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Iowa City IA 52242
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Release: Aug. 30, 2002
(Note to editors: The Preservation Hall Jazz Band will also open the Lakes
Arts Center in Okoboji, Sept. 20-21, as a result of a cooperative relationship
between Hancher and the new art center in northwest Iowa. For more information,
talk to Hanchers Judy Hurtig [319-335-1136 or email@example.com
] or Chuck Swanson [319-335-1133 or firstname.lastname@example.org].)
PRESERVATION HALL JAZZ BAND OPENS HANCHERS 30TH-ANNIVERSARY SEASON
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Preservation Hall Jazz Band, whose concert christened the University of Iowa
Hancher Auditorium three decades ago, will return to launch the auditoriums
30-anniversary season at 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22. The late-afternoon concert
will be followed by a picnic on the Hancher Green (the picnic is included
in the ticket price).
Preservation Hall Jazz Band got its name from Preservation Hall, one of the
landmarks in New Orleans. The building, constructed in the mid-18th century,
was a residence, a tavern and an art gallery before it became the home of
the authentic jazz of New Orleans.
The house band has been referred to by one music critic as a
bridge across the ages -- a link between the present day and the heyday of
traditional New Orleans music.
This turn-of-the-century music -- not to be confused with the two-beat Dixieland
style that it spawned -- stays basically the same, although the generations
come and go. The current band roster includes musicians ranging in age from
their 20s to their 90s.
The group has been touring the United States for more than 30 years in various
configurations, and the musicians frequently take their distinctive brand
of jazz to foreign countries, including concerts as far away as Thailand and
at the Red Sea Jazz Festival in Israel.
A New York Times review described the Preservation Hall Jazz Bands
art as music that glistens with zest and joy and the critic of
the San Francisco Examiner called Preservation Hall the best jazz band
in the land.
Preservation Hall Jazz Band tickets are $30, $28 and $25. UI students and
senior citizens qualify for a 20-percent discount, and tickets for audience
members 17 and younger are half price. Ticket-buyers 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.
Hancher Auditorium box office business 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. People with
special needs for access, seating and auxiliary services should dial (319)
335-1158, which is equipped with TDD for people with hearing impairment who
use that technology.
Tickets may be ordered on-line 24 hours a day, seven days a week through
Hanchers website:< http://www.uiowa.edu/hancher
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. Information and brochures may
be requested by e-mail: <email@example.com>.
Cantebury Inn and Suites is the corporate sponsor of the Preservation Hall
Jazz Band event, with media support from the Iowa City Press-Citizen.
The picnic is being planned by a Hancher Guild committee, headed by Dick
and Nancee Blum, and sponsored by Hy-Vee Food Stores. Hancher Guild is the
auditoriums volunteer organization.
For UI arts information, visit www.uiowa.edu/artsiowa
on the World Wide Web. To receive UI arts news by e-mail, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.