CONTACT: WINSTON BARCLAY
300 Plaza Centre One
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0073; fax (319) 384-0024
Release:April 15, 2002
(NOTE TO EDITORS AND BROADCASTERS: Hancher Auditorium directors Judith Hurtig
and Charles Swanson are available for joint interviews through 319-335-1130.)
Hancher Auditorium will celebrate 30th anniversary in 2002-2003
Photo: Stuttgart Ballet Romeo and Juliet
University of Iowa Hancher Auditorium will celebrate its 30th anniversary
in the 2002-2003 season, and tickets for the season are now available by mail
order. The pearl is the precious gem that represents 30 years, and the free
brochure that details the 2002-2003 season's music, theater and dance attractions
features pearl imagery throughout and represents Hancher as "A Pearl
by the River."
Brochures have been mailed to Hancher's full mailing list, so everyone who
regularly receives Hancher mailings should receive a brochure soon.
The christening event when Hancher opened in 1972 was the Preservation Hall
Jazz Band, and the famed preservers of authentic New Orleans jazz will return
to kick off the 30th anniversary season. A few days later, Hancher's official
30th Anniversary Gala will feature vocal legend Tony Bennett.
Other highlights of the 2002-2003 season will be the Hancher debut of "Miss
Saigon"; a world premiere co-commissioned by Hancher and NASA, the Kronos
Quartet performing Terry Riley's "Sun Rings," inspired by the space
sounds recorded by UI space physics pioneer Donald Gurnett; the return of
opera star Michele Crider to the stage where she sang her first role as a
UI School of Music student; recent Grammy Award winner Dianne Reeves; jazz
saxophone mainstay Wayne Shorter; the Hancher debut of violin star Joshua
Bell, the Stuttgart Ballet performing "Romeo and Juliet," and the
returns of "Riverdance," Sweet Honey in the Rock, jazz pianist Marcus
Roberts, the Academy of Ancient Music, and David Finckel & Wu Han with
a Hancher-commissioned world premiere.
Hancher's recent collaboration with the UI School of Music, which began with
a concert featuring Van Cliburn with the UI Symphony, continues in 2002-03
with Keith Brion as John Philip Sousa with the UI Symphony Band.
Hancher's emphasis on global arts also continues, bringing artists from many
directions, including Spain's Compania Nacional de Danza, the Chinese martial
arts ballet "Voice of the Dragon," members of the National Company
of Song and Dance of Mozambique joining with Urban Bush Women in the Hancher-commissioned
"Shadow's Child," Chile's musical ambassadors Inti-Illimini, and
one of Africa's foremost artists, Youssou N'Dour.
The full-color 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 <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
Connect with the new season on the World Wide Web at http://www.uiowa.edu/hancher,
where an order form can be downloaded.
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
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
Hancher's top seating priority goes to Hancher Circle contributors at the
$500 level and above. Contributors at this level who order tickets before
May 28 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
Hancher box office hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. weekdays and 1-3 p.m. Sunday.
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 2002-03 Hancher season events through
the University of Iowa Foundation include: Cantebury Inn & Suites, Nancy
Droll, the Gazette, Drs. Lisa & Amir Arbisser/Eye Surgeons Associates
PC, William & Marlene Stanford, William Rubright in memory of Emilie Rubright,
Dahl Ford of Davenport Inc., Doug & Linda Paul, Everybodys Whole Foods,
Hancher Guild, Iowa House Hotel, Sheraton Iowa City Hotel, Mercy Iowa City,
Holiday Inn Hotel & Conference Center, UI Department of Intercollegiate
Athletics, Kevin & Patricia Hanick, West Music Company, University of
Iowa Community Credit Union, Gary A. and LaDonna K. Wicklund and Hy-Vee Food
Commissioning and performance support for Urban Bush Women was provided by
Media support comes from the Iowa City Press-Citizen, KHAK-FM/KDAT-FM/KRNA-FM.,
and the Gazette/KCRG.
The party after Preservation Hall Jazz Band is sponsored by Hy-Vee Food Stores,
and the party at the 30th Anniversary Gala is sponsored by Oaknoll Retirement
Residence and U.S. Bank.
The 30th-anniversary history of Hancher, by Jean Florman, is sponsored by
Iowa State Bank & Trust Company and Lensing Funeral and Cremation Service.
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 <email@example.com>.
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HANCHER AUDITORIUM, UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, 2002-2003
Sept. 22 -- Preservation Hall Jazz Band
Sept. 25 -- Sharon Isbin, guitar
Sept. 28 -- Hancher 30th Anniversary Gala with Tony Bennett
Oct. 1 -- Marcus Roberts
Oct. 3 -- Michele Crider, soprano
Oct. 8-13 -- "Miss Saigon"
Oct. 22 -- Academy of Ancient Music
Oct. 26 -- Kronos Quartet, Terry Riley's "Sun Rings"
Oct. 30 -- Wayne Shorter
Nov. 6 -- Pacifica Quartet
Nov. 16 -- Compania Nacional de Danza
Nov. 23 -- Michael Moschen
Dec. 10 -11 -- "Voice of the Dragon"
Dec. 14 -- Sweet Honey in the Rock
Jan. 24 -- Urban Bush Women, "Shadow's Child"
Feb. 1 -- Dianne Reeves
Feb. 12 -- Pamela & Claude Frank
Feb. 19 -- David Finckel & Wu Han
Feb. 28 -- Joshua Bell, violin
March 4-9 -- "Riverdance"
March 30 -- Inti-Illimani
April 2 -- Youssou N'Dour
April 11 -- The Tallis Scholars
April 13 -- Keith Brion as John Philip Sousa, with the UI Symphony Band
April 15-16 -- Stuttgart Ballet, "Romeo and Juliet"
April 30 - May 1 -- Nederlands Dans Theater II