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Hancher begins phone and box-office window sales for 1998-99 performing arts season

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Tickets for the 1998-99 performing arts season at the University of Iowa Hancher Auditorium, which have been available only by mail order since the season was announced in mid-April, will be available by phone or at the box-office windows beginning July 1.

Ticket-buyers may take advantage of volume discounts -- essentially creating their own, custom series packages. For most performances, a simultaneous purchase of 3-5 events qualifies the ticket-buyer for a 15-percent discount, and a purchase of six or more events increases the discount to 20 percent.

Among the anticipated highlights of the 1998-99 season are the Broadway musicals "Rent," "Annie," "Smokey Joe's Cafe" and "The King and I"; stellar dance attractions including "Tap Dogs," "Forever Tango" and the Houston Ballet's "Dracula"; and musical events ranging from the House of Blues with Taj Mahal, to two all-Beethoven concerts by the Emerson String Quartet to the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis.

The season includes established stars and old Hancher friends including folksinger Joan Baez, legendary jazz bassist (and Iowa native) Charlie Haden with his Quartet West, the Children's Theatre Company from the Twin Cities returning with "Wondrous Tales of Old Japan," jazz pianist Marcus Roberts, guitar virtuoso Christopher Parkening in a tribute to mentor Andres Segovia, Hungarian pianist Andras Schiff, Pro Musica Nipponia with percussionist Evelyn Glennie, the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company and pop/jazz songstress Cassandra Wilson in a tribute to Miles Davis.

But it also spotlights emerging talents and first-time Hancher discoveries, including the St. Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra, the Ko-Thi Dance Company, BalletMet's "Beauty and the Beast," pianist Jeremy Denk, the Reduced Shakespeare Company, the new Philip Glass/Robert Wilson collaboration "Monsters of Grace," the Holy Body Tatoo, Elizabeth Streb/Ringside and the Hancher debut of early music vocal pioneer Paul Hillier with his Theatre of Voices.

Additional information about the season is available at the Hancher site on the World Wide Web: <>. "Experience It Live at Hancher," the free, full-color brochure for the 1998-99 season, is still available from the box office, or from the Hancher administrative office at (319) 335-1130.

Hancher summer box office hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. weekdays. 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 payroll deduction. The box office will be closed July 3 and Aug. 1-23.

People with special needs for access, seating and auxiliary services should dial (319) 335-1158. This number will be answered by box office personnel prepared to offer assistance with handicapped parking, wheelchair access and seating, hearing augmentation and other services. The line is equipped with TDD for people with hearing impairment who use that technology.

Corporate sponsors of 1998-99 Hancher events through the University of Iowa Foundation are Telegroup Inc., the Gazette, the Iowa City Press-Citizen, Hames Mobile Homes, the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center, Country Bancorporation and Kay J.A. Bernau, the FREEDOM Group, TCI of Eastern Iowa, UI Men's Intercollegiate Athletics, Meacham Travel Service, Holiday Inn - Iowa City, Prairie Lights and the Iowa City Coffee Company, Cantebury Inn and Suites, Cambridge Place Apartments, KDAT-FM, KHAK-FM, Radisson Highlander Plaza, GEICO Direct Insurance, the Iowa City Guitar Foundation, Mercy Iowa City and Mercy on Call, Everybody's Whole Foods, and Eye Surgeons Associates, PC.

Hancher programming is also supported by the Heartland Arts Fund; Audiences for the Performing Arts, a national initiative of the Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Fund; the Hancher Auditorium Enrichment Fund; and the annual giving program known as Hancher Circle.

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University of Iowa Hancher Auditorium
1998-99 season


11, Friday -- Joan Baez, 8 p.m.
14, Mon -- Emerson String Quartet, All-Beethoven program. 8 p.m., CRH
16, Wed -- Emerson String Quartet, All-Beethoven program. 8 p.m., CRH
18 - 20, Fri - Sun -- "Smokey Joe's Cafe," 9/18-19, 8 p.m.; 9/20, 3 p.m.
26, Sat -- Charlie Haden's Quartet West, 8 p.m.

2 - 4, Fri - Sun -- "Forever Tango," 10/2-3, 8 p.m.; 10/4, 3 p.m.
6 - 9, Tue - Fri -- Children's Theatre Company, "Wondrous Tales of Old Japan," 7 p.m., HL
16, Fri -- St. Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra, 8 p.m.
19, Mon -- New York Woodwind Quintet, 8 p.m., CRH
23 and 24, Fri and Sat -- "Patsy," 8 p.m.
26, Mon (new date) -- Budapest Festival Orchestra with Andras Schiff, piano, 8 p.m.
30 and 31, Fri and Sat -- Houston Ballet, "Dracula," 8 p.m.

4, Wed -- Marcus Roberts Trio, 8 p.m.
20, Fri -- House of Blues, "Highway 61," 8 p.m.
22, Sun -- Taylor 2, 3 p.m.

8 - 13, Tue - Sun -- "Annie," 12/8-12, 7:30 p.m.; 12/12, 2 p.m.; 12/13, 1 and 6 p.m.

22, Fri -- Ko-Thi Dance Company, 8 p.m.
27, Wed -- Christopher Parkening, 8 p.m.
30 and 31, Sat and Sun -- BalletMet, "Beauty and the Beast," 3 p.m.

2 and 3, Tue and Wed -- "Tap Dogs," 8 p.m.
4, Thu -- Jeremy Denk, piano, 8 p.m., CRH
12, Fri --"A Great Day In Harlem" featuring Art Farmer Quintet, 8 p.m.
15, Mon -- "Monsters of Grace," 8 p.m.
16, Tue -- Pro Musica Nipponia with Evelyn Glennie, 8 p.m.
23 - 28, Tue - Sun -- "Rent," 2/23-28, 8 p.m.; 2/27-28, 2 p.m.

3, Wed -- The Brandenburg Ensemble, 8 p.m.
5 and 6, Fri - Sat -- The Holy Body Tattoo, 8 p.m., HL
23, Tue -- Trio Parnassus, 8 p.m., CRH
25, Thu -- Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, 8 p.m.
30, Tue -- Ensemble for Early Music, 8 p.m.
31, Wed -- Cassandra Wilson, 8 p.m.

2 and 3, Fri and Sat --"The King and I," 4/2, 8 p.m.; 4/3, 2 and 8 p.m.
5, Mon -- David Finckel and Wu Han, 8 p.m., CRH
10, Sat -- Elizabeth Streb/Ringside, 8 p.m.
15, Thu -- Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, 8 p.m.
20, Tue -- Theatre of Voices, 8 p.m., CRH

4, Tue -- Reduced Shakespeare Company, 8 p.m.

CRH = Clapp Recital Hall

HL = Hancher Loft