Forbes Center Open House

Celebrating our 10th Anniversary Season!

SAT, SEP 7
FORBES CENTER VENUES

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Forbes Center Open House

Celebrating our 10th Anniversary Season!

SAT, SEP 7
FORBES CENTER VENUES


The Forbes Center is opening its doors to the community to celebrate its 10th Anniversary Season with an open house on Saturday, September 7, 2019, from 10 am to 2 pm. The event is free of charge to the public. Open house highlights include backstage tours every 15 minutes as well as educational workshops and mini performances in the venues throughout the day. Free parking available in Warsaw Parking Deck. More


Ranky Tanky

SAT, SEP 28
CONCERT HALL

Ranky Tanky

Ranky Tanky

SAT, SEP 28
CONCERT HALL


The acclaimed quintet Ranky Tanky from South Carolina will bring to life the soulful songs of the Gullah culture—spirituals, dance music, and children’s rhymes—by mixing Lowcountry traditions with large doses of jazz, gospel, funk, and R&B. Charlton Singleton (trumpet), Clay Ross (guitar), Kevin Hamilton (bass) and Quentin Baxter (drummer) join vocalist Quiana Parler of American Idol success to perform a memorable concert with music that is a testament to the human spirit! More


Seamus Egan Project

FRI, OCT 4
CONCERT HALL

Seamus Egan Project

Seamus Egan Project

FRI, OCT 4
CONCERT HALL


Legendary Irish musician, multi-instrumentalist and composer Seamus Egan, founder of the pre-eminent band Solas, will bring along multi-talented musical guests to perform an uplifting concert featuring powerful vocals, exquisite fingerpicking and rhythm guitars, hard-driving tenor banjo, lively tin whistle, and masterful playing of the Irish flute, mandolin, and more! Don’t miss this unique journey through Irish songs old and new! More


Whose Live Anyway?

FRI, OCT 11
WILSON HALL

Whose Live Anyway?

Whose Live Anyway?

FRI, OCT 11
WILSON HALL


The current cast members of the Emmy-nominated television show Whose Line Is It Anyway? are proud to present their new improv tour Whose Live Anyway? The show is 90 minutes of hilarious improvised comedy and song, all based on audience suggestions, featuring Ryan Stiles, Greg Proops, Jeff B. Davis and Joel Murray. More


Harlem 100

Featuring Mwenso & The Shakes
Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Harlem Renaissance
With special guests Brianna Thomas, Vuyo Sotashe, and Michela Marino Lerman

FRI, OCT 18
CONCERT HALL

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Harlem 100

Featuring Mwenso & The Shakes
Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Harlem Renaissance
With special guests Brianna Thomas, Vuyo Sotashe, and Michela Marino Lerman

FRI, OCT 18
CONCERT HALL


Created in collaboration with the National Jazz Museum in Harlem and JMG Live, Harlem 100 is a multimedia extravaganza that captures the magical sights and sounds of the Harlem Renaissance. Jazz standout Michael Mwenso and his big band backup, The Shakes, will bring audiences a rousing show featuring Brianna Thomas, “the best young straight-ahead jazz singer of her generation,” (Wall Street Journal) South African jazz vocalist Vuyo Sotashe, and tap dancer extraordinaire Michela Marino Lerman. More


Cory Band

FRI, NOV 1
CONCERT HALL

Cory Band

Cory Band

FRI, NOV 1
CONCERT HALL


Hailing from South Wales, the world’s top brass band ensemble will play an eclectic and engaging collection of repertoire bursting with energetic precision in a fun and rousing concert! More


Taj Express

The Bollywood Musical Revue

TUE-WED, NOV 12-13
MAINSTAGE THEATRE

Taj Express

Taj Express

The Bollywood Musical Revue

TUE-WED, NOV 12-13
MAINSTAGE THEATRE


An electrifying fusion of film, dance and music, Taj Express is an international sensation that captures the expressive spirit of Bollywood movies that have been entertaining billions of people for generations. A feast for the eyes and ears, this pulsating production featuring nearly 30 performers donning over 2,000 costumes will have you dancing in the aisles! More


Aquila Theatre - 1984

By George Orwell
Adaptation by Michael Gene Sullivan

SUN, NOV 17
MAINSTAGE THEATRE

Aquila Theatre's 1984

Aquila Theatre - 1984

By George Orwell
Adaptation by Michael Gene Sullivan

SUN, NOV 17
MAINSTAGE THEATRE


One of the great novels of the 20th century—George Orwell’s 1984—is brought to life in an evocative and timely production by the acclaimed Aquila Theatre. Written more than 70 years ago, 1984 envisions a future dystopia where people are under constant control and surveillance by the government. How does Orwell’s nightmare compare to today’s society? Aquila’s “classically trained modernly hip troupe” (The New York Times) explores this question and more in this page-to-stage cautionary classic. More


Yamato - The Drummers of Japan

Jhonetsu - Passion

FRI, JAN 17
MAINSTAGE THEATRE

Yamato

Yamato - The Drummers of Japan

Jhonetsu - Passion

FRI, JAN 17
MAINSTAGE THEATRE


Experience a thrilling interpretation of the ancient Japanese tradition of taiko drumming with Yamato, whose members use “every bit” of their bodies to create an intense and high-energy performance that sends audiences home with a new vitality and passion for life. Jhonetsu-Passion is an innovative program that highlights the group’s virtuosity, strength, spirit, and sheer endurance. More


Wilde Creatures

Based on fairy tales by Oscar Wilde
Produced by Tall Stories from London, England

TUE, JAN 21
MAINSTAGE THEATRE

Wilde Creatures

Wilde Creatures

Based on fairy tales by Oscar Wilde
Produced by Tall Stories from London, England

TUE, JAN 21
MAINSTAGE THEATRE


A captivating crew of storytelling musicians bring Oscar Wilde’s classic fairy tales to life in Tall Stories’ new show, Wilde Creatures, a fantastical journey through palaces, forests and beyond direct from London’s West End. Founded in 1997, England’s Tall Stories is internationally recognized for its exciting blend of storytelling, original music, and laughs. More


American Spiritual Ensemble

FRI, JAN 31
CONCERT HALL

American Spiritual Ensemble

American Spiritual Ensemble

FRI, JAN 31
CONCERT HALL


Prepare to be uplifted and transformed by the critically-acclaimed American Spiritual Ensemble featuring some of the finest singers in the classical music world. ASE aims to keep the American Negro Spiritual alive by performing renditions of classic spirituals, jazz and Broadway favorites that highlight the black experience. The Madison Singers will sing a few select numbers with ASE in this concert. More


The Siberian State Symphony Orchestra

Direct from Krasnoyarsk, Russia

Vladimir Lande, music director and chief conductor

SAT, FEB 8
CONCERT HALL

The Siberian State Symphony Orchestra

The Siberian State Symphony Orchestra

Direct from Krasnoyarsk, Russia

Vladimir Lande, music director and chief conductor

SAT, FEB 8
CONCERT HALL


Award-winning conductor Vladimir Lande will lead the Siberian State Symphony Orchestra, one of the best orchestras in Russia, and a world-class piano soloist in a dazzling concert of Russian favorites including Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in D Minor, Op. 30; Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 in E Minor, Op. 64; and Shostakovich’s The Bolt, Suite from the Ballet, Op. 27a - Tango. More


Bel Canto Trio

Nicholas Brownlee, bass-baritone, Julie Adams, soprano, and Joshua Guerrero, tenor
Christopher Allen, music director

TUE, FEB 18
CONCERT HALL

Bel Canto Trio

Bel Canto Trio

Nicholas Brownlee, bass-baritone, Julie Adams, soprano, and Joshua Guerrero, tenor
Christopher Allen, music director

TUE, FEB 18
CONCERT HALL


Three of opera’s most critically-acclaimed rising stars perform the world’s greatest arias, duets, and trios from Rigoletto, Faust, I Lombardi, La traviata, Manon Lescaut, La bohème, and more! This concert commemorates the 70th anniversary of the original Bel Canto Trio, and features the program that toured the United States in the 1947-1948 season. More


Miloš Karadaglić

Voice of the Guitar

TUE, FEB 25
CONCERT HALL

Milos

Miloš Karadaglić

Voice of the Guitar

TUE, FEB 25
CONCERT HALL


“One of the most exciting classical guitarists today,” (The New York Times) Miloš Karadaglić is topping record charts and delighting audiences worldwide with playing that is “crisp, colorful and rhythmically alive.” (NPR) Voice of the Guitar features Miloš and a world-class musical quintet playing classical and pop favorites by musicians ranging from J.S. Bach and Enrique Granados to Astor Piazzolla and The Beatles. More


MUMMENSCHANZ

Direct from Switzerland

you & me

TUE, MAR 3
MAINSTAGE THEATRE

MUMMENSCHANZ

MUMMENSCHANZ

Direct from Switzerland

you & me

TUE, MAR 3
MAINSTAGE THEATRE


Swiss-based theatre troupe MUMMENSCHANZ has been dazzling audiences worldwide for over four decades, pioneering a mesmerizing and joy-filled form of visual theatre. It latest program, you & me, is a visually-stunning spectacle featuring life-size puppets, masked characters and awe-inspiring optical illusions. More


Che Malambo

FRI, MAR 6
MAINSTAGE THEATRE

Che Malambo

Che Malambo

FRI, MAR 6
MAINSTAGE THEATRE


The powerhouse all-male Argentinian dance company Che Malambo performs a percussive dance and music spectacle that celebrates the unique South American cowboy tradition of the gaucho. Malambo is a dynamic blend of precision footwork, rhythmic stomping, drumming, singing, and whirling of boleadoras (lassos with stones on the end). Don’t miss this exhilarating show that has captivated audiences across the globe! More


A cappella Live!

Conceived and arranged by Deke Sharon

Featuring Committed, The Filharmonic, Women of the World, and Blake Lewis

MON, MAR 16
CONCERT HALL

A cappella Live!

A cappella Live!

Conceived and arranged by Deke Sharon

Featuring Committed, The Filharmonic, Women of the World, and Blake Lewis

MON, MAR 16
CONCERT HALL


This vocal celebration brings together beatbox sensation Blake Lewis from American Idol fame and a cappella groups Committed, Grammy-nominated gospel/R&B legends and Season 2 champions of The Sing-Off; Filipino-American boyband The Filharmonic, whose unique hip-hop and 90s’ nostalgia sound was featured in Pitch Perfect 2; and the internationally inspired Women of the World, who perform folk music in 32 languages. Features select members of JMU’s nine a cappella groups. More


Amernet String Quartet

With special guests Heather Coltman, piano, and Sam Suggs, double bass

WED, MAR 25
CONCERT HALL

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Amernet String Quartet

With special guests Heather Coltman, piano, and Sam Suggs, double bass

WED, MAR 25
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. Currently the ensemble-in-residence at Florida International University in Miami, the Amernet will perform with special guests Heather Coltman, JMU Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, and JMU faculty bassist Sam Suggs. More


Calefax Reed Quintet

SAT, MAR 28
CONCERT HALL

Calefax Reed Quintet

Calefax Reed Quintet

SAT, MAR 28
CONCERT HALL


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


Brubeck Brothers Quartet

Dave Brubeck Centennial Celebration

FRI, APR 10
CONCERT HALL

Brubeck Brothers Quartet

Brubeck Brothers Quartet

Dave Brubeck Centennial Celebration

FRI, APR 10
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


Gina Chavez

SAT, APR 25
CONCERT HALL

Gina Chavez

Gina Chavez

SAT, APR 25
CONCERT HALL


A multi-ethnic Latin pop songstress, Gina Chavez is a 10-time Austin Music Award winner whose NPR Tiny Desk Concert has garnered over 800,000 views. Her latest all-English release Lightbeam, “steeped in slow-burn soul and up-tempo R&B,” (NPR) adds diversity to her passionate collection of bilingual songs that traverse cumbia, indie folk, blues, and Latin pop. Chavez “possesses the vocal abilities to dig deep into your soul with her melodies.” (Nanobot Rock Reviews) More


Llama Llama - Live!

Bay Area Children's Theatre

A new musical
From the beloved book series by Anna Dewdney & new Netflix series
Book, Music and Lyrics by Austin Zumbro

THU, APR 30
MAINSTAGE THEATRE

Llama Llama - Live!

Llama Llama - Live!

Bay Area Children's Theatre

A new musical
From the beloved book series by Anna Dewdney & new Netflix series
Book, Music and Lyrics by Austin Zumbro

THU, APR 30
MAINSTAGE THEATRE


After a full day of fun adventures at school and the store, Baby Llama can’t wait to put on his red pajamas. But where’s Mama? This hilarious new musical will warm every Llama and Llama Mama’s heart. Wear your pajamas and join us for a pre-show reception and crafts at 6 pm! Founded in 2004, Bay Area Children’s Theatre reaches 125,000 children and adults per year in the San Francisco Bay Area. More



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