Phyllis & Bob Cowan Performing Arts Series


The Phyllis & Bob Cowan Performing Arts Series

In August 1999, Phyllis and Bob Cowan announced the endowment of the Phyllis & Bob Cowan Performing Arts Series. The principal funds the series in perpetuity, and only the dedicated interest is used twice each year to bring cultural opportunities and the finest performers in the world to our community at no cost to all citizens. The Friends of the Series also supplements this fund.

A performance by Marvin Hamlisch, pianist and Oscar-winning composer, on September 14, 2000, inaugurated the Phyllis & Bob Cowan Performing Arts Series. The series presents, two to four times a year, performers who offer the finest artistic and cultural opportunities to the students and the citizens of Midland by providing events of an international interest and scope. Performances in this series stimulate and inspire the Midland arts community, which prides itself on a rich tradition of excellence in the performing arts.


 The Phyllis and Bob Cowan Performing Arts Series

Emmylou Harris

One Night in Memphis Horizontal

Tuesday, October 9, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.
Al G. Langford Chaparral Center

Emmylou Harris
Emmylou Photo


A 13-time Grammy winner and Billboard Century Award recipient, Emmylou Harris’ contribution as a singer and songwriter spans 40 years. She has recorded more than 25 albums and has lent her talents to countless fellow artists’ recordings. In recognition of her remarkable career, Harris was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2008.


Harris is known as much for her eloquently straightforward songwriting as for her incomparably expressive singing.  Admired through her career for her talent as an artist and song connoisseur, Harris shook up country radio in the 1970s, and established herself as the premiere songwriter of a generation selling more than 15 million records and garnering 13 Grammy Awards (this year she and Rodney Crowell won the Grammy for "Best Americana album"), three CMA Awards, and two Americana Awards.


Harris is one of the most admired and influential women in music. She has recorded with such diverse artists as Linda Ronstadt, Daniel Lanois, Bob Dylan, Mark Knopfler, Neil Young, Gram Parsons, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Roy Orbison, Ryan Adams, Beck, Elvis Costello, Johnny Cash, Lucinda Williams, Lyle Lovett and most recently Rodney Crowell. Few artists have achieved such honesty or have revealed such maturity in their writing. Forty years into her career, Harris continues to share the hard-earned wisdom that—hopefully if not inevitably—comes with getting older, though she’s never stopped looking ahead.


A longtime social activist, Harris has lent her voice to many causes. She has performed at Lilith Fair, helping promote feminism in music and organizing several benefit tours to support the Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation.  Harris is also an avid supporter of animal rights and is actively involved in Bonaparte’s Retreat, the dog rescue organization that she founded.



Past performers for the Phyllis & Bob Cowan Performing Arts Series

(September 2000 to Present)


Jason Isbell with Amanda Shires One Night in Memphis
Moscow Festival Ballet Ballet Folklórico de México de Amalia Hernández
Jay Leno The Avett Brothers
Gladys Knight Dance Theater of Harlem
Texas Jamm Band Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
Cirque Chinois Lyle Lovett and his Large Band
Barrage The 5 Browns
Russian National Ballet Theatre Garrison Keillor
Marvin Hamlisch The Kingston Trio
3 Mo' Divas Jason Bishop
The Ten Tenors AEROS
Dave Barry Bob Newhart
Golden Dragon Acrobats Ruthie Foster
The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Smokey Joe's Cafe
Preservation Hall Jazz Band Laurence Luckinbill in "Teddy Tonight"
Eroica Trio Moscow Boys Choir
The Flying Karamazov Brothers Ballet Folklorico de Mexico de Amalia Hernandez

Andre Watts

Marvin Hamlisch

Mariachi Los Camperos


The Phyllis & Bob Cowan Performing Arts Series Committee
 David Stroman, Esq. - Chair   Pervis Evans
 Rebecca Bell  Danny Holeva
 Stacy Egan  Dr. Sally Rand
 Rabon Bewley  Jessica Rule
 Neil Dufford  


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