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University of Iowa News Release

Aug. 23, 2005

Tickets Available For Events Presented 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 a production 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.

Also listed in the brochure are performances by the Division of Performing Arts at the Englert Theatre in downtown Iowa City. Tickets for these faculty and student performances -- which are listed in the brochure -- are available separately from the Englert Box Office.

Orders are currently being taken through the Hancher Box Office 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.

Tickets may be ordered to individual events starting Thursday, Sept. 8.

The following productions by University Theatres are included in the season brochure:

-- "A Dollhouse" by Henrik Ibsen, Oct. 13-23 in Theatre B;

-- "In the Blood," Suzan Lori Parks' adaptation of Nathaniel Hawthorne's "Scarlet Letter," Nov. 3-13 in David Thayer Theatre;

-- Shakespeare's "Love's Labours Lost," Feb. 9-19 in Mabie Theatre;

-- "The Puzzle Locker," a new work to be developed at the UI by Obie Award-winning alumnus W. David Hancock, March 2-11 in David Thayer Theatre; and

-- "Betty's Summer Vacation" by Christopher Durang, April 13-23.

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 2005, presented with the University Chamber Orchestra, will be held Nov. 11 and 12 in Hancher Auditorium.

The Dance Department will also present "David Berkey Retrospective," March 11 in Hancher Auditorium. The performance will honor the former member of the UI dance faculty who created more than 80 dances for university-based and professional dance companies before his death last year. Several of Berkey's dances will be performed by a company of 12 distinguished UI alums who are currently enjoying professional dance careers across the country. The commemorative performance will be the opening event of the American College Dance Festival, to be held March 11-14 at the UI.

Concerts in the University Symphony's Signature Series, presented in Hancher Auditorium, will be:

-- Sept. 28: "Heavy Metal," featuring a performance of Dmitri Shostakovich's Piano Concerto No. 2 by pianist Uriel Tsachor and Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 5;

-- Oct. 26: "The Romance of the Violin," introducing new UI faculty violinist Scott Conklin in a performance of Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto, on a program with Debussy's "Nocturnes" and the powerful "Sinfonia India" by Mexican composer Carlos Chavez;

-- Nov. 30: "The Genius of Amadeus," a performance with university choirs of Mozart's monumental "Mass in C Minor";

-- Feb. 15: "Classical Brazil," opening with the Overture to "Il Guarany" by Brazilian composer Carlos Gomez, followed by UI faculty soloists in Frank Martin's jazzy Concerto for Seven Wind Instruments and a solo saxophone work with UI alumnus Eugene Rousseau; and

-- March 29: "Thoroughly Modern Masterworks," a program of Bartok's Concerto for Orchestra and Samuel Barber's choral-orchestral work "Prayers of Kierkegaard."

Tickets will also be available for the spring production of the UI Martha-Ellen Tye Opera Theater, Robert Ward's Pulitzer-prize-winning "The Crucible," based on the Henry Miler play, April 28 and 30 in Hancher Auditorium.

Hancher Auditorium box office school-year business hours are 10 a.m. to 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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STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Arts Center Relations, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 351, Iowa City, IA 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACT: Peter Alexander, 319-384-0072,