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Release: June 18, 1999

Hancher 1999-2000 season tickets are available

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Tickets for events in the 1999-2000 season at the University of Iowa Hancher Auditorium, which went on sale by mail order in March, may be purchased from the box office in person or by phone beginning July 1.

The 1999-2000 Hancher season will join the world-wide celebration of the millennium with an ambitious Millennium Festival, featuring 15 major commissions in music, theater and dance, almost all of which will be given their world or American premieres in Hancher. Hancher's Millennium Festival will be one of the most extensive and ambitious artistic celebrations of the millennium anywhere in America.

New works 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 artist Robert Lepage; and composers including Richard Danielpour, Michael Daugherty, Paul Schoenfield, UI alumnus David Lang and Mexico's Gabriella Ortiz.

Performances of the commissioned works will be presented by ensembles including American Ballet Theatre, the Kronos Quartet, the Australian Chamber Orchestra with Bang on A Can, Sankai Juku, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio and the Ethos Percussion Group.

The Millennium Festival will be part of a season featuring additional blockbusters, including the return of perennial favorites "Les Miz," "Stomp" and "Cats"; 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; superstar cellist Yo-Yo Ma; 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 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 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.

Advance ticket-buyers can take advantage of volume discounts on most events in the season. 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. Purchases made before the end of June can be paid through Hancher's installment plan.

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; MacLeodUSA,Inc.; TCI of Eastern Iowa; Group 5 Hospitality, Management Division of Radisson Highlander Plaza.; KGAN-TV; and radio stations KDAT-FM, KHAK-FM and
KRNA-FM. Major commissioning sponsors include Procter & Gamble, the National Endowment for the Arts and Chamber Music America's "A Musical Celebration of the Millennium."

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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, "Travelling 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

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 Theatre, 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/Michael Gordon/Julia Wolfe 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.

Gabriella Ortiz World premiere.

* indicates Millennium Festival event