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University of Iowa News Release

Aug. 20, 2004

Tickets Available For Events By UI Division Of Performing Arts

Tickets for events presented by the University of Iowa Division of Performing Arts -- the Mainstage season of University Theatres, the annual Dance Gala performances, the Signature Series of concerts by the University Symphony and productions by the UI Martha-Ellen Tye Opera Theater -- are now available through the Hancher Auditorium box office.

The events are detailed in a Division of Performing Arts brochure that has been sent to UI music, theater and dance patrons. Copies of the brochure, which includes complete ticket information and an order form, are available from the division's marketing office at 319-335-3213 or

Orders are currently being taken for the division's discounted Subscription Series of four or more events. Each ticket buyer will be able to create a custom discounted series by selecting the individual events they wish to attend. As detailed in the brochure, patrons who purchase tickets to four, five or six events will receive a 20-percent discount; purchasing tickets for seven or more events earns a 25-percent discount.

The inclusion of all four performance areas in a single brochure -- theaters, symphony dance and opera -- increases the opportunity for ticket buyers to purchase discounted tickets. Patrons may select specific productions of University Theatres, for example, and combine that purchase with Dance Gala, concerts by the University Symphony or opera performances to maximize their discount.

After Sept. 8 tickets may be ordered to individual events.

The following productions by University Theatres are included in the season brochure:
-- "The Good Person of Setzuan," a play with music by Bertolt Brecht, Oct. 14-24;
-- "Muro-Ami" by Anton Juan, an Iowa Partnership in the Arts World Premiere, Nov. 4-14
-- "Nickel and Dimed" by Joan Holden, adapted from Barbara Ehrenreich's book of the same title, Feb. 3-13;
-- "Metamorphoses" by Mary Zimmerman, Feb. 24-March 12; and
-- "The Glass Menagerie" by Tennessee Williams, April 7- 17.
More information on the theatres' season may be found in the brochure, or on the world wide web at

Performances of UI Dance Company's Dance Gala 2004, "aLIVE in Concert," featuring the University Symphony playing Maurice Ravel's "Bolero," will be held Nov. 12 and 13 in Hancher Auditorium.

Concerts in the University Symphony's Signature Series will be:
-- "Bolero!," featuring "Bolero," Charles Ives' Second Symphony and new UI faculty member Katherine Wolfe as soloist in Samuel Barber's Violin Concerto, Oct. 27;
-- "Sacred Voices," with the University Symphony and Choruses performing Giacomo Puccini's "Messa di Gloria" and Leonard Bernstein's "Chichester Psalms," Dec. 1;
-- "Beethoven's Eroica," featuring Beethoven's iconic Symphony No. 3 along with the Symphony in C by long-time UI music faculty member Eldon Obrecht and "Sensemaya" by Mexican composer Silvestre Revueltas, Feb. 23; and
-- "Mendelssohn's Elijah" with choruses from the UI School of Music, May 4.

Tickets will also be available for two presentations by the UI Martha-Ellen Tye Opera Theater:
-- a scholarship benefit concert by UI alumna Katherine Goeldner Oct. 4; and
-- "The Rape of Lucretia" by Benjamin Britten, April 1-3.

The opera theater's holiday production of Giancarlo Menotti's "Amahl and the Night Visitors" will be performed Dec. 10 and 11 in the newly re-opened Englert Theatre in downtown Iowa City. Tickets will be available from the Englert box office starting in mid-September.

Hancher Auditorium box office school-year business 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. People with special needs for access, seating and auxiliary services should dial 319-335-1158, which is equipped with TDD for people with hearing impairment who use that technology.

Tickets also may be ordered on-line 24 hours a day, seven days a week through the Hancher box office website:

Hancher box office 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.

The Division of Performing Arts is part of the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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