MATRIX:MIDLAND Festival 2019

This year’s MATRIX:MIDLAND Festival features leaders in art, science and humanities! Join us this summer to celebrate the things that make life amazing!



JUN 3 / 7 PM / Little Theater / FREE Event

Join Mark Golden CEO of Golden Artist Colors Inc. as he tells the story of the company’s thoughtful approach to serving artists and the challenges that Golden Artist Colors has overcome to provide both one of the most widely used professional line of acrylic paints on the market today and the enthusiasm to customize paint for many famed artists of our time.

SPONSORED BY / The Midland Section of American Chemical Society; and DOW Coating Materials


JUN 4 / 7 PM / Auditorium

Captain Scott Kelly’s epic Year In Space, now a New York Times best-selling book, solidified his status as one of the greatest pioneers in history. In his acclaimed speech appearances, he now brings audiences to the edge of their seats with transcendent insights that inspire and challenge them to dream big, test the status quo, and “choose to do the hard things.”

SPONSORED BY / DuPont and The Midland Section of American Chemical Society


JUN 8 / 10 AM – 4 PM / Barstow Airport / FREE Event

The Matrix Drone Festival is a Midland-first and a unique event that will be held at the Barstow Airport. Free to the public and family friendly, an entire day of drones will be on showcase featuring professional drone pilots that will demonstrate the multitude of capabilities of drones in both large commercial applications as well as today’s consumer market.


JUN 8 / 7:30 PM / Auditorium

Star of stage and screen, Matthew Morrison, has been nominated for Tony, Emmy, and Golden Globe awards. His performance in Hairspray on Broadway and the Tony-winning revival of South Pacific were both met with critical acclaim. Morrison, known for starring as Will Schuester on the hit television show GLEE, will perform a career retrospective, with repertoire including material from Broadway, Glee, and versions from songs off of his albums.


JUN 10 / 7 PM / Little Theater

Papa Kiszka, father of 3/4 of the band members known as Greta Van Fleet, performs as part of The Voortex Blues Band during this live podcast performance of That Show with Those Guys. TSwTG consists of Jacob Larsen, Alex the Greek and Cousin Sean with Uncle Rick, and Eric Larsen discussing stupid news and talking to famous people around a metaphorical campfire.


JUN 11 / 7 PM / Auditorium

Michelle Gielan has spent the past decade researching the link between happiness and success. She is the bestselling author of Broadcasting Happiness: The Science of Igniting and Sustaining Positive Change and was named one of the Top 10 authors on resilience by the Harvard Business Review.

SPONSORED BY / Mid-Michigan Health


JUN 11, 12 & 13 / 6:30 PM
JUN 14 & 15 / 4:30 & 8:30 PM
JUN 16 / 4 PM
Little Theater Stage

Candles flicker. Whisky pours. Conversation stirs. Before the night is over you will have encountered the impossible. A worldwide smash-hit that has mesmerized both audiences and critics alike, Scott Silven’s At the Illusionist’s Table is unlike anything else in the world of theater. An unforgettable sensory experience weaving together fine dining, whisky tasting, and Silven’s singular talents in illusion and mentalism.


JUN 14 / 7:30 PM / Auditorium

Named after a haunting Bob Dylan song, Farewell Angelina is an all-female country group with four powerhouse vocalists, dynamic songwriters and accomplished multi-instrumentalists. Their stellar blend of heart-stopping harmonies over blazing double violins and guitars has earned soaring praise across the board.

SPONSORED BY / Garber Chevrolet 


JUN 15 / 2 & 6 PM / Forest Classroom at Whiting Forest

Before training as an architect, Alan worked as a carpenter, contractor and cabinet-maker, acquiring a lifelong appreciation for craftsmanship and the practical realities of construction. Alan went on to work as lead designer and partner at three Philadelphia firms before opening Metcalfe Architecture & Design in 2001.

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