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Release: June 22, 2001

Window, phone sales for Hancher 2001-2002 season begin July 2

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Ticket-window and telephone sales for events in the University of Iowa Hancher Auditorium 2001-2002 season will begin on Monday, July 2. Since the April announcement of the next Hancher season, tickets have been available only by mail order.

So far, the only changes in the 2001-2002 season schedule have been in response to strong ticket sales: the Feb. 2 performances of the Children's Theatre Company has been moved from the Hancher Loft to become an event with full main-floor seating; and the lower balcony has been opened for the Sept. 14-15 performance of "The Vagina Monologues."

The free "Connections" brochure that details the season's music, theater and dance attractions is still available on request. The brochure 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.

The season is also detailed on Hancher's site on the World Wide Web: <http://www.uiowa.edu/hancher>.

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 Kudelka; 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 Suzuki Company in a distinctly Japanese take on "Dionysus"; and the father-daughter musical collaboration of Pamela and Claude Frank.

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 summer box office hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. weekdays. 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. 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., Textiles and 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>.

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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)
17 & 18 -- Suzuki Company, "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"
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 Omara Portuondo
16 -- Anonymous 4 and Lionheart (Clapp Recital Hall)
19 -- Ying Quartet (Clapp Recital Hall)