2018-2019 Performing Arts Series @ the Cowan Center

2018-2019 Performing Arts Series



Saturday, October 13, 2018 • 7:30 PM

iLuminate, the fantastic journey of wireless technology and dance, is coming to Tyler! Music, art, and the technological magic of iLuminate brings you a story of adventure and romance told through dance styles ranging from contemporary, hip-hop, Latin, and breaking – all using the power of light. With a mash-up of dazzling wizardry, spectacular dance moves, high-tech effects, and original music from this year’s hottest bands, iLuminate delivers a unique dance-in-the-dark event. America’s Got Talent called it, “The Best New Act in America!”


Tuesday, February 26, 2019 • 7:30 PM

Brothers from Spain ignite the stage with power, grace, virtuosity, and passion. Metallica, Deep Purple, Leonard

Cohen…The best hits of all-time music legends come together in Born to Dance, an impressive extravaganza

created by the award-winning group Los Vivancos. Through tap dance, humor, martial arts, aerial performance, musical virtuosity, and flamenco, these six incredibly artistic and athletic performers create a spectacular stage utopia. An international sensation, Los Vivancos has received raves from audiences and critics across the globe. Of a recent performance in The Big Apple, The New York Times exclaimed, “Sensational! Intense! Sincere!”

THE CHIEFTAINS with Opening Act Switchback

Saturday, March 16, 2019 • 7:00 PM

Irish luck must be on our side because the band most recognized for reinventing traditional Irish music on a contemporary and international scale will be on the Cowan Center stage on St. Patrick’s Day eve! Six-time Grammy® winners The Chieftains have been making music together for over 50 years. Their ability to transcend musical boundaries has notably hailed them as one of the most renowned and revered musical groups to this

day. And after 55 years of making some of the most beautiful music in the world, their music remains as fresh and relevant as when they first began.


Saturday, March 30, 2019 • 7:30 PM

To commemorate the 175th anniversary of the New York Philharmonic, this phenomenal string quartet made its

much-anticipated debut in Lincoln Center in March 2017. The members of the acclaimed ensemble, all multiple prize winners, are Concertmaster Frank Huang, Principal Associate Concertmaster Sheryl Staples, Principal Viola Cynthia Phelps and Principal Cello Carter Brey. Their concert program for their evening in Tyler includes pieces by Haydn, Shostakovich, and Brahms. Expect an evening of magnificent music with the New York Philharmonic String Quartet!

2018-2019 Broadway Series



Thursday, November 8, 2018 • 7:30 PM

The Hills Are Alive! A brand-new production of The Sound of Music is coming to Tyler. The beloved musical story of Maria and the von Trapp family will once again thrill audiences with its Tony-®, Grammy-® and Academy Award-® winning Best Score, including “My Favorite Things”, “Edelweiss”, and the title song. The Sound of Music enjoyed extraordinary success as a live television production when “The Sound of Music Live!” aired on NBC in December 2013 and was seen by over 44 million people. 2015 marked the 50th anniversary of the film version, which continues to be the most successful movie musical in history.


Thursday, January 24, 2019 • 7:30 PM

Something Rotten! is “Broadway’s big, fat hit!” (New York Post). Set in 1595, this hilarious smash tells the story of Nick and Nigel Bottom, two brothers who are desperate to write a hit play. When a local soothsayer foretells that the future of theatre involves singing, dancing, and acting at the same time, Nick and Nigel set out to write the world’s very first MUSICAL! With its heart on its ruffled sleeve and sequins in its soul, Something Rotten! is “The Producers + Spamalot + The Book of Mormon. Squared!” (New York Magazine).


Monday, February 4, 2019 • 7:30 PM

Two worlds collide in this “breathtaking and exquisite” (The New York Times) musical, based on the 2015 Tony Award®-winning Lincoln Center Theater production. One of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s finest works, The King and I boasts a score that features such beloved classics as “Getting To Know You,” “I Whistle a Happy Tune,”

“Hello Young Lovers,” “Shall We Dance,” and “Something Wonderful.” Set in 1860s Bangkok, the musical tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the King of Siam and Anna Leonowens, a British schoolteacher whom the modernist King, in an imperialistic world, brings to Siam to teach his many wives and children. The King and I is “too beautiful to miss” (New York Magazine).


Tuesday, April 9, 2019 • 7:30 PM

This breathtaking smash, based on the critically-acclaimed Academy Award-® winning film, Finding Neverland tells the incredible story behind one of the world’s most beloved characters: Peter Pan. Playwright J.M. Barrie struggles to find inspiration until he meets four young brothers and their beautiful widowed mother. Spellbound by the boys’ enchanting make-believe adventures, he sets out to write a play that will astound London theatergoers. With a little bit of pixie dust and a lot of faith, Barrie leaves his old world behind for Neverland. The magic of Barrie’s classic tale springs spectacularly to life in this heartwarming theatrical event.


2018-2019 Braithwaite Intimate Gatherings Series



Thursday, September 20, 2018 • 7:30 PM

Over the past four decades, Rick Springfield has worn many hats as an entertainer and performer. The creator of some of the finest power-pop of the ’80s, a Grammy®-winning singer, songwriter, and musician who has sold 25 million albums and scored 17 U.S. Top 40 hits, including “Jessie’s Girl,” “Don’t Talk to Strangers,” “An Affair of the Heart,” “I’ve Done Everything for You,” “Love Somebody,” and “Human Touch.” He’s an accomplished actor who has starred opposite Meryl Streep in the feature film Ricki and the Flash, gave a chameleonic performance as the creepy Dr. Pitlor in HBO’s prestige drama True Detective, earned great reviews for his portrayal of Lucifer on season 12 of the CW hit Supernatural, and most recently played Pastor Charles on American Horror Story. In 2014, Springfield was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, located around the corner from the first apartment he lived in when he arrived in the U.S. from Australia in 1971. Rick’s latest album “The Snake King” finds Rick travelling down a dusty dirt road to explore the blues side of his rock ‘n roll and marks a definite departure from the power pop for which he’s known.


Saturday, December 8, 2018 • 7:30 PM

With five Grammys®, fifteen Billboard chart-topping releases, and numerous W.C. Handy Blues Awards, Robert Cray is one of the most successful blues artists of our time. Open ears and an open mind are the essence of this singer, guitarist, and songwriter’s approach to writing, recording, and playing music. He has created a sound that rises from American roots and arrives today both fresh and familiar. His 40-plus years of touring have featured him in bars, concert halls, festivals, and the largest arenas around the world. His remarkable career much-deservedly earned him a spot in the Blues Hall of Fame in 2011.


Saturday, February 9, 2019 • 7:30 PM

“Celebrate Good Times, Come On!” Indeed, it will be a huge “Celebration” when these living legends raise the roof off the Cowan Center. Kool & The Gang has sold over 70 million albums worldwide and influenced the music of three generations. During the 50-plus years together, they’ve earned two Grammy® Awards, seven American Music Awards, 25 Top Ten R&B hits with 31 gold and platinum albums. Their numerous hits include some of the greatest funky R&B tunes of our time “Celebration,” “Cherish,” “Jungle Boogie,” and “Get Down On It.” Let’s dance in the aisles with Kool & The Gang!



2018-2019 Special Events



Saturday, September 29, 2018 • 7:30 PM

Over 100 million people from around the world tuned in to NBC’s America’s Got Talent in 2009 to see The Texas Tenors become the highest ranking vocal group in the history of the show. Performing everything from country legend Alabama to opera’s Puccini, John Hagen, Marcus Collins, and JC Fisher bring their unique blend of country, gospel, classical, and Broadway to the stage. With their hit PBS special now airing across the U.S. and Billboard Top 10 album You Should Dream, The Texas Tenors are quickly becoming America’s favorite new tenors.


Saturday, October 27, 2018 • 7:30 PM

It’s hard to believe more than 20 years have passed since Selena was taken from this world far too soon. Even though she was known as “La Reina de Tejano,” Selena was more than a Tejano artist. She was a pop culture icon, and true superstar. In this concert by Los Chicos del 512 and featuring Evelyn Molina, you will relive all of the songs (“Dreaming of You,” “I Could Fall In Love,” “Baila Esta Cumbia”) that keep Selena’s star shining bright today. When these musicians hit the stage, they will take you back to 1995 within seconds of their first song. Get ready to sing, dance in your seat, and relive Selena! The music, as was Selena’s style, will be performed in Spanish and English.


2018-2019 Distinguished Lecture Series



Thursday, October 4, 2018 • 7:30 PM

Maybe you’ve seen him on the FOX News Channel. Or, perhaps you remember him from his days as anchor of the “Weekend Update” segment on Saturday Night Live. Dennis Miller is also an award-winning comedian, talk show host, sports commentator, actor, author, and television personality. After captivating audiences on Saturday Night Live from 1985 to 1991, he went on to earn five Emmy® Awards and three Writers Guild Awards for his critically acclaimed talk show, Dennis Miller Live. Miller is also the author of The New York Times best-sellers The Rants; Ranting Again; I Rant, Therefore I Am; and The Rant Zone.


Tuesday, March 19, 2019 • 7:30 PM

Those who hear Dan Rather speak often say he is one of the most extraordinary communicators of our time. With more than 60 years spent chronicling our world and nation, few can match the authority, experience, and perspective that the famed newsman brings to almost any subject. With a career that began in radio and is currently shaping news coverage in social media and beyond, Dan Rather has earned his place as one of the world’s most influential and respected journalists. During 44 years at CBS, including 24 years as anchor of the CBS Evening News, he interviewed every president since Eisenhower and personally covered history-making events. He is the recipient of virtually every honor in broadcast journalism, including numerous Emmy® Awards, several Peabody Awards, and the 2012 Edward R. Murrow Lifetime Achievement Award.


2018-2019 Arts In Education for Schools



Friday, February 1, 2019 • 10:00 AM & 12:30 PM

Kindergarten through 4th Grade

Lightwire Theater brings their use of cutting edge technology, moving sculpture, and dance to another unforgettable theatrical experience! Hans Christian Andersen’s classic The Ugly Duckling has helped generations of children understand one of humanity’s universal struggles. This classic story comes to life in this modern stage production and offers hope to us all as we root for the ugly duckling who exemplifies resilience and heroism along the way to becoming a beautiful swan.


Tuesday, February 19, 2019 • 10:00 AM & 12:30 PM
Kindergarten through 5th Grade

When the class gets lost on the way to the planetarium, Ms. Frizzle saves the day by blasting into outer space for an epic interplanetary field trip! But when rivalries both old and new threaten to tear the students apart, our young heroes must learn to pull together or risk getting forever lost in the solar system. Theaterworks USA invites you to hop on The Magic School Bus for a ride in this new musical adaptation based on the original book series published by Scholastic.




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