CONTACT: WINSTON BARCLAY
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0073; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: April 11, 2000
(NOTE TO EDITORS AND BROADCASTERS: Hancher Auditorium director Wallace Chappell
is available for interviews through 319-335-1130.)
Hancher's 2000-2001 season invites theatergoers to 'paint the town, and
all that jazz'
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Tickets are now on mail-order sale for the 2000-2001
performing-arts season at the University of Iowa Hancher Auditorium. The free
brochure that details the season's 35 music, theater and dance attractions
takes it theme from the hit musical "Chicago," which will come to
Hancher next spring: "Come on, babe, why don't we paint the town? And
all that jazz."
The full-color brochure, which includes mail order forms, is available now
from the Hancher box office -- 335-1160 in Iowa City or toll-free long-distance,
1-800-HANCHER -- or from the Hancher administrative offices, 319-335-1130.
Check out the new season on the World Wide Web at <http://www.uiowa.edu/~hancher>.
The choice of "Chicago" as the source for the season's theme spotlights
a particular strength of the 2000-2001 season -- musical theater. In addition
to "Chicago," Hancher will welcome back "Rent," and present
"Disney's Beauty and the Beast," "Ragtime," and the return
of UI alumnus Rinde Eckert and the Paul Dresher Ensemble with the critically
acclaimed solo opera "Ravenshead."
The 2000-2001 season features many other artists and ensembles that have
been critical and popular successes at Hancher in past seasons, including
Indian sitar virtuoso Ravi Shankar, who will appear with his daughter Anoushka;
pianist Van Cliburn, who was one of the first artists to grace the Hancher
stage; the comic and acrobatic Pilobolus Dance Theatre; the Emerson String
Quartet, in two all-Shostakovich programs; Kronos Quartet with Philip Glass,
accompanying the classic horror film, "Dracula"; the St. Paul Chamber
Orchestra with pianist Garrick Ohlsson; the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra with
James Galway; Japan's butoh company Dai Rakuda Kan; the Children's Theatre
Company, this time with "Lyle the Crocodile"; The Guthrie Theater,
with "Molly Sweeney"; Kodo, the masters of the Japanese taiko drum;
the Acting Company, with Shakespeare's "Comedy of Errors"; Canadian
theater visionary Robert Lepage with "The Far Side of the Moon";
trumpeter Nicholas Payton's Louis Armstrong Centennial Celebration; and the
high-flying Joffrey Ballet of Chicago.
The Ahn Trio and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Sextet will also be back, completing
Hancher's three-year networking project involving educational residencies
and performances at the UI and in Burlington, Pella and Decorah.
The season will close with "Riverdance," one of the most-requested
attractions in recent seasons, making its Hancher debut.
Among other events with special interest and connections will be the global
music of Zap Mama, presented in conjunction with the Iowa Women's Music Festival;
the Gate Theatre of Dublin in a special Beckett Festival, presented in E.C.
Mabie Theatre of the Theatre Building, through the cooperation of the UI department
of theatre arts; the hottest new ensemble in chamber music, eighth blackbird;
and two performances of the inspired political song parodies of Mark Russell,
right before the national elections; and just a few months after the Olympics,
15 members of the Romanian gymnastics team in Aeros, a show that blurs the
lines between athletics and art.
Advance ticket-buyers not only enjoy the best choice of seats, but also
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
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 2 and 3 tickets
available to UI students for most events. Youth tickets are typically half
Hancher box office hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Saturdays. From the local calling area, dial (319) 335-1160. Long distance
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.
Corporate and individual sponsors for 2000-2001 Hancher season events through
The University of Iowa Foundation include: Everybodys Whole Foods, Country
Bancorporation and Kay Bernau, Prairie Lights, the Java House, West Music
Company, Cantebury Inn & Suites, Gary A. and LaDonna K Wicklund, the Roy
J. Carver Charitable Trust, Alliant Energy, Hills Bank and Trust Company,
Brenton Bank, Sheraton Iowa City, KHAK-FM, KDAT-FM, KRNA-FM, the Martha Ellen
Tye Foundation, McLeodUSA, the Gazette, Gilda Imports, UI Men's Intercollegiate
Athletics, the Iowa City Press-Citizen, Hames Mobile Homes Inc., Clarion Hotel
and Conference Center, Group 5 Hospitality/Radisson Highlander Plaza, Wallace-Readers
Digest Funds, Eye Surgeons Associates P.C., Toyota of Iowa City and Toyota
Financial Services, Mercy Iowa City/Mercy on Call, Iowa State Bank & Trust
Company, and Dahl Ford of Davenport Inc.
For UI arts information and calendar updates, visit <www.uiowa.edu/~uiowacr>
on the World Wide Web.
HANCHER AUDITORIUM, UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, 2000-2001
8, Friday -- Ravi and Anoushka Shankar, 8 p.m.
9, Saturday -- Mark Russell, 8 p.m.
10, Sunday -- Mark Russell, 3 p.m.
15, Friday -- Zap Mama, 8 p.m.
20, Wednesday -- Van Cliburn w/UI Symphony, 8 p.m.
26, Tuesday -- Regina Carter
29, Friday -- Pilobolus, 8 p.m.
1, Sunday -- Pilobolus, 3 p.m.
4-7 -- Gate Theatre, Beckett Festival, 8 p.m., Mabie Theatre
10-15 -- "Rent," 8 performances
20, Friday -- Emerson Quartet, 8 p.m., Clapp Recital Hall
22, Sunday -- Emerson Quartet, 3 p.m., Clapp Recital Hall
24-29 -- "Disney's Beauty and the Beast," 8 performances
31, Tuesday -- Kronos Quartet with Philip Glass, "Dracula"
1, Wednesday -- St. Paul Chamber Orchestra w/Garrick Ohlsson, 8 p.m.
17, Friday -- Nicholas Payton's Louis Armstrong Centennial, 8 p.m.
5, Tuesday -- Orpheus Chamber Orchestra w/James Galway, 8 p.m.
9-10 -- Children's Theatre Company, "Lyle the Crocodile,"
19, Friday -- Philadanco, 8 p.m.
20, Saturday -- Mingus Big Band, 8 p.m.
25, Thursday -- eighth blackbird, 8 p.m., Clapp Recital Hall
26, Friday -- Jazz at Lincoln Center Sextet, 8 p.m.
30-31, Tuesday and Wednesday -- "Ragtime," 8 p.m.
1-4 -- "Ragtime," 6 more performances
10, Saturday -- Dai Rakuda Kan, 8 p.m.
13, Tuesday -- Israel Camerata Jerusalem w/Ilya Itin, 8 p.m.
20-21, Tuesday and Wednesday -- Guthrie Theater, "Molly Sweeney,"
8 p.m., Loft
24, Saturday -- Kodo, 8 p.m.
25, Sunday -- Kodo, 3 p.m.
27 -- Aeros, 8 p.m.
2-4, "Chicago," 5 performances
20-21, Tuesday and Wednesday -- Acting Company, "Comedy of Errors,"
24-25, Saturday and Sunday -- Robert Lepage, "Far Side of the Moon."
3 performances, Hancher Loft
27-28, Tuesday and Wednesday -- Rinde Eckert and the Paul Dresher Ensemble,
"Ravenshead," 8 p.m., Hancher Loft
6, Friday -- Ahn Trio, 8 p.m., Clapp Recital Hall
13-14, Friday and Saturday -- Joffrey Ballet of Chicago, 8 p.m.
17, Tuesday -- Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, 8 p.m., Clapp
22, Sunday -- David Gonzales, 3 p.m.
2-6, "Riverdance," 8 performances