Victor Chávez, clarinet

Steven Brancaleone, piano

WED, FEB 1
RECITAL HALL

Victor Chavez

Victor Chávez, clarinet

Steven Brancaleone, piano

WED, FEB 1
RECITAL HALL


Dr. Victor Chavez, Jr. is a Mexican-American, fifth-generation musician from El Paso, Texas and Associate Professor of Clarinet at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He is currently the principal clarinetist of the Tri-Cities Opera Company in Binghamton, New York and the Johnson City Symphony Orchestra in Johnson City, Tennessee and has performed with orchestras all over the United States. This concert includes the charming 5 Bagatelles by Gerald Finzi, Sonatina by the Czech composer Bohuslav Martinu and the dazzling Grand Duo Concertant by Carl Maria von Weber. Dr. Chavez recital is sponsored by the Madison Association of Clarinetists. More


Ron Ulen, baritone

Gabriel Dobner, piano

THU, FEB 2
RECITAL HALL

Ron Ulen

Ron Ulen, baritone

Gabriel Dobner, piano

THU, FEB 2
RECITAL HALL


Acclaimed baritone Ron Ulen has sung over 2700 performances at prestigious concert venues all around the globe, encompassing more than 140 operatic roles, including leading roles in 5 world premieres. This program at the Forbes Center will include works by Gustav Mahler and Arnold Schoenberg.  While currently a professor, Artist Teacher of Voice and Coordinator of Vocal Studies at Texas State University and Professor of International Studies, he maintains an active performance schedule and presents masterclasses at universities and conservatories throughout the United States, Asia and Europe. 

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Lviv National Philharmonic Orchestra of Ukraine

Theodore Kuchar, Principal Conductor

Featuring piano soloist Stanislav Khristenko and violin soloist Vladyslava Luchenko

FRI, FEB 3
FEB 3 SOLD OUT
CONCERT HALL

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Lviv National Philharmonic Orchestra of Ukraine

Theodore Kuchar, Principal Conductor

Featuring piano soloist Stanislav Khristenko and violin soloist Vladyslava Luchenko

FRI, FEB 3
FEB 3 SOLD OUT
CONCERT HALL


Founded in 1902, the Lviv National Philharmonic Orchestra of Ukraine is one of that nation’s largest and most internationally-known ensembles. This epic concert includes Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 26 featuring Ukrainian violin soloist Vladyslava Luchenko; Beethoven’s “Emperor” Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat Major, Op. 73 featuring Ukrainian American piano soloist Stanislav Khristenko; and Dvořák’s “From the New World” Symphony No. 9 in E Minor, Op. 95. More


Opera Spotlight: Musical Gems

WED-THU, FEB 8-9
RECITAL HALL

Opera Spotlight: Musical Gems

Opera Spotlight: Musical Gems

WED-THU, FEB 8-9
RECITAL HALL


Enjoy a memorable evening of scenes, arias and duets from your favorite operas! JMU Opera Theater students will perform songs from operas like Puccini’s La Bohème and Madama Butterfly, Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, Verdi’s Rigoletto and La Traviata, and Rossini’s The Barber of Seville. More


Both Sides of the River Masterpiece Reception

Curated Talk and Gallery Tour by Director Beth Hinderliter

THU, FEB 9
DUKE HALL GALLERY - DUKE HALL

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Both Sides of the River Masterpiece Reception

Curated Talk and Gallery Tour by Director Beth Hinderliter

THU, FEB 9
DUKE HALL GALLERY - DUKE HALL


This lively cocktail reception is followed by a curated talk and exclusive tour of the Both Sides of the River exhibition by Beth Hinderliter, director of JMU’s Duke Hall Gallery of Fine Art. Bringing together artists from varying backgrounds and diverse perspectives, Both Sides of the River fosters conversations on the relation of art, decolonial ecology and environmental stewardship. Event is 6:30-8 pm and is capped at 50 guests. More


Senior Dance Concert

FRI-SAT, FEB 10-11
EARLYNN J. MILLER DANCE THEATRE

Senior Dance Concert

Senior Dance Concert

FRI-SAT, FEB 10-11
EARLYNN J. MILLER DANCE THEATRE


JMU’s senior dance majors are on the verge of graduation and entering into their exciting careers as dance artists. Come watch them as they showcase their amazing work in this annual concert. More


Join Red Wing Roots Music Festival for a Winter concert featuring full performances by The Steel Wheels and Sierra Hull. More


JMU Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Band

TUE, FEB 14
CONCERT HALL

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JMU Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Band

TUE, FEB 14
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. The JMU Jazz Band is under the direction of Greg Thomas.  More


Sue Barber, bassoon

Lori Piitz, piano

WED, FEB 15
RECITAL HALL

Sue Barber

Sue Barber, bassoon

Lori Piitz, piano

WED, FEB 15
RECITAL HALL


Bassoonist Sue Barber performs regularly with the Richmond Symphony Orchestra, Roanoke Symphony Orchestra, Opera on The James, and Opera Roanoke. She has presented master classes and recitals in Asia, Europe, and throughout the United States. Barber has also performed at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, National Flute Association Conferences, several International Double Reed Society Conventions, and the Virginia Music Educator’s Annual Conference. She currently serves as professor of bassoon at James Madison University. Pianist and JMU faculty member Lori Piitz enjoys an exciting musical life that includes such diverse opportunities as a solo recital at Steinway Hall in New York City, and a four-hand recital at the Kennedy Center.  

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The Games We Play

Written by Abel Haddish
Directed by Diana Afriye-Opoku

THU-TUE, FEB 16-21
STUDIO THEATRE

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The Games We Play

Written by Abel Haddish
Directed by Diana Afriye-Opoku

THU-TUE, FEB 16-21
STUDIO THEATRE


The Games We Play is a world premiere by JMU student, Abel Haddish. First friends, then lovers, then partners, Cooper and Hanna navigate the ups and downs of a life together playing games; games which, in the end, are more than just games. The Games We Play is entirely student produced. Contains partial nudity, adult language. More


JMU Percussion Ensemble

THU, FEB 16
CONCERT HALL

JMU Percussion Ensemble

JMU Percussion Ensemble

THU, FEB 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


Awadagin Pratt

SAT, FEB 18
CONCERT HALL

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Awadagin Pratt

SAT, FEB 18
CONCERT HALL


Piano virtuoso and recording artist Awadagin Pratt has attracted audiences to classical music around the world in his 30-year career that includes three performances at The White House. Pratt will display his “enormous dynamic range… [encompassing] grave quiet to immense thunder” (The Boston Musical Intelligencer) in an exciting program featuring Liszt’s Piano Sonata in B Minor; Rachmaninoff’s Prelude in D Major, Op. 23, No. 4; Chopin’s Nocturne in B Major, Op. 62, No. 1; and more! More


JMU Brass Band

FRI, FEB 24
CONCERT HALL

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JMU Brass Band

FRI, FEB 24
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


Diane Phoenix-Neal, viola

Paulo Steinberg, piano

MON, FEB 27
RECITAL HALL

Phoenix-Neal and Steinberg

Diane Phoenix-Neal, viola

Paulo Steinberg, piano

MON, FEB 27
RECITAL HALL


JMU Faculty members violist Diane Phoenix-Neal and pianist Paulo Steinberg will perform a stunning program  featuring compositions by Johannes Brahms and American composers Kevin Day and Reena Esmail. Diane Phoenix-Neal enjoys a vibrant teaching and national and international performing career as a collaborative artist and soloist.  Her performances have taken her to concert venues and music festivals throughout the world, including performances at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. Paulo Steinberg has performed as a soloist and as a collaborative pianist across the U.S., Canada, South America, and Europe. 

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JMU Concert Band

MON, FEB 27
CONCERT HALL

Concert Band

JMU Concert Band

MON, FEB 27
CONCERT HALL


The JMU Concert Band is the band program’s largest concert ensemble. With a performance schedule of one to two concerts per semester, the Concert Band performs a wide variety of wind band repertoire. More


Chicago

Book by Fred Ebb & Bob Fosse
Music by John Kander
Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Based on the play by Maureen Dallas Watkins
Script adaptation by David Thompson

TUE-SUN, FEB 28-MAR 5
MAINSTAGE THEATRE

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Chicago

Book by Fred Ebb & Bob Fosse
Music by John Kander
Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Based on the play by Maureen Dallas Watkins
Script adaptation by David Thompson

TUE-SUN, FEB 28-MAR 5
MAINSTAGE THEATRE


This “wildly-entertaining” (New York Daily News) musical showstopper features sizzling songs, dazzling dance numbers and a tantalizing tabloid tale! With a sassy score and Fosse-inspired jazz dance style, Chicago won six Tonys, including Best Revival of a Musical. This razzle-dazzle smash hit features students in JMU’s School of Theatre and Dance and School of Music. Contains adult language and sexual content.  More


Jazz at Lincoln Center Presents

Songs We Love

WED, MAR 1
CONCERT HALL

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Jazz at Lincoln Center Presents

Songs We Love

WED, MAR 1
CONCERT HALL


Today’s hottest rising stars in jazz music perform Songs We Love, a journey through the first 50 years of jazz song under the musical direction of acclaimed trumpeter Riley Mulherkar. In this uplifting concert, vocal virtuosos Vuyo Sotashe, Brianna Thomas and Shenel Johns join an all-star band to sing their way through decades of music, from 1920 to the early 1960s—featuring songs made popular by Ma Railey, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, and more! More


Meeting Mozart

Produced by CDP Theatre Producers (Sydney, Australia)

SUN, MAR 5
CONCERT HALL

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Meeting Mozart

Produced by CDP Theatre Producers (Sydney, Australia)

SUN, MAR 5
CONCERT HALL


Direct from Sydney Opera House, Meeting Mozart follows the journey of the mischievous musical wunderkind, his wife and muse Constanze, and a string quartet to discover some of his best-known and beloved music—from variations on “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” to his large-scale orchestral pieces. CDP Theatre Producers is Australia’s largest producer of high-quality theatre for young audiences. More


JMU Symphonic Band

TUE, MAR 7
CONCERT HALL

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JMU Symphonic Band

TUE, MAR 7
CONCERT HALL


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


Dublin Irish Dance

Wings: A Celtic Dance Celebration

THU-FRI, MAR 9-10
MAINSTAGE THEATRE

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Dublin Irish Dance

Wings: A Celtic Dance Celebration

THU-FRI, MAR 9-10
MAINSTAGE THEATRE


Direct from Ireland, Dublin Irish Dance is flying high with its brand-new groundbreaking show WINGS: A Celtic Dance Celebration that features dazzling Irish and world champion dancers performing with Ireland’s finest musical and vocal virtuosos. Discover Ireland’s rich heritage in this powerful production featuring original choreography and music, infused with world dance and musical influences. More


Makin' Cake

Written and Performed by Dasha Kelly Hamilton

TUE, MAR 21
CONCERT HALL

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Makin' Cake

Written and Performed by Dasha Kelly Hamilton

TUE, MAR 21
CONCERT HALL


Wisconsin Poet Laureate and Milwaukee’s 2021 Artist of the Year, Dasha Kelly Hamilton is a widely-respected writer, performance artist and creative change agent. In Makin’ Cake, she slices into American history, exploring race, culture and class in a refreshing and fun way. Dessert and dialogue with a cake reception will follow the performance. More


Little Shop of Horrors

Book and Lyrics by Howard Ashman
Music by Alan Menken
Based on the Film by Roger Corman
Screenplay by Charles Griffith
Directed by Misha Rodriguez

FRI-TUE, MAR 24-28
STUDIO THEATRE

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Little Shop of Horrors

Book and Lyrics by Howard Ashman
Music by Alan Menken
Based on the Film by Roger Corman
Screenplay by Charles Griffith
Directed by Misha Rodriguez

FRI-TUE, MAR 24-28
STUDIO THEATRE


Little Shop of Horrors is a Broadway classic. A meek floral assistant, Seymour, stumbles upon a plant-like alien from outer space. This plant, dubbed Audrey II after Seymour’s co-worker crush, makes promises of wealth and fame in return for one simple thing; BLOOD. Contains adult language, violence and strobe effects.   More


JMU George West Jazz Festival

Featuring the JMU Jazz Ensemble

SAT, MAR 25
CONCERT HALL

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JMU George West Jazz Festival

Featuring the JMU Jazz Ensemble

SAT, MAR 25
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


Latin Fervor

TUE, MAR 28
RECITAL HALL

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Latin Fervor

TUE, MAR 28
RECITAL HALL


Latin Fervor is a chamber music concert with exciting Latin American music, featuring JMU Piano Professor Paulo Steinberg, guest cellist Susan Lamb Cook, and guest violinist Ian Jessee, performing works by Villa-Lobos, Villani-Cortes, Camargo Guarnieri, Manuel Ponce, and Astor Piazzolla. More


Ksenia Nosikova, piano

WED, MAR 29
RECITAL HALL

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Ksenia Nosikova, piano

WED, MAR 29
RECITAL HALL


Ksenia Nosikova plays an extensive repertoire of more than 30 piano concertos with “refined sensibility and pianism” that is “fascinating to watch and hear.” (New York Concert Review) She is a professor and chair of the Piano Area at the University of Iowa. More


New Voices in Dance

Featuring JMU's Contemporary Dance Ensemble and O'Regan's Triptych

FRI-SUN, MAR 31-APR 2
MAINSTAGE THEATRE

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New Voices in Dance

Featuring JMU's Contemporary Dance Ensemble and O'Regan's Triptych

FRI-SUN, MAR 31-APR 2
MAINSTAGE THEATRE


This annual concert features dances by selected JMU dance majors, former JMU dance professor Cynthia Thompson, and CVPA Dean Rubén Graciani, who—in collaboration with The Madison Singers, JMU Chorale, a marimba ensemble and JMU dance students—will premiere Triptych, a fast-moving, three-movement work by Grammy-nominated composer Tarik O’Regan (b. 1978). More


JMU Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band

WED, APR 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


L'incoronazione di Poppea (The Coronation of Poppea)

Featuring the JMU Opera Theater

By Claudio Monteverdi

WED-THU, APR 12-13
CONCERT HALL

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L'incoronazione di Poppea (The Coronation of Poppea)

Featuring the JMU Opera Theater

By Claudio Monteverdi

WED-THU, APR 12-13
CONCERT HALL


Considered one of the greatest operas of the 17th century, The Coronation of Poppea is Monteverdi’s final masterpiece. Composed in 1642, the Italian opera uses elegantly-crafted music of the Baroque era to paint a portrait of human beings wrestling with the demands of lust, honor, power and rank. Sung in Italian with English subtitles. More


JMU Brass Band

SAT, APR 15
CONCERT HALL

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JMU Brass Band

SAT, APR 15
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 Wailin' Jennys

TUE, APR 18
APR 18 SOLD OUT
CONCERT HALL

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The Wailin' Jennys

TUE, APR 18
APR 18 SOLD OUT
CONCERT HALL


The Wailin’ Jennys are Nicky Mehta, Ruth Moody and Heather Masse,—three female songbirds who thrill audiences with their otherworldly harmonies, sophisticated arrangements, breathtaking songs, and witty stage banter. Their music is a perfect blend of Americana, alt-country, pop, rock, and traditional folk “guaranteed to tug at your heartstrings.” (HuffPost) More


Spring Student Dance Concert

THU-SAT, APR 20-22
EARLYNN J. MILLER DANCE THEATRE

Spring Student Dance Concert

Spring Student Dance Concert

THU-SAT, APR 20-22
EARLYNN J. MILLER DANCE THEATRE


This exciting concert features talented young dancers and choreographers from JMU’s Dance Program. More


JMU Jazz Ensemble

TUE, APR 25
CONCERT HALL

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JMU Jazz Ensemble

TUE, APR 25
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


R.U.R. (Rossum's Universal Robots)

By Karel Čapek

TUE-SUN, APR 25-30
MAINSTAGE THEATRE

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R.U.R. (Rossum's Universal Robots)

By Karel Čapek

TUE-SUN, APR 25-30
MAINSTAGE THEATRE


When a scientist gives factory-produced, biological “replicants” the ability to feel pain, everything begins to slip out of the humans’ control. As humans lose the ability to reproduce and the robots become resentful of their position, the survival of humanity and humankind are at stake. R.U.R. gave the world the word “robot” and features students from JMU’s School of Theatre and Dance. Contains violence and gun violence.  More


JMU Jazz Band

WED, APR 26
CONCERT HALL

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JMU Jazz Band

WED, APR 26
CONCERT HALL


The JMU Jazz Band was founded in 1971 and is under the direction of Greg Thomas.  More


Small Mouth Sounds

Written by Bess Wohl
Directed by Alison Spangenberg

THU-TUE, APR 27-MAY 2
STUDIO THEATRE

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Small Mouth Sounds

Written by Bess Wohl
Directed by Alison Spangenberg

THU-TUE, APR 27-MAY 2
STUDIO THEATRE


In the overwhelming quiet of the woods, six runaways from city life embark on a silent retreat. As these strangers confront internal demons both profound and absurd, their vows of silence collide with the achingly human need to connect. Filled with awkward and insightful humor, Small Mouth Sounds is the unique and compassionate new play that asks how we address life’s biggest questions when words fail us. Contains sexual and adult content and mention of suicide.

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JMU Madison Singers and Chorale

FRI, APR 28
CONCERT HALL

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JMU Madison Singers and Chorale

FRI, APR 28
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


JMU Symphony Honors Concert

SUN, APR 30
CONCERT HALL

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JMU Symphony Honors Concert

SUN, APR 30
CONCERT HALL


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


JMU Percussion Ensemble

MON, MAY 1
CONCERT HALL

JMU Percussion Ensemble

JMU Percussion Ensemble

MON, MAY 1
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 Wind Symphony

WED, MAY 3
CONCERT HALL

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JMU Wind Symphony

WED, MAY 3
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


JMU Symphonic Band and Concert Band

THU, MAY 4
CONCERT HALL


The JMU Symphonic Band is under the direction of Stephen P. Bolstad. The JMU Concert Band is the band program's largest non-auditioned concert ensemble under the direction of Amy Birdsong. More


Doktor Kaboom

Look Out! Science Is Coming!

WED, MAY 10
MAINSTAGE THEATRE

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Doktor Kaboom

Look Out! Science Is Coming!

WED, MAY 10
MAINSTAGE THEATRE


JoWell-known comedian, actor, and mad scientist David Epley is his klutzy yet loveable alter ego Doktor Kaboom—with spiky hair, goofy goggles, and an extravagant German accent—in this riotous romp through an explosive lineup of science experiments that will make you erupt with laughter and bubble over with curiosity. Grab your safety goggles and lab coat for this interactive, family-friendly show. More



HIGHLIGHTS


  • Experience DeLanna Studi's memoir and solo play AND SO WE WALKED: An Artist's Journey Along the Trail of Tears.



  • Lviv National Philharmonic Orchestra of Ukraine makes it debut at the Forbes Center!



  • March 21 - Don't Miss Wisconsin Poet Laureate Dasha Kelly Hamilton in Makin' Cake.  



  • March 9 and 10 - Celebrate Irish Dance with WINGS: A Celtic Dance Celebration


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