CONTACT: PETER ALEXANDER
300 Plaza Centre One
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0072; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: August 16, 2002
Signature series of five ticketed concerts highlights 2002-03 season of
The 2002-03 season of concerts by the University of Iowa Symphony and conductor
William LaRue Jones will feature the Signature Series of five major concerts
in Hancher Auditorium. General admission for concerts in the Signature Series
will be by individual or series tickets, sold in advance through the Hancher
Auditorium box office.
This will be a departure for the orchestra, whose Hancher Auditorium concerts
have been free in past years.
Kristin Thelander, director of the UI School of Music, said moving from free
concerts to charging admission was partly a financial decision, but was one
that offered opportunities as well. She commented, For more than 60
years, the University Symphony has filled every venue where they have performed,
from the Iowa Memorial Union under Philip Greeley Clapp in the 1930s to Hancher
Auditorium under James Dixon in the 1970s.
Now, conductor William LaRue Jones will take the orchestra into new
territory by presenting our very first ticketed subscription season of themed
concerts. In the current economic climate this is a necessity for the orchestra,
but it also a presents an exciting opportunity for us to move ahead by announcing
each season in advance and giving our many fans the chance to plan for the
I am proud of the season that Professor Jones has planned for the 2002-03
year, and all of us in the School of Music look forward to sharing some wonderful
music with our audience.
The five concerts in the Signature Series will all be at 8 p.m. in Hancher
Auditorium. Unless otherwise indicated, the concerts will be under Jones
--Wednesday, Sept. 18: Voyage, an interplanetary voyage in music,
featuring The Entry of the Gods Into Valhalla from Das Rheingold
by Richard Wagner; Krypton by Cedar Rapids native Michael Daugherty;
and The Planets by Gustave Holst;
--Wednesday, Oct. 16: sWonderful: A Gershwin Celebration,
featuring Porgy and Bess: A Symphonic Picture; An American
in Paris; and Rhapsody in Blue, with pianist Rene Lecuona;
--Wednesday, Dec. 4: The Great Brahms Requiem, performed with
university choral groups under the direction of Timothy Stalter;
--Wednesday, Feb. 26: The French Legacy: Celebrating Berliozs
200th Birthday, featuring The Sorcerers Apprentice
by Paul Dukas; Elegy by Gabriel Faure, with cellist Anthony Arnone;
and Berliozs Symphony Fantastique; and
--Wednesday, April 23: Experience Mahler, featuring the Lenore
Overture No. 3 of Beethoven and Mahlers Fourth Symphony with soprano
Other activities by the University Symphony during the 2002-03 season will
include a free concert, Wednesday, Nov. 13 in Clapp Recital Hall, featuring
organist Delbert Disselhorst performing the organ concerto of Alexandre Guilmant;
and performances of the UI Martha-Ellen Tye Opera Theater in December and
A UI music alumnus, Jones joined the faculty of the School of Music in 1997
as director of the University Symphony and director of orchestral studies.
Prior to joining the UI faculty, Jones was the founding music director/administrator
of the internationally recognized Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies of
Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minn.
Jones is a highly honored musician, having received the Twin Cities Mayors'
Public Art Award, the American String Teachers Association Exceptional Leadership
and Merit Award and the David W. Preuss Leadership Award. He has also been
selected Musician of the Year by Sigma Alpha Iota, a music honorary society.
Jones has appeared as a guest conductor with the Minnesota Orchestra, the
St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Sinfonie Orchester AML-Luzern (Switzerland)
and other orchestras around the world. He has conducted all-state and festival
orchestras in 46 states and five Canadian provinces. He has been conductor-in-residence
at the North Carolina School of the Arts and the University of Miami (Fla.).
Jones holds a Master of Fine Arts in music from the UI and a doctorate from
the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
General seating ticket prices for the inaugural Signature Series have been
announced at $7 for each concert ($5 for seniors and $3 for UI students and
youth), with subscription tickets providing admission to five concerts for
the price of four ($28, $20 and $12). Tickets will be available from the Hancher
Auditorium Box Office.
The Hancher Box Office is closed between semesters, but will resume its regular
school-year business hours on Monday, Aug. 26: 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. weekdays
and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays. In the meantime, the box office will continue
to receive mail orders, at Hancher Box Office, The University of Iowa, 231
Hancher Auditorium, Iowa City, IA 52242-1794. All orders received while the
box office is closed will be filled in the sequence that they are received.
A Division of Performing Arts brochure with an order form for University
Symphony Concerts and other events will soon be available. To receive a copy,
contact Judith Moessner at (319) 335-3213, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Starting Aug. 26, you may call the Hancher Box Office from the local calling
area at (319) 335-1160. Long distance is toll-free, 1-800-HANCHER. You may
also contact the box office by e-mail, at email@example.com.
After Aug. 26, tickets will be on sale on-line at http://www.uiowa.edu/hancher.
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.
The School of Music is part of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
For information on UI arts events, visit http://www.uiowa.edu/artsiowa on
the World Wide Web. You may visit the UI School of Music web site at http://www.uiowa.edu/~music/.
To receive UI arts news by e-mail, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.