April 24, 2008
University of Iowa Hancher Auditorium offers a 2008-09 season full of chemistry
Tickets are now on sale for the 2008-09 performing arts season at the University of Iowa Hancher Auditorium. A free brochure -- "It's chemistry," focusing on the connection between artists, and between artists and their audience in live performance -- has been shipped to everyone who receives mailings from Hancher, and is also available from the Hancher box office or the Hancher administrative office.
Tickets may be ordered online at http://www.hancher.uiowa.edu.
The Hancher Auditorium business hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. From the local calling area, dial 319-335-1160. Long distance is toll-free, 1-800-HANCHER. 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. The box office email address is email@example.com. The administrative office phone number is 319-335-1130.
This season, Hancher has extended its substantial student discounts to include students at all other colleges and universities, in addition to UI students.
Until July 1 tickets may be purchased only my mail or online. Beginning in July, tickets will be on sale in person at the box office or by phone.
Broadway is well represented on the new season with the Monty Python-inspired "Spamalot" and 2004's Tony Award winner for Best Musical, "Avenue Q."
Hancher has long been known as one of America's top dance venues. The Joffrey Ballet, which wowed audiences from "River to River" in 2007 summer outdoor performance, will be back in a more familiar setting -- on the Hancher stage -- and the season also features Diavolo, which has been called "the dance bridge to the 21st century"; DanceBrazil; and the Stephen Petronio Company.
Also featured on the schedule is the world premiere of "Eye Piece," the work that Iowa City native, UI School of Music alumnus and recent Pulitzer Prize finalist Rinde Eckert has been developing in collaboration with the UI Center for Macular Degeneration. The collaboration extends to the theater and dance departments in the UI Division of Performing Arts, and it will be the Department of Theatre Arts 2008-09 Partnership in the Arts project and the division's Creating the Future Initiative.
Hancher has also co-commissioned Roberto Sierra's "Songs from the Diaspora," which will be performed by the St. Lawrence String Quartet with soprano Heidi Grant Murphy.
Hancher's emphasis on family-friendly arts continues with an array of events including the found-percussion spectacle of ScrapArtsMusic, the multicultural Global Drum Project, an all-star "Irish Homecoming," the National Acrobats of China, the return of the irrepressible Rob Kapilow with "Green Eggs and Hamadeus," an encore by the category-defying Time for Three, Cirque Eloize returning with "Nebbia," and the continuation of Spot, the Hancher Family Arts Adventure with the Grammy-nominated Trout Fishing in America.
Hancher frequently celebrates World Music and other arts from cultures around the globe. In addition to the Global Drum Project, "An Irish Homecoming" and DanceBrazil, the 2008-09 season will feature Hungary's most famous gypsy artists, Marta Sebestyen and Muzsikas, exploring the folk roots of Bartok's music with the Takacs Quartet; Juan de Marcos and the Afro-Cuban All Stars; the Portuguese folk music of Mariza; and the Latino dance of the Luna Negra Dance Theater.
The season also includes two events that were recently prevented from occurring by winter weather: The Brad Mehldau Trio and Richard Stoltzman's "Tribute to Benny Goodman."
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 five events or more qualifies for a 15 percent discount. Purchases made before the end of June may be paid through Hancher's installment plan.
College and university students, senior citizens and audience members 17 and younger also qualify for special discounts to most events. College and university students and senior citizens receive a 10 percent discount on tickets to most events, with $15 Zone 2 and 3 tickets available to college and university students for most events. Youth tickets are typically discounted 30 percent, with some events discounted 50 percent.
Hancher's top seating priority goes to Hancher Circle contributors at the $500 level and above. Contributors at this level who order tickets before June 5 receive the first seating assignments, in the order that their forms are received, and according to level of donation.
Designated parking spaces, hearing and visual augmentation units, and large print playbills are available at every event in the Hancher season. 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.
HNI Charitable Foundation is the Hancher season sponsor for 2008-09.
For UI arts information and calendar updates, visit http://www.uiowa.edu/artsiowa. To receive UI arts news by e-mail, go to http://list.uiowa.edu/archives/acr-news.html, click the link "Join or leave the list (or change settings)" and follow the instructions.
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Hancher Auditorium 2008-09 Season
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Individual event partners for the 2008-09 season are:
Global Drum Project
An Evening with Judy Collins
Chiara String Quartet
"An Irish Homecoming"
Rob Kapilow, "Green Eggs and Hamadeus"
Takács Quartet, Muzsikás, Marta Sebestyen
Brad Mehldau Trio
"Monty Python's Spamalot"
Kurt Elling, "Dedicated to You"
The National Acrobats of China
St. Lawrence String Quartet
The Joffrey Ballet
Time for Three
Vienna Boys' Choir
Cirque Éloize, "Nebbia"
Juan de Marcos and the Afro-Cuban All Stars
Musicians from Marlboro
The Academy of Ancient Music, Bach's "Brandenburg Concertos"
Stephen Petronio Company
Richard Stoltzman, "Salute to Benny Goodman"
Luna Negra Dance Theater
Trout Fishing in America
STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Arts Center Relations, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 351, Iowa City, IA 52242-2500
MEDIA CONTACTS: Hancher, 319-335-1130, Judithfirstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com; Winston Barclay, Arts Center Relations, 319-384-0073 (office), 319-430-1013 (cell), firstname.lastname@example.org