JMU Orchestra to Play with Famous Rock Band

The James Madison University Symphony Orchestra will play with KANSAS on Oct. 7 as part of the band's Collegiate Symphony Tour.

The collaborative concert will take place in the JMU Convocation Center on Oct. 7 at 8 p.m.

"This is a terrific opportunity for our students to have a truly professional experience, where they rehearse with the conductor, one rehearsal, and then play the show. As professional performers, this is the way things happen," said Dr. Robert McCashin, director of the JMU Symphony Orchestra.

The 2011 KANSAS Collegiate Symphony Tour is designed to help raise funds for university music programs and scholarships.

KANSAS is known for its classic rock albums such as 1976's "Leftoverture" and 1977's "Point of Know Return," along with the hit singles "Carry on Wayward Son," "Dust in the Wind" and "Point of Know Return."

The JMU Symphony Orchestra is the premier symphonic ensemble for the JMU School of Music.

The symphony presents a number of concerts on and off campus each year, and has performed regularly as the invited college ensemble for the Virginia Music Educators Association.

The ensemble presents a series of Youth Concerts for students from Harrisonburg, Rockingham County and surrounding counties.

Tickets for the Oct. 7 concert are $23-53 and $15 for JMU students.

For tickets, visit or call the Forbes Center Box Office at (540) 568-7000. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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