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University of Iowa News Release

Aug. 23, 2005

Tickets Still Available (Barely) For All Hancher 2005-06 Events

With the beginning of the 2005-06 academic year at the University of Iowa, the Hancher Auditorium box office is open and tickets remain available to all the events in the upcoming season.

"The season kicks off with one of the greatest Latin dance bands -- Plena Libre from Puerto Rico," says Judith Hurtig, Hancher's artistic director. "People can dance on the stage or sit in seats and everyone will have a great time.

"If you want to see Lily Tomlin do not wait to buy tickets! We are already over 2000 seats sold and sales continue at a fast pace," she added. "And 2006 is a major celebration of Mozart's 250th birthday, and we at Hancher are celebrating. Most of our classical concerts include his music, especially the Munich Symphony. But the big blowout will be the Winnipeg Ballet's performance of 'The Magic Flute,' which is danced to his opera. After the performance we'll be hosting a big birthday party his honor."

"Today's Special," a free, full-color mail-order brochure -- whose cover is dominated by a neon "OPEN" sign -- is still available, and tickets may be purchased on-line through the Hancher Web site: http://hancher.uiowa.edu.

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 10-percent discount on tickets to most events, with $15 Zone 2 and 3 tickets available to UI students for most events. Youth tickets are typically 30 percent off.

Designated parking spaces, hearing and visual augmentation units, and large print playbills are available at every event in the Hancher season, and playbill copy especially prepared for the visually impaired is posted in advance at the UI Center for Macular Degeneration website -- http://www.c4md.org/hancher/tech.html.

Seating for patrons who use wheelchairs is available on a limited basis; reservations are required. When possible, the auditorium will arrange to provide sign language interpretation and tape-recorded playbills; requests for these services must be made one month in advance.

Groups of 20 or more receive a special discount on tickets to most Hancher events. Call 319-335-0009 for information and arrangements.

Hancher experimented with earlier curtain times for some events in the 2004-05 season. In 2005-06, evening performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. and matinee performances will begin at 2 p.m.

Corporate, foundation, media and individual sponsors for 2005-06 Hancher season events through the University of Iowa Foundation include (in chronological order): Eta Burken, Bon Vivant Fine Foods; Carl and Julie Schweser; Dahl Ford of Davenport, Inc.; Douglas and Linda Paul; Jim and Maureen Mondanaro, Fresh Food Concepts; William and Karen Rubright; Drs. Lisa and Amir Arbisser, Eye Surgeons, Inc.; Nancy Droll; the Iowa City Press-Citizen; Betsy Fahr in memory of Sam Fahr; Rhoda Vernon in memory of David Vernon; Mace and Kay Braverman, Southgate Development, Lepic-Kroeger Realtors; Kevin and Pat Hanick, Lepic-Kroeger Realtors; John and Sue Strauss; W. Richard and Joyce Summerwill; Richard and Judith Hurtig; Hancher Guild; Universal Climate Control, Thomas and Kathryn Nereim, owners; Hills Bank and Trust Company; KDAT-FM; Roger and Gayle Klouda; Iowa House Hotel; Hayes Lorenzen Lawyers, PLC; John and Lynne Geweke; Gary A. and LaDonna K. Wicklund; Everybody's Whole Foods; Cambridge Place Apartments, Phyllis Miller, owner; Terry and Johanna Abernathy; Mark and Leslie Nolte, Nolte Academy of Dance; University of Iowa Community Credit Union; Iowa Memorial Union Catering; the Gazette; Scheels All Sports; Cantebury Inn & Suites; an anonymous family foundation; Don and Sandy Heistad; Darlene and Michael McNulty; William and Marlene Stanford; Gwen Johnson, Lepic-Kroeger Realtors; Gary Stetzel, Tanner Development LLC; UI Hospitals and Clinics; Richard and Mary Jo Stanley; Oaknoll Retirement Residence; Hartwig Motors, Inc.; Iowa State Bank and Trust Company; Meardon, Sueppel and Downer PLC; Shive-Hattery, Inc.; Sheraton Iowa City Hotel; Peggy Scholz; the Wallace Foundation; Hy-Vee Food Store, Iowa City, Waterfront Dr.; the Heartland Arts Fund; and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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.

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: hancher-box-office@uiowa.edu.

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Hancher Auditorium

2005-06 Season

Evening performances: 7:30 p.m.

Matinee performances: 2 p.m.

September

24     Plena Libre

30     Marian McPartland Trio

October

6      Ballet Flamenco Jose Porcel

8      Peter Cincotti

14     Lily Tomlin

27     Dawn Upshaw, eighth blackbird, Gustavo Santaolalla, "Ayre"

29     Munich Symphony Orchestra

November

6      Johannes String Quartet, Clapp Recital Hall

December

4      Fred Garbo Inflatable Theater Co.

10-11     "Thoroughly Modern Millie"

January

21     Rennie Harris Puremovement

24 & 25     "The Exonerated"

28     Alpin Hong, piano, Clapp Recital Hall

February

1      Shen Wei Dance Arts

11     Royal Winnipeg Ballet, "The Magic Flute"

16     The Black Watch and the Band of the Welsh Guards

21     Mingus Big Band

24 & 25     Cirque Eloize, "Rain"

March

3      Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Gil Shaham, violin

4      Ladysmith Black Mambazo

7      Renee Fleming

23     Trio Mediæval, First Presbyterian Church, Iowa City

26     Children of Uganda

31     Joe Goode Performance Group

April

4-9    "Mamma Mia!"

May

7      Tomas Kubinek

June

18     San Jose Taiko

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For UI arts information and calendar updates, visit http://www.uiowa.edu/artsiowa. To receive UI arts news by e-mail, ur-acr@uiowa.edu.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Arts Center Relations, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 351, Iowa City, IA 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACT: Winston Barclay, 319-384-0073, winston-barclay@uiowa.edu

PHOTOS are available at http://www.hancher.uiowa.edu/media.html.