The DASH Ensemble

Headlining the New Dance Festival

FRI-SAT, SEP 7-8
MAINSTAGE THEATRE

The DASH Ensemble

The DASH Ensemble

Headlining the New Dance Festival

FRI-SAT, SEP 7-8
MAINSTAGE THEATRE


The DASH Ensemble is a New York-based contemporary dance group that combines elements of modern, hip-hop and physical theatre to express ideas about growth, love, loss, war and determination. This year’s festival features new works by DASH as well as JMU’s award-winning dance faculty members. JMU dance students will also perform with The DASH Ensemble. More


Lonesome Traveler: The Concert

The Roots of American Folk Music

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

SUN, SEP 16
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
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


Intimate Apparel

By Lynn Nottage

TUE-SUN, SEP 25-30
MAINSTAGE THEATRE

Intimate Apparel

Intimate Apparel

By Lynn Nottage

TUE-SUN, SEP 25-30
MAINSTAGE THEATRE


A middle-aged African-American seamstress, Esther sews “intimate apparel” for both the wealthy and destitute. Financially independent, Esther dreams of opening her own beauty parlor one day—but mostly, she longs for love. Will Esther’s strength of spirit allow her to overcome obstacles of class, culture and circumstance to find the husband and happiness she so desires? Features students from JMU’s School of Theatre and Dance. Adult language, adult content and sexual content. 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


Into the Woods

Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim

Book by James Lapine

FRI-SUN, OCT 12-14
CONCERT HALL

Into the Woods

Into the Woods

Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim

Book by James Lapine

FRI-SUN, OCT 12-14
CONCERT HALL


A baker and his wife set out on a quest to break a witch’s curse that is preventing them from conceiving. Along their journey, they meet fairy-tale favorites like Cinderella and Jack (of the beanstalk). Venture “into the woods” of this Tony Award-winning musical to learn the fate of its colorful cast of characters. Features students from JMU’s School of Theatre and Dance and School of Music. 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


Humayun Khan

SUN, OCT 28
CONCERT HALL

Humayun Khan

Humayun Khan

SUN, OCT 28
CONCERT HALL


Originally from Kabul, Afghanistan, Humayun Khan is a “deeply soulful and blazingly acrobatic” (Time Out New York) vocalist and musician who performs with traditional Afghan and Indian instruments. This concert featuring Khan, his band and JMU School of Music students includes Afghan folk music, world fusion, and Khan’s unique blending of Persian poetry with Indian ragas. More


She Kills Monsters

By Qui Nguyen

TUE-SAT, OCT 30-NOV 3
MAINSTAGE THEATRE

She Kills Monsters

She Kills Monsters

By Qui Nguyen

TUE-SAT, OCT 30-NOV 3
MAINSTAGE THEATRE


She Kills Monsters tells the story of Agnes Evans as she leaves her childhood home following the death of her teenage sister, Tilly. When Agnes finds Tilly’s Dungeon’s & Dragons’ journal, she stumbles into an imaginary world that was Tilly’s refuge. This dramatic comedy filled with homicidal fairies, nasty ogres and ‘90s pop culture offers a heart-pounding homage to the geek and warrior within us all. Features students from JMU’s School of Theatre and Dance. Adult content and adult language. 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


Dead Man Walking

Featuring the JMU Opera Theater

FRI-SUN, NOV 9-11
MAINSTAGE THEATRE

Dead Man Walking

Dead Man Walking

Featuring the JMU Opera Theater

FRI-SUN, NOV 9-11
MAINSTAGE THEATRE


Hailed as one of the most gripping and important operas of the 21st century, Dead Man Walking recounts the true story of Sister Helen Prejean and her courageous struggle to provide spiritual guidance to a condemned Louisiana murderer in the months leading up to his execution. Dead Man Walking “makes the most concentrated impact of any piece of American music theatre since West Side Story.” (The Guardian) Adult language, sexual violence and violence. Parental discretion advised.  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


Dancescapes

Featuring JMU's Virginia Repertory Dance Company

THU-SUN, DEC 6-9
MAINSTAGE THEATRE

Dancescapes

Dancescapes

Featuring JMU's Virginia Repertory Dance Company

THU-SUN, DEC 6-9
MAINSTAGE THEATRE


Choreography from across the country takes center stage as JMU’s premier dance ensemble performs work by recognized guest artists and award-winning dance faculty members. More


Holidayfest: Selections from Handel's Messiah

Featuring five of JMU's vocal ensembles and Symphony Orchestra

SAT-SUN, DEC 8-9
CONCERT HALL

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Holidayfest: Selections from Handel's Messiah

Featuring five of JMU's vocal ensembles and Symphony Orchestra

SAT-SUN, DEC 8-9
CONCERT HALL


Join JMU’s choral area ensembles, soloists and Symphony Orchestra for an inspired Christmas collage of holiday works for choirs and orchestra, featuring selections from Handel’s celebrated masterwork, Messiah. More


Taste of the Forbes

An Arts and Foodie Event

FRI, JAN 11
FORBES CENTER VENUES/GRAND LOBBY

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Taste of the Forbes

An Arts and Foodie Event

FRI, JAN 11
FORBES CENTER VENUES/GRAND LOBBY


This moveable feast includes three distinctive presentations in three Forbes Center venues, plus a reception that will allow you to mingle with other arts enthusiasts. 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


Green Day's American Idiot

Music by Green Day
Lyrics by Billie Joe Armstrong
Book by Billie Joe Armstrong and Michael Mayer

TUE-SUN, FEB 19-24
MAINSTAGE THEATRE

Green Day's American Idiot

Green Day's American Idiot

Music by Green Day
Lyrics by Billie Joe Armstrong
Book by Billie Joe Armstrong and Michael Mayer

TUE-SUN, FEB 19-24
MAINSTAGE THEATRE


In this two-time Tony Award-winning hit musical, Johnny, Will and Tunny struggle to find meaning in a post-9/11 world. The three disgruntled men flee the constraints of their hometown for the thrills of city life, but quickly go in separate ways. Features students from JMU’s School of Theatre and Dance and School of Music. Adult content and adult language. 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


New Voices in Dance

Featuring JMU's Contemporary Dance Ensemble

THU-SUN, MAR 21-24
MAINSTAGE THEATRE

New Voices in Dance

New Voices in Dance

Featuring JMU's Contemporary Dance Ensemble

THU-SUN, MAR 21-24
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 Ryan Corriston and Rubén Graciani, and internationally known dance artist Kiki Lucas, resident choreographer of Mosaic Dance Project in Miami, Florida. More


Sing Out!

An A Cappella Celebration

FRI-SAT, MAR 22-23
CONCERT HALL

Sing Out! 2019

Sing Out!

An A Cappella Celebration

FRI-SAT, MAR 22-23
CONCERT HALL


This uplifting, annual concert features JMU’s amazing a cappella groups and a cappella groups from Harrisonburg High School and Rockingham County Public Schools. More


Gilbert and Sullivan's The Pirates of Penzance

Featuring the JMU Opera Theater

MON-TUE, APR 8-9
CONCERT HALL

The Pirates of Penzance

Gilbert and Sullivan's The Pirates of Penzance

Featuring the JMU Opera Theater

MON-TUE, APR 8-9
CONCERT HALL


One of the most popular comic operas of all time, The Pirates of Penzance is a treasure-filled musical extravaganza teaming with dazzling damsels in distress, rugged rogues and swashbuckling pirates! More


Black Violin

THU, APR 11
CONCERT HALL

Black Violin

Black Violin

THU, APR 11
CONCERT HALL


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


JMU Symphony Honors Concert

Also featuring selections from Haydn's The Creation

SUN, APR 14
CONCERT HALL

JMU Symphony Honors Concert Slideshow

JMU Symphony Honors Concert

Also featuring selections from Haydn's The Creation

SUN, APR 14
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 features The Madison Singers, JMU Chorale, selected soloists and Symphony Orchestra performing selections from The Creation, Joseph Haydn’s most famous and enduring masterpiece. More


Sotoba Komachi

By Yukio Mishima

TUE-SUN, APR 23-28
MAINSTAGE THEATRE

Sotoba Komachi

Sotoba Komachi

By Yukio Mishima

TUE-SUN, APR 23-28
MAINSTAGE THEATRE


Komachi is a 99-year-old woman who meets a young poet in a Tokyo park. Unattractive and wrinkled, Komachi was once a great beauty courted by a handsome general. When she shares her past with the poet, the two enact a tale beyond time, with deadly consequences. Features students from JMU’s School of Theatre and Dance. 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


Community Collage Concert

SUN, MAY 5
CONCERT HALL

Community Collage

Community Collage Concert

SUN, MAY 5
CONCERT HALL


This concert benefitting Any Given Child Harrisonburg features the Massanutten Brass Band, an award-winning British-style band directed by JMU faculty member Kevin Stees, and Good Company, a six-member a cappella group that won the 2018 Shenandoah Valley Sing Off! 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



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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