February 2012 Calendar of Events: James Madison University

(Check www.jmu.edu/jmuweb/calendars/ for updates on events at JMU)

Feb. 1-17: Skyline Museum Exhibit, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday, Festival Conference and Student Center: “Mentor to an Icon: The Charles Lisanby and Andy Warhol Show”; free.

Feb. 1: The Harlem Symphony Orchestra Chamber Players, 8 p.m., Concert Hall, Forbes Center for the Performing Arts: The professional musicians in this group are all members of the Harlem Symphony Orchestra, which was created in 2004 to highlight the historic contributions and visibility of African American orchestral musicians; the exciting program includes works by Felix Mendelssohn, James H. Lee III and Ernst von Dohnanyi; this appearance is made possible by JMU’s Cultural Connections Artists in Residence program administered by the College of Visual and Performing Arts, the School of Music and the Office of Diversity; part of the JMU Masterpiece Season; for tickets, visit http://www.jmu.edu/JMUarts or call (540) 568-7000.

Feb. 4, 11, 18 and 25: John C. Wells Planetarium Shows, 2:30 p.m. (“Molecularium”) and 3:30 p.m. (“Seven Wonders”) Saturdays, Miller Hall: The planetarium offers shows for the public, with seating beginning 10 minutes before show time on a first come, first seated basis; each show is followed by a 25-minute “star talk” that provides visitors with updates about the night sky, including constellations, planets and any comets that might be visible; for more information, check http://www.jmu.edu/planetarium/index.shtml; free.

Feb. 7: Visiting Scholars Program Lecture, 7 p.m., Room 1101, Miller Hall: Dr. Walter Greason, an associate professor of history at Ursinus College, presents “Discourse and Narratives: Race, Reform and Civil Rights Activism in New Jersey, 1920-50”; sponsored by the JMU College of Arts and Letters; for information, call (540) 568-6472; free.

Feb. 9-11: Senior Dance Concert, 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Earlynn J. Miller Dance Theatre, Forbes Center for the Performing Arts: 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; for tickets, visit http://www.jmu.edu/JMUarts or call (540) 568-7000.

Feb. 10: Livingston Taylor, 8 p.m., Concert Hall, Forbes Center for the Performing Arts: Singer-songwriter Livingston Taylor is a creative genius with fans worldwide; with Top 40 hits like “I Will Be in Love with You” and “I’ll Come Running” to “I Can Dream of You” and “Boatman,” both recorded by brother James, “Taylor skillfully sets songs about family, friendship and faith to masterfully executed folk-pop, jazz-pop, bluegrass and country arrangements,” according to Driftwood Magazine; part of the JMU Masterpiece Season; for tickets, visit http://www.jmu.edu/JMUarts or call (540) 568-7000.

Feb. 11: Fairfax Wind Symphony in Collaboration with the JMU Wind Symphony, 8 p.m., Concert Hall, Forbes Center for the Performing Arts: The esteemed Fairfax Wind Symphony (Stan Schoonover, director) was formed in 1999 to create an artistic ensemble experience for music teachers and professionals in the D.C. metropolitan area; for tickets, visit http://www.jmu.edu/JMUarts or call (540) 568-7000.

Feb. 12-14: Valentine’s Day Walk-In Indoor Blooming Plant Sale, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday-Tuesday, Frances Plecker Education Center, Edith J. Carrier Arboretum: Shop from a selection of blooming potted plants; for information, contact the arboretum at (540) 568-3194 or visit http://www.jmu.edu/arboretum.

Feb. 12 and 14: Valentine’s Day Horse Drawn Carriage Rides, 1-4 p.m. Sunday, 5-8 p.m. Tuesday, Edith J. Carrier Arboretum: Enjoy an afternoon or evening ride to celebrate Valentine’s Day; advance registration required; for more information, contact the arboretum at (540) 568-3194 or visit http://www.jmu.edu/arboretum.

Feb. 13: JMU Percussion Ensemble, 8 p.m., Concert Hall, Forbes Center for the Performing Arts: Come in from the cold and experience JMU’s esteemed Percussion Ensemble in this dazzling winter concert; for tickets, visit http://www.jmu.edu/JMUarts or call (540) 568-7000.

Feb. 14: Student Assessment/Faculty Assistance. No classes 8 a.m.-4 p.m.; evening classes (those beginning 4 p.m. or later) meet as scheduled.

Feb. 15: Winter Ferns Terrarium Workshop, noon-1:30 p.m., Frances Plecker Education Center, Edith J. Carrier Arboretum: Create a fern terrarium using a covered two-gallon apothecary jar; Jan Sievers Mahon, arboretum director, leads the workshop along with a lecture and overview about ferns and their environment and how to best take care of your fern terrarium; register online at www.jmu.edu/arboretum.

Feb. 16: The Radiohead Project Featuring the JMU Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Band, 8 p.m., Concert Hall, Forbes Center for the Performing Arts: This exciting concert is devoted entirely to big-band arrangements of music by the seminal English rock group Radiohead; respected arrangers from across the United States and from the Netherlands and Germany have contributed big-band arrangements of Radiohead’s music; for tickets, visit http://www.jmu.edu/JMUarts or call (540) 568-7000.

Feb. 17: Shenandoah Valley Regional Studies Seminar, 3:35 p.m., Room 107, Jackson Hall: Olivia Good presents “Paved Over with Good Intentions: The Impact of National Municipal Planning Trends and Perceptions of Ideal Communities on Historic and Modern Urban Renewal Efforts in Harrisonburg, Virginia”; cosponsored by JMU’s history department and Lord Fairfax Community College; free.

Feb. 19: Johannes Brahms: “Ein deutsches Requiem” Op. 45, Featuring the JMU Symphony Orchestra, JMU Chorale and Madison Singers, 2 p.m., Concert Hall, Forbes Center for the Performing Arts: Experience the unparalleled magnificence and magic of the Brahms’ “Requiem,” indisputably one of the best-known sacred works of the Romantic Era; carefully crafted on selected passages from the vernacular Lutheran Bible, “A German Requiem” premiered in its seven-movement entirety in 1869 in Leipzig, Germany; Brahms, viewing his “Requiem” as a universal offering of consolation, solace and hope to the living, considered renaming it “A Human Requiem”; part of the JMU Masterpiece Season; for tickets, visit http://www.jmu.edu/JMUarts or call (540) 568-7000.

Feb. 21-26: “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street,” 8 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, Mainstage Theatre, Forbes Center for the Performing Arts: Sweeney Todd has returned to London after serving a prison sentence for a crime he did not commit; the now revenge-obsessed Todd embarks on a bloody killing spree with the help of Mrs. Lovett, a London pie-maker who has some creative ideas about how to dispose of victims; music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by Hugh Wheeler, from an adaption by Christopher Bond, originally produced on Broadway by Harold Prince, orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick; part of the JMU Masterpiece Season; for tickets, visit http://www.jmu.edu/JMUarts or call (540) 568-7000.

Feb. 24: JMU Brass Band, 8 p.m., Concert Hall, Forbes Center for the Performing Arts: JMU’s premier brass ensemble presents an incredible evening of captivating music; for tickets, visit http://www.jmu.edu/JMUarts or call (540) 568-7000.

Feb. 25: JMU Wind Symphony, 1 p.m., Concert Hall, Forbes Center for the Performing Arts: JMU’s premier wind and percussion ensemble treats audiences to a rousing weekend matinee performance; for tickets, visit http://www.jmu.edu/JMUarts or call (540) 568-7000.

 

Attractions

Edith J. Carrier Arboretum, open daily dawn to dusk, off University Boulevard: Contains a wide variety of trees and plants native to Virginia; call (540) 568-3194 for tours; free.

JMU Meteorite Collection, open daily, first- and second-floor hallways, Physics and Chemistry Building: Features fragments of meteoroids that survived passage through the atmosphere to fall to the earth’s surface as masses of metal or stone; includes specimens from Diablo Canyon, Ariz., the Sahara Desert and the Central European Strewn Field; free.

Masks from Around the World Collection at the College of Education, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday, lobby of War Memorial Auditorium, Memorial Hall: Featuring 50 masks, this collection was donated to the college for use by its students interested in studying the interplay between cultural ideals and masks; the collection includes masks used in performance, masks of Asia and masks of Europe; for information and to view the online gallery, see http://www.jmu.edu/coe; free.

JMU Mineral Museum, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, Room 6139, Memorial Hall: The Department of Geology and Environmental Science opens its collection of over 550 crystals and gemstones from around the world to the public; for information, call (540) 568-6130; free.

JMU Libraries and Educational Technologies’ Special Collections, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Thursday and by appointment, Room 207, Carrier Library: Features manuscripts, rare books and periodicals, oral histories and other resources for study, including many acquisitions focusing on the Central Shenandoah Valley; for information, call (540) 568-3612 or send email to library-special@jmu.edu; free.


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