CONTACT: WINSTON BARCLAY
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0073; fax (319) 384-0024
Hancher begins phone and box-office window sales for 1998-99 performing
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Tickets for the 1998-99 performing arts season at
the University of Iowa Hancher Auditorium, which have been available only
by mail order since the season was announced in mid-April, will be available
by phone or at the box-office windows beginning July 1.
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.
Among the anticipated highlights of the 1998-99 season are the Broadway
musicals "Rent," "Annie," "Smokey Joe's Cafe"
and "The King and I"; stellar dance attractions including "Tap
Dogs," "Forever Tango" and the Houston Ballet's "Dracula";
and musical events ranging from the House of Blues with Taj Mahal, to two
all-Beethoven concerts by the Emerson String Quartet to the Lincoln Center
Jazz Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis.
The season includes established stars and old Hancher friends including
folksinger Joan Baez, legendary jazz bassist (and Iowa native) Charlie
Haden with his Quartet West, the Children's Theatre Company from the Twin
Cities returning with "Wondrous Tales of Old Japan," jazz pianist
Marcus Roberts, guitar virtuoso Christopher Parkening in a tribute to mentor
Andres Segovia, Hungarian pianist Andras Schiff, Pro Musica Nipponia with
percussionist Evelyn Glennie, the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company
and pop/jazz songstress Cassandra Wilson in a tribute to Miles Davis.
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 his
Theatre of Voices.
Additional information about the season is available at the Hancher
site on the World Wide Web: <http://www.uiowa.edu/~hancher/>.
"Experience It Live at Hancher," the free, full-color brochure
for the 1998-99 season, is still available from the box office, or from
the Hancher administrative office at (319) 335-1130.
Hancher summer box office hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. weekdays. 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 payroll deduction. The box office will be
closed July 3 and Aug. 1-23.
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 Inc., the Gazette, the Iowa City Press-Citizen,
Hames Mobile Homes, the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center, Country Bancorporation
and Kay J.A. Bernau, the FREEDOM Group, TCI of Eastern Iowa, UI Men's Intercollegiate
Athletics, Meacham Travel Service, Holiday Inn - Iowa City, Prairie Lights
and the Iowa City Coffee Company, Cantebury Inn and Suites, Cambridge Place
Apartments, KDAT-FM, KHAK-FM, Radisson Highlander Plaza, GEICO Direct Insurance,
the Iowa City Guitar Foundation, Mercy Iowa City and Mercy on Call, Everybody's
Whole Foods, and Eye Surgeons Associates, 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
11, Friday -- Joan Baez, 8 p.m.
14, Mon -- Emerson String Quartet, All-Beethoven program. 8 p.m., CRH
16, Wed -- Emerson String Quartet, All-Beethoven program. 8 p.m., CRH
18 - 20, Fri - Sun -- "Smokey Joe's Cafe," 9/18-19, 8 p.m.; 9/20,
26, Sat -- Charlie Haden's Quartet West, 8 p.m.
2 - 4, Fri - Sun -- "Forever Tango," 10/2-3, 8 p.m.; 10/4, 3
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 and 24, Fri and Sat -- "Patsy," 8 p.m.
26, Mon (new date) -- Budapest Festival Orchestra with Andras Schiff, piano,
30 and 31, Fri and Sat -- Houston Ballet, "Dracula," 8 p.m.
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.
8 - 13, Tue - Sun -- "Annie," 12/8-12, 7:30 p.m.; 12/12, 2 p.m.;
12/13, 1 and 6 p.m.
22, Fri -- Ko-Thi Dance Company, 8 p.m.
27, Wed -- Christopher Parkening, 8 p.m.
30 and 31, Sat and Sun -- BalletMet, "Beauty and the Beast,"
2 and 3, Tue and Wed -- "Tap Dogs," 8 p.m.
4, Thu -- Jeremy Denk, piano, 8 p.m., CRH
12, Fri --"A Great Day In Harlem" featuring Art Farmer Quintet,
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.
3, Wed -- The Brandenburg Ensemble, 8 p.m.
5 and 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.
2 and 3, Fri and Sat --"The King and I," 4/2, 8 p.m.; 4/3, 2
and 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
4, Tue -- Reduced Shakespeare Company, 8 p.m.
CRH = Clapp Recital Hall
HL = Hancher Loft