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Release: Aug. 18, 2000

Tickets remain available for most Hancher Auditorium events

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Tickets remain available for almost all Hancher Auditorium's 2000-2001 performing arts events as the fall semester opens at the University of Iowa.

Two events have fallen away from the Hancher schedule that was announced last spring. Ill health forced the cancellation of Ravi Shankar's scheduled Sept. 9 concert, and Robert Lepage's "The Far Side of the Moon," which was due in Hancher March 24-25, was canceled by his management as a consequence of tour-scheduling difficulties.

The Feb. 20-21 "Molly Sweeney" performances by the Guthrie Theater are sold out. Tickets are still available for all the remaining events, although some seating zones have been filled for the season's most popular events -- Van Cliburn and the University Symphony on Sept. 20, Nicholas Payton's Louis Armstrong Centennial Celebration on Nov. 17, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra with James Galway on Dec. 5, and performances in the runs of "Disney's Beauty and the Beast," "Ragtime," "Chicago," the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago and "Riverdance." Check with the box office for the latest details on which seating zones remain available for those fast-selling events.

Advance ticket-buyers may now -- or at any time during the season -- take advantage of volume discounts on most events in the season. 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 benefit from a change in ticket pricing this season. The $10 Zone 3 ticket price for most events has been extended into Zone 2 as well this season, providing UI students with affordable access to better seats.

A free season brochure is available from the Hancher box office, and a new fall circular contains up-to-date information on sold-out zones. The season may also be surveyed on the World Wide Web at <http://www.uiowa.edu/~hancher>. Box office hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays. From the local calling area, dial (319) 335-1160. Long distance is toll-free, 1-800-HANCHER. Fax to (319) 353-2284. Information and brochures may be requested by e-mail at <hancher-box-office@uiowa.edu>.

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.

HANCHER AUDITORIUM, UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, 2000-2001

September

9, Saturday -- Mark Russell, 8 p.m.

10, Sunday -- Mark Russell, 3 p.m.

15, Friday -- Zap Mama, 8 p.m.

20, Wednesday -- Van Cliburn w/UI Symphony, 8 p.m.

26, Tuesday -- Regina Carter

29, Friday -- Pilobolus, 8 p.m.

October

1, Sunday -- Pilobolus, 3 p.m.

4-7 -- Gate Theatre, Beckett Festival, 8 p.m., Mabie Theatre

10-15 -- "Rent," 8 performances

20, Friday -- Emerson Quartet, 8 p.m., Clapp Recital Hall

22, Sunday -- Emerson Quartet, 3 p.m., Clapp Recital Hall

24-29 -- "Disney's Beauty and the Beast," 8 performances

31, Tuesday -- Kronos Quartet with Philip Glass, "Dracula"

November

1, Wednesday -- St. Paul Chamber Orchestra w/Garrick Ohlsson, 8 p.m.

17, Friday -- Nicholas Payton's Louis Armstrong Centennial Celebration, 8 p.m.

December

5, Tuesday -- Orpheus Chamber Orchestra w/James Galway, 8 p.m.

9-10 -- Children's Theatre Company, "Lyle the Crocodile," 3 performances

January

19, Friday -- Philadanco, 8 p.m.

20, Saturday -- Mingus Big Band, "Blues and Politics," 8 p.m.

25, Thursday -- eighth blackbird, 8 p.m., Clapp Recital Hall

26, Friday -- Jazz at Lincoln Center Sextet, 8 p.m.

30-31, Tuesday and Wednesday -- "Ragtime," 8 p.m.

February

1-4 -- "Ragtime," 6 more performances

10, Saturday -- Dai Rakuda Kan, 8 p.m.

13, Tuesday -- Israel Camerata Jerusalem w/Ilya Itin, 8 p.m.

20-21, Tuesday and Wednesday -- Guthrie Theater, "Molly Sweeney," 8 p.m., Loft

24, Saturday -- Kodo, 8 p.m.

25, Sunday -- Kodo, 3 p.m.

27 -- Aeros, 8 p.m.

March

2-4, "Chicago," 5 performances

20-21, Tuesday and Wednesday -- Acting Company, "Comedy of Errors," 8 p.m.

27-28, Tuesday and Wednesday -- Rinde Eckert and the Paul Dresher Ensemble,

"Ravenshead," 8 p.m., Hancher Loft

April

6, Friday -- Ahn Trio, 8 p.m., Clapp Recital Hall

13-14, Friday and Saturday -- Joffrey Ballet of Chicago, 8 p.m.

17, Tuesday -- Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, 8 p.m., Clapp Hall

22, Sunday -- David Gonzalez, 3 p.m.

May

2-6, "Riverdance," 8 performances

Corporate and individual sponsors for 2000-2001 Hancher season events through the University of Iowa Foundation include: Everybodys Whole Foods, Country Bancorporation and Kay Bernau, Prairie Lights, the Java House, West Music Company, Cantebury Inn & Suites, Gary A. and LaDonna K. Wicklund, the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust, Alliant Energy, Hills Bank and Trust Company, Brenton Bank, Sheraton Iowa City, KHAK-FM, KDAT-FM, KRNA-FM, the Martha-Ellen Tye Foundation of Marshalltown, McLeodUSA, the Gazette, Gilda Imports, UI Men's Intercollegiate Athletics, the Iowa City Press-Citizen, Hames Mobile Homes Inc., Clarion Hotel and Conference Center, Group 5 Hospitality/Radisson Highlander Plaza, Wallace-Readers Digest Funds, Eye Surgeons Associates P.C., Toyota of Iowa City and Toyota Financial Services, Mercy Iowa City/Mercy on Call, Iowa State Bank & Trust Company, and Dahl Ford of Davenport Inc.

Other funding comes from the National Endowment for the Arts, Chamber Music America, the Iowa Arts Council and the Heartland Arts Fund.

For UI arts information and calendar updates, visit <www.uiowa.edu/artsiowa> on the World Wide Web. To receive UI arts news by e-mail, contact <deborah-thumma@uiowa.edu>.