The University of Iowa

Emanuel Ax

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.

The Joffrey Ballet

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.

Maya Beiser

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.

Renée Fleming

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.