CONTACT: WINSTON BARCLAY
300 Plaza Centre One
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0073; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: June 21, 2002
Tickets to Hancher 2002-03 season now available by phone, online
Tickets to events in the University of Iowa Hancher Auditorium 2002-2003
30th-anniversary season, which have been available only by mail order since
the schedule was announced in April, will go on sale by phone, online and
at the box-office windows beginning Monday, July 1.
Hancher summer box office hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays. From the
local calling area, dial 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.
Tickets will be on sale 24 hours a day online through the auditoriums
World Wide Web homepage: < http://www.uiowa.edu/hancher
The pearl is the precious gem that represents 30 years, and a free brochure
that details the 2002-2003 seasons music, theater and dance attractions
features pearl imagery throughout and represents Hancher as A Pearl
by the River. The brochure is still available from the box office.
The 30th-anniversary season events are also detailed on the auditoriums
The christening event when Hancher opened in 1972 was the Preservation Hall
Jazz Band, and the famed preservers of authentic New Orleans jazz will return
to kick off the 30th anniversary season. A few days later, Hanchers
official 30th Anniversary Gala will feature vocal legend Tony Bennett.
Other highlights of the 2002-2003 season will be the Hancher debut of Miss
Saigon; a world premiere co-commissioned by Hancher and NASA, the Kronos
Quartet performing Terry Rileys Sun Rings, inspired by the
space sounds recorded by UI space physics pioneer Donald Gurnett; the return
of opera star Michele Crider to the stage where she sang her first role as
a UI School of Music student; recent Grammy Award winner Dianne Reeves; jazz
saxophone mainstay Wayne Shorter; the Hancher debut of violin star Joshua
Bell, the Stuttgart Ballet performing Romeo and Juliet, and the
returns of Riverdance, Sweet Honey in the Rock, jazz pianist Marcus
Roberts, the Academy of Ancient Music, and David Finckel & Wu Han with
a Hancher-commissioned world premiere.
Hanchers recent collaboration with the UI School of Music, which began
with a concert featuring Van Cliburn with the UI Symphony, continues in 2002-03
with Keith Brion as John Philip Sousa with the UI Symphony Band.
Hanchers emphasis on global arts also continues, bringing artists from
many directions, including Spains Compania Nacional de Danza, a production
of the martial arts ballet Voice of the Dragon, members of the
National Company of Song and Dance of Mozambique joining with Urban Bush Women
in the Hancher-commissioned Shadows Child, Chiles
musical ambassadors Inti-Illimani, and one of Africas foremost musical
artists, Youssou NDour.
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
Corporate and individual sponsors for 2002-03 Hancher season events through
the University of Iowa Foundation include: Cantebury Inn & Suites, Nancy
Droll, the Gazette, Drs. Lisa & Amir Arbisser/Eye Surgeons Associates
PC, William & Marlene Stanford, William Rubright in memory of Emilie Rubright,
Dahl Ford of Davenport Inc., Doug & Linda Paul, Everybodys Whole Foods,
Hancher Guild, Iowa House Hotel, Sheraton Iowa City Hotel, Mercy Iowa City,
Holiday Inn Hotel & Conference Center, Kay Bernau, Kevin & Patricia
Hanick, West Music Company, University of Iowa Community Credit Union, Gary
A. and LaDonna K. Wicklund and Hy-Vee Food Stores.
Commissioning and performance support for Urban Bush Women was provided by
Media support comes from the Iowa City Press-Citizen, KHAK-FM/KDAT-FM/KRNA-FM.,
and the Gazette/KCRG.
The party after Preservation Hall Jazz Band is sponsored by Hy-Vee Food Stores,
and the party at the 30th Anniversary Gala is sponsored by Oaknoll Retirement
Residence and U.S. Bank.
The 30th-anniversary history of Hancher, by Jean Florman, is supported by
Iowa State Bank & Trust Company and Lensing Funeral and Cremation Service.
For UI arts information and calendar updates, visit < www.uiowa.edu/artsiowa
> on the World Wide Web. To receive UI arts news by e-mail, contact <
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HANCHER AUDITORIUM, UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, 2002-2003
Sept. 22 -- Preservation Hall Jazz Band
Sept. 25 -- Sharon Isbin, guitar
Sept. 28 -- Hancher 30th Anniversary Gala with Tony Bennett
Oct. 1 -- Marcus Roberts
Oct. 3 -- Michele Crider, soprano
Oct. 8-13 -- Miss Saigon
Oct. 22 -- Academy of Ancient Music
Oct. 26 -- Kronos Quartet, Terry Rileys Sun Rings
Oct. 30 -- Wayne Shorter
Nov. 6 -- Pacifica Quartet
Nov. 16 -- Compania Nacional de Danza
Nov. 23 -- Michael Moschen
Dec. 10 -11 -- Voice of the Dragon
Dec. 14 -- Sweet Honey in the Rock
Jan. 24 -- Urban Bush Women, Shadows Child
Feb. 1 -- Dianne Reeves
Feb. 12 -- Pamela & Claude Frank
Feb. 19 -- David Finckel & Wu Han
Feb. 28 -- Joshua Bell, violin
March 4-9 -- Riverdance
March 30 -- Inti-Illimani
April 2 -- Youssou NDour
April 11 -- The Tallis Scholars
April 13 -- Keith Brion as John Philip Sousa, with the UI Symphony Band
April 15-16 -- Stuttgart Ballet, Romeo and Juliet
April 30 - May 1 -- Nederlands Dans Theater II