Rosanne Cash, Doobie Brothers, “Motown the Musical,” Yo-Yo Ma all coming to Cowan Center
Welcome to the 21st Season of Fun
The Cowan Center just announced it’s 2017-2018 season with a ton of concerts, family fun, and theatre musicals. From Rosanne Cash to Rodgers + Hammerstein’s “Cinderella,” then The Doobie Brothers in concert, “Motown The Musical,” and “Mr. Popper’s Penguins” – there is something for all ages.
Susan Thomae-Morphew, executive director of the performing arts venue at The University of Texas at Tyler, said, “We are so excited about so many things today. We just love, love, love announcing our season on this (Cowan Center) stage. Also, the Cowan is teaming with Young Audiences of Northeast Texas and Discovery Science Place in Tyler to present two shows for children, ‘Mr. Popper’s Penguins’ and a new adaptation of ‘Alice in Wonderland.’”
The season is split into several series. Tickets can be purchased for the entire season, specific series, or for individual shows. You can become a Member and get advanced tickets now.
Cowan Center Circle members get to buy tickets first. After the annual subscription drive, members – and only members – enjoy the benefit of reserving tickets to all of the shows you want to buy before they go on sale to the public. Annually, Cowan Center shows their appreciation of your support by providing member benefits and the Circle Member Gala October 27th. All Members who join by August 18th are recognized on the member lobby sign all season. Memberships start from $50 and up.
There are several ticket packages available.
- “Special Events” tickets range from $134-$238. These are “Yo-Yo Ma,” “The Wizard of Oz,” and “The Doobie Brothers.” Special events cannot be purchased online. To purchase these events you may download a season order form at www.cowancenter.org/buytickets.html and fax or mail your request, or call the box office at (903)566-7424.
- “Performance Arts Series tickets range from $134-$238. These are “Million Dollar Quartet,” “All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914,” “Complexions,” Contemporary Ballet: Bach to Bowie,” and “Celtic Women.”
- “Broadway Series” tickets range from $105-$200. These are “Cinderella,” “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder,” and “Motown The Musical.”
- “Braithwaite Intimate Gatherings Series” tickets range from $99-$117. These are “Rosanne Cash” and “America.”
- “Distinguished Lecture Series” tickets range from $31-$67. These are Greg Gutfeld and Kimberly Guilfoyle.
Tickets are available at the box office, by calling (903)566-7424, or go to cowancenter.org.
Sunday, September 17th at 7pm
Music to be performed by Dvorák: Humoresque. The UT Tyler Cowan Center and East Texas Symphony Orchestra join together to present acclaimed cellist “Yo-Yo Ma” in concert with the ETSO. Mr. Ma will perform Dvorák’s dramatic Cello Concerto in B Minor. The evening will also include Dvorák’s Humoresque and Sibelius’ Symphony No. 1. Mr. Ma has performed for eight American presidents, most recently at the invitation of President Obama on the occasion of the 56th Inaugural Ceremony. Tickets are $37-$147.
Tuesday, October 10th at 7:30pm
“New York Times” best-selling author, Greg Gutfeld has been called “outrageous and outspoken,” neither of which he denies. A Libertarian political satirist, humorist, magazine editor, and blogger, he is best known as the co-host of the Fox News Channel program “The Five,” a weekday program, and his other show, “The Greg Gutfeld Show.” He currently blogs on Breitbart, where he writes about the news and pop culture of the day from a conservative libertarian humorous slant. He is the author of several books including bestsellers “Joy of Hate: How to Triumph over Whiners in the Age of Phony Outrage and Not Cool,” and “The Hipster Elite and Their War on You.” Member sales begin August 14th, and public sales begin September 11th. Tickets are $17-$37.
“Rosanne Cash: Black List River”
Friday, October 27th at 7:30pm
In “Black List River” Rosanne Cash offers a sweeping song cycle culled from her award-winning Southern and soul trilogy of works “Black Cadillac” (2006), “The List” (2009), and “The River and The Thread” (2014). Featuring guitarist and partner John Leventhal and their band, this concert features some of the most acclaimed and beloved music of Rosanne’s career. “Black List River” celebrates the American experience and what is at the heart of Rosanne’s journey as a songwriter and singer, her devotion to her Southern roots and family lineage. Member sales begin August 14th, and public sales begin October 2nd. Tickets are $52-$62.
Thursday, November 2nd at 7:30pm
When they won the Grammy® for Best New Artist in 1972, it was only the beginning. Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell, better known as “America,” were on their way to selling out venues across the world, while six of their albums went Platinum or Gold. Harmonizing their way to the top of the charts for the first time with their signature song “A Horse With No Name,” they became a global household name and paved the way to the impressive string of hits “I Need You,” “Ventura Highway,” “Don’t Cross The River,” “Tin Man,” “Lonely People,” and “Sister Golden Hair.” Member sales begin August 14th, and public sales begin October 9th. Tickets are $57-$67.
“All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914”
Thursday, November 30th at 7:30pm
The Western Front, Christmas Eve, 1914. Out of the violence of the Great War’s trenches comes a silence, then a song as a young German soldier steps into no man’s land singing “Stille Nacht.” Thus begins an extraordinary night of camaraderie, music, and peace. A remarkable true story, told in the words of the men who lived it. Cantus and Theater Latté Da present “All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914” by Peter Rothstein, with musical arrangements by Erick Lichte and Timothy C. Takach. Member sales begin August 14th, and public sales begin October 30th. Tickets are $37-$57.
“Mr. Popper’s Penguins”
Friday, December 8th at 10am and 12:30pm
Painter and decorator by day, Mr. Popper spends his time dreaming of Antarctic adventures. He is astounded when one day a packing crate arrives on his doorstep and a penguin waddles out! With original songs and performing penguin puppets, this delightful, action-packed musical adaptation of Richard and Florence Atwater’s popular book (also made into a Hollywood film starring Jim Carrey) is the perfect family treat. Ticket orders accepted beginning August 21st. Tickets are $4.
The Doobie Brothers in Concert
Thursday, January 11th at 7:30pm
When considering the ultimate classic rock bands of the 1970s, The Doobie Brothers are at the top of everyone’s list with their mind-blowing, roots-based, harmony-laden, guitar-driven rock and roll. With more than 48 million albums sold worldwide and four GRAMMY® Awards, their numerous chart-topping hits include “Black Water,” “China Grove,” “Listen to the Music,” and “Long Train Running.” In all, the band has tallied-up five top 10 singles and 16 top 40 hits. Their latest album, Southbound, features new recordings of the band’s iconic hits, with country music’s biggest stars. Tickets are $57-$147.
Thursday, January 18th at 7:30pm
Rodgers + Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” is the Tony Award®- winning Broadway musical from the creators of The Sound of Music and South Pacific that’s delighting audiences with its contemporary take on this classic tale. This lush production features an incredible orchestra, jaw-dropping transformations, and all the moments you love—the pumpkin, the glass slipper, the masked ball, and more—plus some surprising new twists! Be transported back to your childhood as you rediscover some of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s most beloved songs. Member sales begin August 14th, and public sales begin November 27th. Tickets are $37-$77.
“A Gentleman’s Guide To Love & Murder”
Saturday, February 3rd at 7:30pm
Getting away with murder can be so much fun…and there’s no better proof than the hilarious hit show that won the 2014 Tony Award® for Best Musical—“A Gentleman’s Guide To Love & Murder.” As one most gentlemanly NPR critic put it, “I’ve never laughed so hard at a Broadway musical!” “A Gentleman’s Guide” tells the uproarious story of Monty Navarro, an heir to a family fortune who sets out to jump the line of succession by eliminating the eight pesky relatives who stand in his way… and be done in time for tea. This is for mature audiences. Member sales begin August 14th, and public sales begin January 8th. Tickets are $42-$67.
“Million Dollar Quartet”
Monday, February 12th at 7:30pm
“Million Dollar Quartet” is the smash hit Broadway musical, inspired by the true story of the famed recording session that brought together rock ‘n’ roll icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins for the first and only time. On December 4th, 1956, these four young musicians were gathered together by Sam Phillips, the “Father of Rock ‘n’ Roll” at Sun Records in Memphis for what would be one of the greatest jam sessions of all time. “Million Dollar Quartet” timeless hits include “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Fever,” “That’s All Right,” “Sixteen Tons,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “I Walk the Line,” “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On,” “Hound Dog,” and more. Member sales begin August 14th, and public sales begin January 22nd. Tickets are $32-$67.
“Bach To Bowie: Complexions”
Tuesday, February 27th at 7:30pm
Combining the best of athleticism, lyricism, technical training, and experience, “Complexions” awakens audiences to a new, exciting genre with their singular approach of reinventing dance through a groundbreaking mix of methods, styles, and cultures. This innovative dance company is at it again with their latest creation “Bach to Bowie.” The Bowie part of the evening is entitled “Star Dust” and will feature, as you might expect, daredevil dancing, a hip soundtrack, glam rock costumes, and innovative stagecraft. Member sales begin August 14th, and public sales begin January 29th. Tickets are $37-$62.
“Motown The Musical”
Tuesday, March 6th at 7:30pm
It began as one man’s story… became everyone’s music… and is now a Broadway musical. “Motown The Musical” is the true American Dream story of Motown founder Berry Gordy’s journey from featherweight boxer to the heavyweight music mogul who launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson, and many more. Featuring classic songs such as “My Girl” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” experience the story behind the music in the record-breaking smash hit “Motown The Musical!” Member sales begin August 14th, and public sales begin February 5th. Tickets are $37-$67.
“Alice In Wonderland”
Friday, March 9th at 10am and 12:30pm
Finally, an Alice for our time! It’s a new take on a favorite classic. This all-new production finds a precocious girl, Alice, falling into a fantastic world of extravagant characters where little makes sense. To find her way, Alice charts a topsy-turvy course where every turn means a new adventure. This breathtaking 21st-century staging uses cameras, projections, and puppets to help tell the story of Alice’s journey through Wonderland. This is ideal for Grades 2-6. Ticket orders accepted beginning August 21st. Tickets are $4.
Tuesday, April 3rd at 7:30pm
Kimberly Guilfoyle joined FOX News Channel as a legal analyst in 2006, hosting the one-hour crime-based program, “The Lineup.” She currently co-hosts Fox’s primetime show “The Five” — a roundtable ensemble of FOX personalities who discuss, debate, and debunk news stories, controversies, and issues of the day. Guilfoyle also appears as a legal and political analyst on “Hannity,” and is part of a rotating panel on “Outnumbered.” Member sales begin August 14th, and public sales begin March 5th. A Dinner and Post-Lecture Reception will be held, sponsored by Austin Bank. Tickets are $17-$37.
“The Wizard of Oz”
Saturday, April 21st at 7:30pm
There truly is no place like home as the greatest family musical of all time, “The Wizard of Oz” twists its way into the Cowan Center! The entire family will be captivated as they travel down the Yellow Brick Road and beyond with Dorothy, Toto, and their friends the Cowardly Lion, the Tin Man, and the Scarecrow in this lavish production, featuring breathtaking special effects, dazzling choreography, and classic songs. Member sales begin August 14th, and public sales begin March 26th. Tickets are $37-$72.
Celtic Woman in Concert
Thursday, May 10th at 7:30pm
They’ve sold more than ten million albums and three million tickets. Now, the global phenomenon known as Celtic Woman is set to embark on another world tour, which will include a stop in Tyler. It all started on a winter Dublin night in 2004. The idea was conceived to create a musical ensemble featuring a selection of exceptional classically and traditionally trained Irish female musicians. Member sales begin August 14th, and public sales begin April 9th. Tickets are $42-$77.
The Cowan Center is located at 3900 University Blvd. on the University of Texas at Tyler campus.
Tickets are available at the box office, by calling (903)566-7424, or go to cowancenter.org.The box office is open Monday-Friday 9am-4pm and is located adjacent to the Vaughn entrance of the Cowan Center.
Memberships forms can be sent by mail to UT Tyler Cowan Center 3900 University Blvd., FAC 1120 Tyler, TX 75799 or by fax to (903)566-7134.