The University of Iowa

Las Cafeteras

Committed to a creative combination of musical heritages—and to social justice—this band from East LA is a Hancher favorite of the first order. Their performances are always a joyous celebration.

Danish String Quartet

Hancher welcomes perhaps the most in-demand string quartet in the world today. “The Danish String Quartet stand out: not because they’re shinier or plusher or pushier than the rest,” raves The Guardian, “but because of their nimble charisma, stylish repertoire, and the way their light and grainy shading can turn on a dime.”

Program (subject to change)
Purcell: Chaconne in G Minor (arr. Britten)
Schumann: Quartet in A Major, Op. 41, No. 3
Folk Music from the British Isles (arr. Danish String Quartet)

 

Damien Sneed

In 2004, Aretha Franklin brought the house down in the original Hancher Auditorium. Now, we invite her towering spirit into the new Hancher with a tribute performance by Damien Sneed, who toured with Franklin late in her career.

The Philadelphia Orchestra

The Philadelphia Orchestra is among the world’s preeminent ensembles—and a Hancher favorite as well. The orchestra returns to perform Max Bruch’s beloved Violin Concerto No. 1 as well as Franz Schubert’s final symphony, a masterwork that lives up to its moniker, The Great.

Program (subject to change)
Missy Mazzoli: Sinfonia (for Orbiting Spheres)
Bruch: Violin Concerto No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 26
Schubert: Symphony No. 9 in C Major

 

Castalian String Quartet

In 2018, the Castalian String Quartet was the recipient of the inaugural Merito String Quartet Award & Valentin Erben Prize and a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship Award. The quartet followed that up by being named the 2019 Royal Philharmonic Society Young Artist of the Year.