MC hosts Gladys Knight

For one night at 8 p.m. on Friday, April 11, MC students will have a free opportunity to see Gladys Knight, who will be performing as part of the Phyllis & Bob Cowan Performing Art Series.

“The committee has been interested in Gladys Knight for quite some time because of her appeal to a broad audience demographic (age, ethnicity and gender),” said media services director Rebecca Bell.

It was not hard to get her to attend. “Artists such as Ms. Knight usually like to have several performances scheduled at locations within the same state or geographic region.

It just so happens that she will be performing in Houston on Saturday, April 12, and we are able to have her come to Midland the evening before,” Bell said

MC is able to attract famous performers like Knight because “individual donations are also given to the Midland College Foundation to help sustain the performing arts series. The Midland College Foundation is a private, nonprofit corporation,” Bell said.

“The Phyllis & Bob Cowan Performing Arts Series performances generally have between 1,500-3,000 people in attendance,” Bell said. “Of course, the size of the audience depends on the appeal of the performer. For Gladys Knight, we estimate to fill about 1,800 general admission seats and 500 Friends of the Series seats. Friends of the Series are those people who have paid $1,000 in 2014 to help sustain MC’s performing arts and lecture series.”

Knight will not be the only performer that has attended an event at MC like this. They have had many others along with dance groups. “Some of the artists we have had in the past include Lyle Lovett, Garrison Keillor, Marvin Hamlisch, Bob Newhart, Dave Barry, Ruthie Foster and Andre Watts,” Bell said.

“We have also had internationally recognized dance troupes and other acts such as the Russian National Ballet Theatre, The 5 Browns, The Kingston Trio, The Ten Tenors, The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, The Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Ballet Folklorico de Mexico de Amalia Hernandez. On March 18, we will have the Dance Theatre of Harlem.”

For more information about the event, contact Rebecca Bell at 432-685-4556 or at

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