CONTACT: WINSTON BARCLAY
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0073; fax (319) 384-0024
Hancher holiday gift certificates are perfect for arts lovers
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The Hancher Auditorium box office at the University
of Iowa is prepared for the holidays, with gift certificates and tickets
packaged in festive envelopes for the lovers of music, theater and dance
on anyone's list.
Hancher gift certificates, available in multiples of $5, may be redeemed
for tickets to any of the UI performances handled by the Hancher box office.
This includes not only the internationally renowned music, theater and
dance artists presented by the auditorium, but also all the Mainstage productions
of University Theatres, major productions of UI Opera Theater and the Old
Gold Singers, the UI Dance Company's annual Dance Gala and the perennially
popular UI Band Extravaganza.
For gift-givers who know exactly what performances their recipients
have been dreaming about, the box office will package tickets to specific
events during the remainder of the 1997-98 season.
Among the Hancher events in the spring of 1998 that promise to be popular
choices are the return of Andrew Lloyd-Webber's "Cats" Feb. 6-8;
South Africa's Ladysmith Black Mambazo on Feb. 25; Taiwan's top modern
dance company, the Cloud Gate Dance Theatre on Feb. 28; Ireland's Chieftains
March 3; the piano/vibes jazz duo of Chick Corea and Gary Burton on March
7; the return of the Broadway hit "Grease!" March 27-29; the
National Ballet of Canada on April 14; and Simon Rattle conducting one
of Europe's best orchestras, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra,
on May 11.
Holiday gift certificates or tickets from the Hancher box office may
be provided to the purchaser or sent directly to the intended recipient.
Hancher box office hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. weekdays, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Saturday and 1-3 p.m. Sunday. From the local calling area or outside Iowa,
dial (319) 335-1160. Long distance within Iowa and western Illinois is
toll-free, 1-800-HANCHER. Fax to (319) 353-2284. Orders may be charged
to VISA, MasterCard or American Express. UI students may charge their purchases
to their university bills, and UI faculty and staff may select the option
of payroll deduction.
People with special needs should dial (319) 335-1158. The line is equipped
with TDD for people with hearing impairment who use that technology.
But because the Hancher box office will close at the end of the business
day Dec. 20 for the UI winter break, you can't wait until the last minute!