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Like many great works of art, the 2020-2021 Hancher season is an ongoing work-in-progress. As new events and opportunities are added, you can find them here.

 

Swing University: John Coltrane and the 1960s
Online Event | Lecture

John Coltrane and the 1960s

Part of United We Swing: Jazz and American History

Wednesday, April 21, 2021
Online Event | Lecture

John Coltrane and the 1960s

Part of United We Swing: Jazz and American History

Wednesday, April 21, 2021
The musical and spiritual journey of John Coltrane, expressed through his relentless pursuit in music, would inspire generations upon generations of artists to devote themselves completely to their craft.

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Swing University: The Democracy! Suite and Wynton Marsalis
Online Event | Lecture

The Democracy! Suite and Wynton Marsalis

Part of United We Swing: Jazz and American History 

Wednesday, April 28, 2021
Online Event | Lecture

The Democracy! Suite and Wynton Marsalis

Part of United We Swing: Jazz and American History 

Wednesday, April 28, 2021
As we weave together the strands of the previous five sessions, we will look at what Marsalis' writing shows us in terms of the legacy of the music, his role in preserving it, and what the continuum of jazz shows us about healthy communication, leadership, and democratic ideals.

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Layale Chaker
Online Event | Music

Layale Chaker, violin/composer

Featuring her quintet and special guest Kinan Azmeh

Thursday, April 29, 2021
Online Event | Music

Layale Chaker, violin/composer

Featuring her quintet and special guest Kinan Azmeh

Thursday, April 29, 2021
In this performance created for Hancher, Chaker and her ensemble will perform music from her critically acclaimed Inner Rhyme album as well as new music from the forthcoming Bards project, performed here for the first time.

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Past Season Events

Free
Step Afrika!, Stono
Online Event | Dance

ONLINE EVENT: Step Afrika!

Stono

Wednesday, September 9, 2020
Online Event | Dance

ONLINE EVENT: Step Afrika!

Stono

Wednesday, September 9, 2020
On September 9, 1739, the largest insurrection of enslaved Africans in North America began in South Carolina on the banks of the Stono River. Step Afrika! commemorates this moment in American history and the 281st Anniversary of the Stono Rebellion with the world premiere of Stono.

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Free
Hancher Illuminated (Photo: Justin Torner)
Visual Art | Dance

Hancher Illuminated

Thursday, October 15, 2020
Visual Art | Dance

Hancher Illuminated

Thursday, October 15, 2020
Hancher Auditorium has long been known as “the largest classroom on campus.” We asked our friends from Quixotic, the amazing organization that helped us open the auditorium in 2016, to design a magical array of spots outside Hancher where UI student performers could be highlighted.

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Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra Septet with Wynton Marsalis: The Sounds of Democracy
Online Event | Music

ONLINE EVENT: Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra Septet with Wynton Marsalis

The Sound of Democracy

Tuesday, October 27, 2020
Online Event | Music

ONLINE EVENT: Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra Septet with Wynton Marsalis

The Sound of Democracy

Tuesday, October 27, 2020
Led by trumpeter/composer Wynton Marsalis, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra Septet's performance of The Sound of Democracy aims to entertain, inspire, and uplift audiences with the full vigor, vision, and depth of America’s music.

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Zoom with Santa
Online Event

Zoom with Santa

Saturday–Sunday, December 12–13, 2020
Online Event

Zoom with Santa

Saturday–Sunday, December 12–13, 2020
The man in the big red suit is headed to Hancher again this year, but he knows the importance of social distancing! So, Santa will visit with children via Zoom on Saturday and Sunday, December 12 and 13.

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Third Coast Percussion
Online Event | Music

Think Outside the Drum

Third Coast Percussion

Saturday, February 13, 2021
Online Event | Music

Think Outside the Drum

Third Coast Percussion

Saturday, February 13, 2021
This free, family-friendly show introduces a wide array of percussion instruments and the sounds they make. Through interactive activities and musical demonstrations, Third Coast Percussion invites everyone to play with the building blocks of music.

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Hancher Youth & Family Talent Show Finale: Hosted by Third Coast Percussion
Online Event | Multidisciplinary

The Hancher Youth & Family Talent Show Finale

An online celebration of young artists in the community

Sunday, February 14, 2021
Online Event | Multidisciplinary

The Hancher Youth & Family Talent Show Finale

An online celebration of young artists in the community

Sunday, February 14, 2021
The amazing artists of Third Coast Percussion host a celebration of all of the kids and families who submitted a video to the Hancher Youth & Family Talent Show. Gather up the family and tune in to see singers, instrumentals, dancers, and beatboxers as they are honored for their performances.

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Swing University: Louis Armstrong and the Explosion of Swing
Online Event | Lecture

Louis Armstrong and the Explosion of Swing

Part of United We Swing: Jazz and American History 

Wednesday, March 24, 2021
Online Event | Lecture

Louis Armstrong and the Explosion of Swing

Part of United We Swing: Jazz and American History 

Wednesday, March 24, 2021
We open our series by celebrating the most influential musician of the 20th century: Louis Armstrong. His peerless trumpet work, his effortlessly swinging vocal work, and his supreme genius provided the 1920s with a road map for expanding popular music.

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Swing University: Billie Holiday and the Art of Swing Song
Online Event | Lecture

Billie Holiday and the Art of Swing Song

Part of United We Swing: Jazz and American History

Wednesday, March 31, 2021
Online Event | Lecture

Billie Holiday and the Art of Swing Song

Part of United We Swing: Jazz and American History

Wednesday, March 31, 2021
With the burst of jazz's popularity in the 1930s, Billie Holiday revolutionized singing with small ensemble vocal jazz called Swing Song. Her innovations would provide the blueprint for generations of singers and instrumentalists to come.

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Swing University: Duke Ellington's Black, Brown, and Beige
Online Event | Lecture

Duke Ellington's "Black, Brown, and Beige"

Part of United We Swing: Jazz and American History

Wednesday, April 7, 2021
Online Event | Lecture

Duke Ellington's "Black, Brown, and Beige"

Part of United We Swing: Jazz and American History

Wednesday, April 7, 2021
Entering Carnegie Hall in January 1943, composer, bandleader, and pianist Duke Ellington unveiled a unique and remarkable work that defied existing notions of what Jazz could or should be.

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Swing University: Charlie Parker and the Revolution of BeBop
Online Event | Lecture

Charlie Parker and the Revolution of BeBop

Part of United We Swing: Jazz and American History

Wednesday, April 14, 2021
Online Event | Lecture

Charlie Parker and the Revolution of BeBop

Part of United We Swing: Jazz and American History

Wednesday, April 14, 2021
The revolution of bebop in the 1940s saw jazz get faster, more virtuosic, and more daring. And no one was more extraordinary than the alto saxophone master Charlie Parker.

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