Lonesome Traveler: The Concert

The Roots of American Folk Music

With special guest Peter Yarrow (of Peter, Paul & Mary)

SUN, SEP 16
SEP 16 SOLD OUT
CONCERT HALL

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Lonesome Traveler: The Concert

The Roots of American Folk Music

With special guest Peter Yarrow (of Peter, Paul & Mary)

SUN, SEP 16
SEP 16 SOLD OUT
CONCERT HALL


Experience the enduring power and popularity of American folk music with Lonesome Traveler, the stirring concert version of the acclaimed Off-Broadway musical that The New York Times called “illuminating… revelatory… achingly beautiful.” Lonesome Traveler pays homage to legendary folk musicians including Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Woody Guthrie, Joni Mitchell, The Byrds, Simon & Garfunkel, Crosby, Stills & Nash, as well as Peter, Paul and Mary. More


The Doo Wop Project

FRI, OCT 5
MEMORIAL HALL

The Doo Wop Project

The Doo Wop Project

FRI, OCT 5
MEMORIAL HALL


Featuring stars from Broadway’s smash hits Jersey Boys and Motown: The Musical, the Doo Wop Project reimagines some of the greatest music in American pop and rock history! With huge vocals, slick dance moves and stunning showmanship, these five performers and their hot band take audiences on a journey from 1950s’ tunes by the Crests and Belmonts to the 1960s and 1970s’ sounds of Smokey Robinson and The Temptations to modern doo wop versions of Michael Jackson and Maroon 5. More


Vox Luminis

J.S. Bach Motets

SAT, OCT 20
CONCERT HALL

Vox Luminis

Vox Luminis

J.S. Bach Motets

SAT, OCT 20
CONCERT HALL


Belgium-based Vox Luminis is one of the foremost vocal ensembles specializing in music from the Renaissance and Baroque periods, singing “300-year-old music with the freshness and ardor of true believers.” (The Independent, U.K.) This exceptional evening will feature J.S. Bach’s motets, which hold a beloved place in the Baroque repertory and are an important part of Bach’s artistic legacy. More


Soweto Gospel Choir

Songs of the Free

Celebrating the centennial of Nelson Mandela's birth

FRI, NOV 2
CONCERT HALL

Soweto Gospel Choir

Soweto Gospel Choir

Songs of the Free

Celebrating the centennial of Nelson Mandela's birth

FRI, NOV 2
CONCERT HALL


Vibrant and inspirational, the critically acclaimed Soweto Gospel Choir from South Africa will sing, dance and drum to deliver a tour-de-force performance! In this celebratory centennial, the Soweto Gospel Choir combines African gospel, reggae, American pop, spirituals and South African freedom songs to deliver a musical message filled with hope and joy. More


Reduced Shakespeare Company

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)
All 37 plays in 97 minutes!

Written by Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield

WED, NOV 14
MAINSTAGE THEATRE

Reduced Shakespeare Company

Reduced Shakespeare Company

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)
All 37 plays in 97 minutes!

Written by Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield

WED, NOV 14
MAINSTAGE THEATRE


Join three madcap men in tights as they weave their wicked way through all of Shakespeare’s comedies, histories and tragedies in one wild ride that will leave you breathless and helpless with laughter! London’s longest-running comedy, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) played for nine years in the West End’s Criterion Theatre. More


Me...Jane: The Dreams & Adventures of Young Jane Goodall

Kennedy Center Theater for Young Audiences on Tour

Based on the book Me...Jane by Patrick McDonnell
Adapted and written by Patrick McDonnell, Andy Mitton and Aaron Posner

WED, JAN 16
MAINSTAGE THEATRE

Me...Jane

Me...Jane: The Dreams & Adventures of Young Jane Goodall

Kennedy Center Theater for Young Audiences on Tour

Based on the book Me...Jane by Patrick McDonnell
Adapted and written by Patrick McDonnell, Andy Mitton and Aaron Posner

WED, JAN 16
MAINSTAGE THEATRE


Before she was a renowned humanitarian, conservationist and animal activist, Dr. Jane Goodall was a little girl with a treasured toy chimpanzee named Jubilee. Join Jane and Jubilee in this brand new musical adaptation that will have you dancing in your seat! With anecdotes taken directly from Jane Goodall’s autobiography, this poignant production of a very true story is perfect for the young—and young at heart. More


Kyle Abraham/A.I.M.

FRI-SAT, JAN 18-19
MAINSTAGE THEATRE

Kyle Abraham

Kyle Abraham/A.I.M.

FRI-SAT, JAN 18-19
MAINSTAGE THEATRE


An internationally recognized artist, Kyle Abraham is a 2013 MacArthur “Genius” Fellow, artistic director and dancer—and one of the most original choreographers working today. His company, A.I.M., brings its “lush movement, infectious music and magnetic dancers” (The New York Times) to the Forbes Center. Fusing contemporary and West African dance, ballet and hip-hop, Abraham will create a work for JMU dance students, which they will present as part of this performance. More


Jeremy Denk

WED, JAN 23
CONCERT HALL

Jeremy Denk

Jeremy Denk

WED, JAN 23
CONCERT HALL


Winner of a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship, the Avery Fisher Prize and the Musical America Instrumentalist of the Year Award, Jeremy Denk is an American “pianist you want to hear no matter what he performs, in whatever combination - both for his penetrating intellectual engagement with the music and for the generosity of his playing.” (The New York Times) More


Shanghai Opera Symphony Orchestra

Direct from Shanghai, People's Republic of China

Principal conductors: Zhang Chengjie, Zhang Guoyong and Lin Yousheng

SAT, FEB 9
CONCERT HALL

Shanghai Opera Symphony Orchestra

Shanghai Opera Symphony Orchestra

Direct from Shanghai, People's Republic of China

Principal conductors: Zhang Chengjie, Zhang Guoyong and Lin Yousheng

SAT, FEB 9
CONCERT HALL


Making its Forbes Center debut on its first-ever North American tour, the Shanghai Opera Symphony Orchestra is one of the premier symphony orchestras in China. This spectacular evening features Verdi’s Overture to La forza del destino, Xinghai’s Yellow River Piano Concerto, and Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9 in E Minor, Op. 95 (From the New World). More


The Hot Sardines

THU, FEB 14
CONCERT HALL

The Hot Sardines

The Hot Sardines

THU, FEB 14
CONCERT HALL


“The charismatic frontrunners of vintage jazz,” (The Guardian) The Hot Sardines is a New York-based ensemble making old sounds new again with brassy horn arrangements, rollicking piano melodies and uplifting vocals. Celebrating the musical love affair between America and France, pianist/bandleader Evan Palazzo and chanteuse Elizabeth Bougerol share French chansons, nods to American cinema’s fascination with Paris, and tributes to figures from Cole Porter to Fats Waller to Nina Simone. More


They Called Her Vivaldi

Theatre Lovett of Dublin, Ireland

MON, FEB 25
MAINSTAGE THEATRE

They Called Her Vivaldi

They Called Her Vivaldi

Theatre Lovett of Dublin, Ireland

MON, FEB 25
MAINSTAGE THEATRE


Cecilia Maria is a sensitive musical prodigy, making a quiet name for herself in a cacophonous world until one night her magical, musical hat “Capello” goes missing. Now she must journey over cobblestones and canals to track down the curious Cat Burglar. One of Ireland’s leading theatre companies, Theatre Lovett brings us a “delightfully smart performance” (The Irish Times) for audiences of all ages! More


Mayumana

Currents

Direct from Israel

THU-FRI, FEB 28-MAR 1
MAINSTAGE THEATRE

Mayumana

Mayumana

Currents

Direct from Israel

THU-FRI, FEB 28-MAR 1
MAINSTAGE THEATRE


Combining elements of dance, music and theatre with unbridled creativity and energy, internationally acclaimed performance troupe Mayumana will take audiences by storm with its “funky moves and cutting-edge blend of movement and technology.” (Time Out New York) Playing specially made instruments, Mayumana’s 11 gifted performers will bring their diverse talents to Currents, a bold and unforgettable spectacle featuring mind-blowing sights and sounds. More


Danú

A St. Patrick's Day Celebration

FRI, MAR 15
CONCERT HALL

Danu

Danú

A St. Patrick's Day Celebration

FRI, MAR 15
CONCERT HALL


One of the leading ensembles of traditional music in Ireland, Danú returns to the Forbes Center for a high-energy St. Patrick’s Day celebration featuring a mix of ancient Irish music and fresh, new songs. JMU’s Madison Singers will sing a few select numbers with Danú in this concert. More


Scharoun Ensemble Berlin

TUE, MAR 19
CONCERT HALL

Sharoun Ensemble Berlin

Scharoun Ensemble Berlin

TUE, MAR 19
CONCERT HALL


One of Germany’s leading chamber music groups, the Scharoun Ensemble Berlin features eight musicians who are all members of the Berlin Philharmonic, called “the world’s best orchestra” by The Guardian. The Scharoun Ensemble will perform “with impeccable intonation and technical polish” (The Washington Post) a program that includes Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet in A Major and Schubert’s Octet in F Major. More


Black Violin

THU, APR 11
CONCERT HALL

Black Violin

Black Violin

THU, APR 11
CONCERT HALL


This dynamic Florida duo fuses classical and hip-hop, and adds elements of rock, bluegrass, R&B and pop, in a performance that melds infectious beats and lyrical melodies with classical instrumentation and searing technique to defy expectations and shatter stereotypes. Accompanied by an incredible band featuring ace turntable whiz DJ SPS and a drummer, Wilner Baptiste (“Wil B”) and Kevin Sylvester (“Kev Marcus”) came together in 2004 to create Black Violin. More


Diary of a Worm, a Spider, & a Fly

Dallas Children's Theater

Book, music & lyrics by Joan Cushing
Based on the three books by Doreen Cronin and illustrated by Harry Bliss

TUE, APR 30
MAINSTAGE THEATRE

Diary of a Worm, a Spider, & a Fly

Diary of a Worm, a Spider, & a Fly

Dallas Children's Theater

Book, music & lyrics by Joan Cushing
Based on the three books by Doreen Cronin and illustrated by Harry Bliss

TUE, APR 30
MAINSTAGE THEATRE


A joyful, hip musical exploration of the world outside, Diary of a Worm, a Spider, & a Fly captures all of the whimsy of the wildly popular books in the coolest ever rock-and-roll romp in a bug’s world! Dallas Children’s Theater is one of the top theatres for families in the nation, touring professional large-scale productions designed to stir the heart and stretch the mind. More



HIGHLIGHTS


  • The Grammy and Emmy-winning Soweto Gospel Choir will sing, dance and drum to deliver a tour-de-force performance!



  • Israeli performance troupe Mayumana presents "Currents," a bold spectacle featuring mind-blowing sights and sounds



  • Featuring Broadway stars, The Doo Wop Project reimagines some of the greatest music in American pop and rock history!



  • Staunton dance devotee Pamela McCray wins 2018 Circle of Excellence Award


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