Cowan Center Presents The Chieftains, Finding Neverland, Dan Rather, and the New York Philharmonic String Quartet


The Chieftains perform at the Cowan Center March 16.

UT Tyler’s Cowan Center has four remaining shows in its 2018-19 season closing out this spring.

The Chieftains perform traditional Irish music on the Cowan Center stage at 7 p.m. March 16 just in time for St. Patrick’s Day. The six-time Grammy winners have made music together for more than 50 years. Opening act is American roots and Celtic soul group Switchback.

As part of its Distinguished Lecture Series, the Cowan Center presents Dan Rather at 7:30 p.m. March 19. With more than 60 years spent chronicling the world and nation, few can match the authority, experience, and perspective that the famed newsman brings to almost any subject. With a career that began in radio and is currently shaping news coverage in social media and beyond, Dan Rather has earned his place as one of the world’s most influential and respected journalists. During 44 years at CBS, including 24 years as anchor of the CBS Evening News, he interviewed every president since Eisenhower and personally covered history-making events. He is the recipient of virtually every honor in broadcast journalism, including numerous Emmy Awards, several Peabody Awards and the 2012 Edward R. Murrow Lifetime Achievement Award.

The New York Philharmonic String Quartet takes the stage at 7:30 p.m. March 30. Members of the acclaimed ensemble, all multiple prize winners, are Concertmaster Frank Huang, Principal Associate Concertmaster Sheryl Staples, Principal Viola Cynthia Phelps, and Principal Cello Carter Brey. The Tyler program includes pieces by Haydn, Shostakovich, and Brahms.

The final season performance is in the Cowan’s Broadway Series. Finding Neverland follows the life of the incredibly imaginative author J.M. Barrie as he reveals the origins of one of his most famous tales, Peter Pan. This play is inspired by a widow’s four eccentric young children who sparked the creation of the story of pixies, magic, and adventure. Finding Neverland is based on the award-winning film that delves into the personal history of J.M. Barrie, portraying his trials and triumphs and the production of one of his greatest works.

This heartwarming theatrical event takes place at 7:30 p.m. April 9 at UT Tyler Cowan Center, 3900 University Blvd. in Tyler. For more information on tickets call the box office at (903) 566-7424. Tickets are also available for online purchase at

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