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Oct. 27, 2006

'Classical Savion' Weds Tap Dance, Live Classical Music Nov. 15 In Hancher

Tapping-dancing virtuoso Savion Glover will return to the University of Iowa Hancher Auditorium with "Classical Savion," his show that weds tap dance with live classical music, at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15.

Clive Barnes of the New York Post explained, "Bach has replaced the blues, and 'da funk is being supplied by the likes of Bartok." The creator and star of the Tony Award-winning "Bring In 'Da Noise, Bring In 'Da Funk" combines his choreography and improvisation to create what the Star-Ledger called "an experience so supercharged and original it can never be repeated -- that's what they mean by 'live performance.'"

The New Yorker's dance critic, Joan Acocella, wrote, "Most living tap dancers would probably agree that no one has ever achieved greater virtuosity than Glover."

Glover made his Broadway debut at the age of 10 in "The Tap Dance Kid" -- and came to Hancher with the show on tour -- and co-starred with Gregory Hines and Sammy Davis Jr. in "Tap" before becoming a member of the "Sesame Street" cast in 1990 and starring in "Jelly's Last Jam" in 1991. In 1992 he became the youngest-ever recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts grant. Along the way he appeared in music videos with Kenny G and Puff Daddy.

"Bring in Da' Noise, Bring in 'Da Funk" conquered Broadway in 1996, and Glover starred in the 2000 Spike Lee film "Bamboozled." He also choreographed a popular Nike playground commercial, performed at the White House for PBS, helped introduce "Monday Night Football" in the 1997 season, and performed at the closing ceremonies of the Winter Olympics.

The winner of the 2004 Capezio Award, Glover has said "I want to give the audience what they want but also something unexpected." So in 2004 he partnered with spoken word artist Reg E. Gaines and saxophonist Matana Roberts in a John Coltrane-inspired improvisation session, "If Trane Wuz Here." And in 2005, he further challenged the norm, collaborating with a string chamber orchestra and his band, The Otherz, in "Classical Savion."

"Classical Savion" in Hancher is supported by John and Ellen Buchanan, Mary Keough Lyman, John and Sue Strauss, and W. Richard and Joyce Summerwill, through the University of Iowa Foundation.

Tickets are $45/42/40; UI student $40.50/15; senior citizen $40.50/37.80/36; youth $31.50/29.40/28. Discounted concert tickets are available as part of volume purchases: A simultaneous purchase of five events or more qualifies for a 15-percent discount.

Hancher Auditorium box office business hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. From the local calling area, dial (319) 335-1160. Long distance is toll-free, 1-800-HANCHER. 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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STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Arts Center Relations, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 351, Iowa City, IA 52242-2500.

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