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
A captivating and magnetic entertainer, Illusionist
Saturday, April 22 ,2017 at 7:30 p.m.
Al G. Langford Chaparral Center
A captivating and magnetic entertainer, illusionist Drew Thomas has been seen by over 100 million people worldwide and his appearances a finalist on "America's Got Talent," television's #1 rated summer show, have exposed audiences all over the world to his engaging and approachable new brand of magic. Fusing contemporary grand illusions with exhilarating live music, movement, suspense and a touch of humor, Drew Thomas isn't your classical magician; relying on his arsenal of spray paint, metal, gears, wood, power tools, and the occasional motorcycle, he uses ordinary objects everyone can relate to, providing a fresh and electrifying entertainment experience like no other. With his exuberant personality and intricate illusions that will leave you guessing, Drew Thomas always mesmerizes...delivering the impossible and making believers out of skeptics.
Born in Dayton, Ohio and raised in Columbus, Drew first became serious about magic in 11th grade after breaking his leg while learning to skateboard. With lots of free time on his hands, he pulled out some magic books and practiced intensely. After performing for the annual Senior Spring Fling, he instantly became popular as magic man throughout school, then developed a birthday magic show business...and the rest is history! With his mother and stepfather behind him 100%, his first summer out of high school, Drew hit the ground running, creating shows for both Sea World and Premiere Parks and to this day, he still uses some of the original illusions his stepfather helped him build.
Today, in addition to performing his own shows across the country, Drew puts his one-of-a-kind approach to magic and illusion to good use with several other organizations; he also designs magic shows for the Orlando Magic basketball team (for two seasons now) as well as the Milwaukee Bucks & Charlotte Bobcats, Six Flags, Sea World, Universal Studios (he created the hugely popular "Carnival of Carnage" for Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights) and Royal Caribbean Cruises (each week Drew flies to/from the Caribbean to perform in the longest running and most successful magic show in cruise history, 'Now You See It').
Past performers for the Phyllis & Bob Cowan Performing Arts Series
(September 2000 to Present)
|Jason Isbell with Amanda Shires
|Moscow Festival Ballet
||Ballet Folklórico de México de Amalia Hernández
||The Avett Brothers
||Dance Theater of Harlem
|Texas Jamm Band
||Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
||Lyle Lovett and his Large Band
||The 5 Browns
|Russian National Ballet Theatre
||The Kingston Trio
|3 Mo' Divas
|The Ten Tenors
|Golden Dragon Acrobats
|The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
||Smokey Joe's Cafe
|Preservation Hall Jazz Band
||Laurence Luckinbill in "Teddy Tonight"
||Moscow Boys Choir
|The Flying Karamazov Brothers
||Ballet Folklorico de Mexico de Amalia Hernandez
|The Phyllis & Bob Cowan Performing Arts Series Committee
| David Stroman, Esq. - Chair
|| Kathy Fletcher
| Rebecca Bell
|| Edward McPherson
| Kathy Clark
|| Danny Holeva
| Michel Curry, Esq.
|| Vicki Thomas
| Rabon Bewley
|| Dr. Donna Thompson