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David Skorton
Lecture

David J. Skorton

Education and What We Value: How STEM and the Liberal Arts Nourish Each Other

Thursday, March 30, 2017
Lecture

David J. Skorton

Education and What We Value: How STEM and the Liberal Arts Nourish Each Other

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Currently the 13th Secretary of the Smithsonian, Doctor David J. Skorton served as the 19th president of the University of Iowa from 2003–2006 and was a member of the UI faculty for 26 years before becoming the 12th president of Cornell University.

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Kelly Link
Literature

Free reading by Kelly Link

Part of Mission Creek Festival

Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Literature

Free reading by Kelly Link

Part of Mission Creek Festival

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Short story writer Kelly Link invites readers into the slipstream with stories of the fantastic. Link has collected a Hugo Award, three Nebula Awards, and a World Fantasy Award. Her most recent collection, Get In Trouble, was a finalist for the 2016 Pulitzer Prize.

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Andrew Bird
Music | Literature

Andrew Bird

and My Brightest Diamond
Part of Mission Creek Festival

Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Music | Literature

Andrew Bird

and My Brightest Diamond
Part of Mission Creek Festival

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

In collaboration with the festival and SCOPE Productions, Hancher will present singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Andrew Bird. “Here I am with my most unguarded, direct, relatable album to date,” Bird says of his latest record, Are You Serious. “Go easy on me.”

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Club Hancher: Fred Hersch Trio
Music

Fred Hersch Trio

Friday–Saturday, April 14–15, 2017
Music

Fred Hersch Trio

Friday–Saturday, April 14–15, 2017

Fred Hersch’s acclaimed trio will take to the Club Hancher stage for four concerts, each sure to highlight the chops and creativity that led Downbeat to call the pianist “one of the small handful of brilliant musicians of his generation.”

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/peh-LO-tah/ (Photo: Bethanie Hines Photography)
Dance | Theater

/peh-LO-tah/

By Marc Bamuthi Joseph

Thursday, May 4, 2017
Dance | Theater

/peh-LO-tah/

By Marc Bamuthi Joseph

Thursday, May 4, 2017

“My love of soccer is a heritage story.” So says poet and performer Marc Bamuthi Joseph, and his new multi-disciplinary work considers the game as a conduit for both joy and corruption around the globe.

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Past Season Events

Free
Hancher Auditorium Ribbon Cutting
Hancher Open House

Ribbon-cutting Ceremony and Open House

Friday, September 9, 2016
Hancher Open House

Ribbon-cutting Ceremony and Open House

Friday, September 9, 2016

We can’t wait to welcome you inside the new Hancher Auditorium! Join us on September 9 for a ribbon cutting at 3:00 pm followed by tours of the new facility. The new Hancher Box Office will be open for the first time during this open house!

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Hancher Auditorium Open House
Hancher Open House

Hancher Open House

Sunday, September 11, 2016
Hancher Open House

Hancher Open House

Sunday, September 11, 2016

We can't wait to welcome you inside the new Hancher Auditorium! The Hancher Showcase will also be open during the open houses.

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Steve Martin and Martin Short
Music | Comedy

Steve Martin and Martin Short

An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life

Saturday, September 24, 2016
Music | Comedy

Steve Martin and Martin Short

An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Two comedy legends will keep you laughing all night in a performance that—despite its title—we suspect you’ll always remember. Joined by Steve Martin’s bluegrass band, the Steep Canyon Rangers, Martin and Martin Short will blend banter and banjos on an historic night for Hancher.

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David Sanborn
Music

David Sanborn Electric Band

A collaboration with the UI School of Music

Thursday, September 29, 2016
Music

David Sanborn Electric Band

A collaboration with the UI School of Music

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Saxophonist David Sanborn studied jazz at the University of Iowa in the early days of the program before going on to fame. In this special concert, Sanborn returns to play not only with his own band, but with fellow alumni of the UI jazz program.

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The Man Who Planted Trees
Theater

Puppet State Theatre Company of Scotland

The Man Who Planted Trees

Sunday–Thursday, October 2–6, 2016
Theater

Puppet State Theatre Company of Scotland

The Man Who Planted Trees

Sunday–Thursday, October 2–6, 2016

Walk the countryside with a man and his dog, changing the world with every step. The Puppet State Theatre Company of Scotland brings Jean Giono’s classic environmental tale to life in this funny and heartwarming performance that offers delights for everyone in your family.

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Renee Fleming
Music

Renée Fleming

Saturday, October 8, 2016
Music

Renée Fleming

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Known as “the people’s diva,” Renée Fleming possesses one of the most beautiful and beloved voices in the world. As one of the first performers on the new Hancher stage, she will enchant you with her peerless soprano voice in this recital performance.

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The Book of Mormon / Ryan Bondy
Broadway

The Book of Mormon

Tuesday–Sunday, October 11–16, 2016
Broadway

The Book of Mormon

Tuesday–Sunday, October 11–16, 2016

The New York Times calls it "the best musical of this century." The Washington Post says, “it is the kind of evening that restores your faith in musicals.” It’s The Book of Mormon, the nine-time Tony Award®-Winning best musical.

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Step Afrika!
Dance | Storytelling

Step Afrika!

The Migration: Reflections of Jacob Lawrence

Thursday, October 20, 2016
Dance | Storytelling

Step Afrika!

The Migration: Reflections of Jacob Lawrence

Thursday, October 20, 2016

The Migration, Step Afrika!’s new signature work, is based on Jacob Lawrence’s iconic series of paintings charting the African-American movement from south to north in the early 1900s.

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Maya Beiser / Photo: ioulex
Music

Maya Beiser

The Day

Thursday, October 27, 2016
Music

Maya Beiser

The Day

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Cellist Maya Beiser’s art has always been about breaking and blurring boundaries, from her years with Bang on a Can All-Stars to her commissioned solo work. Beiser will perform music by Pulitzer Prize winner and UI alumnus David Lang.

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Pomp, Brass, and Lunacy!
Music | Comedy

Pomp, Brass, and Lunacy!

Tomáš Kubínek with Orchestra Iowa, University Choirs, and Very Special Guest Wycliffe Gordon

Saturday, November 5, 2016
Music | Comedy

Pomp, Brass, and Lunacy!

Tomáš Kubínek with Orchestra Iowa, University Choirs, and Very Special Guest Wycliffe Gordon

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Neo-vaudevillian and Hancher favorite Tomáš Kubínek returns to wrestle with Maestro Timothy Hankewich and Orchestra Iowa in this Hancher-commissioned collision of classical music and comedy.

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Chucho Valdez Joe Lovano Quintet
Music

Chucho Valdés Joe Lovano Quintet

Friday, November 11, 2016
Music

Chucho Valdés Joe Lovano Quintet

Friday, November 11, 2016

You could call it post-bop Latin jazz. Or you could just call it perfect. Saxophonist Joe Lovano and pianist Chucho Valdés—revered jazz elders who remain at the forefront of the music—come together for a concert that combines their sensibilities.

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Joffrey Ballet - Christopher Wheeldon's Nutcracker
Dance | Music

The Joffrey Ballet

The Nutcracker

Thursday–Sunday, December 1–4, 2016
Dance | Music

The Joffrey Ballet

The Nutcracker

Thursday–Sunday, December 1–4, 2016

Hancher is proud to present special preview performances of the Joffrey Ballet’s new rendition of The Nutcracker. Featuring choreography by Christopher Wheeldon and an updated story and art by Brian Selznick, this Nutcracker is set in Chicago during the 1893 World’s Fair.

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Emanuel Ax
Music

Emanuel Ax

Tuesday, December 6, 2016
Music

Emanuel Ax

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

When it came time to choose a piano for the new Hancher facility, we invited Emanuel Ax—one of the world’s finest musicians—to help us make the selection.

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Asleep at the Wheel, Have a Texas Christmas Y'all!
Music

Asleep at the Wheel

Merry Texas Christmas Y'all!

Friday, December 9, 2016
Music

Asleep at the Wheel

Merry Texas Christmas Y'all!

Friday, December 9, 2016

Asleep at the Wheel will boogie into the holiday season with its Western swing sound—a sound Benson calls “jazz with a cowboy hat.” Or perhaps a Santa hat.

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The Cleveland Orchestra
Music

The Cleveland Orchestra

Friday, January 20, 2017
Music

The Cleveland Orchestra

Friday, January 20, 2017

Known for its superb concert programming, The Cleveland Orchestra will perform Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in G Major, Opus 44 and Sibelius’s Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Opus 43.

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The Sound of Music
Broadway

The Sound of Music

Tuesday–Sunday, January 31–5, 2017
Broadway

The Sound of Music

Tuesday–Sunday, January 31–5, 2017

The hills are alive! A brand new production of The Sound of Music, directed by three-time Tony Award® winner Jack O’Brien, is now on tour across North America.

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Soil
Dance

Soil

Conceived, co-written, and directed by Michael Sakamoto

Wednesday–Thursday, February 8–9, 2017
Dance

Soil

Conceived, co-written, and directed by Michael Sakamoto

Wednesday–Thursday, February 8–9, 2017

World Premiere. Co-choreographed by its performers, Soil investigates crises in three Southeast Asian cultures while exploring transnational, East-West identities via personal narratives and choreography. Co-creator Michael Sakamoto is a Professor of Dance at the University of Iowa.

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The Ying Quartet
Music

The Ying Quartet with Billy Childs

A collaboration with the UI String Quartet Residency Program

Saturday, February 11, 2017
Music

The Ying Quartet with Billy Childs

A collaboration with the UI String Quartet Residency Program

Saturday, February 11, 2017

The Ying Quartet—longtime Hancher favorites—come together with pianist and composer Billy Childs, an artist who fashions a distinctly American voice from diverse musical materials.

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Tanya Tagaq
Music | Film

Tanya Tagaq

in concert with Nanook of the North

Thursday, February 16, 2017
Music | Film

Tanya Tagaq

in concert with Nanook of the North

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Inuit throat singer Tanya Tagaq will perform a live accompaniment to the silent movie Nanook of the North, a film rife with stereotypes of native people in Northern Quebec. Tagaq’s haunting vocal expression is unnerving, exquisite, and authentic.

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MAMMA MIA! / Joan Marcus
Broadway | Music

MAMMA MIA!

Farewell Tour

Saturday–Sunday, February 25–26, 2017
Broadway | Music

MAMMA MIA!

Farewell Tour

Saturday–Sunday, February 25–26, 2017

MAMMA MIA! is the ultimate feel-good show that has audiences coming back again and again. Now it's your turn to have the time of your life at this smash-hit musical.

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Circus Oz
Circus

Circus Oz

Straight Up

Friday–Saturday, March 3–4, 2017
Circus

Circus Oz

Straight Up

Friday–Saturday, March 3–4, 2017

Australia’s National Circus infuses Down Under energy into a high flying art form. Upending expectations while delivering a mesmerizing evening of entertainment, Circus Oz breaks down the fourth wall and invites everyone into its big tent of delights.

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Yo-Yo Ma
Music

Yo-Yo Ma

Sunday, March 5, 2017
Music

Yo-Yo Ma

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Yo-Yo Ma believes musicians are seekers of truth “in a way that gives meaning and sustenance to individuals and communities. That’s art for life’s sake.” Ma will enchant a Hancher audience for the first time since 2000, performing solo cello pieces.

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The Hancher Guild Youth Art Show
Visual Art

The Hancher Guild Youth Art Show

Monday, March 6, 2017
Visual Art

The Hancher Guild Youth Art Show

Monday, March 6, 2017

A longstanding Hancher tradition returns with The Hancher Guild Youth Art Show! The opening reception for this celebration of the young artists in our community will include light refreshments, a performance by a visiting Hancher artist, and the announcement of award-winners.

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Hancher Culinary Arts Experience
Culinary Arts

Hancher Culinary Arts Experience: Oasis

Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Culinary Arts

Hancher Culinary Arts Experience: Oasis

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Join your family and friends for a unique dining experience in a beautiful setting. Owners and friends Naftaly Stramer and Ofer Sivan created Oasis—The Falafel Joint in the summer of 2004 when they noticed a lack of falafel and Mediterranean food in the Iowa City community.

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Las Cafeteras
Music

Las Cafeteras

Thursday, March 9, 2017
Music

Las Cafeteras

Thursday, March 9, 2017

In 2015, Club Hancher audiences were treated to stirring performances by Las Cafeteras, the East LA band steeped in music, community activism, and the connection between the two. The band returns for a mainstage performance.

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Jessica Lang Dance
Dance

Jessica Lang Dance

Thursday, March 23, 2017
Dance

Jessica Lang Dance

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Founded in 2011, Jessica Lang Dance has rocketed to prominence with its contemporary work fueled by classical ballet and striking design elements.

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The Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra
Music

The Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra

By George! The Pops Plays Gershwin

Saturday, March 25, 2017
Music

The Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra

By George! The Pops Plays Gershwin

Saturday, March 25, 2017

The Boston Pops celebrates one of the key composers of the Great American Songbook. Enter a world of speakeasies and bathtub gin, of flappers and Tin Lizzies, of jazz and a man named George Gershwin.

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Leslie Odom Jr.
Lecture

Leslie Odom Jr.

A collaboration with the UI Lecture Committee

Monday, March 27, 2017
Lecture

Leslie Odom Jr.

A collaboration with the UI Lecture Committee

Monday, March 27, 2017

Leslie Odom Jr. had his Broadway debut in 1998 at age 17 in Rent. But his Tony Award-winning portrayal of Aaron Burr— “the damn fool who shot him”—in Hamilton shot him to fame as he and his castmates shined a new light on America’s founding figures.

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