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University of Iowa News Release

Dec. 2, 2005

Hancher Box Office Offers Gift Certificates For Holiday Giving

Do you have arts lovers on your holiday list? The Hancher Auditorium box office at the University of Iowa is prepared for the season with gift certificates and tickets for the lovers of music, theater and dance. The Hancher box office will remain open through Friday, Dec. 16.

Hancher gift certificates -- available in $5, $10, $25, $50 and $100 denominations -- may be redeemed during the next year for tickets to any of the UI-sponsored performances handled by the Hancher box office.

This includes not only the internationally renowned music, theater and dance artists presented by the auditorium, but also all the Mainstage productions of University Theatres, productions of the Iowa Summer Rep professional company, UI Symphony Signature Series concerts, major productions of UI Martha-Ellen Tye Opera Theater, the UI Dance Company's annual Dance Gala and the band department's annual blast, the UI Band Extravaganza.

For gift-givers who know exactly what performances their recipients have been dreaming about, the box office will provide tickets to specific events during the remainder of the 2005-2006 season. Those tickets may be purchased on-line 24 hours a day.

Gift certificates to the Showcase, the lobby gift shop operated by Hancher Guild volunteers, are also available. Showcase sales support Hancher's educational programs.

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 (but not gift certificates) may be ordered on-line 24 hours a day, seven days a week through Hancher's website: http://www.hancher.uiowa.edu.

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>.

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 of coming Hancher events are available at www.uiowa.edu/hancher/media05.html