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University of Iowa News Release

April 15, 2003

(Photo: "Mamma Mia!" photo by Joan Marcus)

Hancher Announces 2003-2004 Performing-Arts Season

Tickets are now available by mail-order for the University of Iowa Hancher Auditorium's 2003-2004 performing-arts season. Brochures were mailed to Hancher's full mailing list on April 14, so everyone who regularly receives Hancher mailings should receive a brochure soon.

From its opening on Sept. 13, 2003, with silken-voiced American roots legend Emmylou Harris, through an April 16-17, 2004, Hancher-commissioned celebration of the Paul Taylor Dance Company's 50th anniversary, the season will be a melding of old favorites and new experiences.

Among the season's Hancher debuts are the hit Broadway musical version of "The Full Monty," the young Brentano String Quartet, the Drummers of West Africa, the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Cuban jazz-piano virtuoso Gonzalo Rubalcaba with Iowa-born bassist Charlie Haden, the music of ABBA in "Mamma Mia!", the SoVoSo vocal group founded by Bobby McFerrin, the dramatic acrobatics of Cirque Eloize, the Moscow Festival Ballet performing "Cinderella," the contemporary-dance pyrotechnics of Urban Tap, jazz "young lions" Stefon Harris and Terence Blanchard, the unusual instrumentation of the chamber group Antares, and the New York Festival of Song celebrating the music and poetry of the Harlem Renaissance.

They will be joined by artists known and loved by Hancher Audiences, including the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio, UI alumnus David Lang's Bang on a Can All-Stars with special guest Terry Riley, and the perennially popular Pilobolus Dance Theatre.

All three of Hancher's 2003-2004 commissions celebrate landmarks in the history of prominent dance companies with which the UI has enjoyed a long association -- the 20th anniversary of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company; the 30th anniversary of the Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan, founded and directed by UI Writers' Workshop alumnus Lin Hwai-Min; and the 50th anniversary of the Paul Taylor Dance Company.

Hancher's collaboration with the UI School of Music, which most recently featured Keith Brion as John Philip Sousa with the UI Symphony Band, will continue when charismatic pianist Christopher O'Riley returns to perform with the UI Symphony Orchestra.

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 . E-mail requests should be addressed to

Connect with the new season on the World Wide Web at, where an order form can be downloaded.

The brochure also includes the opportunity to reserve catered dinners before the Terence Blanchard, Cloud Gate Dance Theatre and SoVoSo performances, and to purchase tickets for the UI Dance Department's Dance Gala 2003, and the UI Martha-Ellen Tye Opera Theater production of "Carmen."

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 $12 Zone 2 and 3 tickets available to UI students for most events. Youth tickets are typically half price.

Hancher's top seating priority goes to Hancher Circle contributors at the $500 level and above. Contributors at this level who order tickets before May 30 receive the first seating assignments, in the order that their forms are received.

Hancher box office hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. 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.

Designated parking spaces, hearing augmentation units and large print playbills are available at every event in the Hancher season. Seating for patrons who use wheelchairs is available on a limited basis; reservations are required. When possible, we can arrange to provide sign language interpretation and tape-recorded playbills; requests for these services must be made one month in advance.

Groups of 20 or more receive a special discount on tickets to most Hancher events. Call the assistant marketing director at 319/335-3827.

Corporate, foundation, media and individual sponsors for 2002-03 Hancher season events through the University of Iowa Foundation include: Peggy Scholz; the National Endowment for the Arts; Arts Midwest; Everybodys Home Foods; Douglas and Linda Paul, Hancher Guild; Nancy Droll; Dahl Ford of Davenport, Inc; Iowa State Bank and Trust Company; Hy-Vee Food Stores; the University of Iowa Community Credit Union; the Richard P. Nelson Memorial Fund; Chezik-Sayers Imports; William and Marlene Stanford; Scheels All Sports; the Iowa House Hotel; Cantebury Inn and Suites; the Gazette; KCRG-TV 9; Mace and Kay Braverman; Lepic-Kroeger Realtors; Southgate Development; Kevin and Patricia Hanick; Carl and Julie Schweser; Sheraton Iowa City Hotel; Morgan's Bar & Grill; the Iowa City Press-Citizen; Drs. Lisa and Amir Arbisser, Eye Surgeons Associates PC; Hills Bank and Trust Company; William Rubright in memory of Emilie Rubright; Oaknoll Retirement Residence; KHAK-FM/KDAT-FM/KRNA-FM; Gary A. and LaDonna K. Wicklund; Cambridge Place Apartments, Phyllis Miller, owner; Universal Climate Control, Thomas and Kathryn Nereim, owners; and University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

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Hancher Auditorium 2003-2004 season:

Emmylou Harris -- September 13
Stefon Harris Quartet -- September 20
" The Full Monty" -- September 23-28
Brentano String Quartet -- October 8
Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company -- October 11
Academy of St. Martin in the Fields -- October 18
Drummers of West Africa -- October 19
Terence Blanchard -- October 23
Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir -- October 26
Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan -- November 12
Charlie Haden and Gonzalo Rubalcaba -- November 15
" Mamma Mia!" -- December 9-14
Urban Tap -- January 24
SoVoSo -- January 28
Moscow Festival Ballet, "Cinderella" -- January 30
Cirque Eloize -- February 6-8
Christopher O'Riley and the UI Symphony Orchestra -- February 11
Aquila Theatre Company, "Othello" -- February 17 & 18
New York Festival of Song -- February 19
Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio -- February 24
Bang on a Can All-Stars with special guest Terry Riley -- February 28
Pilobolus Dance Theatre -- March 5
Antares -- March 25
Paul Taylor Dance Company -- April 16 & 17

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Arts Center Relations, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 351, Iowa City, IA 52242-2500.

CONTACT: Winston Barclay, 319-384-0073,

PHOTOS are available at

OTHER INFORMATION: Reach Hancher directors Judy Hurtig at 319-335-1136 and Chuck Swanson at 319-335-1133. and