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April 24, 2008

University of Iowa Hancher Auditorium offers a 2008-09 season full of chemistry

Tickets are now on sale for the 2008-09 performing arts season at the University of Iowa Hancher Auditorium. A free brochure -- "It's chemistry," focusing on the connection between artists, and between artists and their audience in live performance -- has been shipped to everyone who receives mailings from Hancher, and is also available from the Hancher box office or the Hancher administrative office.

Tickets may be ordered online at

The Hancher Auditorium 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.

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 box office email address is The administrative office phone number is 319-335-1130.

This season, Hancher has extended its substantial student discounts to include students at all other colleges and universities, in addition to UI students.

Until July 1 tickets may be purchased only my mail or online. Beginning in July, tickets will be on sale in person at the box office or by phone.

Broadway is well represented on the new season with the Monty Python-inspired "Spamalot" and 2004's Tony Award winner for Best Musical, "Avenue Q."

Hancher has long been known as one of America's top dance venues. The Joffrey Ballet, which wowed audiences from "River to River" in 2007 summer outdoor performance, will be back in a more familiar setting -- on the Hancher stage -- and the season also features Diavolo, which has been called "the dance bridge to the 21st century"; DanceBrazil; and the Stephen Petronio Company.

Also featured on the schedule is the world premiere of "Eye Piece," the work that Iowa City native, UI School of Music alumnus and recent Pulitzer Prize finalist Rinde Eckert has been developing in collaboration with the UI Center for Macular Degeneration. The collaboration extends to the theater and dance departments in the UI Division of Performing Arts, and it will be the Department of Theatre Arts 2008-09 Partnership in the Arts project and the division's Creating the Future Initiative.

Hancher has also co-commissioned Roberto Sierra's "Songs from the Diaspora," which will be performed by the St. Lawrence String Quartet with soprano Heidi Grant Murphy.

Hancher's emphasis on family-friendly arts continues with an array of events including the found-percussion spectacle of ScrapArtsMusic, the multicultural Global Drum Project, an all-star "Irish Homecoming," the National Acrobats of China, the return of the irrepressible Rob Kapilow with "Green Eggs and Hamadeus," an encore by the category-defying Time for Three, Cirque Eloize returning with "Nebbia," and the continuation of Spot, the Hancher Family Arts Adventure with the Grammy-nominated Trout Fishing in America.

Hancher frequently celebrates World Music and other arts from cultures around the globe. In addition to the Global Drum Project, "An Irish Homecoming" and DanceBrazil, the 2008-09 season will feature Hungary's most famous gypsy artists, Marta Sebestyen and Muzsikas, exploring the folk roots of Bartok's music with the Takacs Quartet; Juan de Marcos and the Afro-Cuban All Stars; the Portuguese folk music of Mariza; and the Latino dance of the Luna Negra Dance Theater.

The season also includes two events that were recently prevented from occurring by winter weather: The Brad Mehldau Trio and Richard Stoltzman's "Tribute to Benny Goodman."

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.

College and university students, senior citizens and audience members 17 and younger also qualify for special discounts to most events. College and university students and senior citizens receive a 10 percent discount on tickets to most events, with $15 Zone 2 and 3 tickets available to college and university 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 5 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.

HNI Charitable Foundation is the Hancher season sponsor for 2008-09.

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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Hancher Auditorium 2008-09 Season

28 ScrapArtsMusic

3 -- Diavolo
4 -- Kathy Griffin
15 -- Global Drum Project, w/Mickey Hart, Zakir Hussain, Sikiru Adepoju, Giovanni Hidalgo
17 -- An Evening with Judy Collins
23 -- Chiara String Quartet

7 -- "An Irish Homecoming," w/Cherish the Ladies, Maura O'Connell, Liz Carroll & John Doyle, Eddi Reader
9 -- Rob Kapilow, "Green Eggs and Hamadeus"
14-22 -- Rinde Eckert, "Eye Piece" (world premiere)
12 -- Takács Quartet, Muzsikás, Marta Sebestyen
13 -- Brad Mehldau Trio

9-14 -- "Spamalot"

24 -- Kurt Elling sings Coltrane/Hartman, w/ Ernie Watts, ETHEL, & the Laurence Hobgood Trio
29 -- The National Acrobats of China

4 -- St. Lawrence String Quartet, w/Heidi Grant Murphy and Kevin Murphy
7-8 -- The Joffrey Ballet
12 -- Time for Three
13 -- Vienna Boys' Choir
24-28 -- "Avenue Q"

1 -- "Avenue Q"
3 -- DanceBrazil
7-8 -- Cirque Éloize, "Nebbia"
10 -- Juan de Marcos and the Afro-Cuban All Stars
11 -- Musicians from Marlboro
25 -- The Academy of Ancient Music, Bach's "Brandenburg" Concertos
28 -- Stephen Petronio Company

3 -- Richard Stoltzman
7 -- Mariza
17 -- Luna Negra Dance Theater
24 -- Alpin Hong

10 -- Trout Fishing in America

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Individual event partners for the 2008-09 season are:

Supported by Orville and Loanna Bloethe-HLV Community School Fund and The Iowa Language and Literacy Institute.

Supported by Roger and Gayle Klouda, Iowa House Hotel and Iowa Memorial Union Catering.

Kathy Griffin
Supported by McDonald Optical.

Global Drum Project
Supported by Doug and Amy Moore and West Music Company.
Media support from the Iowa City Press-Citizen.

An Evening with Judy Collins
Supported by Ian and Deborah Bullion; Charles Richard and Barbara S. Clark; Douglas and Linda Paul; OPN Architects, Inc.; and Insurance Associates of Iowa City, A TrueNorth(r) Company/TrueNorth(r) Companies/Allied Insurance, A Nationwide Company.

Chiara String Quartet
Supported by Daniel and Beth Holden Stence and Rockwell Collins.

"An Irish Homecoming"
Supported by Cambridge Place Apartments, Phyllis H. Miller, Kay Adams, and Clark Adams; Richard G. Burton and Ann M. Burton; James B. and Darlene E. McCord; and Rex Montgomery.

Rob Kapilow, "Green Eggs and Hamadeus"
Supported by Scheels All Sports and an anonymous family foundation.
Media support from

Takács Quartet, Muzsikás, Marta Sebestyen
Supported by Douglas and Linda Paul.

Brad Mehldau Trio
Supported by Ralph H. and Marcia A. Congdon, Laurie L. Fajardo, George A. and Barbara J. Grilley, Peggy Scholz, and Sheraton Iowa City Hotel.

Rinde Eckert
Supported by University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics.
This project is made possible in part by a grant from the Association of Performing Arts Presenters Creative Campus Innovations Grant Program, a component of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

"Monty Python's Spamalot"
Supported by Oaknoll Retirement Residence; Universal Climate Control, Thomas and Kathryn Nereim, owners; Rhoda Vernon; Tom and Jenny Wertz; Hills Bank and Trust Company; Meardon, Sueppel and Downer P.L.C.; Shive-Hattery Architecture-Engineering; and Frank J. Jr. and Gretchen F. Snider.
Media support from KDAT-FM.

Kurt Elling, "Dedicated to You"
Supported by Phillip E. and Jo Lavera Jones, and Darlene and Michael McNulty.

The National Acrobats of China
Supported by Donald W. Heineking; Robert and Trudy Lemburg; John and Danette Raley, RE/MAX Partners, American Family Insurance; Herbert A. and Janice A. Wilson in loving memory of Tonya Nicholson; Cedar Graphics, Inc.; and University of Iowa Community Credit Union.
Media support from the Iowa City Press-Citizen.

St. Lawrence String Quartet
Supported by John and Sue Strauss.

The Joffrey Ballet
Supported by Mary Keough Lyman; Kenneth and Jessica Malloy; John and Sue Strauss; W. Richard and Joyce Summerwill; Herbert A. and Janice A. Wilson; and Bread Garden Market, Jim and Maureen Mondanaro.
Media support from The Gazette.

Time for Three
Supported by Drs. Lisa and Amir Arbisser, Eye Surgeons Associates, PC; and Sandy Heistad.
Media support from the Iowa City Press-Citizen.

Vienna Boys' Choir
Supported by Leonard and Marlene Hadley.

"Avenue Q"
Supported by Terry and Joanna Abernathy, Carl and Julie Schweser, John and Sue Strauss, Miles Weinberger and Leslie Kramer-Weinberger, Everybody's Whole Foods, Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service, and Toyota/Scion of Iowa City and ABRA Auto Body and Glass.

Supported by Sherwood and Sara Wolfson, and Marriott Hotels & Resorts.

Cirque Éloize, "Nebbia"
Supported by Riverside Casino & Golf Resort.

Juan de Marcos and the Afro-Cuban All Stars
Supported by William Matthes and Alicia Brown-Matthes; William H. and Bertha S. Olin; and Phelan, Tucker, Mullen, Walker, Tucker & Gelman, L.L.P.
Media support from the Iowa City Press-Citizen.

Musicians from Marlboro
Supported by Richard and Judith Hurtig.

The Academy of Ancient Music, Bach's "Brandenburg Concertos"
Supported by Betsy Fahr, and William and Karen Rubright.

Stephen Petronio Company
Supported by Richard and Mary Jo Stanley.

Richard Stoltzman, "Salute to Benny Goodman"
Supported by Daryl K. and Nancy J. Granner, Himie Voxman, and Ben V. and Dorothy M. Willie.
Media support from WMT-AM.

Supported by George and Lois Eichacker.

Luna Negra Dance Theater
Supported by Gary A. and LaDonna K. Wicklund.
"There is a Time" was made possible by the National Endowment for the Arts' American Masterpieces: Dance Initiative, administered by the New England Foundation for the Arts.

Alpin Hong
Supported by Jordan L. and Jana E. Cohen, and John and Lynne Geweke.

Trout Fishing in America
Supported by the Hancher Guild, Iowa House Hotel, and The Wallace Foundation Fund.
Picnic supported by Hy-Vee Food Store, Iowa City, Waterfront Drive.

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

MEDIA CONTACTS: Hancher, 319-335-1130,,; Winston Barclay, Arts Center Relations, 319-384-0073 (office), 319-430-1013 (cell),