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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 <>.

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 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 2 and 3 tickets available to UI students for most events. Youth tickets are typically half price.

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 <> on the World Wide Web.



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," 3 performances


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," 8 p.m.

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 Hall

22, Sunday -- David Gonzales, 3 p.m.


2-6, "Riverdance," 8 performances