HolidayFest

Light From The Darkness

SAT-SUN, DEC 9-10
CONCERT HALL

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HolidayFest

Light From The Darkness

SAT-SUN, DEC 9-10
CONCERT HALL


Sit back and enjoy a celebratory performance by The Madison Singers, the JMU Chorale, and the JMU Symphony Orchestra. HolidayFest features Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s most popular mass, Midnight Mass for Christmas (Messe de Minuit pour Noël, H. 9). Dynamically refined with structural, harmonic, and instrumental finesse, Charpentier’s Messe de Minuit is an excellent example of 17th-century musical craftsmanship. The evening also features our traditional holiday sing-along and a special reading by a Harrisonburg celebrity. Don’t miss one of the Valley’s favorite concerts!
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American singer-songwriter legends, Karla Bonoff and Livingston Taylor present a magical night of music! They share their own fan favorites, and then sing a few holiday tunes together to celebrate the season. Bonoff is one of the finest singer-songwriters of her generation with a career spanning more than four decades. Taylor is a natural performer with top-40 hits like I Will Be in Love with You and I'll Come Running. His upbeat storytelling and songs will touch your heart!
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The Steel Wheels

Lindsay Lou

SAT, JAN 20
WILSON HALL

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The Steel Wheels

Lindsay Lou

SAT, JAN 20
WILSON HALL


Red Wing presents an album release concert featuring The Steel Wheels with special guest Lindsay Lou. Virginia-based folk-rock band The Steel Wheels have spent almost twenty years writing, recording, and touring, all the while constantly honing their evolving brand of American roots music. Their new album, Sideways, which releases on February 9, 2024, via Big Ring Records, is a meditation on resilience and survival. Singer-songwriter Lindsay Lou will open the show.
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Jamison Walker, voice

With Steven Brancaleone, piano

SUN, JAN 21
RECITAL HALL

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Jamison Walker, voice

With Steven Brancaleone, piano

SUN, JAN 21
RECITAL HALL


From opera and oratorio to musical theatre and pops, Dr. Jamison Walker has performed in recital, opera, symphonic, and academic settings nationally and internationally across the United States and in Europe and Asia.
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Eric Guinivan, composition

MON, JAN 22
RECITAL HALL

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Eric Guinivan, composition

MON, JAN 22
RECITAL HALL


Eric Guinivan’s music has been performed across the United States, Europe, and Asia and has received notable honors from BMI, ASCAP, Chamber Music America, the Theodore Presser Foundation, and Meet the Composer. A Grammy-nominated percussionist, Guinivan was a founding member of the Los Angeles Percussion Quartet.  He holds degrees holds degrees from University of Southern California and Indiana University and currently serves as Assistant Professor of Composition at James Madison University. 

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David Byrd-Marrow, horn

WED, JAN 24
RECITAL HALL

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David Byrd-Marrow, horn

WED, JAN 24
RECITAL HALL


American hornist David Byrd-Marrow is the solo horn of the International Contemporary Ensemble, a new music collective that performs internationally and serves as ensemble-in-residence at Lincoln Center's Mostly Mozart Festival. Working with a uniquely wide range of performers, he has premiered works by Matthias Pintscher, Arthur Kampela, George Lewis, Tyshawn Sorey, Anna Thorvaldsdottir, Du Yun, Marcos Balter, Wang Lu, Kate Soper, Miguel Zenón and Chick Corea. 

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Eric Ruple, piano

THU, JAN 25
CONCERT HALL

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Eric Ruple, piano

THU, JAN 25
CONCERT HALL


Steinway Artist Eric Ruple enjoys an active career as a solo and chamber musician, including several performances at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, Steinway Hall in New York, and he is also pianist for the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, including principal keyboard role in the ongoing “Harry Potter Live” concerts.

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Get ready for the ultimate playdate when you meet a collection of amazingly life-like dinosaurs and other creatures that will thrill and teach audiences of all ages brought to life by a skilled team of puppeteers! You cannot miss a moment of this exciting show with over 19 dinosaurs including Triceratops, T Rex, and more. This show is an international sensation coming to Harrisonburg for the first time! 
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Clarinetist Sarunas Jankauskas joined JMU faculty in 2016. His performance engagements have taken him through Europe, Canada and across the US, while participating at the International Conservatory Week Festival, Musicalis Daunia, SoundSpace at Blanton, Chamber Music at the Barn, ICA ClarinetFests® and various new music events. His commissioning project Duos will culminate as a music album in 2020Pianist Paulo Steinberg has performed as a soloist and as a collaborative pianist in Brazil, Canada, Iceland, and in the U.S. He holds a Doctor of Music degree from Indiana University. Dr. Steinberg often serves as an adjudicator in competitions, and offers master classes, lectures, workshops and performances in the U.S. and abroad. 

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Schubertiade – featuring Stephanie Weiss, mezzo-soprano, Kevin McMillan, baritone, and Gabriel Dobner, piano. Stephanie Weiss has performed at Deutsche Oper Berlin, Staatsoper Unter den Linden, Berlin Philharmonic, Oper Frankfurt, Oper Köln, Oper Leipzig, Opera Orchestra of New York, and San Diego Opera. Baritone Kevin McMillan has been described as an "outstanding Schubertian" whose "voice of glowing freshness and beauty is at the service of an intelligent, lively and distinctive personality." Pianist Gabriel Dobner has appeared with some of Europe’s leading singers in major concert venues around the world winning high praise from BBC Music Magazine, Fono Forum and the West German Radio in Cologne, who referred to him as a “master among Lieder pianists.”

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2024 HSCI Choral Day

FRI, FEB 2
CONCERT HALL

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2024 HSCI Choral Day

FRI, FEB 2
CONCERT HALL


The JMU Student Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association hosts the High School Choral Invitational, a one-day 'side by side' choral festival, co-sponsored by JMU Chapter of ACDA and the University Choruses Soprano/Alto (UCSA) and Tenor/Bass (UCTB) Ensembles.
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Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra

The National Orchestra Of Bulgaria
Nayden Tadorov, Principal Conductor

SAT, FEB 3
CONCERT HALL

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Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra

The National Orchestra Of Bulgaria
Nayden Tadorov, Principal Conductor

SAT, FEB 3
CONCERT HALL


The Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra has established itself as Bulgaria’s most illustrious musical institution while touring the world and garnering excellent reviews. Don't miss this epic all-Beethoven Concert from one of one of the world's finest ensembles featuring the Coriolan Overture, Op. 62, the Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Major, Op. 58, and the Symphony No. 3 in E flat Major, Op. 55.
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Chet Doxas, saxophone

with the JMU Jazz Collective

WED, FEB 7
RECITAL HALL

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Chet Doxas, saxophone

with the JMU Jazz Collective

WED, FEB 7
RECITAL HALL


Since 2019, saxophone player Chet Doxas has led The Chet Doxas Trio, which features pianist Jacob Sacks and bassist Thomas Morgan. The group highlights his original compositions, and with the absence of drums, evokes a more chamber-like aesthetic. Their debut album, You Can’t Take it With You, was heralded as “a truly personal work of art” by Downbeat Magazine and received a 4-star rating. Doxas is also part of the Brooklyn-based, group, LandLine. He is a Juno nominee and has appeared on over one hundred recordings and released eight albums as a leader and co-leader. He will perform with the JMU Jazz Collective.  

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The Forbes Center for the Performing Arts to Host Holiday Food Drive November 6 through December 15 Benefiting the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank

View the 2023-2024 Masterpiece Season Brochure on Issuu.com

Karla Bonoff and Livingston Taylor Together in Concert Dec. 13
Erth's Dinosaur Zoo Live! Jan. 28

International Guitar Night Feb. 27

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