CONTACT: WINSTON BARCLAY
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0073; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: Oct. 13, 2000 -- Friday the 13th
Hancher shows 'Dracula' on Halloween with music by Kronos, Glass
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Hancher Auditorium will become
a Halloween haunt, with a screening of the Bela Lugosi horror classic, "Dracula,"
with live music performed by the Kronos Quartet and composer/keyboardist Philip
Glass. "Dracula: The Music and the Film" will begin at 8 p.m. Tuesday,
Oct. 31, and the Hancher lobby will be the scene of a Halloween party before
and after the performance, featuring fortune tellers, jugglers, fencers and
"De De de Paris" will emcee an exquisitely costumed drag show
in the Hancher lobby as part of the post-performance party.
The audience -- who are also invited to come in costume -- will be greeted
by entries in Hanchers pumpkin-carving contest, "Funny Faces, Horrifying
Monsters, Friendly Ghosts." The best pumpkin will be announced after
the performance, with the winning carver receiving two free tickets to the
March performances of the musical "Chicago."
The public is invited to enter, and all entrants will receive a coupon for
a $5 discount on each of two tickets to "Dracula" or any remaining
2000-2001 Hancher event with the exception of "Ragtime," "Chicago"
and "Riverdance." Attendance at "Dracula" is not required
to enter the contest. To enter, simply bring your pumpkin to Hancher between
10 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Oct. 31. (Do not insert a candle in your pumpkin: Hancher
will provide an internal light source.) For additional information about the
pumpkin-carving contest, contact Hanchers Tim Meier at 319-335-1130.
Universal Pictures commissioned Glass, whom the Village Voice dubbed "the
man who changed modern music," to compose music for the restored, digital
re-release of its 1931 Tod Browning film of "Dracula."
While it was not the first vampire movie, "Dracula" set the standard
for cinematic spookiness, inspiring a whole durable genre of filmmaking. The
1931 New York Daily News greeted it with this warning, "Itll chill
you and fill you with fears." But as one of the earliest "talkies,"
the film did not have a musical soundtrack, and almost no sound effects.
The movie is 75 minutes long, and the new Glass score envelops the images
for 65 of those minutes. Kronos/Nonesuch Records producer Judy Sherman commented,
"The Glass score makes the film come alive, as though Bela Lugosi is
unfolding like a huge bat in an amazing way you hadnt ever seen before."
The new soundtrack was recorded in 1998 at George Lucas Skywalker Ranch
in Marin County, north of San Franscisco.
In the Halloween event, Kronos and Glass will be visible behind the screen
on which the film will be projected.
Of Glass, Michael McDonagh wrote in High Performance, "No musician
since Stravinsky has had so great an impact on the sound of music of his own
time." Glass emerged in the early 1970s as a leader of the movement that
came to be labeled "minimalism." Combining eastern concepts with
the amplification of rock, he produced a powerful, hypnotic music based on
transparent harmonies, repetition and huge volumes of sound.
Over three decades of diversification, he has written music for his own
Philip Glass Ensemble, massive operas in collaboration with director Robert
Wilson, concert music ranging from string quartets to symphonies, music for
dance productions, and film scores including the Oscar-nominated "Kundun"
and the Golden Globe-winning music for "The Truman Show."
The Kronos Quartet was founded in the same period that Glass emerged into
prominence, and the groups impact has been no less pronounced. Billboard
magazine asserted, "No one has done more for either the cause of new
music or the revitalization of the chamber format than Kronos. In fact, no
one has done more to transform the idea of what any classical
ensemble can be than Kronos."
Kronos -- violinists David Harrington and John Sherba, violist Hank Dutt
and cellist Jennifer Culp -- has become a regular part of the performance
schedule at Hancher Auditorium, including numerous commissions, world premieres
and American premieres. Last season Kronos presented two concerts on Hanchers
Millennium Festival -- "Traveling Music," which led to the chart-topping
"Caravan" CD featuring three Hancher commissions, and the world
premiere of "Tonight is the Night" with soprano Dawn Upshaw.
Everybodys Whole Foods is the corporate sponsor of the "Dracula"
screening/performance, through the University of Iowa Foundation.
Tickets are $35, $32 and $30. UI students and senior citizens qualify for
a 20-percent discount, with Zone 2 and 3 tickets available to UI students
for the special price of $10. Tickets for audience members 17 and younger
are half price. Ticket-buyers may take advantage of volume discounts on most
events in the season.
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. Information and brochures may be requested by e-mail
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.
For UI arts information, visit this new address -- www.uiowa.edu/artsiowa
-- on the World Wide Web. The Kronos Quartet web site is <http://www.kronosquartet.org>.
Learn more about Philip Glass at <http://www.philipglass.com>.To
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