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April 26, 2007

Tickets Are Now On Sale For 35th-Anniversary Season At UI Hancher Auditorium

Tickets are now on sale for the 2007-08 performing arts season presented by the University of Iowa Hancher Auditorium. The season, which celebrates the 35th anniversary of Hancher, is detailed in a free brochure, "All the Best," and on the auditorium's Web site:

The brochures were mailed to Hancher's full mailing list on April 26, and are now available from the box office or the Hancher administrative offices, 319-335-1130.

As part of the anniversary celebration, the brochure includes information about the free, outdoor "River to River" performances by the Joffrey Ballet that Hancher is presenting this summer as a 35th birthday gift to the entire state.

The 2007-08 season, with an emphasis on family programming, is a mix of theater, from Broadway evergreens to intimate new productions; dance, both classical and contemporary; music ranging from tango to classical to jazz; and with irreverent "Daily Show" comedian Lewis Black thrown in, just as the caucus season heats up.

Audience favorites returning in 2007-08 include Iowa City native and UI alumnus Rinde Eckert with a deeply considered play about faith, superstar jazz guitarist Pat Metheny (left), Hubbard Street Dance Chicago (including a Hancher commission), clarinetist David Krakauer (premiering a Hancher co-commission with the Orion Quartet), the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, Sweet Honey in the Rock, jazz vibes/marimbist Stephon Harris, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra celebrating Duke Ellington, the Ying Quartet (creating a whole new concert with composer/computer geek Tod Machover), the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre (right) and the Emerson String Quartet with pianist Wu Han.

Hancher Artistic Director Judith Hurtig says, "In this anniversary season, we wanted to emphasize Hancher's historic strengths and programming themes, including our role as the region's major dance presenter. Many of these returning artists and companies share a long and productive history with us, including residencies, commissions and premieres. Hancher is much more than just a venue. We are an active participant in the creative process and a dedicated contributor to the educational mission of the university."

Black (left) will make his Hancher debut, along with artists including Tango Buenos Aires, the Russian Patriarchate Choir, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, the Axis Theatre Company and Afro-pop star Angelique Kidjo (right).

"Spot: The Hancher Family Arts Adventure" -- a collaboration with libraries and community groups in Spencer, Perry, Marshalltown and Iowa City/Coralville through a grant from the Wallace Foundation -- will feature residencies and performances by percussionist Cyro Baptista and Beat the Donkey in May and the Rubberbandance Group during the summer of 2008.

Robert and Rebecca Bluestone -- he's a classical guitarist and she's a weaver -- will perform in the Hancher Loft as part of a weeklong residency in collaboration with the UI Hospitals and Clinics' Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Hancher will offer pre-performance themed dinners in conjunction with the performances of the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Sweet Honey in the Rock, "My Fair Lady," the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, and Simon Shaheen and Qantara.

Tickets are available now only through the season order form, which is included in the brochure. The form also may be downloaded from the Hancher Web site for submission by mail or fax, or may be filled out and submitted online.

Advance ticket buyers not only enjoy the best choice of seats, but also can take advantage of volume discounts on most events in the season. A simultaneous purchase of five events or more qualifies for a 15 percent discount. Purchases made before the end of June may be paid through Hancher's installment plan.

UI students, senior citizens and audience members 17 and younger also qualify for special discounts to most events. UI students and senior citizens receive a 10 percent discount on tickets to most events, with $15 Zone 2 and 3 tickets available to UI students for most events. Youth tickets are typically discounted 30 percent, with some events discounted 50 percent.

Hancher's top seating priority goes to Hancher Circle contributors at the $500 level and above. Contributors at this level who order tickets before June 8 receive the first seating assignments, in the order that their forms are received, and according to level of donation.

Designated parking spaces, hearing and visual augmentation units, and large print playbills are available at every event in the Hancher season. Seating for patrons who use wheelchairs is available on a limited basis; reservations are required. When possible, the auditorium will arrange to provide sign language interpretation and tape-recorded playbills; requests for these services must be made one month in advance.

Groups of 20 or more receive a special discount on tickets to most Hancher events. Call 319-335-0009 for information and arrangements.

Corporate, foundation, media and individual sponsors for 2007-08 Hancher season events through the University of Iowa Foundation include (in chronological order): Drs. Lisa and Amir Arbisser, Eye Surgeons Associates, PC; Iowa Memorial Union Catering; William H. and Bertha S. Olin; Himie Voxman; Iowa House Hotel; The Gazette; Gary A. and LaDonna K. Wicklund; Cedar Graphics, Inc.; Iowa State Bank & Trust Company; Scheels All Sports; Sheraton Iowa City Hotel; an anonymous family foundation; Richard and Mary Jo Stanley; Cambridge Place Apartments, Phyllis H. Miller, Kay Adams, and Clark Adams; CRST International; Betsy Fahr; Leonard and Marlene Hadley; Darlene and Michael McNulty; Roger and Gayle Klouda; James B. and Darlene E. McCord; McDonald Optical; John and Danette Raley, American Family Insurance, RE/MAX Partners; the Iowa City Press-Citizen; Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service; Oaknoll Retirement Residence; Hills Bank and Trust Company; Meardon, Sueppel and Downer P.L.C.; McComas-Lacina Construction L.C.; Douglas and Linda Paul; Shive-Hattery Architecture-Engineering; John and Sue Strauss; Universal Climate Control, Thomas and Kathryn Nereim, owners; Miles Weinberger and Leslie Kramer-Weinberger; Marriott Hotels & Resorts; the UI College of Law in honor of Dempsey J. and Mary Thomas Prappas; Sandy Heistad; Ralph H. and Marcia A. Congdon; Donald W. Heineking; William Matthes and Alicia Brown-Matthes; Rex Montgomery; Phelan, Tucker, Mullen, Walker, Tucker & Gelman, L.L.P.; West Music Company; John and Lynne Geweke; Carl and Julie Schweser, University of Iowa Community Credit Union; Herbert A. and Janice A. Wilson; the Hancher Alumni Student Group; Hancher Guild; George and Lois Eichacker; Mark and Leslie Nolte, Nolte Academy of Dance; Terry and Johanna Abernathy; Everybody's Whole Foods; Toyota/Scion of Iowa City and ABRA Auto Body and Glass; Kenneth and Jessica Malloy, William and Marlene Stanford; Richard and Judith Hurtig; Riverside Casino & Golf Resort; KDAT-FM; George A. and Barbara J. Grilley, Mary Keough Lyman; W. Richard and Joyce Summerwill; Daryl K. and Nancy J. Granner; University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics; Rhoda Vernon; Jordan L. and Jana E. Cohen; William and Karen Rubright; Hy-Vee Food Store, Iowa City, Waterfront Drive; and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Hancher Auditorium box office business hours are 10 a.m.-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 online 24 hours a day, seven days a week through Hancher's Web site:

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:

For UI arts information and calendar updates, visit To receive UI arts news by e-mail, go to, click the link "Join or leave the list (or change settings)" and follow the instructions.

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20 -- Tango Buenos Aires, "The Four Seasons"
22 -- Lewis Black

4 -- Rinde Eckert, "Horizon"
9 -- Orion String Quartet and David Krakauer
10 -- Pat Metheny Trio
12 -- Hubbard Street Dance Chicago
19 & 20 -- Cirque Works' "Birdhouse Factory"

1 -- Russian Patriarchate Choir
6 -- Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, "Blind Date"
8 -- St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra
9 -- DBR and The Mission

5 -- "A Rockapella Holiday"
8 -- Sweet Honey in the Rock
12-15 -- "My Fair Lady"

26 -- Turtle Island String Quartet and Stefon Harris, "The Divine Duke"
30 -- L.A. Theatre Works, "Top Secret: The Battle for the Pentagon Papers"

10 -- Gil and Orli Shaham
12 -- Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, "The Love Songs of Duke Ellington"
23 -- Pablo Ziegler and Claudia Acuña
24 -- Axis Theatre Company, "The Number 14"
29 -- Simon Shaheen and Qantara

6 -- Angélique Kidjo
7 & 8 -- "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels"
11 -- State Ballet of Georgia, "Giselle"
29 -- Ying Quartet and Tod Machover

4-6 -- "Movin' Out"
8 & 9 -- Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
12 -- Robert and Rebecca Bluestone, "Woven Harmony"
13 -- Emerson String Quartet and Wu Han

11 -- Cyro Baptista and Beat the Donkey

14 -- Rubberbandance Group

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Arts Center Relations, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 351, Iowa City, IA 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACT: Winston Barclay, 319-384-0073; cell: 310-430-1013;

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