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Oct. 27, 2009

Hancher presents legendary Herb Alpert and Lani Hall Nov. 13

Trumpeter Herb Alpert and vocalist Lani Hall -- husband and wife with numerous classic recordings and Grammy Awards between them -- will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13, at the Riverside Casino & Golf Resort Event Center as part of the 2009-10 Hancher season.

Alpert has enjoyed a long and varied career as a musician, visual artist, philanthropist and record executive. Best known as the leader of Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass, Alpert has racked up five number one hits and eight Grammy Awards, as well as 14 Platinum and 15 Gold Records, including the iconic "Whipped Cream and Other Delights," totaling 72 million albums sold worldwide.

Sergio Mendes discovered Hall while she was singing in a nightclub in her hometown of Chicago, and he asked her to become the lead vocalist for Brasil 66. Her unique and distinctive vocals helped propel the group to international stardom with its first single, the Brazilian song, "Mas Que Nada." In additional to her time with Mendes' band, she has had a very successful solo career, garnering a Grammy in 1985.

Brasil 66 opened for Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass in 1966, marking the beginning of Alpert and Hall's professional and personal relationships. The two were married in 1973.

The couple recently released "Anything Goes," which features what Alpert has described as "original arrangements of classic American standards with the color of Brazilian music scattered throughout." The couple's appearance for Hancher is part of a tour to support the album.

The event is supported by the Hancher partners and gifts to Hancher Circle through the University of Iowa Foundation.

Tickets are $47/$42; college student $42.30/$10; senior citizen $42.30/$37.80; youth $32.90/$29.40 from the Hancher Box Office.

The Hancher Box Office, now located on the first floor of the south end of the Old Capitol Town Center near the parking ramp, is open for phone 319-335-1160 or 800-HANCHER, or walk-up business from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays. Tickets may be ordered online at Any remaining tickets will be available for sale one hour before show time at the Riverside Casino & Golf Resort Event Center.

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STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500

MEDIA CONTACTS: Rob Cline, Hancher Auditorium, 319-335-3827,; Steve Parrott, University Relations, 319-384-0037,