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Hancher box office has holiday gift certificates perfect for arts lovers

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The Hancher Auditorium box office at the University of Iowa is prepared for the holidays, with gift certificates and tickets packaged in festive envelopes for the lovers of music, theater and dance on anyone's list.

Hancher gift certificates, available in multiples of $5, may be redeemed for tickets to any of the UI 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, major productions of UI Opera Theater and the Old Gold Singers, the UI Dance Company's annual Dance Gala and the perennially popular UI Band Extravaganza.
For gift-givers who know exactly what performances their recipients have been dreaming about, the box office will package tickets to specific events during the remainder of the 1996-97 season.

Among the Hancher events early in 1997 that promise to be popular choices are the Cameron Mackintosh/Royal National Theatre revival of the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic "Carousel," Jan. 24-26; the Broadway hit "Kiss of the Spider Woman," Feb. 7-8; and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, with vocalists Jon Hendricks and Cassandra Wilson, performing Wynton Marsalis' "Blood on the Fields," Feb. 18.

Holiday gift certificates or tickets from the Hancher box office may be provided to the purchaser or sent directly to the intended recipient.

Hancher box office hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. weekdays, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and 1-3 p.m. Sunday. From the local calling area or outside Iowa, dial (319) 335-1160. Long distance within Iowa and western Illinois is toll-free, 1-800-HANCHER. Fax to (319) 353-2284. 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.
People with special needs for access, seating and auxiliary services should dial (319) 335-1158. The line is equipped with TDD for people with hearing impairment who use that technology.

But because the Hancher box office will close at the end of the business day Dec. 21 for the UI winter break, you can't wait until the last minute!