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UI Hancher Auditorium's 1998-99 season emphasizes unique qualities of live arts experiences

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Tickets are now on sale for the 1998-99 performing arts season at the University of Iowa Hancher Auditorium, presenting the best in international music, theater and dance.

"Experience It Live at Hancher," a free, full-color brochure that emphasizes the unique character of live performing arts experiences -- and also contains details about events ranging from "Rent," "Annie" and "The King and I" to "Tap Dogs," "Forever Tango" and the Houston Ballet's "Dracula" to the House of Blues with Taj Mahal, two all-Beethoven concerts by the Emerson String Quartet and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis -- is now available from the Hancher box office or the Hancher administrative offices.

The season includes established stars and old Hancher friends including folksinger Joan Baez, legendary jazz bassist (and Iowa native) Charlie Haden, the Children's Theatre Company returning with "Wondrous Tales of Old Japan," jazz pianist Marcus Roberts, guitar virtuoso Christopher Parkening, Hungarian pianist Andras Schiff, Pro Musica Nipponia with percussionist Evelyn Glennie, the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company and songstress Cassandra Wilson.

But it also spotlights emerging talents and first-time Hancher discoveries, including the St. Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra, the Ko-Thi Dance Company, BalletMet's "Beauty and the Beast," pianist Jeremy Denk, the Reduced Shakespeare Company, the new Philip Glass/Robert Wilson collaboration "Monsters of Grace," the Holy Body Tatoo, Elizabeth Streb/Ringside and the Hancher debut of early music vocal pioneer Paul Hillier with the Theatre of Voices.

Unlike previous seasons, when Hancher has initially made series packages available in the spring, the 1998-99 season has individual tickets to all events available now. In fact, although the brochure groups events by type -- with headings including "Not Digitally Re-Mastered," "Seeing the Music," "Thrills & Chills," "Feel the Heat" and "Alone in the Spotlight" -- there are no formal series packages at all.

Instead, ticket-buyers may take advantage of volume discounts -- essentially creating their own, custom series packages. For most performances, a simultaneous purchase of 3-5 events qualifies the ticket-buyer for a 15-percent discount, and a purchase of six or more events increases the discount to 20 percent.

Additional information about the season is available at the Hancher site on the World Wide Web: <http://www.uiowa.edu/~hancher/>.

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. To contact the Hancher administrative offices, dial (319) 335-1130.

People with special needs for access, seating and auxiliary services should dial (319) 335-1158. This number will be answered by box office personnel prepared to offer assistance with handicapped parking, wheelchair access and seating, hearing augmentation and other services. The line is equipped with TDD for people with hearing impairment who use that technology.

Corporate sponsors of 1998-99 Hancher events, through the University of Iowa Foundation are Telegroup, the Gazette, the Iowa City Press-Citizen, the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center, Country Bancorporation and Kay J.A. Bernau, the FREEDOM Group, UI Men's Intercollegiate Athletics, Meacham Travel Service, Holiday Inn - Iowa City, Prairie Lights Books and Iowa City Coffee Company, Cantebury Inn & Suites, Cambridge Place Apartments, KDAT-FM, KHAK, Radisson Highlander Plaza, Geico Direct, the Iowa City Guitar Foundation, Mercy Iowa City and Mercy on Call, Everybody's Whole Foods, and Eye Surgeons Associated, PC.

Hancher programming is also supported by the Heartland Arts Fund; Audiences for the Performing Arts, a national initiative of the Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Fund; the Hancher Auditorium Enrichment Fund; and the annual giving program known as Hancher Circle.

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University of Iowa Hancher Auditorium
1998-99 season

September
11 Friday -- Joan Baez, 8 p.m.
14, Mon -- Emerson String Quartet, 8 p.m., CRH
16, Wed -- Emerson String Quartet, 8 p.m., CRH
18 - 20, Fri - Sun -- "Smokey Joe's Cafe," 9/18-19, 8 p.m.; 9/20, 3 p.m.
26, Sat -- Charlie Haden's Quartet West, 8 p.m.

October
2 - 4, Fri - Sun -- "Forever Tango," 10/2-3, 8 p.m.; 10/4, 3 p.m.
6 - 9, Tue - Fri-- Children's Theatre Company, "Wondrous Tales of Old Japan," 7 p.m., HL
16, Fri -- St. Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra, 8 p.m.
19, Mon -- New York Woodwind Quintet, 8 p.m., CRH
23 & 24, Fri & Sat -- "Patsy," 8 p.m.
26, Mon (new date) -- Budapest Festival Orchestra with András Schiff, piano, 8 p.m.
30 & 31, Fri & Sat -- Houston Ballet, "Dracula," 8 p.m.

November

4, Wed -- Marcus Roberts Trio, 8 p.m.
20, Fri -- House of Blues, "Highway 61," 8 p.m.
22, Sun -- Taylor 2, 3 p.m.

December

8 - 13, Tue - Sun -- "Annie," 12/8-12, 7:30 p.m.; 12/12, 2 p.m.; 12/13, 1 & 6 p.m.

January
22, Fri -- Ko-Thi Dance Company, 8 p.m.
27, Wed -- Christopher Parkening, 8 p.m.
30 & 31, Sat & Sun -- BalletMet, "Beauty and the Beast," 3 p.m.

February

2 & 3, Tue & Wed -- "Tap Dogs," 8 p.m.
4, Thu -- Jeremy Denk, piano, 8 p.m., CRH
12, Fri --"A Great Day In Harlem"/Art Farmer, 8 p.m.
15, Mon -- "Monsters of Grace," 8 p.m.
16, Tue -- Pro Musica Nipponia with Evelyn Glennie, 8 p.m.
23 - 28, Tue - Sun -- "Rent," 2/23-28, 8 p.m.; 2/27-28, 2 p.m.

March

3, Wed -- The Brandenburg Ensemble, 8 p.m.
5 & 6, Fri - Sat -- The Holy Body Tattoo, 8 p.m., HL
23, Tue -- Trio Parnassus, 8 p.m., CRH
25, Thu -- Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, 8 p.m.
30, Tue -- Ensemble for Early Music, 8 p.m.
31, Wed -- Cassandra Wilson, 8 p.m.

April

2 & 3, Fri & Sat --"The King and I," 4/2, 8 p.m.; 4/3, 2 & 8 p.m.
5, Mon -- David Finckel and Wu Han, 8 p.m., CRH
10, Sat -- Elizabeth Streb/Ringside, 8 p.m.
15, Thu -- Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, 8 p.m.
20, Tue -- Theatre of Voices, 8 p.m., CRH

May

4, Tue -- Reduced Shakespeare Company, 8 p.m.

CRH = Clapp Recital Hall
HL = Hancher Loft

4/15/98