JMU Forbes Center for Performing Arts Officially Opens

By: Sarah Sager Email
By: Sarah Sager Email

It's been 20 years in the making, but James Madison University will unveil its brand new performing arts building for the community Wednesday night.

JMU performing arts officials say the new Forbes Center closes the loop on the liberal arts curriculum for the school.

The Forbes Center is the overarching name for two schools within the building.

One building holds the Roberts Center for Music Performance and the other is the Estes Center for Theater and Dance.

One-thousand majors and minors consistently work within the new center, but every JMU students will go through the performing arts facility before graduation.

However, officials believe the center will have an impact on the community as well.

Dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts George Sparks says, "We do want Harrisonburg and the Shenandoah Valley in this building. We want them to come visit it. We want them to come to a performance. We want them to have social occasions here. So, I think this can be a great asset to the community."

Phil Vassar will kick off the first concert of the year for the Forbes Center at 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Tickets are almost sold out for the performance. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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