CONTACT: WINSTON BARCLAY
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0073; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: Aug. 20, 1999
Tickets are still available for most Hancher 1999-2000
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The Hancher Auditorium box office has
re-opened with the beginning of the University of Iowa academic year, and
tickets are still available for almost all of Hanchers 1999-2000 performing-arts
events. Only the February performances of the Childrens Theater Company
are sold out, although many other events have sold briskly.
Hancher will join the worldwide marking of the millennium
with a season-spanning Millennium Festival that has emerged as the most extensive
and ambitious performing-arts millennium celebration in the United States.
The festival features 16 major commissions in music, theater and dance. Fifteen
of the commissioned works and productions will be given their world or American
premieres in Hancher.
New works have been created -- or will be created -- by
choreographers Twyla Tharp, Paul Taylor, UI alumnus Lar Lubovitch, Susan Marshall,
Bill T. Jones, Ushio Amagatsu and Jawole Willa Jo Zollar; Canadian theater
visionary Robert Lepage; and composers Richard Danielpour, Michael Daugherty,
Paul Schoenfield, UI alumnus David Lang and Mexico's Gabriela Ortiz.
Performances of the commissioned works will be presented
by prominent ensembles including American Ballet Theatre, the Kronos Quartet,
the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Bang on a Can, Sankai Juku, the Alvin Ailey
American Dance Theatre, the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, the Paul
Taylor Dance Company, the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio, the Ahn Trio and
the Ethos Percussion Group.
Several of the commissioned works will be presented in
the midst of residencies that will feature extensive arts education efforts,
including events cabled statewide on the Iowa Communication Network (ICN).
The ICN is a unique, state-owned fiber-optic network linking educational institutions,
libraries, community centers and government agencies for real-time audio-visual
The Millennium Festival will be part of a season featuring
additional blockbusters, including the return of perennial favorites "Les
Miz" and "Cats." The best tickets for these Broadway shows are still available
for weekday-evening performances.
Other headline events include Shakespeare's "A Midsummer
Night's Dream" produced by the Guthrie Theater; T.S. Monk playing the landmark
jazz of his father, Thelonious Monk; the National Symphony Orchestra conducted
by Leonard Slatkin in an all-American program; superstar cellist Yo-Yo Ma
(only balcony tickets remain available for this performance); mezzo-soprano
Frederica von Stade with Chanticleer; and a gala Millennium Eve party featuring
the legacy of a 20th-century arts giant from Iowa -- the Glenn Miller Orchestra.
The entire 1999-2000 Hancher season -- including the season-spanning
Millennium Festival -- is detailed in a free brochure, "At This Moment," which
is available from the Hancher administrative offices (319-335-1130) or the
Hancher box office.
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 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.
Ticketbuyers may take advantage of volume-purchase discounts
that essentially enable them to create their own series packages. A simultaneous
purchase of three to five events qualifies for a 15-percent discount, and
a simultaneous purchase of six or more events qualifies for a 20-percent discount.
UI students, senior citizens and audience members 17 and
younger also qualify for special discounts to most events. UI students and
senior citizens receive a 20-percent discount on tickets to most events, with
$10 Zone 3 tickets available to UI students for most events. Youth tickets
are typically half price.
Corporate sponsors of events during the Hancher 1999-2000
season are Cantebury Inn & Suites; Coral Ridge Mall; UI Men's Intercollegiate
Athletics; Iowa State Bank & Trust; Prairie Lights and the Java House;
Country Bancorporation and Kay J.A. Bernau; Everybodys Whole Foods; The Gazette;
City Plaza Hotel; Clarion Hotel and Conference Center; Iowa City Press-Citizen;
McLeod USA Inc.; TCI of Eastern Iowa; Group 5 Hospitality/Radisson Highlander
Plaza.; KGAN-TV; and radio stations KDAT-FM, KHAK-FM and KRNA-FM.
Major corporate and foundation commissioning sponsors
include Procter & Gamble, the National Endowment for the Arts and Chamber
Music America's "A Musical Celebration of the Millennium."
1999-2000 Hancher Auditorium Season. The University of
Iowa, Iowa City
9 -11 Thurs-Sat *Robert Lepage, "Geometry of Miracles,"
8 pm, Hancher Loft
15 Wed *Kronos Quartet, "Traveling Music," 8 pm. World
17 & 18 Fri & Sat *Twyla Tharp Dancers, "Diabelli,"
8 pm. American premiere
24 Fri Chanticleer and Frederica von Stade, 8 pm
1 & 2 Fri & Sat *Sankai Juku, "Hibiki," 8 pm.
8 Fri *Susan Marshall & Company, "The Descent Beckons,"
15 & 16 Fri & Sat *Paul Taylor Dance Company,
8 pm. World premiere.
21 Thurs National Symphony Orchestra, 8 pm
23 Sat *"The Breathing ShowBill T. Jones Solo,"
8 pm. World Premiere.
24 Sun The American Boychoir, 3 pm
28 & 29 Thurs & Fri Capitol Steps, 8 pm
2 & 3 Tues & Wed *American Ballet Theatre/Lar
Lubovitch, 8 pm.
19 & 20 Fri & Sat *Alvin Ailey American Dance
Theater, 8 pm.
Jawole Willa Jo Zollar World premiere
7 - 12 Tues - Sun "Cats," 12/7-10, 8 pm; 12/11 &
12, 2 & 8 pm
31 Fri Millennium Eve, The Glenn Miller Orchestra.
9 pm-1 am
22 Sat T.S. Monk, "Monk on Monk," 8 pm
26 Wed Yo-Yo Ma, 8 pm
27 Thurs *Ahn Trio, 8 pm, Clapp Recital Hall.
Schoenfield world premiere.
28 - 30 Fri - Sun "Stomp," 1/28 pm; 1/29, 5 & 9
pm; 1/30 2 pm
5 Sat The Children's Theatre Company, Sold Out.
12 Sat Memphis R&B Revue, 8 pm
22 - 27 Tues - Sun "Les Miserables," 2/22-25, 8 pm;
2/26 & 27, 2 & 8 pm
3 & 4 Fri & Sat The Guthrie Theater, "A Midsummer
Night's Dream," 8 pm
24 - 25 Fri & Sat *"Oh! You Walk?" Bill T. Jones/Arnie
Zane Dance Company, 8 pm
6 Thurs Australian Chamber Orchestra, 8 pm
8 Sat *Australian Chamber Orchestra with Bang on a
Can, 8 pm.
David Lang/Julia Wolfe/Michael Gordon
13 Thurs *Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio, 8 pm, Clapp
Richard Danielpour world premiere.
18 Tues *Ethos Percussion Group, 8 pm, Clapp Recital
Michael Daugherty World premiere.
3 Wed *Dawn Upshaw and Kronos Quartet, 8 pm.
Ortiz World premiere.
* indicates Millennium Festival event