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University of Iowa News Release

Aug. 18, 2006

Tickets Are Now Available For UI Division Of Performing Arts Series

Tickets for events presented by the University of Iowa Division of Performing Arts -- the Mainstage season of University Theatres, the annual Dance Gala performances, ticketed School of Music concerts in Hancher Auditorium and a production by the UI Martha-Ellen Tye Opera Theater -- during the 2006-07 season 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 area music, theater and dance patrons. Copies of the brochure, which includes complete ticket information and an order form, are available at the Hancher Auditorium Box Office, in the UI Theatre Building and from the division's marketing office at 319-335-3213,

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 also be ordered to individual events.

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

-- "Red Noses" by Peter Barnes, Oct. 12-22 in David Thayer Theatre;

-- "Tall Grass Gothic" by Melanie Marnich, Nov. 30-Dec. 10 in Theatre B;

-- "Into the Woods" by Stephen Sondheim, Jan. 25-Feb. 4 in Mabie Theatre;

-- "Versailles," an Iowa Partnership in the Arts world premiere of a new collaborative work combining text music and songs by numerous writers and directed by David Schweizer, March 1-10 in David Thayer Theatre; and

-- "Ghost Sonata" by August Strindberg, featuring musical performances by the UI Maia String Quartet, April 5-16 in E.C. Mabie Theatre.

Performances of "Breathless," the UI Dance Company's Dance Gala 2006, including work by guest choreographers and a live performance by Iowa Percussion, will be held Nov. 3 and 4 in Hancher Auditorium.

Ticketed concerts by the UI School of Music presented in Hancher Auditorium, including many performances in the school's yearlong Centennial Celebration, will also be in the brochure:

-- Sept. 9: Centennial Gala Showcase Concert, featuring the Symphony Band, the University Symphony, University Choruses, Johnson County Landmark jazz band, and a number of faculty soloists; patron tickets, which include a contribution to the school and tickets to a pre-performance dinner, are included in the Division of Performing Art Subscription Series.

-- Sept. 27: UI Symphony Orchestra and Symphony Band, including the premiere of a new bass concerto commissioned from Pulitzer-Prize winning composer John Harbison and played by UI faculty member Volkan Orhon, as well as Brahms' Fourth Symphony, Dvorak's Serenade for Winds and "La Fiesta Mexicana" by H. Owen Reed.

-- Oct. 18: "Choirs and Quintets," featuring the premieres of three works commissioned for the centennial: University Choirs performing a new work by UI alumnus Mark Sirett, the Iowa Woodwind Quintet performing a new work by UI faculty member Michael Eckert, and the Iowa Brass Quintet performing a new work by Marti Epstein.

-- Oct. 25: a centennial concert by the UI Symphony Orchestra and Symphony Band, featuring the world premieres of "Fragments" for orchestra by the 2006 UI Distinguished Alumni Award recipient T.J. Anderson, and a new work for concert band by UI alumnus Andrew Boysen.

-- Nov. 7 and 8: the annual Band Extravaganza, with the UI Symphony Band, Johnson County Landmark and the Hawkeye Marching Band.

-- Nov. 29: Verdi's Requiem, a centennial performance featuring UI alumni soloists Michele Crider, Katharine Goeldner, William Gabbard and Kimm Julian with the UI Symphony Orchestra and Choruses.

-- Feb. 21: "Now and Then," a centennial concert with the UI Symphony Orchestra playing a work by the founding director of the University Symphony and long-time School of Music director, Philip Greeley Clapp; and the Symphony Band playing the premiere of a new work by UI alumnus Timothy Mahr.

-- April 14 and 15: "Collage Concert," the culmination of the Centennial Celebration, featuring instrumental and choral organizations, faculty chamber groups and soloists, in a program specially selected to top off the commemoration of 100 years of musical accomplishment.

-- May 2: UI Symphony Orchestra, performing Ralph Vaughan-William's Tuba Concerto with UI faculty soloist John Manning, and Richard Strauss' "Death and Transfiguration"; and the UI Symphony Band, performing Paul Hindemith's Symphony for Band, and Joseph Schwantner's ". . . and the mountains rising nowhere," with faculty piano soloist Alan Huckleberry.

Tickets will also be available for the spring production of the UI Martha-Ellen Tye Opera Theater, Puccini's "La Boheme," March 28-April 1 in Hancher Auditorium.

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.

For information on UI arts events, visit on the World Wide Web. You may visit the UI School of Music web site at, the Department of Dance Web site at, and the Department of Theatre Arts Web site at To receive UI arts news by e-mail, contact

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,

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