Forbes Center for the Performing Arts 2022-23 Masterpiece Season

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With five state-of-the-art venues, the Forbes Center at James Madison University is the destination for world-class theatre, dance and music entertainment! Audiences of all ages come together to enjoy performances from internationally-recognized professional artists, renowned faculty members and emerging young talent from JMU’s School of Music and School of Theatre and Dance. COVER: SOWETO GOSPEL CHOIR BY HENRY ENGELBRECHT; AWADAGIN PRATT BY ROB DAVIDSON; THE WAILIN’ JENNYS COURTESY OF HERSCHEL FREEMAN AGENCY; AND SO WE WALKED BY BERT VANDERVEEN; CUARTETO LATINOAMERICANO BY SERGIO YAZBEK; HEAD OVER HEELS AND DANCESCAPES 2021 BY RICHARD FINKELSTEIN; JMU SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA BY CALEB SCHLABACH; DUBLIN IRISH DANCE AND VLADYSLAVA LUCHENKO COURTESY OF CAMI MUSIC; DOKTOR KABOOM BY MARTIN ALBERT; SEPTURA BY MATTHEW LLOYD; MAKIN’ CAKE BY ANDREW FELLER.

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ONCE PHOTO BY RICHARD FINKELSTEIN; FORBES CENTER EXTERIOR PHOTO BY ROBERT BENSON AND INTERIOR PHOTOS BY MIKE MIRIELLO.

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The Forbes Center for the Performing Arts at James Madison University believes that equity, access and inclusion are moral imperatives and artistic obligations. Diversity—in the stories we represent, the students we serve, and the audiences we engage— is vital for the health and relevance of contemporary performing arts practice. The Forbes Center, therefore, welcomes diversity of perspective, race, ethnicity, religion, socio-economic status, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ability.

YOUR SAFETY IS OUR TOP PRIORITY! We have been working to ensure that all safety protocols are in place for in-person performances, in accordance with James Madison University, the Virginia Department of Health and CDC guidelines. Your safety is our top priority. To that end: •

In response to evolving pandemic trends and resulting CDC guidance, James Madison University has moved to a mask-optional policy. To maximize personal protection from COVID-19, face mask use is still strongly recommended when attending Forbes Center performances.

Hand sanitizer stations are available at all entrances and in the lobbies.

Visiting artists will adhere to domestic and international travel and safety guidelines.

If the official guidelines change, we will adapt our policies, which could include physical distancing, staggered entry and exiting procedures, and mandatory mask-wearing. We ask that our patrons partner with us in taking steps to minimize the spread of COVID-19. Please remain at home if you are sick or experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms. By attending any event, you voluntarily assume the risk of exposure to COVID-19. If performances are cancelled due to COVID-19, refunds will be offered.

SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR 2022–2023 SPONSOR KATHY MORAN WEALTH GROUP “Kathy Moran Wealth Group is honored to be the 2022–2023 Masterpiece Season sponsor and to support JMU’s College of Visual and Performing Arts. As financial professionals, we know that the arts are a vital component of making this community thrive and continue to be a vibrant place to live and work. As we emerge from the pandemic, the Forbes Center plays an even more important role as an artistic force in the Valley, contributing to our cultural identity and bringing our community together to share world-class performing arts programming.” Kathy Moran Wealth Group is a forward-thinking wealth management practice, serving individuals, families, and businesses throughout the United States. Kathy Moran Wealth Group is dedicated to helping each client achieve financial clarity, success, and security through personalized financial planning and disciplined asset management. Kathy Moran Wealth Group · www.kmwealthgroup.com · (540) 434–7470. Securities offered through Raymond James Financial Services, Inc., Member FINRA/SIPC. Investment Advisory Services offered through Raymond James Financial Services Advisors, Inc. Kathy Moran Wealth Group is not a registered broker/dealer, and is independent of Raymond James Financial Services.

The Forbes Center is strongly committed to presenting quality performing arts programming for young audiences and their families. Look for the “Forbes Family Fun” logo on special events specifically designed for your family’s enjoyment.

MOUNTAIN STAGE PHOTO BY JOSH SAUL; MOUNTAIN STAGE LOGO COURTESY OF MOUNTAIN STAGE; KARAN CASEY PHOTO BY AMELIA STEIN; THE HEAVY HEAVY PHOTO BY RYAN COX; JOY OLADOKUN PHOTO COURTESY OF WASSERMAN MUSIC.

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MOUNTAIN STAGE

HOSTED BY KATHY MATTEA FEATURING KARAN CASEY TRIO, THE HEAVY HEAVY, AND SINGER-SONGWRITER JOY OLADOKUN A FUNDRAISING EVENT FOR WMRA RADIO Sunday, September 18 @ 7 pm CONCERT HALL

Karan Casey

The Heavy Heavy

Joy Oladokun

For nearly 40 years, Mountain Stage has been the home of live music on public radio. Produced by West Virginia Public Broadcasting and hosted by Kathy Mattea, each two-hour episode can be heard weekly, Sunday night at 8 pm on WMRA, in addition to being broadcast on more than 280 stations across America and worldwide via NPR Music. Recorded in front of a live audience, this event features three world-renowned headliners (and more guests TBA) including Ireland’s folk and traditional music legend Karan Casey, a solo artist and founding member of the band Solas whose voice has lit up stages across the globe for 25 years; the U.K.-based retro-inspired rock band The Heavy Heavy, known for its soaring harmonies and tight rhythm section; and Nashville-based Nigerian American singer-songwriter Joy Oladokun, whose R&B, pop and folk tunes have energized legions of fans.

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“… the effect is electrifying.” — Chicago Tribune

DANCEWORKS CHICAGO

HEADLINING THE NEW DANCE FESTIVAL Saturday, September 10 @ 8 pm Sunday, September 11 @ 2 pm EARLYNN J. MILLER DANCE THEATRE

THE HUMANS By Stephen Karam

Tuesday–Saturday, October 4–8 @ 8 pm Sunday, October 9 @ 2 pm SEASON MAINSTAGE THEATRE

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The American family takes center stage in this haunting and humorous work by rising playwright Stephen Karam. Breaking with tradition, Erik Blake has brought his family from Pennsylvania to celebrate Thanksgiving at his daughter’s apartment in Lower Manhattan. As darkness falls outside the dilapidated pre-war duplex, eerie things start to go bump in the night— and the Blake clan’s deepest fears and greatest follies are exposed. Winner of the 2016 Tony Award for Best Play, The Humans is “truly remarkable and exceptionally moving…a play about the horrors of ordinary life, and the love we need to counter them.” (Chicago Tribune) Features students from JMU’s School of Theatre and Dance.

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“blisteringly funny… and altogether wonderful” — The New York Times

DANCEWORKS CHICAGO PHOTO BY CHERYL MANN; THE HUMANS ARTWORK BY GRETCHEN LONG; WHOSE LIVE ANYWAY? PHOTO COURTESY OF BILL YOUNG PRODUCTIONS.

DanceWorks Chicago is a contemporary dance company of six artists who are “always moving,” performing a diverse repertoire to audiences across the globe with integrity, passion and excellence. This year’s festival features new works by DanceWorks Chicago, including Purigado, choreographed by Rubén Graciani, JMU’s dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts and professor of dance. JMU dance majors will perform with the company in a piece choreographed by New York City-based dance artist Jess Hendricks, whose credits include commercials with iconic brands like Godiva, L’Oréal and Reebok.


“Standup is fun, improv is funnier. And these guys are the world’s best!” — The Oregonian

WHOSE LIVE ANYWAY? Friday, September 30 @ 8 pm 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. Cast members

Ryan Stiles, Greg Proops, Jeff B. Davis and Joel Murray will leave you gasping with the very witty scenes they invent before your eyes. Audience participation is key to the show, so bring your suggestions— and you might be asked to join the cast onstage! Whose Live Anyway? showcases some of the improv games made famous on the long-running television show, as well as some exciting new ones, featuring musical direction by Bob Derkach. This is an improvised show. The performers do not control audience suggestions. All ages are welcome, but please note that some “PG-13” language will be used during the performance.

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MELISSA ALDANA, TENOR SAXOPHONE FEATURING THE MADISON JAZZ COLLECTIVE Wednesday, October 5 @ 7 pm RECITAL HALL

THE 41ST ANNUAL JMU CONTEMPORARY MUSIC FESTIVAL FEATURING THE MUSIC OF INGRID STÖLZEL AND DALE TRUMBORE Concert I: Monday, October 17 @ 8 pm Concert II: Tuesday, October 18 @ 8 pm Concert III: Wednesday, October 19 @ 8 pm CONCERT HALL 6

Ingrid Stölzel

Dale Trumbore

This year’s festival features the music of award-winning composers Ingrid Stölzel and Dale Trumbore. Stölzel has been described as having a “gift for melody,” (San Francisco Classical Voice) creating work that is “downright beautiful.” (American Record Guide) Her compositions have been commissioned by leading soloists and ensembles and performed worldwide. Stöltzel, who teaches composition at the University of Kansas School of Music, will premiere a new string trio commissioned by the festival. Trumbore is a prominent Los Angeles-based choral composer and writer whose music has been called “devastatingly beautiful” (The Washington Post) with “soaring melodies and beguiling harmonies.” (The New York Times) Her compositions have been performed by ensembles in the U.S. and internationally. JMU faculty, ensembles and students will present the music of Stölzel and Trumbore as well as other contemporary works in three main concerts during the festival.

MELISSA ALDANA PHOTO BY EDUARDO PAVEZ GOYE; INGRID STÖLZEL PHOTO BY CRISTIAN FATU; DALE TRUMBORE PHOTO BY ARNAUD PIVKA; CUARTETO LATINOAMERICANO PHOTO BY SERGIO YAZBEK.

Chilean-born Melissa Aldana is a Grammy-nominated saxophonist and composer whose playing has “an austere beauty,” with Aldana “as persuasive with long-lined phrases as with a flurry of fast-flying notes.” (Chicago Tribune) Aldana became the first female and first South American to win the coveted Thelonious Monk International Saxophone Competition in 2013, setting the stage for her visionary work as a bandleader. She released acclaimed albums with Melissa Aldana & Crash Trio and the all-star jazz collective ARTEMIS, of which she is a founding member. Aldana, who released the album 12 Stars in March 2022, will perform a program of jazz standards with members of the Madison Jazz Collective. A CVPA Cultural Connections Artist-in-Residence Event.


“The playing was immaculate… with a sound… of burnished gold” — Palm Beach Arts

CUARTETO LATINOAMERICANO MEXICO: A MUSICAL JOURNEY Saturday, October 8 @ 8 pm CONCERT HALL

With “vital, fresh, imaginative music and sensitive, brilliant performances,” (The Washington Post) Cuarteto Latinoamericano is one of the world’s foremost string quartets, and for 40 years, the leading proponent of Latin American music for the genre. The Cuarteto has toured five continents and won numerous awards, including two Latin Grammys, with three brothers— violinists Arón Bitrán and Saul Bitrán plus cellist Álvaro Bitrán—as well as violist Javier Montiel. Mexico: A Musical Journey will explore the thematic intersections between music and art in Mexican history from the Aztecs to the modern day, with pieces by composers like Chávez, Ponce and Revueltas. Highlighting art—from the expansive murals of Rivera and Orozco to the surrealist paintings of Kahlo—this multimedia performance features commentary by Benjamín Juárez, professor of fine arts at Boston University and former general director of the CENART, Mexico’s national arts center. Don’t miss this entertaining evening!

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MADISON ART COLLECTION CURATED TALK AND RECEPTION Bonus event prior to Cuarteto Latinoamericano

Saturday, October 8 @ 6:30 pm RECITAL HALL/GRAND LOBBY Join Ginny Soenksen, director of the Madison Art Collection and Lisanby Museum, for a curated talk about the magnificent Mexican art housed in JMU’s Madison Art Collection. Engage in an informative question-and-answer session and then enjoy a pre-concert reception. This event can be purchased as a package with your concert ticket.

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SAVORING THE MOON: JAPANESE ART OF THE FLOATING WORLD MASTERPIECE RECEPTION CURATED TALK AND GALLERY TOUR BY DIRECTOR GINNY SOENKSEN Friday, October 21, 6:30–8 pm LISANBY MUSEUM - FESTIVAL

Join like-minded visual arts lovers for a lively cocktail reception followed by a curated talk and exclusive tour of the Savoring the Moon exhibition by Ginny Soenksen, director of JMU’s Madison Art Collection and Lisanby Museum. Savoring the Moon: Japanese Art of the Floating World highlights the Madison Art Collection’s impressive Japanese paintings and woodblock prints in the ukiyo-e style. Enormously popular during the Edo (1600–1868) and Meiji (1868–1912) periods, ukiyo-e, or “pictures of the floating world,” depict life’s fleeting pleasures in an increasingly urban environment. From famous views to images of actors and courtesans, ukiyo-e offers a glimpse of everyday life in early modern Japan. In Savoring the Moon, visitors will be able to view never-before-seen prints and a newly restored painting by Komuro Suiun, a noted artist whose paintings reside in the Imperial Household Collection. Event is capped at 30 guests.

MADISON ART COLLECTION WHITE GLOVE TOUR The most exclusive arts experience in the Valley for that special celebration or business event! Your private “White Glove Tour” event includes hands-on access for 10 guests to the hidden treasures of JMU’s Madison Art Collection (MAC) as well as a cocktail reception and gallery viewing in the Lisanby Museum. Donning white gloves, your guests are invited to handle “secret” objects from the collection and then guess what they are. A museum scholar will then reveal fascinating details about the historical significance of the artworks. Who knows—your guests might encounter a rare Picasso or an ancient Egyptian scarab! Maximum number of guests is 10. The price is set at $950. ($475 of the price is a tax-deductible donation to support the MAC. Reception costs are inclusive of all taxes, gratuities and fees.) Dates are selected in consultation with the MAC staff and the purchaser. Only three “White Glove Tour” events are held each year to support the conservation efforts of the MAC. Contact Regan Byrne at byrne2rm@jmu.edu to plan your event.


SEPTURA BRASS SEPTET Wednesday, October 26 @ 8 pm CONCERT HALL

SAVORING THE MOON AND WHITE GLOVE TOUR ARTWORK COURTESY OF MAC; SEPTURA PHOTO BY BETHANY CLARKE.

Septura is “brass playing at its most exalted.” (Fanfare) Seven of London’s leading players have redefined brass chamber music through the uniquely expressive sound of the brass septet. This new generation of British brass superstars hold principal positions in the London Symphony, Royal Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, BBC Symphony, and other prominent European orchestras. Currently the Ensemble in Residence at the Royal Academy of Music, Septura captivates audiences with its transformative repertoire and sound that is “irresistible.” (The Observer) This rousing concert features the work of four early 20th-century composers—Aaron Copland, George Gershwin, Edward Elgar and Gerald Finzi—who helped to define American and British music.

“Dazzlingly polished… virtuoso playing: brilliantly articulated, technically flawless” — BBC Magazine

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“The exhilarating landmark rock opera” — The New York Times

RENT

Book, Music and Lyrics by Jonathan Larson Musical Arrangements: Steve Skinner Original Concept/Additional Lyrics: Billy Aronson Music Supervision and Additional Arrangements: Tim Weil Dramaturg: Lynn Thomson RENT was originally produced in New York by New York Theatre Workshop and on Broadway by Jeffrey Seller, Kevin McCollum, Allan S. Gordon and the New York Theatre Workshop.

Tuesday–Friday, November 1–4 @ 8 pm Saturday, November 5 @ 2 pm and 8 pm MAINSTAGE THEATRE 10

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For a quarter of a century, Jonathan Larson’s Rent has inspired us to choose love over fear and to live without regret. This Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical follows a year in the life of a group of bohemians in the East Village of New York City struggling to survive and create amidst the HIV/AIDS crisis. But it has become more than a musical—it is a cultural phenomenon, a rite of passage, and a source of joy and strength for millions. Celebrate 25 years of Rent with songs like “Seasons of Love” and “One Song Glory” in this pulsating production featuring students from JMU’s School of Theatre and Dance and School of Music! Rent is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.mtishows.com


“Choral music doesn’t get more magnificent than this…”

RENT LOGO COURTESY OF MTI; TENEBRAE PHOTO BY SIM CANETTY-CLARKE.

— Classic FM

TENEBRAE

Thursday, November 10 @ 8 pm CONCERT HALL

Based in England, Tenebrae is hailed as “one of the best choirs in the world.” (St. Louis Post-Dispatch) Described as “phenomenal” (The Times) and “devastatingly beautiful” (Gramophone), this awardwinning ensemble under the direction of Nigel Short is renowned for its passion, precision and awe-inspiring performances. Tenebrae delivers dramatic programming, allowing audiences to be moved by the power and intimacy of the human voice. Medieval chant and Renaissance works are interspersed with contemporary compositions to create an ethereal atmosphere of spiritual and musical reflection. The Forbes Center is excited to welcome back this sellout sensation!

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ss e r g o r P THE RAKE’S PROGRESS FEATURING THE JMU OPERA THEATER By Igor Stravinsky

Friday–Saturday, November 11–12 @ 8 pm Sunday, November 13 @ 2 pm MAINSTAGE THEATRE Experience The Rake’s Progress, a neoclassical operatic gem by Igor Stravinsky, one of the most celebrated composers of the 20th century. Considered one of his greatest works, The Rake’s Progress is Stravinsky’s only full-length opera and features music that is some of his “most ingenious.” (The New York Times) The 1951 English opera is based on a series of 18th-century paintings by William Hogarth that depict the hellish rise and fall of the merchant and heir Tom Rakewell, a young man to whom it all comes too easily—and the inevitable price he has to pay. The devil, in the person of Nick Shadow, and the Rake’s scorned but ever-devoted angel Anne Trulove both vie for his soul. Who will win in the end? Love and madness combine in this extraordinary performance.

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THE RAKE’S PROGRESS ARTWORK BY GRETCHEN LONG; SONGSTRESS SOJOURN ARTWORK BY SUE OVERTON; JMU WIND SYMPHONY PHOTO BY CALEB SCHLABACH.

s ’ e k a R e Th Progress


SONGSTRESS SOJOURN

A SHOWCASE OF LOCAL SINGER-SONGWRITERS IN PARTNERSHIP WITH WMRA RADIO Friday, November 18 @ 8 pm CONCERT HALL

Presented by the Forbes Center in partnership with WMRA radio, this exciting showcase returns to the lineup with five singer-songwriters from the Shenandoah Valley! Experience a heartfelt evening hosted by Tina Owens from WMRA’s The Acoustic Café about the personal journeys singer-songwriters embark on when creating new works. Each sensational songstress will perform several original songs and share the personal stories behind their creation. The Forbes Center highlights a new group of talented singer-songwriters each season. This event is also sponsored by Cross Keys Studio in Port Republic, Virginia. Don’t miss it!

SPARKS ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP FUND Dr. George Sparks served as the inaugural dean of JMU’s College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA) from 2008–2020. Dr. Sparks was renowned for his commitment to students, faculty and staff, and worked tirelessly to advance the arts at JMU and beyond. The CVPA Scholarship Endowment was renamed in honor of Dr. Sparks and represents our ongoing commitment to creating possibilities for the next generation of artists who have the talent but not the means to pursue the excellent education and training in the CVPA. Help to continue Dr. Spark’s legacy of support and generosity by donating to the Dr. George E. Sparks CVPA Scholarship Endowment. To give online, visit: https://j.mu/sparks

OTHER EVENTS SAVORING THE MOON September 5–December 2 LISANBY MUSEUM NEKISHA DURRETT BEFORE AND STILL September 7–October 15 DUKE HALL GALLERY JMU WIND SYMPHONY Thursday, September 29 @ 8 pm CONCERT HALL VOICE OVERS October 3–November 4 INSTITUTE FOR CREATIVE INQUIRY JMU SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Tuesday, October 4 @ 8 pm CONCERT HALL JMU JAZZ ENSEMBLE AND JAZZ BAND Friday, October 7 @ 8 pm CONCERT HALL JMU BRASS BAND Monday, October 10 @ 8 pm CONCERT HALL JMU MADISON SINGERS AND CHORALE Tuesday, October 11 @ 8 pm CONCERT HALL JMU SYMPHONIC BAND Tuesday, October 25 @ 8 pm CONCERT HALL


SOWETO GOSPEL CHOIR

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HOPE – IT’S BEEN A LONG TIME COMING Saturday, December 3 @ 8 pm CONCERT HALL

“The energy of the Soweto Gospel Choir is truly amazing, their exuberance infectious.”

Vibrant and inspirational, the three-time Grammy Award-winning Soweto Gospel Choir from South Africa returns to the Forbes Center to sing, dance and drum in this tour-de-force performance! “The vivacious mix of peerless voices and high-energy dance is fun, glamorous, dignified and deeply enriching.” (Nottingham Post) In this concert of hope and joy featuring music of South Africa’s Freedom Movement and the American Civil Rights Movement, the Soweto Gospel Choir will perform African gospel, spirituals and freedom songs

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by artists and activists including Aretha Franklin, Mahlia Jackson, Harry Belafonte, and more. Soweto Gospel Choir has collaborated with music titans including Celine Dion, Josh Groban, Red Hot Chili Peppers, U2, and Stevie Wonder. It has performed for dignitaries such as Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu, Presidents Clinton and Obama, and members of the British royal family. “A slice of musical heaven,” (Australian Stage) Soweto Gospel Choir has transformed audiences of all ages across the globe. Don’t miss your chance to see them live!

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SOWETO GOSPEL CHOIR COURTESY OF SOWETO GOSPEL CHOIR; HOLIDAYFEST PHOTO BY CALEB SCHLABACH; DANCESCAPES PHOTO BY RICHARD FINKELSTEIN.

— Australian Stage


HOLIDAYFEST

Saturday, December 10 @ 8 pm Sunday, December 11 @ 2 pm CONCERT HALL Join JMU’s music ensembles for an inspired Christmas collage of holiday works for choirs and orchestra! Also featured is a holiday reading by a local Harrisonburg celebrity. Get your tickets early to this Forbes Center favorite! Check www.jmuforbescenter.com for programming updates.

DANCESCAPES

FEATURING JMU’S VIRGINIA REPERTORY DANCE COMPANY

Friday–Saturday, December 9–10 @ 8 pm Sunday, December 11 @ 2 pm MAINSTAGE THEATRE JMU’s premier dance ensemble will perform work by guest artists from across the country, including Monique Haley from Western Michigan University; Floyd McLean, Jr. from the Philadelphia-based PHILADANCO!; and Los Angeles-based choreographer Katherine Helen Fisher, who danced for the Lucinda Childs Dance Company from 2008–2018. The company will also present pieces by ensemble artistic director Matt Pardo and dance faculty member Suzanne Miller-Corso. This exciting concert will explore contemporary dance at its finest and features all 18 company members. The Virginia Repertory Dance Company consists of talented junior and senior dancers who are interested in pursuing careers in the professional dance field.

OTHER EVENTS JMU PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE Tuesday, November 1 @ 8 pm CONCERT HALL VISIBLE TO THE USER November 2–December 7 DUKE HALL GALLERY JMU SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Thursday, November 3 @ 8 pm CONCERT HALL FALL STUDENT DANCE CONCERT Wednesday–Saturday, November 9–12 @ 8 pm EARLYNN J. MILLER DANCE THEATRE JMU WIND SYMPHONY Wednesday, November 16 @ 8 pm CONCERT HALL JMU BRASS BAND Thursday, December 1 @ 8 pm CONCERT HALL JMU SYMPHONIC BAND AND CONCERT BAND Sunday, December 4 @ 2 pm CONCERT HALL JMU JAZZ ENSEMBLE AND JAZZ BAND Tuesday, December 6 @ 8 pm CONCERT HALL BOTH SIDES OF THE RIVER January 31–March 22 DUKE HALL GALLERY

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FORBES INTERNATIONAL MUSIC CELEBRATION

FORBES NAL IO T A N R E T IN MUSIC ON I T A R B E L CE

FRIEND OF THE ARTS! Your gift of $100 will support student scholarships and student learning in the College of Visual and Performing Arts!

Saturday, January 7 CONCERT HALL

Arts and cultures from around the world take center stage in this all-day, multi-performance celebration featuring a diverse array of performers from Harrisonburg and Rockingham County, including international bands, solo singers and choirs, and instrumentalists. In partnership with the Harrisonburg International Festival, the Forbes Center is excited to bring people together to celebrate the richness and diversity of our local talent. Show times and prices to be announced for in-person and FORBES CENTER @ HOME streaming options. Check www.jmuforbescenter.com for updates.

Your gift demonstrates your appreciation for the important role the arts play in our lives and in our community. Your courtesies include: � � � � �

Invitation to two master classes with guest artists Invitation to a scheduled backstage tour Invitation to the annual Masterpiece Season announcement event Membership pin Listing on “Friends” web page on www.jmuforbescenter.com

To make your gift online, visit: https://j.mu/friends

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AND SO WE WALKED: AN ARTIST’S JOURNEY ALONG THE TRAIL OF TEARS WRITTEN & PERFORMED BY DELANNA STUDI

FORBES INTL. MUSIC CELEBRATION ARTWORK BY GRETCHEN LONG; HEAD OVER HEELS PHOTO BY RICHARD FINKELSTEIN; AND SO WE WALKED PHOTO BY OWENS DANIELS PHOTOGRAPHY.

Friday–Saturday, January 20–21 @ 8 pm MAINSTAGE THEATRE

Cherokee actor and activist DeLanna Studi embarked on a six-week, 900-mile journey with her father along the Trail of Tears to retrace the path her great-great-grandparents took during the forced relocation of 17,000 Cherokee from their homelands in the 1830s. Studi collected stories from native Cherokee culture bearers along the way, drawing on these stories as well as historical research to understand her identity and the conflicts of her Cherokee nation—and to write her memoir AND SO WE WALKED. The critically-acclaimed solo play is “woven together wonderfully. It moves seamlessly… between real life and the world of myths, legends and dreams.” (Broadway World) Studi has originated more than 18 world premieres, including 14 Native productions, in her 25 years of performance experience that includes roles on Broadway, Off-Broadway, and at regional theatres. She is the artistic director of Native Voices at the Autry and serves as chair of SAG-AFTRA’s National Native Americans Committee. Don’t miss this powerful, heartwarming performance!

“… a fascinating story that’s deep with humor and understanding.” — Williamette Week

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MOVIE MUSICAL MAGIC Saturday, January 28 @ 2 pm - Sensory-Friendly Performance* Saturday, January 28 @ 6:30 pm MAINSTAGE THEATRE Be ready to tap your feet, clap, and sing along in this effervescent musical theatre revue featuring songs you know and love from your favorite Disney, Pixar, and other classic family movies. JMU musical theatre students will share their high-spirited renditions of tunes from Beauty and the Beast, Coco, Hercules, The Little Mermaid, The Princess and the Frog, and many more! This one-hour “Forbes Family Fun” show is perfect for audiences of all ages. * This Sensory-Friendly Performance in partnership with JMU’s Office of Disability Services offers children and adults with autism spectrum disorder, sensory sensitivities, or other social, learning or cognitive disabilities a supportive environment in which to experience the arts with family and friends. Modifications include a lower sound level, house lights that are dimmed but remain on, and no strobe or other lighting focused on the audience. Guests are free to talk and leave their seats during the performance as needed.

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MOVIE MUSICAL MAGIC ARTWORK BY GRETCHEN LONG; LVIV NATIONAL PHILHARMONIC PHOTO COURTESY OF LVIV NATIONAL PHILHARMONIC; STANISLAV KHRISTENKO AND VLADISLAVA LUCHENKO PHOTOS COURTESY OF CAMI MUSIC.

A MUSICAL THEATRE REVUE


LVIV NATIONAL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA OF UKRAINE THEODORE KUCHAR, PRINCIPAL GUEST CONDUCTOR Friday, February 3 @ 8 pm CONCERT HALL

Founded in 1902, the Lviv National Philharmonic Orchestra of Ukraine is one of that nation’s largest and most internationally-known ensembles. The Forbes Center is honored to host the Orchestra, whose 2023 American tour is a testament to the power of music to overcome adversity. 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, which was described as “the greatest symphonic work ever composed in this country” (New York Evening Post) after its Carnegie Hall world premiere in 1893. Join us for this uplifting, unforgettable evening of masterful musicianship!

Stanislav Khristenko

Vladyslava Luchenko

“You simply won’t hear a finer performance anywhere.” — ClassicsToday.com

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OPERA SPOTLIGHT: MUSICAL GEMS

OTHER EVENTS DANGEROUS BEAUTY January 31–April 29 LISANBY MUSEUM

Wednesday–Thursday, February 8–9 @ 7 pm RECITAL HALL

SENIOR DANCE CONCERT Friday–Saturday, February 10–11 @ 8 pm EARLYNN J. MILLER DANCE THEATRE JMU JAZZ ENSEMBLE AND JAZZ BAND Tuesday, February 14 @ 8 pm CONCERT HALL JMU PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE Thursday, February 16 @ 8 pm CONCERT HALL JMU BRASS BAND Friday, February 24 @ 8 pm CONCERT HALL JMU SYMPHONIC BAND Tuesday, March 7 @ 8 pm CONCERT HALL JMU GEORGE WEST JAZZ FESTIVAL WITH THE JMU JAZZ ENSEMBLE Saturday, March 25 @ 4 pm CONCERT HALL HANNAH PATTESON AND MIA GREENWALD M.F.A. EXHIBITION April 4–May 5 DUKE HALL GALLERY

Enjoy a memorable evening of scenes, arias and duets from your favorite operas! Students from the JMU Opera Theater are poised to launch their careers, and this concert is your opportunity to see an incredible core of future stars 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. These musical gems are sure to shine brightly in this sparkling performance. Get your tickets today!

BOTH SIDES OF THE RIVER MASTERPIECE RECEPTION CURATED TALK AND GALLERY TOUR BY DIRECTOR BETH HINDERLITER

Thursday, February 9, 6:30–8 pm DUKE HALL GALLERY - DUKE HALL

Join like-minded visual arts lovers for a lively cocktail reception 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. Drawing on the importance of river ecologies as a dynamic site where land and water meet, this exhibition considers water as a connective resource. 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. Featured artists include Carolina Caycedo of Colombia, Sara Favriau and Marcos Ávila Forero of France, Mary Mattingly of the U.S., as well as the artist collective Kosmologym, created by JMU sculpture professor Greg Stewart. (For full exhibition description, see page 32.) Event is capped at 50 guests.


“imaginative and precisely tinted performance”

OPERA SPOTLIGHT ARTWORK BY AMANDA R. WILSON; DUKE HALL GALLERY PHOTO BY ALAN KARCHMER; AWADAGIN PRATT PHOTO BY ROB DAVIDSON.

— The Washington Post

AWADAGIN PRATT Saturday, February 18 @ 8 pm CONCERT HALL

Piano virtuoso and recording artist Awadagin Pratt has attracted audiences to classical music around the world with his “enormous dynamic range… [encompassing] grave quiet to immense thunder.” (The Boston Musical Intelligencer) Pratt was the first student in Peabody Conservatory history to receive diplomas in three performance areas: piano, violin and conducting. In 1992, Pratt became the first Black pianist to win the coveted Naumburg International Piano Competition, propelling a 30-year career that includes three performances at

The White House, recitals at The Kennedy Center and Lincoln Center, and guest appearances with countless esteemed orchestras in the U.S. and abroad. Pratt is a professor of piano at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music where he is also the artistic director of the Art of the Piano festival. Come celebrate Black History Month with this 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!

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CHICAGO

Based on the play by Maureen Dallas Watkins Script adaptation by David Thompson

Tuesday–Saturday, February 28–March 4 @ 8 pm Sunday, March 5 @ 2 pm MAINSTAGE THEATRE

“Pulse-racing… flies us right into musical heaven.” — The New York Times

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Join us for a “wildly-entertaining” (New York Daily News) musical showstopper featuring sizzling songs, dazzling dance numbers and a tantalizing tabloid tale! Set in Chicago during the Jazz Age, the satirical story follows chorus girl Roxie Hart who murders a lover and convinces her husband to take the rap… until he learns he has been duped and turns on Roxie. Convicted and sent to death row, Roxie and Velma Kelly, another Merry Murderess, vie for the spotlight and headlines—ultimately uniting in search of the American dream: fame, fortune and acquittal. Chicago made its Broadway premiere in 1975 and features a sassy score and Fosse-inspired jazz dance style. It was revived on Broadway in 1996 and won six Tonys, including Best Revival of a Musical. Don’t miss this razzle-dazzle smash hit featuring students in JMU’s School of Theatre and Dance and School of Music! CHICAGO is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals. www.concordtheatricals.com


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SONGS WE LOVE

CHICAGO LOGO COURTESY OF CONCORD THEATRICALS; JALC PRESENTS PHOTO BY FRANK STEWART.

Wednesday, March 1 @ 8 pm 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! Band members include sought-after saxophonist Julian Lee; Mariel Bildsten, lead trombonist in Arturo O’Farrill’s Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra; gifted French-Malagasy pianist Mathis Picard; award-winning jazz bassist Barry Stephenson; and drummer extraordinaire TJ Reddick. Songs We Love was first presented as the 2016 Season Opener at Jazz at Lincoln Center (NYC), which has been a leading advocate for jazz, culture and arts education globally under the direction of Wynton Marsalis for more than three decades. Catch the jazz vibe in this one-night-only musical extravaganza!

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MEETING MOZART

PRODUCED BY CDP THEATRE PRODUCERS (SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA) Sunday, March 5 @ 6:30 pm CONCERT HALL

Recommended for ages 3–8 years. Audiences of all ages can join in the fun.

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“What a delight! Take your kids or borrow someone else’s.” — Theatre Now MEETING MOZART PHOTO BY DANIEL BOUD; DUBLIN IRISH DANCE PHOTOS COURTESY OF CAMI MUSIC.

Join the mischievous musical wunderkind Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, his wife and muse Constanze, and a string quintet on a journey to discover some of Mozart’s best-known and beloved music—from variations on “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” to his large-scale orchestral pieces. Meeting Mozart explores the instruments, scores and themes behind the music and life of one of the world’s most celebrated musicians. Direct from Sydney Opera House, this “performance [captures] the imaginations of children and grown-ups alike” (Alphabet Street) and fosters an appreciation of classical music through a fun and interactive environment. Founded in 1993, CDP Theatre Producers is Australia’s largest producer of work for young audiences, creating award-winning theatre of the highest quality. Also enjoy a post-show exchange with the cast and musicians.


OTHER EVENTS JMU WIND SYMPHONY AND SYMPHONIC BAND Wednesday, April 5 @ 8 pm CONCERT HALL JMU BRASS BAND Saturday, April 15 @ 8 pm CONCERT HALL SPRING STUDENT DANCE CONCERT Thursday–Saturday, April 20–22 @ 8 pm EARLYNN J. MILLER DANCE THEATRE JMU JAZZ ENSEMBLE Tuesday, April 25 @ 8 pm CONCERT HALL JMU JAZZ BAND Wednesday, April 26 @ 8 pm CONCERT HALL JMU MADISON SINGERS AND CHORALE Friday, April 28 @ 8 pm CONCERT HALL

DUBLIN IRISH DANCE

WINGS: A CELTIC DANCE CELEBRATION Thursday–Friday, March 9–10 @ 8 pm MAINSTAGE THEATRE

Direct from Ireland, Dublin Irish Dance is flying high with its brand-new groundbreaking dance production WINGS. This Celtic dance celebration features dazzling Irish and world champion dancers performing with Ireland’s finest musical and vocal virtuosos in an electrifying show that will amaze audiences! Discover Ireland’s rich heritage in this powerful production featuring original choreography and music, infused with world dance and musical influences. You’ll be dancing in the aisles as these passionate performers soar to new heights in WINGS!

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JMU PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE Monday, May 1 @ 8 pm CONCERT HALL JMU WIND SYMPHONY Wednesday, May 3 @ 8 pm CONCERT HALL JMU SYMPHONIC BAND AND CONCERT BAND Thursday, May 4 @ 8 pm CONCERT HALL

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“There was something baking… that was better than cake. … the sense of community. I left feeling closer to the person next to me.” — Scottie Lee Myers, PBS

WRITTEN AND PERFORMED BY DASHA KELLY HAMILTON Tuesday, March 21 @ 8 pm 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. It is storytelling in layers, filled with vignettes, digital media, and a supporting cast of two onstage bakers. The show serves up a conversation about equity in America. Part history lesson, part social science revelation, Makin’ Cake is a short story about America’s sweet tooth and pathway to salvation—and leaves room for dessert and dialogue with a cake reception immediately following the performance.

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MAKIN’ CAKE PHOTO BY ANDREW FELLER; NEW VOICES IN DANCE PHOTO BY RICHARD FINKELSTEIN.

MAKIN’ CAKE


NEW VOICES IN DANCE

FEATURING JMU’S CONTEMPORARY DANCE ENSEMBLE AND O’REGAN’S TRIPTYCH Friday–Saturday, March 31–April 1 @ 8 pm Sunday, April 2 @ 2 pm 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, former JMU dance professor Cynthia Thompson, and Rubén Graciani, dean of JMU’s College of Visual and Performing Arts and professor of dance. Graciani—in collaboration with The Madison Singers, JMU Chorale, a marimba ensemble and JMU dance students—will premiere Triptych, a fast-moving, threemovement work by Grammy-nominated composer Tarik O’Regan (b. 1978). The uplifting and unifying piece explores ideas about what happens when we die drawn from Jewish, Islamic and Christian texts.

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KSENIA NOSIKOVA, PIANO Wednesday, March 29 @ 7 pm RECITAL HALL

Ksenia Nosikova has performed in prestigious concert venues across the globe with “refined sensibility and pianism” that is “fascinating to watch and hear.” (New York Concert Review) She plays an extensive repertoire of more than 30 piano concertos and has released 12 celebrated CD recordings, including 24 Preludes for Violin and Piano & Oskolki by Lera Auerbach in April 2022 as a member of the Avita Duo. Nosikova is a professor and chair of the Piano Area at the University of Iowa and serves on the faculties of the Semper International Music Festival in Italy and Wiener MusikSeminar International Master Classes in Austria. She is a Steinway Artist and 2021 Steinway & Sons Teacher Hall of Fame inductee.

L’INCORONAZIONE DI POPPEA (THE CORONATION OF POPPEA) By Claudio Monteverdi

Wednesday–Thursday, April 12–13 @ 8 pm 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. Abandoning her old lover, Poppea only has eyes for Emperor Nero… and his crown. Ottavia, Nero’s wife and empress, crafts elaborate schemes and issues dire threats to hold onto her husband. But when the gods are on Poppea’s side, how can she lose? Lust triumphs over virtue in this landmark opera that ends with the hauntingly-beautiful “Pur ti miro” duet. Sung in Italian with English subtitles.

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THE WAILIN’ JENNYS

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KSENIA NOSIKOVA PHOTO COURTESY OF KSENIA NOSIKOVA; L’INCORONAZIONE DI POPPEA ARTWORK BY GRETCHEN LONG; THE WAILIN’ JENNYS PHOTO COURTESY OF HERSCHEL FREEMAN AGENCY.

Tuesday, April 18 @ 8 pm CONCERT HALL

The Wailin’ Jennys are Nicky Mehta, Ruth Moody and Heather Masse—three distinct voices that together make an achingly perfect vocal sound. Over 20 years, the trio has grown into one of today’s most beloved international folk acts. Packing venues across the globe, the female songbirds thrill audiences with their otherworldly harmonies, sophisticated arrangements, breathtaking songs, and witty stage banter. “The Wailin’ Jennys are more than just impeccable bluegrass

harmonizers; they are also terrific bandleaders who give their traditional roots music a sense of real reverence.” (NPR) The Jennys have developed a faithful following over the years with albums that have topped Billboard charts and captured multiple Juno Awards (Canadian Grammys) and nominations. Their music is a perfect blend of Americana, alt-country, pop, rock, and traditional folk “guaranteed to tug at your heartstrings.” (HuffPost)

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R.U.R. (ROSSUM’S UNIVERSAL ROBOTS) By Karel Čapek

Tuesday–Saturday, April 25–29 @ 8 pm Sunday, April 30 @ 2 pm 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. Written over a century ago, R.U.R. gave the world the word “robot” and began the line of speculative performance continued by films like The Terminator and Bicentennial Man, the Westworld television series, and more! This popular play is “a sensation” (The Wall Street Journal) you don’t want to miss! Features students from JMU’s School of Theatre and Dance.

JMU SYMPHONY HONORS CONCERT Sunday, April 30 @ 2 pm CONCERT HALL

Experience the JMU Symphony Orchestra as they accompany the winners of the prestigious School of Music Concerto Competition. Majors from each of the five areas of the School (woodwinds, brass and percussion, strings, piano, and voice) compete in the competition. Two finalists are then selected by each area to compete in the finals for a coveted spot in the Honors Concert. Don’t miss this uplifting and celebratory event!

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DOKTOR KABOOM

LOOK OUT! SCIENCE IS COMING!

R.U.R. ARTWORK BY GRETCHEN LONG; HONORS CONCERT PHOTO BY CALEB SCHLABACH; DOKTOR KABOOM PHOTO BY MARTIN ALBERT.

Wednesday, May 10 @ 6:30 pm MAINSTAGE THEATRE

Normally in science if you hear a “kaboom” it means trouble. Not so for well-known comedian, actor, and mad scientist David Epley! Since 2006, Epley’s klutzy yet loveable alter ego Doktor Kaboom has been taking audiences on a riotous romp through an explosive lineup of science experiments that make them erupt with laughter and bubble over with curiosity. But don’t be fooled by the spiky hair, goofy goggles, and extravagant German accent. Science is the real star of this wildly-wonderful show where Doktor Kaboom boldly exclaims, “Mein Gott! Science is fun!” Doktor Kaboom introduces concepts in physics, optics and chemistry while also promoting science safety and self-esteem. Above all, he aims to empower, excite, educate and entertain in this interactive, family-friendly show for audiences of all ages. Grab your safety goggles and lab coat and get ready for some hair-raising science! Ages 7 to 107.

“a complete delight… hilarious running commentary” — Broadway World

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DUKE HALL GALLERY OF FINE ART NEKISHA DURRETT BEFORE AND STILL September 7–October 15 Reception: September 7, 5–7 pm An award-winning Washington, D.C.-based artist, Nekisha Durrett explores the history of unfamiliar objects and places, using cast-off materials as witnesses to the passage of time. Creating monuments to the power of memory, Durrett engages in storytelling and a poetic study of language. Before and Still is a large-scale installation that transforms the commonplace into the monumental while summoning subject matter that is often overlooked in visual culture.

VISIBLE TO THE USER November 2–December 7 Reception: November 2, 5–7 pm Visible to the User counters the history of visual technologies meant to be “invisible to the user,” but contains within them a programmed, yet unmarked bias towards whiteness. As automated soap dispensers fail to recognize dark skin or smartphones with facial recognition software cannot register BIPOC users, the racism built into computation and new media isn’t just a glitch that can be resolved with more data. Rather, as scholar Ruha Benjamin suggests, it is part of a “New Jim Code.” Designers and artists in Visible to the User rewrite code languages, operating systems, algorithmic thinking and systems design to make these biases visible to the user. In so doing, they disrupt our present moment and create other ways of being.

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BOTH SIDES OF THE RIVER January 31–March 22 Reception: January 31, 5–7 pm Masterpiece reception: February 9, 6:30–8 pm Drawing on the importance of river ecologies as a dynamic site where land and water meet, this exhibition considers water as a connective resource. Both liquid and land, riverbanks are corridors that connect vast and biodiverse spaces. As a space of meeting and transition, the riverbank as a metaphor asks us to consider past harm and degradation while speculating on new collective futures and better interspecies relations. 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. Featured artists include Carolina Caycedo of Colombia, Sara Favriau and Marcos Ávila Forero of France, Mary Mattingly of the U.S., as well as the artist collective Kosmologym, created by JMU sculpture professor Greg Stewart. This exhibition is supported by Étant donnés Contemporary Art, a program from Villa Albertine and FACE Foundation, in partnership with the French Embassy in the United States, with support from the French Ministry of Culture, Institut Français, Ford Foundation, Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, CHANEL and ADAGP.

HANNAH PATTESON AND MIA GREENWALD M.F.A. EXHIBITION April 4–May 5 Reception: April 4, 5–7 pm This annual exhibition showcases the strength of JMU’s Master of Fine Arts program and celebrates the artistic skills, conceptual clarity, and creativity of its graduates.


LISANBY MUSEUM

INSTITUTE FOR CREATIVE INQUIRY

SAVORING THE MOON: JAPANESE ART OF THE FLOATING WORLD

VOICE OVERS

DUKE HALL GALLERY PHOTO BY ALAN KARCHMER; SAVORING THE MOON AND DANGEROUS BEAUTY ARTWORK COURTESY OF MAC; VOICE OVERS COURTESY OF ICI.

September 5–December 2 Masterpiece reception: October 21, 6:30–8 pm Savoring the Moon: Japanese Prints of the Floating World highlights the Madison Art Collection’s impressive Japanese paintings and woodblock prints in the ukiyo-e style. Enormously popular during the Edo (1600–1868) and Meiji (1868–1912) periods, ukiyo-e, or “pictures of the floating world,” depict life’s fleeting pleasures in an increasingly urban environment. From famous views to images of actors and courtesans, ukiyo-e offers a glimpse of everyday life in early modern Japan. In Savoring the Moon, visitors will be able to view neverbefore-seen prints and a newly restored painting by Komuro Suiun, a noted artist whose paintings reside in the Imperial Household Collection.

DANGEROUS BEAUTY: WEAPONS AS ART January 31–April 29

DANGEROUS

At once functional, beautiful and deadly, weapons have existed for as long as civilization itself. Though often defined by the violence they can wreak versus their WEAPONS AS ART value as works of art, armaments often combine practical elements with artistic practices. Dangerous Beauty: Weapons as Art invites visitors to view these objects through an aesthetic lens and reconsider the very definition of art. Featuring objects from cultures across the world, this exhibition showcases the rich holdings of the Madison Art Collection in the first encyclopedic display of its armaments.

October 3–November 4 Reception: October 6, 11 am–1 pm This project from the Virginia Center for the Book features a collection of 20 11”x15” broadsides, depicting challenging impressions of sexism, racism and biases as felt in our cultural landscape. Representing a racially and geographically diverse range of Virginia voices, this series includes former U.S. Poet Laureate Rita Dove, 20th Poet Laureate of Virginia Luisa Igloria, and a host of writers and artists from across the Southwest and Tidewater regions of the Commonwealth. This exhibition will also feature works from JMU Special Collections.

For updated exhibition information, visit the gallery websites. DUKE HALL GALLERY OF FINE ART

www.jmu.edu/dukehallgallery | Duke Hall - Room 1022

THE JAMES AND GLADYS KEMP LISANBY MUSEUM

www.jmu.edu/madisonart/lisanby-museum.shtml | Festival 1108

NEW IMAGE GALLERY www.jmu.edu/artandarthistory/galleries/new-image/index.shtml 131 W. Grace St.

ARTWORKS GALLERY www.artworksgallery.wixsite.com/artworksgallery | 131 W. Grace St.

INSTITUTE FOR CREATIVE INQUIRY www.jmu.edu/ici | Roop Hall - Room 208

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Soweto Gospel Choir, Sat., Dec. 3 @ 8 pm (CH) Dancescapes, featuring JMU’s Virginia Repertory Dance Company, Dec. 9–11 ❒ Fri. @ 8 pm ❒ Sat. @ 8 pm ❒ Sun. Mat. @ 2 pm (MS) Holidayfest, Dec. 10–11 ❒ Sat. @ 8 pm ❒ Sun. Mat. @ 2 pm (CH) AND SO WE WALKED: An Artist’s Journey Along the Trail of Tears, Jan. 20–21 ❒ Fri. @ 8 pm ❒ Sat. @ 8 pm (MS) Movie Musical Magic - A Musical Theatre Revue, Jan. 28 ❒ Sat. Mat. @ 2 pm - Sensory-Friendly Performance ❒ Sat. @ 6:30 pm (MS) Lviv National Philharmonic Orchestra of Ukraine, Fri., Feb. 3 @ 8 pm (CH)

x

$48

x

$51

x

x

$49

x

$14

x

$16

x

x

$15

x

$22

x

$24

x

x

$23

x

$36

x

$40

x

x

$38

x

$21

x

$23

x

x

$22

x

$51

x

$55

x

x

$54

Gallery Tour and Reception - Both Sides of the River, Thurs., Feb. 9, 6:30–8 pm (DHG)

x

$40

x

$40

x

x

$40

Awadagin Pratt, Sat., Feb. 18 @ 8 pm (CH) Chicago, Feb. 28–Mar. 5 ❒ Tues. @ 8 pm ❒ Wed. @ 8 pm ❒ Thurs. @ 8 pm ❒ Fri. @ 8 pm ❒ Sat. @ 8 pm ❒ Sun. Mat. @ 2 pm (MS) Jazz at Lincoln Center Presents - Songs We Love, Wed., Mar. 1 @ 8 pm (CH)

x

$36

x

$39

x

x

$37

x

$23

x

$25

x

x

$24

x

$41

x

$45

x

x

$43

Meeting Mozart - CDP Theatre Producers, Sun., Mar. 5 @ 6:30 pm (CH)

x

$26

x

$28

x

x

$27

Wings: A Celtic Dance Celebration, Mar. 9–10 ❒ Thurs. @ 8 pm ❒ Fri. @ 8 pm (MS)

x

$43

x

$46

x

x

$45

Makin’ Cake with Dasha Kelly Hamilton, Tues., Mar. 21 @ 8 pm (CH) New Voices in Dance, featuring JMU’s Contemporary Dance Ensemble and O’Regan’s Triptych, Mar. 31–Apr. 2 ❒ Fri. @ 8 pm ❒ Sat. @ 8 pm ❒ Sun. Mat. @ 2 pm (MS) L’incoronazione di Poppea, JMU Opera Theater, Apr. 12–13 ❒ Wed. @ 8 pm ❒ Thurs. @ 8 pm (CH)

x

$28

x

$32

x

x

$30

x

$14

x

$16

x

x

$15

x

$21

x

$23

x

x

$22

The Wailin’ Jennys, Tues., Apr. 18 @ 8 pm (CH) R.U.R. (Rossum’s Universal Robots), Apr. 25–30 ❒ Tues. @ 8 pm ❒ Wed. @ 8 pm ❒ Thurs. @ 8 pm ❒ Fri. @ 8 pm ❒ Sat. @ 8 pm ❒ Sun. Mat. @ 2 pm (MS) JMU Symphony Honors Concert, Sun., Apr. 30 @ 2 pm (CH)

x

$41

x

$43

x

x

$42

x

$16

x

$18

x

x

$17

x

$20

x

$23

x

x

$21

Doktor Kaboom - Look Out! Science Is Coming!, Wed., May 10 @ 6:30 pm (MS)

x

$27

x

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$29 $

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$15

$16

x +

# OF TICKETS

$16 $

JMU FAC/STAFF & SENIOR (62+)

$18

x +

$28 $

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JMU FAC/STAFF & SENIOR (62+)

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VENUES CH - CONCERT HALL

JMU Wind Symphony, Thurs., Sept. 29 @ 8 pm (CH)

x

$12

x

$10

JMU Symphony Orchestra, Tues., Oct. 4 @ 8 pm (CH)

x

$12

x

$10

RH - RECITAL HALL

JMU Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Band, Fri., Oct. 7 @ 8 pm (CH)

x

$12

x

$10

JMU Brass Band, Mon., Oct. 10 @ 8 pm (CH)

x

$12

x

$10

MS - MAINSTAGE THEATRE

JMU Madison Singers and Chorale, Tues., Oct. 11 @ 8 pm (CH)

x

$12

x

$10

The 41st Annual JMU Contemporary Music Festival (CMF), Oct. 17–19 (CH)

x

-

x

-

CMF - Concert I, Mon., Oct. 17 @ 8 pm (CH)

x

$12

x

$10

CMF - Concert II, Tues., Oct. 18 @ 8 pm (CH)

x

$12

x

$10

CMF - Concert III, Wed., Oct. 19 @ 8 pm (CH)

x

$12

x

$10

JMU Symphonic Band, Tues., Oct. 25 @ 8 pm (CH)

x

$12

x

$10

JMU Percussion Ensemble, Tues., Nov. 1 @ 8 pm (CH)

x

$12

x

$10

JMU Symphony Orchestra, Thurs., Nov. 3 @ 8 pm (CH)

x

$12

x

$10

Fall Student Dance Concert, Nov. 9–12 ❒ Wed. @ 8 pm ❒ Thurs. @ 8 pm ❒ Fri. @ 8 pm ❒ Sat. @ 8 pm (EJM)

x

$12

x

$12

JMU Wind Symphony, Wed., Nov. 16 @ 8 pm (CH)

x

$12

x

$10

JMU Brass Band, Thurs., Dec. 1 @ 8 pm (CH)

x

$12

x

$10

JMU Symphonic Band and Concert Band, Sun., Dec. 4 @ 2 pm (CH)

x

$12

x

$10

JMU Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Band, Tues., Dec. 6 @ 8 pm (CH)

x

$12

x

$10

Opera Spotlight: Musical Gems, Feb. 8–9 ❒ Wed. @ 7 pm ❒ Thurs. @ 7 pm (RH)

x

$16

x

$14

Senior Dance Concert, Feb. 10–11 ❒ Fri. @ 8 pm ❒ Sat. @ 8 pm (EJM)

x

$12

x

$12

JMU Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Band, Tues., Feb. 14 @ 8 pm (CH)

x

$12

x

$10

JMU Percussion Ensemble, Thurs., Feb. 16 @ 8 pm (CH)

x

$12

x

$10

JMU Brass Band, Fri., Feb. 24 @ 8 pm (CH)

x

$12

x

$10

JMU Symphonic Band,Tues., Mar. 7 @ 8 pm (CH)

x

$12

x

$10

JMU George West Jazz Festival with the JMU Jazz Ensemble, Sat., Mar. 25 @ 4 pm (CH)

x

$12

x

$11

Ksenia Nosikova, piano, Wed., Mar. 29 @ 7 pm (RH)

x

$16

x

$14

JMU Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band, Wed., Apr. 5 @ 8 pm (CH)

x

$12

x

$10

JMU Brass Band, Sat., Apr. 15 @ 8 pm (CH)

x

$12

x

$10

Spring Student Dance Concert, Apr. 20–22 ❒ Thurs. @ 8 pm ❒ Fri. @ 8 pm ❒ Sat. @ 8 pm (EJM)

x

$12

x

$12

JMU Jazz Ensemble, Tues., Apr. 25 @ 8 pm (CH)

x

$12

x

$10

JMU Jazz Band, Wed., Apr. 26 @ 8 pm (CH)

x

$12

x

$10

JMU Madison Singers and Chorale, Fri., Apr. 28 @ 8 pm (CH)

x

$12

x

$10

JMU Percussion Ensemble, Mon., May 1 @ 8 pm (CH)

x

$12

x

$10

JMU Wind Symphony, Wed., May 3 @ 8 pm (CH)

x

$12

x

$10

JMU Symphonic Band and Concert Band, Thurs., May 4 @ 8 pm (CH)

x

$12

x +

EJM - EARLYNN J. MILLER DANCE THEATRE DHG - DUKE HALL GALLERY (DUKE HALL) LM - LISANBY MUSEUM (FESTIVAL)

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