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Release: Aug. 20, 1999

Tickets are still available for most Hancher 1999-2000 events

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The Hancher Auditorium box office has re-opened with the beginning of the University of Iowa academic year, and tickets are still available for almost all of Hancher’s 1999-2000 performing-arts events. Only the February performances of the Children’s Theater Company are sold out, although many other events have sold briskly.

Hancher will join the worldwide marking of the millennium with a season-spanning Millennium Festival that has emerged as the most extensive and ambitious performing-arts millennium celebration in the United States. The festival features 16 major commissions in music, theater and dance. Fifteen of the commissioned works and productions will be given their world or American premieres in Hancher.

New works have been created -- or will be created -- by choreographers Twyla Tharp, Paul Taylor, UI alumnus Lar Lubovitch, Susan Marshall, Bill T. Jones, Ushio Amagatsu and Jawole Willa Jo Zollar; Canadian theater visionary Robert Lepage; and composers Richard Danielpour, Michael Daugherty, Paul Schoenfield, UI alumnus David Lang and Mexico's Gabriela Ortiz.

Performances of the commissioned works will be presented by prominent ensembles including American Ballet Theatre, the Kronos Quartet, the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Bang on a Can, Sankai Juku, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, the Paul Taylor Dance Company, the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio, the Ahn Trio and the Ethos Percussion Group.

Several of the commissioned works will be presented in the midst of residencies that will feature extensive arts education efforts, including events cabled statewide on the Iowa Communication Network (ICN). The ICN is a unique, state-owned fiber-optic network linking educational institutions, libraries, community centers and government agencies for real-time audio-visual interaction.

The Millennium Festival will be part of a season featuring additional blockbusters, including the return of perennial favorites "Les Miz" and "Cats." The best tickets for these Broadway shows are still available for weekday-evening performances.

Other headline events include Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" produced by the Guthrie Theater; T.S. Monk playing the landmark jazz of his father, Thelonious Monk; the National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Leonard Slatkin in an all-American program; superstar cellist Yo-Yo Ma (only balcony tickets remain available for this performance); mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade with Chanticleer; and a gala Millennium Eve party featuring the legacy of a 20th-century arts giant from Iowa -- the Glenn Miller Orchestra.

The entire 1999-2000 Hancher season -- including the season-spanning Millennium Festival -- is detailed in a free brochure, "At This Moment," which is available from the Hancher administrative offices (319-335-1130) or the Hancher box office.

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. 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.

Ticketbuyers may take advantage of volume-purchase discounts that essentially enable them to create their own series packages. A simultaneous purchase of three to five events qualifies for a 15-percent discount, and a simultaneous purchase of six or more events qualifies for a 20-percent discount.

UI students, senior citizens and audience members 17 and younger also qualify for special discounts to most events. UI students and senior citizens receive a 20-percent discount on tickets to most events, with $10 Zone 3 tickets available to UI students for most events. Youth tickets are typically half price.

Corporate sponsors of events during the Hancher 1999-2000 season are Cantebury Inn & Suites; Coral Ridge Mall; UI Men's Intercollegiate Athletics; Iowa State Bank & Trust; Prairie Lights and the Java House; Country Bancorporation and Kay J.A. Bernau; Everybodys Whole Foods; The Gazette; City Plaza Hotel; Clarion Hotel and Conference Center; Iowa City Press-Citizen; McLeod USA Inc.; TCI of Eastern Iowa; Group 5 Hospitality/Radisson Highlander Plaza.; KGAN-TV; and radio stations KDAT-FM, KHAK-FM and KRNA-FM.

Major corporate and foundation commissioning sponsors include Procter & Gamble, the National Endowment for the Arts and Chamber Music America's "A Musical Celebration of the Millennium."

1999-2000 Hancher Auditorium Season. The University of Iowa, Iowa City


9 -11 Thurs-Sat *Robert Lepage, "Geometry of Miracles," 8 pm, Hancher Loft

American premiere

15 Wed *Kronos Quartet, "Traveling Music," 8 pm. World premiere.

17 & 18 Fri & Sat *Twyla Tharp Dancers, "Diabelli," 8 pm. American premiere

24 Fri Chanticleer and Frederica von Stade, 8 pm


1 & 2 Fri & Sat *Sankai Juku, "Hibiki," 8 pm. American premiere.

8 Fri *Susan Marshall & Company, "The Descent Beckons," 8 pm

World premiere.

15 & 16 Fri & Sat *Paul Taylor Dance Company, 8 pm. World premiere.

21 Thurs National Symphony Orchestra, 8 pm

23 Sat *"The Breathing Show–Bill T. Jones Solo," 8 pm. World Premiere.

24 Sun The American Boychoir, 3 pm

28 & 29 Thurs & Fri Capitol Steps, 8 pm


2 & 3 Tues & Wed *American Ballet Theatre/Lar Lubovitch, 8 pm.

19 & 20 Fri & Sat *Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, 8 pm.
Jawole Willa Jo Zollar World premiere


7 - 12 Tues - Sun "Cats," 12/7-10, 8 pm; 12/11 & 12, 2 & 8 pm

31 Fri Millennium Eve, The Glenn Miller Orchestra. 9 pm-1 am


22 Sat T.S. Monk, "Monk on Monk," 8 pm

26 Wed Yo-Yo Ma, 8 pm

27 Thurs *Ahn Trio, 8 pm, Clapp Recital Hall.
Paul Schoenfield world premiere.

28 - 30 Fri - Sun "Stomp," 1/28 pm; 1/29, 5 & 9 pm; 1/30 2 pm


5 Sat The Children's Theatre Company, Sold Out.

12 Sat Memphis R&B Revue, 8 pm

22 - 27 Tues - Sun "Les Miserables," 2/22-25, 8 pm; 2/26 & 27, 2 & 8 pm


3 & 4 Fri & Sat The Guthrie Theater, "A Midsummer Night's Dream," 8 pm

24 - 25 Fri & Sat *"Oh! You Walk?" Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, 8 pm
World premiere.


6 Thurs Australian Chamber Orchestra, 8 pm

8 Sat *Australian Chamber Orchestra with Bang on a Can, 8 pm.
David Lang/Julia Wolfe/Michael Gordon World premiere.

13 Thurs *Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio, 8 pm, Clapp Recital Hall
Richard Danielpour world premiere.

18 Tues *Ethos Percussion Group, 8 pm, Clapp Recital Hall.
Michael Daugherty World premiere.


3 Wed *Dawn Upshaw and Kronos Quartet, 8 pm.
Gabriela Ortiz World premiere.

* indicates Millennium Festival event