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University of Iowa News Release

March 3, 2005

Prague Symphony Changes Conductors For March 9 UI Concert

The Prague Symphony Orchestra's principal conductor, Petr Altrichter, will conduct the orchestra's March 9 concert in the University of Iowa Hancher Auditorium, rather than Music Director Serge Baudo, who was forced to withdraw from the tour by an illness in his family.

The principal conductor of the Brno Philharmonic Orchestra, Czech native Altrichter is also the music director of the Sudwestdeutsche Philharmonie. He became the principal conductor of the Prague Symphony Orchestra in the 2003/04 season.

He has conducted many orchestras world wide, including the Japan Symphony Orchestra, the Berlin Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Scottish National Orchestra, the London Philharmonic, Philharmonie Krakow, Orchestra Milano, the Symphony Orchestra Riga, the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, the SWF-Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden and the Orquesta Filarmonica de Gran Canaria.

In his native country he held the post of assistant to the late Vaclav Neumann with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra for three years.

The original news release about the concert is available at

Tickets for the March 9 concert are on sale at the Hancher box office. Sponsors of the Prague Symphony in Hancher are William and Karen Rubright, through the University of Iowa Foundation.

Hancher Auditorium box office 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 may be ordered on-line 24 hours a day, seven days a week through Hancher's website:

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. Information and brochures may be requested by e-mail:

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