May 26, 2009
Hancher's 2009-10 season ranges far beyond the University of Iowa
Tickets are now on sale for the 2009-10 Hancher performing arts season at the University of Iowa -- and beyond. A free brochure details an "uncontained season" presented in 11 locations, including venues in Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, Chicago and Riverside, as well as the UI campus and Iowa City.
When Hancher Auditorium was inundated by floodwaters in June 2008, the Hancher staff scrambled to salvage what they could from the 2008-09 season. Through the generous cooperation of schools, churches and other organizations, they found new venues for many performances, but also were forced to cancel many other events.
Hancher's 2009-2010 performing-arts menu is the first season organized in the absence of a headquarters facility. "We have always thought of Hancher as much more than a building," says Executive Director Charles Swanson. "We have presented most of our events in Hancher Auditorium, of course, but we also sponsored events in other spaces and throughout the state."
"Without question, Hancher Auditorium was a special place -- a place of so many glowing memories for all of us. But while we are without a facility of our own for several years, we will continue to do our best to fulfill our mission -- to augment the educational programs of the UI and to enrich the cultural life of the university and the state. We view it as both a challenge and an opportunity."
The season opens with three Joffrey Ballet benefit events for Hancher and the UI School of Music, at the new Joffrey Towers in Chicago and in the Civic Center of Greater Des Moines. And then Hancher migrates to City High School, the Riverside Casino, the UI Pentacrest, the Iowa Memorial Union, the UI Theatre Building, the historic Englert Theatre, West High School, the US Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids and St. Mary's Catholic Church
This "Can't Contain Us!" spirit has always been at the heart of Hancher's education programs. The 2009-2010 schedule includes residency events featuring Imani Winds, the Hot 8 Brass Band, Straight No Chaser, the Winard Harper Sextet, Abraham Inc., and the Luna Negra Dance Theater. Meanwhile, SPOT: The Hancher Family Arts Adventure will continue to engage families in Iowa City and another to-be-named Iowa community, as master mask maker and storyteller Michael Cooper celebrates creativity.
Hancher's commitment to nurturing the arts through commissions and premieres continues in 2009-10, with Hancher-commissioned premieres by the Imani Winds and Stefon Harris, and UI alumnus Rinde Eckert's theatrical meditation on the loss of sight, in collaboration with the UI Hospitals and Clinics Center for Macular Degeneration.
Nearly all the 2009-10 events are available to UI students and all other higher-education students for $10. Purchase of three or more events qualifies for a discount.
Tickets may be purchased though a form downloadable at http://www.hancher.uiowa.edu, or directly by phone or in person at the Hancher Box Office, now located on the first floor of the Old Capitol Town Center in downtown Iowa City -- at the south end of the building closest to the parking ramp, next to Sweets & Treats. Stop in, or call the box office at 319-335-1160 or 800-HANCHER and the staff will fill out an order form for you. All advance orders are subject to a $10 handling charge.
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.
Hancher Box Office summer business hours, for walk-up and phone sales, are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays. 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.
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 and click the link "Join or Leave ACR News," then follow the instructions.
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2009-10 Hancher Performing Arts Season
Sept. 3: The Joffrey Ballet, Joffrey Towers, Chicago
Sept. 11: The Joffrey Ballet with the UI Symphony Orchestra, Civic Center of Greater Des Moines
Sept. 25: Imani Winds and Stefon Harris, City High School Opstad Auditorium
Oct. 2: Dinner and Dance with the City Lights Orchestra Riverside Casino & Golf Resort Event Center, Riverside
Oct. 11: Hot 8 Brass Band, Pentacrest
Oct. 18: Rob Lake Magic, An Afternoon of Magic, City High School Opstad Auditorium
Nov. 13: Herb Alpert and Lani Hall, Riverside Casino & Golf Resort Event Center, Riverside
Dec. 5: Natalie MacMaster (photo, above left), "Christmas in Cape Breton," Riverside Casino & Golf Resort Event Center, Riverside
Dec. 8: Straight No Chaser, Iowa Memorial Union Main Lounge
Jan. 23: Thank You, Gregory, City High School Opstad Auditorium
Feb. 5-7 and 12-14: Rinde Eckert, "Eye Piece," Mabie Theatre, Theatre Building
Feb. 10: An Evening with Rosanne Cash, Englert Theatre
Feb. 12: Winard Harper Sextet, City High School Opstad Auditorium
Feb. 21: YL Male Voice Choir, West High School Auditorium
March 4: Abraham Inc., Iowa Memorial Union Main Lounge
March 26-28: "Avenue Q," U.S. Cellular Center, Cedar Rapids
April 10: Interpreti Veneziani, St. Mary's Catholic Church
April 16: Luna Negra Dance Theater, Englert Theatre
May 9: Michael Cooper, "Masked Marvels & Wondertales," Mabie Theatre, Theatre Building
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2009-10 Hancher sponsors, through the University of Iowa Foundation are:
François M. and Doris E. Abboud
STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Arts Center Relations, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 351, Iowa City, IA 52242-2500.