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

Mariachi Los Camperos

One Night in Memphis Horizontal

Thursday, May 3, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.
Al G. Langford Chaparral Center

Mariachi Los Camperos...

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One Night in Memphis Horizontal

Join Midland College, the Phyllis and Bob Cowan Performing Arts Series and the Friends of the Series for a fun evening of mariachi music performed by the world-renowned Mariachi Los Camperos.


The two-time Grammy Award winning grroup originated in 1961 by Natividad “Nati” Cano. He has played a fundamental role in the development of mariachi music in the United States by training and mentoring new generations of mariachi musicians.  One of Cano's abiding aims has been to counter the perception of mariachi music as mere "cantina music" and to have his beloved musical tradition be appreciated as an art form of innate beauty and artistry.  Under his leadership, Mariachi Los Camperos became one of the best mariachi ensembles in the world.  


Cano has been a major supporter, organizer and participant in the mariachi festival "movement" that started in 1979 and now boasts several dozen festivals across the United States.  He is an adjunct faculty member in UCLA's department of Ethnomusicology.


In the late 1960s, Cano opened La Fonda de Los Camperos, a restaurant with a dinner-theatre concept that welcomed mariachi fans of all cultural and economic backgrounds.  La Fonda created a new model for mariachi performance venues that has been imitated throughout the Southwest.  


Mariachi Los Camperos accompanied Linda Ronstadt on her breakthrough mariachi recordings and the concerts that followed.  The group has performed at the White House for two presidents and at major venues such as Avery Fisher Hall at New York's Lincoln Center, the National Folk Festival, the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, the Kennedy Center and at Guadalajara's Teatro Degollado.  Mariachi Los Camperos has been a repeated headliner at Mexico's premier mariachi event, the annual Encuentro de Mariachi in Guadalajara, which was recently featured in a nationally aired PBS program.

Camperos Photo Group


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

The Phyllis & Bob Cowan Performing Arts Series Committee
 David Stroman, Esq. - Chair   
 Rebecca Bell  Danny Holeva
 Michel Curry, Esq.  Edward McPherson
 Rabon Bewley  Sue Roseberry
 Neil Dufford  Vicki Thomas


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