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Aug. 23, 2007

Tickets now available for 2007-08 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 2007-08 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 the 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:

-- "A Perfect Wedding" by Charles Mee, a comedy borrowing from Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night' Dream, soap opera and the Internet, Oct. 11-21;

-- "Anton in Show Business" by Jane Martin, a backstage drama about an ill-fated production of Chekhov's "Three Sisters," Nov. 29 through Dec. 9;

-- "14" by John Cameron, an Iowa Partnership in the Arts world premiere Jan. 31 through Feb. 14;

-- August Wilson's Pulitzer Prize-winning "The Piano Lesson," part of his 10-play cycle chronicling the African-American experience, March 6-14; and

-- Moliére's timeless comedy about the sublimely unscrupulous 17th-centry hypocrite and con man "Tartuffe," April 17-27.

All Mainstage productions will be in E.C. Mabie Theatre, except for the Partnership in Arts premiere of "14," which will be in the David Thayer Theatre.

Performances of "Allegro," the UI Dance Company's Dance Gala 2007, including new works by both faculty and guest choreographers, and a live performance by the UI's Maia Strong Quartet, will be held Nov. 2 and 3 in Hancher Auditorium.

The series of ticketed concerts by the UI Symphony Orchestra (UISO), presented in Hancher Auditorium, will also be available for series discounts.

-- Sept. 26: UI faculty pianist Ksenia Nosikova will join the UISO to present piano concertos by her Russian countrymen Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov and Sergei Prokofiev. The orchestra, under conductor William LaRue Jones, will also perform Dmitri Shostakovich's powerful 10th Symphony, written in the bitter years following World War II and premiered soon after the death of Joseph Stalin.

-- Oct. 24: The UISO under conductor David Nelson will share the program with the UI Symphony Band, under conductor Myron Welch. The orchestra will present Wagner's majestic Prelude to "Die Meistersinger" (The master singers of Nuremberg) and Howard Hansons' Symphony No. 2 ("Romantic"); and the band will present the "A Child's Garden of Dreams" by David Maslanka, a leading composer of contemporary band music.

-- Nov. 28: The UISO and combined University Choirs under conductor Timothy Stalter will present two 20th-century English choral masterpieces, "Dona Nobis Pacem" by Ralph Vaughan Williams and "The Spirit of England" by Sir Edward Elgar.

-- Feb. 20: William LaRue Jones will return to lead the UISO in the lush Ravel orchestration of Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition," as well as Jennifer Higdon's "blue cathedral" and Bottesini's pyrotechnic showpiece Gran Duo Concertante for violin and double bass, performed with UI faculty members Katie Wolfe, violin, and Volkan Orhon, double bass.

-- March 26: New UI faculty member Nicole Esposito will make her UISO debut as soloist in Lowell Liebermann's Concerto for Flute. Jones and the orchestra will perform two great early Romantic pieces, the Overture to "Der Freischütz" by Carl Maria von Weber and the Symphony No. 1 (the "Spring Symphony") by Robert Schumann.

-- May 7: Timothy Hankewich, music director and conductor of the Cedar Rapids Symphony, will be the guest conductor in performances of Aaron Jay Kernis's "Musica  celestis," Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante for winds with School of Music faculty soloists, and Danish composer Carl Nielsen's Symphony No. 2, "The Four Temperaments."

Finally, tickets will also be available for the spring production of the UI Martha-Ellen Tye Opera Theater, Donizetti's hilarious satire of backstage life "Viva la Mamma!" April 4-6 in Clapp Recital Hall.

Hancher Auditorium box office school-year 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. 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 UI arts information and calendar updates, visit 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 receive UI arts news by e-mail, go to, click the link "Join or leave the list (or change settings)" and follow the instructions.

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; cell: 319-541-2846;