simpson backed by a stellar cast of jazz, soul and gospel musicians and vocalists. Note the cast change. More


JMU faculty violist Diane Phoenix-Neal performs nationally and internationally as a collaborative chamber musician and as a soloist. She and fellow faculty member Paulo Steinberg will perform works for viola and piano. More


Carl Donakowski, cello

Gabriel Dobner, piano

TUE, FEB 22
RECITAL HALL

Carl Donakowski

Carl Donakowski, cello

Gabriel Dobner, piano

TUE, FEB 22
RECITAL HALL


JMU faculty members Carl Donakowski and Gabriel Dobner will perform works by Frédéric Chopin, J.S. Bach, and American composers Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson and T.J. Anderson. The featured work for this concert is Anderson’s Spirit Songs, a work commissioned by Yo-Yo Ma that masterfully synthesizes African American spirituals, jazz, and the harmonic palette of Anderson’s teacher French composer Darius Milhaud. More


Wanchi, violin, and Lori Piitz, piano

THU, FEB 24
RECITAL HALL


JMU faculty members Wanchi and Lori Piitz join forces for an exciting concert featuring works for violin and piano. More


JMU Brass Band

FRI, FEB 25
CONCERT HALL

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JMU Brass Band

FRI, FEB 25
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


The King's Singers

SAT, FEB 26
CONCERT HALL

The King's Singers

The King's Singers

SAT, FEB 26
CONCERT HALL


The King’s Singers has represented the gold standard in a cappella singing on the world’s greatest stages for over 50 years. This class act with a delightfully British wit is unmatched for its “sheer musicality and ability to entertain.” (Times, London) More


JMU Symphonic Band

MON, FEB 28
CONCERT HALL

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JMU Symphonic Band

MON, FEB 28
CONCERT HALL


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


Monticello Strings

TUE, MAR 1
RECITAL HALL

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Monticello Strings

TUE, MAR 1
RECITAL HALL


Monticello Strings consists of James Madison University professors Wanchi (violin), Diane Phoenix-Neal (viola), Carl Donakowski (cello) and Sam Suggs (double bass). Collectively, the four have performed worldwide as soloists, chamber music and orchestral musicians. More


Once

Book by Enda Walsh
Music and lyrics by Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová
Based on the motion picture written and directed by John Carney

TUE-SAT, MAR 1-5
MAINSTAGE THEATRE

Once

Once

Book by Enda Walsh
Music and lyrics by Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová
Based on the motion picture written and directed by John Carney

TUE-SAT, MAR 1-5
MAINSTAGE THEATRE


On the streets of Dublin, an Irish musician and a Czech immigrant are drawn together by their shared love of music. Over the course of one fateful week, an unexpected friendship and collaboration quickly evolves into a powerful love story. The winner of eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Once draws you in from the very first note and never lets go. Features students from JMU’s School of Theatre and Dance and School of Music. More


JMU Percussion Ensemble

WED, MAR 2
CONCERT HALL

JMU Percussion Ensemble

JMU Percussion Ensemble

WED, MAR 2
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 Symphony Orchestra

SAT, MAR 5
CONCERT HALL

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JMU Symphony Orchestra

SAT, MAR 5
CONCERT HALL


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


Escape Ten

Annie Stevens & Andrea Venet

A CVPA Cultural Connections Artist-in-Residence Event

WED, MAR 9
RECITAL HALL

Escape Ten

Escape Ten

Annie Stevens & Andrea Venet

A CVPA Cultural Connections Artist-in-Residence Event

WED, MAR 9
RECITAL HALL


Escape Ten is a percussion duo formed by Dr. Annie Stevens (assistant professor, Virginia Tech) and Dr. Andrea Venet (associate professor, University of North Florida). Much of the group's repertoire includes exclusive commissions of innovative arrangements and compositions. More


This concert features performances by the JMU Chamber Orchestra, the University Chorus: Soprano/Alto Ensemble (UCSA) and University Chorus: Tenor/Bass Ensemble (UCTB). The JMU Chamber Orchestra brings students from across campus together to perform classic works composed for smaller orchestras. Foster Beyers directs the orchestra in conjunction with graduate students in conducting. The UCSA is under the direction of Dr. Jo-Anne van der Vat-Chromy. The UCTB is under the direction of Dr. W. Bryce Hayes. More


Calefax Reed Quintet

THU, MAR 10
CONCERT HALL

Calefax Reed Quintet

Calefax Reed Quintet

THU, MAR 10
CONCERT HALL


Celebrating its 35th anniversary, 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


This concert features performances by the JMU Treble Chamber Choir, Chorale and The Madison Singers. The JMU Treble Chamber Choir is under the direction of Dr. W. Bryce Hayes. Ranging from 60-80 voices, the JMU Chorale is an auditioned and highly select choir that performs repertoire from the Baroque to the contemporary era in both sacred and secular genres. The Madison Singers is the advanced, auditioned choral chamber ensemble at JMU. More


Michael Boyd, piano

MON, MAR 21
RECITAL HALL

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Michael Boyd, piano

MON, MAR 21
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


Clarinets take center stage in this performance by Andy Hudson & Anthony Taylor, colleagues at UNC Greensboro. More


JMU Concert Band

THU, MAR 24
CONCERT HALL

Concert Band

JMU Concert Band

THU, MAR 24
CONCERT HALL


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


JMU faculty bassoonist Sue Barber performs regularly with the Richmond Symphony Orchestra, Roanoke Symphony Orchestra, Opera on The James, and Opera Roanoke. She and fellow faculty member Lori Piitz will perform works for bassoon and piano. More


JMU faculty flutist Beth Chandler enjoys an active career as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestral player and teacher. She and fellow faculty member Paulo Steinberg will perform works for flute and piano. More


Sam Suggs, double bass

THU, MAR 31
RECITAL HALL

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Sam Suggs, double bass

THU, MAR 31
RECITAL HALL


The first solo bassist in 36 years to join the Concert Artists Guild roster, JMU faculty member Sam Suggs was recognized with an award for “Extraordinary Creativity” at the 2017 Bradetich Foundation International Double Bass Competition. More


JMU George West Jazz Festival

Featuring the JMU Jazz Ensemble

SAT, APR 2
CONCERT HALL

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JMU George West Jazz Festival

Featuring the JMU Jazz Ensemble

SAT, APR 2
CONCERT HALL


Under the direction of Dr. Chuck Dotas, the JMU Jazz Ensemble was founded in 1971 and is the premier jazz group in the School of Music at JMU. The ensemble has performed at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts’ Terrace Theater, Montreux International Jazz and Blues Festival, North Sea Jazz Festival and VMEA annual convention. More


JMU Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band

WED, APR 6
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


Brubeck Brothers Quartet

Dave Brubeck Centennial Celebration

FRI, APR 8
CONCERT HALL

Brubeck Brothers Quartet

Brubeck Brothers Quartet

Dave Brubeck Centennial Celebration

FRI, APR 8
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


JMU Brass Band

SAT, APR 9
CONCERT HALL

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JMU Brass Band

SAT, APR 9
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


Gilbert and Sullivan's The Gondoliers

Featuring the JMU Opera Theater

TUE-WED, APR 12-13
CONCERT HALL

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Gilbert and Sullivan's The Gondoliers

Featuring the JMU Opera Theater

TUE-WED, APR 12-13
CONCERT HALL


Sunny, funny, and with more tra-la-las than any other operetta in the Gilbert and Sullivan canon, The Gondoliers combines all the right ingredients for a stunning show! In this flight of the satirical whimsy, brothers Marco and Guiseppe lead a charmed life as gondoliers in Venice until they discover that one of them is the King of Barataria. The two must travel to Barataria and rule the kingdom jointly until the truth can be determined. More


JMU Percussion Ensemble

SAT, APR 16
CONCERT HALL

JMU Percussion Ensemble

JMU Percussion Ensemble

SAT, APR 16
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


Fiddlin' with Stories

Charlotte Blake Alston, Master Storyteller, and Diane Monroe, Jazz Violinist

TUE, APR 19
CONCERT HALL

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Fiddlin' with Stories

Charlotte Blake Alston, Master Storyteller, and Diane Monroe, Jazz Violinist

TUE, APR 19
CONCERT HALL


Learn how ancient and modern stringed instruments have played an integral role in the African and African American communities through folktales, stories and songs by Charlotte Blake Alston. Her “incredible presence and cleverness unifies audiences of all ages.” Renowned jazz violinist, composer and arranger Diane Monroe—whose orchestrations appear on the soundtrack recording for the film A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood—will illuminate Alston’s stories with her instrumental ingenuity in this performance perfect for the whole family! More


Small Island Big Song

FRI, APR 22
CONCERT HALL

Small Island Big Song

Small Island Big Song

FRI, APR 22
CONCERT HALL


Small Island Big Song (SIBS) is a multimedia musical spectacle reuniting the ancient seafaring cultures of the Pacific and Indian Oceans through song. Performing Oceanic grooves to soulful island ballads on traditional instruments and in native languages, artists from 10 nations come together for a live concert that combines music, spoken word and panoramic cinema to make a powerful statement about a region at the frontline of the climate crisis. More


JMU Concert Band

SAT, APR 23
CONCERT HALL

Concert Band

JMU Concert Band

SAT, APR 23
CONCERT HALL


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


JMU Symphony Honors Concert

SUN, APR 24
CONCERT HALL

JMU Symphony Honors Concert

JMU Symphony Honors Concert

SUN, APR 24
CONCERT HALL


Experience the JMU Symphony Orchestra as they accompany the 2021 and 2022 winners of the prestigious School of Music Concerto Competition. More


JMU Jazz Ensemble

TUE, APR 26
CONCERT HALL

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JMU Jazz Ensemble

TUE, APR 26
CONCERT HALL


Under the direction of Dr. Chuck Dotas, the JMU Jazz Ensemble was founded in 1971 and is the premier jazz group in the School of Music at JMU. The ensemble has performed at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts’ Terrace Theater, Montreux International Jazz and Blues Festival, North Sea Jazz Festival and VMEA annual convention. More


JMU Jazz Band

WED, APR 27
CONCERT HALL

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JMU Jazz Band

WED, APR 27
CONCERT HALL


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


JMU Madison Singers and Chorale

FRI, APR 29
CONCERT HALL

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JMU Madison Singers and Chorale

FRI, APR 29
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


This concert features performances by the JMU Treble Chamber Choir, the University Chorus: Soprano/Alto Ensemble (UCSA) and University Chorus: Tenor/Bass Ensemble (UCTB). 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. More


JMU Chamber Orchestra

TUE, MAY 3
CONCERT HALL

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JMU Chamber Orchestra

TUE, MAY 3
CONCERT HALL


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


JMU Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band

THU, MAY 5
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



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