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2016-2017 JBU Music & Theatre Season

Symphony of Northwest Arkansas:  Masterworks II: Beethoven 5

Sunday, March 5th, 2017, 3:00 pm. 

John Brown University is delighted to again invite the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas to the stage of the Berry Performing Arts Center, under the baton of Paul Haas. The concert will be an encore performance of the Masterworks II: Beethoven 5 program.  Also featured will be award-winning violinist Alexi Kenney on the Sibelius Violin Concerto, Op. 47, and Arvo Pärt’s Fratres for strings and percussion.  Special pricing is available to families: for every adult ticket purchased at the regular price of $15, one youth ticket may be purchased for $5.  The price will be discounted at the time of payment.

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Stage Series:



Adapted by E.P. Dowdall from the Hungarian play Illatszertar by Miklos Laszlo

 A warm, gentle comedy which follows the tangled tale of Parfumerie employee George Horvath, many of you will have seen one of the movies or musical plays inspired by this play: The Shop Around the Corner; She Loves Me; In the Good Old Summertime; or You’ve Got Mail, to name a few. With the express intent of staying close to the original play, this adaptation/translation returns to the original concepts that center around not only the amusing tale of the confused young romantic couple, but also seeks to explore the difficulties of career vs. relationship in the story of the shop owner's troubled marriage.  You won’t want to miss it!

September 30, October 1, 7, & 8, 2016


The Secret Garden

Music and Lyrics by Marsha Norman

Music by Lucy Simon

Adapted from the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett

This enchanting literary classic is reimagined in brilliant musical style by composer Lucy Simon, and Marsha Norman, the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright. Orphaned in India, 11-year-old Mary Lennox returns to Yorkshire to live with her embittered, reclusive uncle Archibald and his invalid son Colin. The estate's many wonders include a magic garden which beckons the children with haunting melodies and the "Dreamers", spirits from Mary's past who guide her through her new life.  This Tony Award-winning compelling tale of forgiveness and renewal is not to be missed!

November 4, 5, 11, & 12, 2016


Is He Dead?

Adapted by David Ives from the play by Mark Twain

It’s Paris, 1846. Talented French artist, Jean-Francois Millet, feels honor bound to save his fiancé and her father from financial ruin, but his paintings are not selling. Millet soon realizes that great paintings make much more money after the artist dies. In desperation, he fakes his own death and becomes... his own sister. Now a rich "widow," he must find a way to get out of a dress, return to life, and marry Marie.  Only the brilliant Mark Twain could conceive of such a riotous plot!

February 17, 18, 24, & 25, 2017


Artist Series:


Laetitia Grimaldi Spitzer, lyric soprano 

JBU is excited to welcome lyric soprano Laetitia Grimaldi Spitzer to the Berry Performing Arts Center stage. A graduate of Juilliard School of Music, Ms. Grimaldi made her debut in Carnegie Hall  in 2013.  This performance will be a treat for our patrons!

November 20, 2016  3:00 pm

Colibri, violin-piano duo

The dynamic duo that combines the talents of violinist Evelyn Petcher and pianist Hannah Mindeman will present our next concert in the Artist Series. The duo will perform selections from their New York City concert “Light and Shadows.”

March 12, 2017  3:00 pm


Alex McDonald, piano

Alex McDonald returns to our stage with another stirring evening of piano music. A graduate of Juilliard, Dr. McDonald's performances have been described as "electrically charged" and "naturally charismatic."

April 11, 2017  7:30 pm

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