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Iowa City IA 52242
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Release: April 19, 2001

(NOTE TO EDITORS AND BROADCASTERS: Hancher Auditorium director Wallace Chappell is available for interviews this week at 319-335-1130.)

Hancher 2001-2002 stresses 'Connections' created by performing arts

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Tickets are now on mail-order sale for the 2001-2002 performing-arts season at the University of Iowa Hancher Auditorium. The free brochure that details the season’s music, theater and dance attractions stresses the "Connections" that are created by the arts -- connections between the past and the future, connections with other people, connections with our inner selves, and connections between the familiar and the foreign.

Brochures were mailed to Hancher’s full mailing list on April 18, so everyone who regularly receives Hancher mailings should receive a brochure soon.

Among the top attractions of the season are vocal star (and distinguished UI alumnus)
Al Jarreau; the legendary Philadelphia Orchestra; the Houston Ballet’s new production of "The Firebird," choreographed by James Chudenko; opera diva Frederica von Stade with the UI Symphony; the new music/theater/pageantry sensation "Blast!"; Britain’s ever-popular king’singers, the festive Ballet Folklorico de Mexico; two musical treats from Cuba -- the Buena Vista Social Club and a Halloween party with the Afro-Cuban All Stars; and the Broadway hits "Cabaret," "Copenhagen" -- winner of the Tony Award for Best Play in 2000 -- and Iowa’s own evergreen, "The Music Man."

Hancher will also be the site of two 2001-2002 world premieres: an intriguing collaboration between the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center; and "The Nueva Collection," a Kronos Quartet program focusing on the popular music of Latin America.

Fulfilling the promise of connecting the familiar with the foreign, the Hancher season includes not only artists familiar to Hancher audiences -- the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, the Children’s Theatre Company, Anonymous 4, clarinetist David Krakauer (this time with his Klezmer Madness! ensemble) and the Ying Quartet -- but also first-time visitors -- Canada’s daredevil O Vertigo Danse; China’s famed fighting monks, the Shaolin Warriors; the Shizuoka Performing Arts Center in a distinctly Japanese take on "Dionysus"; and the father-daughter musical collaboration of Pamela and Claude Frank.

The full-color "Connection" brochure, which includes mail order forms, is available now from the Hancher box office -- 335-1160 in Iowa City or toll-free long-distance, 1-800-HANCHER. E-mail requests should be addressed to <hancherboxoffice@uiowa.edu>. Connect with the new season on the World Wide Web at <http://www.uiowa.edu/hancher>.

Advance ticket-buyers not only enjoy the best choice of seats, but also can 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. Purchases made before the end of June can be paid through Hancher’s installment plan.

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 2 and 3 tickets available to UI students for most events. Youth tickets are typically half price.

Hancher’s top seating priority goes to Hancher Circle contributors at the $500 level and above. Contributors at this level who order tickets before June 1 receive the first seating assignments, in the order that their forms are received. For information about Hancher Circle, contact Erik Thurman at the University of Iowa Foundation by phone at (319) 624 4177O or by
e-mail at <thurman@uifoundation.org>.

Hancher box office hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. From the local calling area, dial (319) 335-1160. Long distance 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.

Corporate and individual sponsors for 2001-2002 Hancher season events through the University of Iowa Foundation include: Catherine’s, Domby, Dulcinea, R.S.V.P and the Velvet Coat; UI department of intercollegiate athletics; Country Bancorporation and Kay Bernau; Cambridge Place Apartments, Iowa State Bank & Trust Company; Gary A. and LaDonna K. Wicklund; William and Marlene Stanford; Sheraton Iowa City Hotel; Everybodys Whole Foods; Group 5 Hospitality/Radisson Highlander Plaza; Prairie Lights; Cantebury Inn & Suites; Wells Fargo; West Music Company/Yamaha Band and Orchestral Division; Dahl Ford of Davenport, Inc.; Hancher Guild; and Gilda Imports.

Media support for the season comes from the Gazette, the Iowa City Press-Citizen, and KHAK-FM/KDAT-FM/KRNA-FM.

Commissioning and performance support for the world premieres comes from Peggy Scholz for Bill T. Jones, and William and Emilie Rubright for the Kronos Quartet.

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>.

HANCHER AUDITORIUM, UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, 2001-2002

SEPTEMBER

14-15 --"The Vagina Monologues" (in conjunction with the Iowa Women’s Music Festival)
21 -- Al Jarreau

OCTOBER

3 -- Ballet Folklorico de Mexico
5 -- Philadelphia Orchestra
6 -- Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra
12-13 -- The Houston Ballet, "The Firebird"
17 -- Frederica von Stade with the UI Symphony
19 -- O Vertigo Danse
26-28 --"Cabaret"
31 -- Afro-Cuban All Stars

NOVEMBER

7 -- Students of the St. Petersburg Conservatory (Clapp Recital Hall)
18 -- Shizuoka Performing Arts Center, "Dionysus" (Mabie Theatre)

DECEMBER

4-9 --"The Music Man"

JANUARY

25-26 -- Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company & the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center

FEBRUARY

2 -- The Children’s Theatre Company, "Grimm Tales" (Hancher Loft)
9 -- David Krakauer’s Klezmer Madness!
12 -- Pamela and Claude Frank (Clapp Recital Hall)
22 -- Shaolin Warriors
26-27 --"Copenhagen"

MARCH

2 -- Kronos Quartet, "The Nueva Collection"
8 -- king’singers

APRIL

2-7 --"Blast!"
12 -- Buena Vista Social Club presents Omaha Portioned
16 -- Anonymous 4 and Lionhearted (Clapp Recital Hall)
19 -- Ying Quartet (Clapp Recital Hall)