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University of Iowa News Release

June 22, 2005

Box Office Opens July 1 For Hancher 2005-06 Season Phone Sales

Beginning July 1, tickets for the 2005-06 performing arts season at the University of Iowa Hancher Auditorium will be on sale by phone or at the ticket windows of the Hancher Box office.

The season -- ranging from beloved comedian Lily Tomlin to opera diva Renee Fleming to the Munich Symphony to the Royal Winnipeg Ballet's "Magic Flute" to Broadway hits including "Mamma Mia" and "Thoroughly Modern Millie" -- was announced in April, but before July 1 tickets have been available only by mail or online.

Returning hits from recent seasons include the Mingus Big Band, Cirque Eloize, South Africa's Ladysmith Black Mambazo and the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields.

Hancher's on-going commitment to family programming is epitomized by events including the Fred Garbo Inflatable Theater Company, the theatrical hip-hop of Rennie Harris Puremovement and the Children of Uganda.

The season will be launched with the Puerto Rican big band Plena Libre, in an event featuring Puerto Rican treats and beverages.

Hancher's ambitious statewide project "Spot: The Hancher Family Arts Adventure" continues with the "master of the impossible," Tomas Kubinek; and San Jose Taiko.

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 --

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.

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; CRST International, Inc.; 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 summer box office business hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. weekdays (closed July 4). 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 Hancher's website:

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 Auditorium
2005-06 Season
Evening performances: 7:30 p.m.
Matinee performances: 2 p.m.

24     Plena Libre
30     Marian McPartland Trio

6     Ballet Flamenco Jose Porcel
8     Peter Cincotti
14     Lily Tomlin
27     Dawn Upshaw, eighth blackbird, Gustavo Santaolalla, "Ayre"
29     Munich Symphony Orchestra

6     Johannes String Quartet, Clapp Recital Hall

4     Fred Garbo Inflatable Theater Co.
10-11     "Thoroughly Modern Millie"

21     Rennie Harris Puremovement
24 & 25     "The Exonerated"
28     Alpin Hong, piano, Clapp Recital Hall

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 Éloize, "Rain"

3     Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Gil Shaham, violin
4     Ladysmith Black Mambazo
7     Renée Fleming
23     Trio Mediæval, First Presbyterian Church, Iowa City
26     Children of Uganda
31     Joe Goode Performance Group

4-9     "Mamma Mia!"

7     Tomas Kubinek

18     San Jose Taiko

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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,