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Release: April 19, 1997

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Sales begin for Silver Anniversary season at UI Hancher Auditorium

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Hancher Auditorium will celebrate its Silver Anniversary in the 1997-98 season with performances by top international stars in music, theater and dance including American Ballet Theatre, saxophone phenom Joshua Redman, Iowa's own Simon Estes, Australia's industrial-dance Tap Dogs, the Canadian Brass, South Africa's Ladysmith Black Mambazo, the Beaux Arts Trio, Ireland's Chieftains, the jazz duo of Chick Corea and Gary Burton, Simon Rattle conducting the City of Birmingham Symphony, the National Ballet of Canada, and the return of the evergreen Broadway hits "Cats" and "Grease."

The season also features the return of recent Hancher favorites including early music icons Anonymous 4 in two special holiday a cappella concerts, the Children's Theater Company, Cajun musical ambassadors BeauSoleil, Iowa City's Rinde Eckert in a new extension of "Romeo and Juliet," the Kronos Quartet in a concert juxtaposing ancient and contemporary music, the Colorado Quartet in an innovative community residency and Montreal's dance/theater pioneer Carbone 14.

Series packages and special events are now on sale by mail, and a free brochure including information and order forms is available by contacting the box office or the Hancher administrative offices.

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. The Hancher administrative number is (319) 335-1130.

The Silver Anniversary theme is emphasized throughout the free brochure with images of artworks by world-renowned silversmith Chunghi Choo, the F. Wendell Miller Distinguished Professor in the UI School of Art and Art History. Her work, pioneering the use of new materials and techniques, has helped to make the UI a prominent center for metalsmithing and jewelry making. Choo's work is found in the collections of Musee des Arts Decoratifs in Paris, the Museum of Modern Art, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago and other major museums in the United States and Europe.

Substantial series discounts of 20 percent are available for 11 packages:

* the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center Silver Anniversary Series, comprising stellar events worthy of an anniversary celebration -- American Ballet Theatre, the National Ballet of Canada and Simon Rattle conducting the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra;

* the Iowa City Press-Citizen Millennium Series, presenting artistic pathfinders who point the way to the next century -- the Kronos Quartet, Rinde Eckert's "Romeo Sierra Tango" and Carbone 14's "Dead Souls";

* Holiday Inn Viva Voce Series, exploring the beauty of the human voice -- the Dale Warland Singers of "A Prairie Home Companion" fame, Anonymous 4 and San Francisco's popular Chanticleer;

* the Cambridge Place Apartments Concert Series, spotlighting the best of the Western musical tradition -- baritone Simon Estes, Toronto's Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and the Australian Chamber Orchestra with cellist Stephen Isserlis;

* The FREEDOM Group Innovation Afoot, focusing on contemporary dance in all its variety -- Australia's athletic Sydney Dance Company, the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company and Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan, led by UI Writers' Workshop alumnus Lin Hwai-Min;

* the Gazette American Visions Series, taking many perspectives on the American experience -- Sweet Honey in the Rock, BeauSoleil with the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, and Tex-Mex vocalist Tish Hinojosa;

* the Group 5 Hospitality Chamber Music Series, reveling in music of intimacy and subtlety -- the Beaux Arts Trio and two concerts by the Colorado Quartet, as part of a residency linking with libraries and churches in Iowa City, Cedar Rapids, Lisbon and Muscatine;

* Voices of Africa, tapping the vitality of culture amidst the upheavals in contemporary Africa -- Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Uganda's Samite;

* the Family Series, wholesome entertainment for all ages -- the Canadian Brass and the Theatre Sans Fils life-size-puppet production of "The Hobbit";

* Mercy Hospital Rising Stars Series, identifying the emerging talents on course for major international careers in the 21st century -- Musicians from the Moscow Conservatory, Canadian teenage violinist Karen Gomyo and pianist Wendy Chen; and

* the Cantebury Inn and Suites Jazz Series, a celebration of America's classical music -- trumpeter Nicholas Payton and saxophonist Joshua Redman, the Chicago Jazz Ensemble, and the piano-and-vibes duo of Chick Corea and Gary Burton.

1997-98 Special Events, available now with series purchases, are Tap Dogs, the Children's Theatre Company staging of "Strega Nona," "Cats," the Chieftains and "Grease."

Ticket buyers may also take advantage of volume discounts by creating their own custom series of three or more events. A custom package of 3-5 events qualifies for a 10 percent discount, and a package of six or more events qualifies for a 15 percent discount.

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.

Every series and special event in the 1997-98 series enjoys individual or corporate sponsorship, through the University of Iowa Foundation. Series sponsors for Hancher's Silver Anniversary season are the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center (Silver Anniversary Series), Iowa City Press-Citizen (Millennium Series), Cambridge Place Apartments (Concert Series), UI Men's Intercollegiate Athletics (Voices of Africa), the FREEDOM Group (Innovation Afoot), Group 5 Hospitality Management Division of Highlander Inc. (Chamber Music), Country Bancorporation of Kay J.A. Bernau (Family Series), Mercy Iowa City and Mercy On Call (Rising Stars), Cantebury Inn and Suites (Jazz Series), the Gazette (American Visions) and Holiday Inn of Iowa City (Viva Voce).

Individual-event sponsors are UI Men's Intercollegiate Athletics, with additional support from KDAT-FM (Tap Dogs), Hames Homes (Children's Theatre Company), Telegroup Inc. with additional support by KDAT-FM ("Cats" and "Grease") and Prairie Lights Books and Iowa City Coffee Company (the Chieftains).

Hancher's 1997-98 programming is also supported by the Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Arts Partners Program, the Iowa Arts Council, Arts Midwest, the Hancher Auditorium Enrichment Fund and the annual giving program known as Hancher Circle.





 12  Nicholas Payton and Joshua Redman, 8 p.m.
14  Sweet Honey in the Rock, 8 p.m.
16  Simon Estes, 8 p.m.
18  Beaux Arts Trio, 8 p.m.
20  BeauSoleil and The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, 8 p.m.
21  The Dale Warland Singers, 3 p.m.
 26-27  American Ballet Theatre, 8 p.m. (two different programs)


 7-12  Tap Dogs, 7-10, 8 p.m.; 11, 5 and 9 p.m.; 12, 3 and 7 p.m.
 9  Musicians from the Moscow Chamber Conservatory, 8 p.m., Clapp Recital Hall
 18  The Children's Theatre Company, "Strega Nona," 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., Hancher Loft
 28  Sydney Dance Company, 8 p.m.
 30  Karen Gomyo, 8 p.m., Clapp Recital Hall


 1  Tish Hinojosa, 8 p.m.
3  Colorado Quartet, 8 p.m.
5  Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, 8 p.m.


 9-10 The Canadian Brass, 8 p.m.
13-14  Anonymous 4, 13, 8 p.m.; 14, 3 p.m.


 23  Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, 8 p.m.
24  Kronos Quartet, 8 p.m.


 6-8  "Cats," 6, 8 p.m.; 7-8, 2 and 8 p.m.
14-15  Theatre Sans Fils, "The Hobbit," 3 p.m.
17-18  Rinde Eckert, "Romeo Sierra Tango," 8 p.m., Hancher Loft
25  Ladysmith Black Mambazo, 8 p.m.
28  Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan, 8 p.m.


 3 The Chieftains, 8 p.m.
 5  Samite, 8 p.m.
7  Chick Corea and Gary Burton, 8 p.m.
12  Colorado Quartet, 8 p.m.
 24-25  Carbone 14, 8 p.m.
 27-29  "Grease!," 27, 8 p.m.; 28-29, 2 and 8 p.m.
 31  Australian Chamber Orchestra, 8 p.m.


 1  Chicago Jazz Ensemble, 8 p.m.
5  Chanticleer, 3 p.m.
9  Wendy Chen, 8 p.m., Clapp Recital Hall
14  National Ballet of Canada, 8 p.m.


 11  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, 8 p.m.


Clarion Hotel and Conference Center Silver Anniversary Series

American Ballet Theatre -- Friday and Saturday, Sept. 26-27, 8 p.m.

National Ballet of Canada -- Tuesday, April 14, 8 p.m.

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra -- Monday, May 11, 8 p.m.

Holiday Inn Viva Voce Series

The Dale Warland Singers -- Sunday, Sept. 21, 3 p.m.

Anonymous 4 -- Saturday, Dec. 13, 8 p.m., Sunday

Sunday, Dec. 14, 3 p.m.

Chanticleer -- Sunday, April 5, 3 p.m.

Iowa City Press-Citizen Millennium Series

Kronos Quartet -- Saturday, Jan. 24, 8 p.m.

Rinde Eckert, "Romeo Sierra Tango" --

Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 17-18, 8 p.m.

Carbone 14 -- Tuesday and Wednesday, March 24-25, 8 p.m.

Cambridge Place Apartments Concert Series

Simon Estes -- Tuesday, Sept. 16, 8 p.m.

Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra -- Wednesday, Nov. 5, 8 p.m.

Australian Chamber Orchestra -- Tuesday, March 31, 8 p.m.

Voices of Africa

Ladysmith Black Mambazo -- Wednesday, Feb. 25, 8 p.m.

Samite -- Thursday, March 5, 8 p.m.

The FREEDOM Group Innovation Afoot Series

Sydney Dance Company -- Tuesday, Oct. 28, 8 p.m.

Dayton Contemporary Dance Company -- Friday, Jan. 23, 8 p.m.

Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan -- Saturday, Feb. 28, 8 p.m.

The Gazette American Visions Series

Sweet Honey in The Rock -- Sunday, Sept. 14, 8 p.m.

BeauSoleil and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band -- Saturday, Sept. 20, 8 p.m.

Tish Hinojosa -- Saturday, Nov. 1, 8 p.m.

Group 5 Hospitality Chamber Music Series

Beaux Arts Trio -- Thursday, Sept. 18, 8 p.m.

Colorado Quartet -- Monday, Nov. 3, and Thursday, March 12, 8 p.m.

Family Series

The Canadian Brass -- Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 9-10, 8 p.m.

Theatre Sans Fils, "The Hobbit" -- Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 14-15, 3 p.m.

Mercy Hospital Rising Stars Series

Musicians from the Moscow Conservatory -- Thursday, Oct. 9, 8 p.m.

Karen Gomyo -- Thursday, Oct. 30, 8 p.m.

Wendy Chen -- Thursday, April 9, 8 p.m.

Cantebury Inn and Suites Jazz Series

Nicholas Payton and Joshua Redman -- Friday, Sept. 12, 8 p.m.

Chick Corea and Gary Burton -- Saturday, March 7, 8 p.m.

Chicago Jazz Ensemble -- Wednesday, April 1, 8 p.m.

Special Events (not a series)

Tap Dogs -- Tuesday-Friday, October 7-10, 8 p.m.; Oct. 11, 5 and 9 p.m., Oct. 12, 3 and 7 p.m.

The Children's' Theatre Company, Tomie dePaola's "Strega Nona" --

Saturday, Oct. 18, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

"Cats" -- Friday, Feb. 6, 8 p.m., Feb. 7-8, 2 and 8 p.m.

The Chieftains -- Tuesday, March 3, 8 p.m.

"Grease!" -- Friday, March 27, 8 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday, March 28-29, 2 and 8 p.m.