kenny rogers

Country music legend to perform May 8

Country music legend Kenny Rogers is sure to awe fans when he performs in May at the Ryan Concert Hall, T. Furth Center for Performing Arts at Trine University.

Rogers, known for hits such as “The Gambler” and “Lucille,” is scheduled to perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 8. Tickets, which go on sale at 10 a.m. today (Jan. 30), are available at Prices are $50, $75 and $90. The concert is sponsored by the Rick L. and Vicki L. James Foundation.

For more than 50 years, Rogers has entertained audiences with memorable songs, including “Lady,” “She Believes in Me” and duet “Islands in the Stream” performed with Dolly Parton. He was voted “Favorite Singer of All-Time” in a joint poll in 1986 by readers of USA Today and People. Other career highlights include:

  • Three Grammy awards, 11 People’s Choice Awards, 19 American Music Awards, eight Academy of Country Music awards and six Country Music Association Awards among other awards
  • Twenty-four No. 1 hits, including “We’ve Got Tonight”
  • “Greatest Hits” album that has sold more than 24 million copies worldwide
  • One Diamond album, 19 Platinum albums and 31 Gold albums
  • Sales of more than 120 million records worldwide with more than 65 albums recorded

In his 52nd year as an entertainer, Rogers shows no signs of stopping as he continues to tour around the country and world. Currently, he’s headlining the Farewell Down Under Tour in Australia and New Zealand. His Through the Years World Tour in the United States will continue in March.

"I really, really love what I'm doing," Rogers said in an article on his website, "People survive longer if they love what they're doing, because you just don't quit."

The T. Furth Center for Performing Arts is located at 500 W. Maumee St.

Other upcoming shows

  • Music legend Leon Russell is scheduled to perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27. Tickets, available at, are $30, $35 and $40.
  • Trine University’s Free Concert Series includes two February concerts by the Trine Music Department. The Wind Ensemble will perform at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 15. The Orchestra and Vocal Ensemble will give a concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 22.

For more information about any of the shows or a complete list of concerts, visit

T. Furth Center for Performing Arts

Trine University opened the T. Furth Center for Performing Arts with the Ryan Concert Hall in May 2014. The handicapped-accessible center is the result of an $8.3 million renovation the rescued the former First Christian Church. The transformed historic gem is an arts center that enhances art opportunities for the campus, community and region.