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Nov. 15, 2011

Hancher presents Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra 'Holiday Pops' Nov. 27

The University of Iowa's Hancher will present a Holiday Pops performance by the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, under the direction of Keith Lockhart, at 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 27, in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The performance will also feature contemporary a cappella group Rockapella and soprano Kathryn Skemp Moran.

Known as "America's Orchestra," the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra is well known for both its Holiday Pops performances and its Fourth of July concerts, which are aired nationally each year. The orchestra has made a host of popular recordings under the batons of Arthur Fiedler, John Williams, and Lockhart.

Rockapella is a five-man a cappella group perhaps best known as the house band on the PBS television program "Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?" The group has recorded multiple holiday albums and will be performing brand new arrangements of holiday favorites with the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra.

The 2011 edition of the Holiday Pops tour includes only three stops, with Hancher offering the most affordable ticket prices on the tour.

The event is supported by ACT, Inc.; Riverside Casino & Golf Resort; John and Sue Strauss; Herbert A. and Janice A. Wilson; and the Hancher Partners. Media support has been provided by The Gazette and KCRG.

Tickets are $90/70/45; college student, $25; youth, $45/35/22.50 — available from the Hancher Box Office.

The Hancher Box Office, 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. On Wednesday, Nov. 23, the box office will close at 4 p.m. The Hancher Box Office will be closed on Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 24) and Friday, Nov. 25. On Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 26 and 27, the box office will be open from noon until 4 pm.

Tickets may be ordered online at any time at Any remaining tickets will be available for sale one hour before show time at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.


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 News Services, 319-384-0037,