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The Wagner Noël Performing Arts Center is the shining star of West Texas!

The Wagner Noël Performing Arts Center is an SMG-Managed facility, and a partnership between the communities of Midland, Odessa, and the University of Texas of the Permian Basin. Established to develop a national venue for the performing arts in West Texas, the facility was completed in 2011.


Our Mission: To provide quality live entertainment to the Permian Basin and surrounding community. 


The Wagner Noël Performing Arts Center is the cornerstone of a much broader effort by the partnership to develop a nationally renowned program of cultural events and provide a world-class venue for performing arts organizations. Wagner Noël Performing Arts Center continues to promote the development of the performing arts on campus and for all levels and ages among the communities of the region.


The quality of life immediately improved for the region because of this partnership and the community leaders who believed in the Midland-Odessa area as a great place to live. Through their financial support, the partnership built this state-of-the-art performing arts center. It is named after the major donor families – Lissa Noël Wagner. The Board’s vision was to attract people of all levels of income, ages, and artistic taste to this new venue and continues to strive for this diversity each season. The over 150 scheduled shows a year include country singers, rock bands, symphony orchestras, Broadway shows, ballet performances, children's programs, Christian artists, and comedians.


Wagner Noël Performing Arts Center serves as home to:


  • The Midland-Odessa Symphony & Chorale that includes a symphony orchestra, a chorale, and a youth choir along with three resident instrumental ensembles. Each season consists of a Masterworks series, Pops & Family Series, Chamber Series or a Grand Series that includes all performances.
  • Midland Festival Ballet community performances
  • The University's music department -- housed in the academic wing of the venue and student performance recitals
  • Broadway in the Basin – hosting professional Broadway-show touring groups
  • Live on Stage Permian Basin 

The eighty-one-million-dollar facility received a Merit Award from the USITT Architecture Awards program in 2013. This award recognizes architectural excellence in performing arts spaces. The award-winning team included Boora Architects; Rhotenberry Wellen Architects, associate architects; Auerbach Pollock Friedlander, theatre consultant; and Jaffe Holden, sound consultant. Awards were chosen based on “creativity, contextual resonance, functional operation, use of new technologies, and community contribution.” When you walk into the building, you immediately notice the quality and mindfulness in its design. These experiences carry through to the 1,827-seat main and the 192-seat recital halls for our guests.


A community Board of Directors continues to oversee the management and finances of the center. The board has contracted with SMG, a worldwide entertainment and convention venue management firm, to manage the building.


About this iconic building



Midland-Odessa Symphony & Chorale

Midland Festival Ballet


University of Texas Permian Basin

UTPB Department of Music 

Official Ticket Provider - Etix 



About SMG

Founded in 1977, SMG provides management services to 243 public assembly facilities including convention and exhibition centers, arenas, stadiums, theaters, performing arts centers, equestrian facilities, science centers and a variety of other venues. With facilities across the globe, SMG manages more than 19 million square feet of exhibition space and more than 1.5 million sports and entertainment seats. As the recognized global industry leader, SMG provides venue management, sales, marketing, event booking and programming, construction and design consulting, and pre-opening services for such landmark facilities as McCormick Place & Soldier Field in Chicago, Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco, Houston’s NRG Park and the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. SMG also offers food and beverage operations through its concessions and catering companies, currently serving more than 140 accounts worldwide. For more information visit http://www.smgworld.com.


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