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Rhiannon Giddens

Special Guest: Adia Victoria

Presented by
VIP $165
Adults $65 / $45
Students & Youth $25
Wednesday, September 13, 2023, 7:30 pm

Part of Hancher's 51st season

Newly-minted Pulitzer Prize winner and MacArthur “Genius” Rhiannon Giddens’s lifelong mission is to lift up people whose contributions to American musical history have previously been erased. She is working toward a more accurate understanding of the country’s musical origins. Pitchfork says, “few artists are so fearless and so ravenous in their exploration,” and Smithsonian Magazine calls her “an electrifying artist who brings alive the memories of forgotten predecessors, white and black.”  

Hancher audiences first met her as co-founder of the Grammy Award-winning Carolina Chocolate Drops. Since 2020, she has been the artistic director of the famed Silkroad Ensemble, succeeding Yo-Yo Ma in that role. Her new television series, My Music with Rhiannon Giddens, airs on PBS and features musical performances and conversations with outstanding guest artists filmed on location around the South. She returns to Iowa City fronting a full band in support of her recent Nonesuch release You’re the One, the follow-up to her Grammy-winning They’re Calling Me Home

Adia Victoria will open for Giddens. Victoria leans into the rich legacy of Black Southern blues even as she pushes that tradition forward. Producer T Bone Burnett says of her, “Adia Victoria sings on an arc between Memphis Minnie and Sojourner Truth.” 

Rhiannon Giddens' VIP Experience: 

  • One VIP reserved ticket in the first 15 rows
  • Access to a private pre-show soundcheck performance by Rhiannon Giddens
  • Q&A session with Rhiannon Giddens
  • Exclusive signed poster
  • "You're the One" tote bag
  • Merchandise shopping opportunity before doors open to the public
  • Early entry to the venue


Rhiannon Giddens Website

Adia Victoria Website

Preorder food from the Stanley Café!

Avoid the lines by making your food selections before you come to Hancher Auditorium. Most entrées are only available through pre-order and cannot be purchased on-site at the performance. Snacks and beverages will be available on-site. 

Orders must be placed by noon the day before the performance.

Preorder food

Barrie Anderson
H. Dee & Myrene Hoover
Kevin & Julie Monson
Gary & Nancy Pacha
The Rice/Terry Family in memory of Tim Terry
W. Richard & Joyce Summerwill

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Paris Young in advance at (319) 467-4849 or at