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Hancher Auditorium 1996-97 season set ticket sales record
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The 1996-97 performing arts season presented by the
University of Iowa Hancher Auditorium established a new record for ticket
sales. 1996-97 ticket receipts of $2,542,786 easily broke the old Hancher
record of just over $2.2 million, set in the 1991-92 season.
The number of tickets sold during the 1996-97 season barely missed the
100,000 mark, finishing with 99,787.
Among the most popular events of the season were "Stomp,"
Baxter Black and Riders in the Sky, "Les Miserables," "Joseph
and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat," the Joffrey Ballet "Nutcracker,"
"The Kiss of the Spiderwoman," the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra
performance of Wynton Marsalis' "Blood on the Fields," Mikhail
Baryshnikov and the White Oak Dance Project, and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra
conducted by Bobby McFerrin.
Hancher director Wallace Chappell is pleased by both the quality of
the season's events and the new ticket-sales record, but he emphasizes
that the growing support of contributors has also been a key to Hancher's
1996-97 success and will play an even greater role is Hancher's future.
"Even though we are delighted with a good year at the box office,
and with the steady support of Hancher ticket buyers, we are still very
dependent on private support of the auditorium -- both from individuals
and from businesses small and large," Chappell says. "With the
sea change that's taking place in the funding of the arts from the public
sector, all not-for-profit arts institutions in America continue to be