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Release: Aug. 16, 2001

E-ticketing takes bow as Hancher begins 2001-2002 sales

The University of Iowa Hancher Auditorium box office is jumping into the e-commerce revolution this fall, with the Aug. 17 advent of on-line ticketing through the auditorium’s web page: The box office will re-open for traditional phone and ticket-window sales on Monday, Aug. 20, but the new on-line service will make UI arts ticket-buying available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Service charges of $3 per order plus $1 per ticket will be added to on-line orders, which will make Hancher’s on-line ticketing one of the least expensive performing-arts e-ticketing services.

On-line ticketing will be available not only for the events sponsored by Hancher, but also for the UI Division of Performing Arts events for which the Hancher box office handles ticket sales, including the Dance Gala, the Mainstage season of University Theatres and the annual Band Extravaganza.

So far, the only changes in the 2001-2002 Hancher season schedule have been in response to strong ticket sales. The lower balcony has been opened for the Sept. 14-15 performances of "The Vagina Monologues," and a third performance has been added at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15. The Feb. 2 performances of the Children’s Theatre Company has been moved from the Hancher Loft to become an event with full main-floor seating. And an additional performance by the Shaolin Warriors has been added at 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21.

Some seating zones have already been sold out for particular performances. All Zone 1 tickets have been sold for the evening performances of "The Vagina Monologues." All Zone 1 tickets have been sold for "Cabaret," with the exception of the Saturday matinee, Oct. 27. Only Zone 3 tickets remain available for the Feb. 22 performance of the Shaolin Warriors.

Zone 1 is sold out for some performances of Dec. 4-9 run of "The Music Man" -- Friday night, Saturday matinee and evening, and Sunday afternoon. Zone 1 is also sold out for the king’singers, March 8, and the Saturday evening performance of "Blast," April 6.

A free brochure that details the season’s music, theater and dance attractions is available on request. The brochure stresses the connections that are created by the arts -- connections between the past and the future, connections with other people, connections with our inner selves, and connections between the familiar and the foreign.

Among the other top attractions of the Hancher 2001-2002 season are vocal star (and distinguished UI alumnus) Al Jarreau; the legendary Philadelphia Orchestra; the Houston Ballet’s new production of "The Firebird," choreographed by James Kudelka; opera diva Frederica von Stade with the UI Symphony; the festive Ballet Folklorico de Mexico; two musical treats from Cuba -- the Buena Vista Social Club and a Halloween party with the Afro-Cuban All Stars; and the Broadway hit "Copenhagen" -- winner of the Tony Award for Best Play in 2000.

Hancher will also be the site of two 2001-2002 world premieres: a collaboration between the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center; and "The Nueva Collection," a Kronos Quartet program focusing on the popular music of Latin America.

Fulfilling the promise of connecting the familiar with the foreign, the Hancher season includes not only artists familiar to Hancher audiences -- the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Anonymous 4, clarinetist David Krakauer (this time with his Klezmer Madness! ensemble) and the Ying Quartet -- but also first-time visitors -- Montreal’s daredevil O Vertigo Danse; the Suzuki Company in a distinctly Japanese take on "Dionysus"; and the father-daughter musical collaboration of Pamela and Claude Frank.

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.

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.

In addition to on-line tickets 24 hours a day through, Hancher box office hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. weekdays and 1-3 p.m. Sundays. 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. The line is equipped with TDD for people with hearing impairment who use that technology.

Information and brochures may be requested by e-mail:

Corporate and individual sponsors for 2000-2001 Hancher season events through the University of Iowa Foundation include: Catherine’s, Domby, Dulcinea, R.S.V.P., Textiles and Velvet Coat; UI Department of Intercollegiate Athletics; Country Bancorporation and Kay Bernau; Cambridge Place Apartments, Iowa State Bank & Trust Company; Gary A. and LaDonna K. Wicklund; William and Marlene Stanford; Sheraton Iowa City Hotel; Everybodys Whole Foods; Group 5 Hospitality/Radisson Highlander Plaza; Prairie Lights; Cantebury Inn & Suites; Wells Fargo; West Music Company/Yamaha Band and Orchestral Division; Dahl Ford of Davenport, Inc.; Hancher Guild; and Gilda Imports.

Media support for the season comes from the Gazette, the Iowa City Press-Citizen, and KHAK-FM/KDAT-FM/KRNA-FM.

Commissioning and performance support for the world premieres comes from Peggy Scholz for Bill T. Jones, and William and Emilie Rubright for the Kronos Quartet.

For UI arts information and calendar updates, visit <> on the World Wide Web. To receive UI arts news by e-mail, contact

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14-15 -- "The Vagina Monologues" (in conjunction with the Iowa Women’s

Music Festival) 2 p.m. matinee on Sept. 15 has been added

21 -- Al Jarreau


3 -- Ballet Folklorico de Mexico

5 -- Philadelphia Orchestra

6 -- Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra

12 & 13 -- The Houston Ballet, "The Firebird"

17 -- Frederica von Stade with the UI Symphony

19 -- O Vertigo Danse

26-28 -- "Cabaret"

31 -- Afro-Cuban All Stars


7 -- Students of the St. Petersburg Conservatory (Clapp Recital Hall)

17 & 18 -- Suzuki Company, "Dionysus" (Mabie Theatre)


4-9 -- "The Music Man"


25-26 -- Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company & the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center


2 -- The Children’s Theatre Company, "Grimm Tales"

9 -- David Krakauer’s Klezmer Madness!

12 -- Pamela and Claude Frank (Clapp Recital Hall)

21-22 -- Shaolin Warriors

26-27 -- "Copenhagen"


2 -- Kronos Quartet, "The Nueva Collection"

8 -- king’singers


2-7 -- "Blast!"

12 -- Buena Vista Social Club presents Omara Portuondo

16 -- Anonymous 4 and Lionheart (Clapp Recital Hall)

19 -- Ying Quartet (Clapp Recital Hall)