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May 26, 2009

Hancher's 2009-10 season ranges far beyond the University of Iowa

Tickets are now on sale for the 2009-10 Hancher performing arts season at the University of Iowa -- and beyond. A free brochure details an "uncontained season" presented in 11 locations, including venues in Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, Chicago and Riverside, as well as the UI campus and Iowa City.

When Hancher Auditorium was inundated by floodwaters in June 2008, the Hancher staff scrambled to salvage what they could from the 2008-09 season. Through the generous cooperation of schools, churches and other organizations, they found new venues for many performances, but also were forced to cancel many other events.

Hancher's 2009-2010 performing-arts menu is the first season organized in the absence of a headquarters facility. "We have always thought of Hancher as much more than a building," says Executive Director Charles Swanson. "We have presented most of our events in Hancher Auditorium, of course, but we also sponsored events in other spaces and throughout the state."

"Without question, Hancher Auditorium was a special place -- a place of so many glowing memories for all of us. But while we are without a facility of our own for several years, we will continue to do our best to fulfill our mission -- to augment the educational programs of the UI and to enrich the cultural life of the university and the state. We view it as both a challenge and an opportunity."

The season opens with three Joffrey Ballet benefit events for Hancher and the UI School of Music, at the new Joffrey Towers in Chicago and in the Civic Center of Greater Des Moines. And then Hancher migrates to City High School, the Riverside Casino, the UI Pentacrest, the Iowa Memorial Union, the UI Theatre Building, the historic Englert Theatre, West High School, the US Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids and St. Mary's Catholic Church

This "Can't Contain Us!" spirit has always been at the heart of Hancher's education programs. The 2009-2010 schedule includes residency events featuring Imani Winds, the Hot 8 Brass Band, Straight No Chaser, the Winard Harper Sextet, Abraham Inc., and the Luna Negra Dance Theater. Meanwhile, SPOT: The Hancher Family Arts Adventure will continue to engage families in Iowa City and another to-be-named Iowa community, as master mask maker and storyteller Michael Cooper celebrates creativity.

Hancher's commitment to nurturing the arts through commissions and premieres continues in 2009-10, with Hancher-commissioned premieres by the Imani Winds and Stefon Harris, and UI alumnus Rinde Eckert's theatrical meditation on the loss of sight, in collaboration with the UI Hospitals and Clinics Center for Macular Degeneration.

Nearly all the 2009-10 events are available to UI students and all other higher-education students for $10. Purchase of three or more events qualifies for a discount.

Tickets may be purchased though a form downloadable at, or directly by phone or in person at the Hancher Box Office, now located on the first floor of the Old Capitol Town Center in downtown Iowa City -- at the south end of the building closest to the parking ramp, next to Sweets & Treats. Stop in, or call the box office at 319-335-1160 or 800-HANCHER and the staff will fill out an order form for you. All advance orders are subject to a $10 handling charge.

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.

Hancher Box Office summer business hours, for walk-up and phone sales, are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays. 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.

For UI arts information and calendar updates visit To receive UI arts news by e-mail, go to and click the link "Join or Leave ACR News," then follow the instructions.

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2009-10 Hancher Performing Arts Season

Sept. 3: The Joffrey Ballet, Joffrey Towers, Chicago

Sept. 11: The Joffrey Ballet with the UI Symphony Orchestra, Civic Center of Greater Des Moines

Sept. 25: Imani Winds and Stefon Harris, City High School Opstad Auditorium

Oct. 2: Dinner and Dance with the City Lights Orchestra Riverside Casino & Golf Resort Event Center, Riverside

Oct. 11: Hot 8 Brass Band, Pentacrest

Oct. 18: Rob Lake Magic, An Afternoon of Magic, City High School Opstad Auditorium

Nov. 13: Herb Alpert and Lani Hall, Riverside Casino & Golf Resort Event Center, Riverside

Dec. 5: Natalie MacMaster (photo, above left), "Christmas in Cape Breton," Riverside Casino & Golf Resort Event Center, Riverside

Dec. 8: Straight No Chaser, Iowa Memorial Union Main Lounge

Jan. 23: Thank You, Gregory, City High School Opstad Auditorium

Feb. 5-7 and 12-14: Rinde Eckert, "Eye Piece," Mabie Theatre, Theatre Building

Feb. 10: An Evening with Rosanne Cash, Englert Theatre

Feb. 12: Winard Harper Sextet, City High School Opstad Auditorium

Feb. 21: YL Male Voice Choir, West High School Auditorium

March 4: Abraham Inc., Iowa Memorial Union Main Lounge

March 26-28: "Avenue Q," U.S. Cellular Center, Cedar Rapids

April 10: Interpreti Veneziani, St. Mary's Catholic Church

April 16: Luna Negra Dance Theater, Englert Theatre

May 9: Michael Cooper, "Masked Marvels & Wondertales," Mabie Theatre, Theatre Building

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2009-10 Hancher sponsors, through the University of Iowa Foundation are:

François M. and Doris E. Abboud
Terry and Johanna Abernathy
Anonymous Donor
Anonymous Family Foundation
Wayne and Nora Lee Balmer
Loanna and Orville Bloethe - HLV Community School Fund
Robert F. and Judith C. Boyd
Bread Garden Market, Jim and Maureen Mondanaro
Ian and Deborah Bullion
Richard G. and Ann M. Burton
Cambridge Place Apartments,
Kay and Kevin Adams, Clark and Jennifer Adams
Cedar Graphics, Inc.
Charles Richard and Barbara S. Clark
Jordan L. and Jana E. Cohen
Ralph H. and Marcia A. Congdon
Peter and Ellie Densen
George and Lois Eichacker
Everybody's Whole Foods
Betsy Fahr
Laurie L. Fajardo
Pat Gauron
The Gazette
M.C. Ginsberg "Objects of Art"
Mark and Vickie Ginsberg    
Daryl K. and Nancy J. Granner
George A. and Barbara J. Grilley
Leonard and Marlene Hadley
Hancher Alumni Student Group
Hancher Guild
Donald W. Heineking
Sandy Heistad
Hills Bank and Trust Company
Albert B. and Jean M. Hood
Richard and Judith Hurtig
Insurance Associates of Iowa City, A TrueNorth(r) Company/TrueNorth(r) Companies/
Allied Insurance, A Nationwide Company
Iowa City Press-Citizen
Iowa House Hotel
The Iowa Language and Literacy Institute
Iowa Memorial Union Catering
Phillip E. and Jo Lavera Jones
Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service
Kenneth and Jessica Malloy
Marriott Hotels & Resorts
William Matthes and Alicia Brown-Matthes
James B. and Darlene E. McCord
McDonald Optical
Michael and Darlene McNulty
Meardon, Sueppel & Downer P.L.C.
John R. Menninger
MidWestOne Bank
Neumann Monson Architects, P.C.
Rex Montgomery
Frank H. Morriss, Jr., M.D. and Jill H. Morriss, M.D.
Oaknoll Retirement Residence
Michael W. O'Hara and Jane Engeldinger
William H. and Bertha S. Olin
OPN Architects, Inc.
Douglas and Linda Paul
Phelan, Tucker, Mullen, Walker, Tucker & Gelman, L.L.P.
John and Danette Raley, RE/MAX Partners, American Family Insurance
Riverside Casino & Golf Resort
Rockwell Collins
Russell and Jo Ellen Ross
William and Karen Rubright
Scheels All Sports
Peggy Scholz
Ralph Schultz Family Foundation- Andrea Birt, Judy Schultz, Kristin Schultz
Rudy Schulz   
Carl and Julie Schweser
Sheraton Iowa City Hotel
Shive-Hattery Architecture-Engineering
Frank J. and Gretchen Snider
William and Marlene W. Stanford
Richard and Mary Jo Stanley
Daniel and Beth Holden Stence
Chuck and Kim Swanson
John and Sue Strauss
W. Richard and Joyce Summerwill
Toyota/Scion of Iowa City and ABRA Auto and Body Glass
Robert L. Tree
Jeffrey R. and Tammy S. Tronvold
Universal Climate Control, Thomas and Kathryn Nereim, owners
University of Iowa Community Credit Union
Rhoda Vernon
Himie Voxman
West Music Company
Gary A. and LaDonna K. Wicklund
Ben V. and Dorothy M. Willie
Herbert A. and Janice A. Wilson
600 WMT
Sherwood and Sara Wolfson

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


MEDIA CONTACTS: Charles Swanson, 319-335-1133,; Winston Barclay, Arts Center Relations, 319-384-0073 (office) 319-430-1013 (cell),