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Feb. 9, 2010

Hancher presents 'Finland's National Treasure,' the YL Male Voice Choir

With a sound that has been described simply as "luminous," Finland's YL Male Voice Choir is a revered and beloved musical institution. The University of Iowa's Hancher will present the 65-voice ensemble on Sunday, Feb. 21, at 2 p.m. in the Iowa City West High School Auditorium.

Founded in 1883 and known as "Finland's National Treasure," the ensemble has an impressive history of enriching the world of choral music. The choir commissioned and premiered many of Jean Sibelius' best-known works. The YL Male Voice Choir has maintained a commitment to contemporary choral music, having premiered more than 100 works since the 1980s.

The varied program for the performance is scheduled to include music by Sibelius and fellow Finnish composer Einojuhani Rautavaara as well as compositions by Schubert and Rossini.

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

Tickets for the February 21 performance are $35/30; UI student $31.50/10; senior citizen $31.50/27; youth $24.50/21 from the Hancher Box Office.

The Hancher Box Office, now located on the first floor of the south end of the Old Capitol Mall 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 West High School.

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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, 319-335-3827,; Steve Parrott, University Relations, 319-384-0037,