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Little Village - Thursday, February 9, 2017

Hancher hosts a world premiere this week: the multimedia dance theatre production Soil, directed by University of Iowa Assistant Professor of Dance Michael Sakamoto. The final performance is tonight, Feb. 9 at 7:30 pm in Strauss Hall, an intimate space that is making its debut as a theatre. Tickets are $10-35.

Soil developed over several years to become the hour-long work it is today, adding more dancers and perspectives to the mix. The work, now performed by a trio, is autobiographical, a composite of the dancers’ experiences of immigrating from Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam and bridging the gap between their old and new homes.

Iowa Theatre - Thursday, February 2, 2017

The Sound of Music, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein’s final collaboration, opened on Broadway in 1959, winning many Tony awards, including Best Musical. It’s the story of would-be nun Maria, who leaves the convent to be a governess for a widower’s seven children. It takes place in Austria, against the backdrop of Nazi incursion into Austria before World War II. But then you probably already know that, since the movie is a classic as well, a movie that many of us have watched year after year, singing the songs together as a family. You know it’s a story of love, and of the power of music. You know it’s a moving, timeless tale of a family’s escape from the evil that is threatening their homeland. The touring company whose production is on Hancher’s stage does not disappoint in any way. Director Jack O’Brien’s version is fun and light when it needs to be and it also expertly delves into the more serious moments.

The Gazette - Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Hancher Auditorium was alive Tuesday night with “The Sound of Music,” as the national tour of the famed Rogers and Hammerstein production sailed into town.

The well-known and well-loved story of the von Trapp family — including the widowed Captain von Trapp and his seven children — and their new governess Maria Rainer, a wannabe nun who can’t help but sing her way through the day, is a favorite of many, including myself. The nearly sold-out auditorium was filled with anticipation as the orchestra struck up the familiar opening tune.

Little Village - Saturday, January 28, 2017

Since Dance Magazine named him one of 2009’s “25 to watch,” Kyle Abraham has been making his mark on the dance world. Abraham has received numerous awards, and his recent work includes a pas de deux with former New York City Ballet principal Wendy Whelan, choreography for the film The Book of Henry, and a new work, Untitled America, for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre. Iowa City was privileged to welcome his company, Abraham.In.Motion, to Hancher Auditorium for a three-part program featuring works entitled “The Quiet Dance,” “Absent Matter” and “The Gettin’.”

Daily Iowan - Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Choreographer Kyle Abraham can be ultimately summarized by its unique ability to transcend convention and push both the medium and the conversation forward. A dancer by training, Abraham incorporates elements of social justice and nods to current political and cultural movements such as Black Lives Matter in his performances.
At 7:30 p.m. Friday, Abraham will arrive at the University of Iowa’s Hancher. His performance, Abraham.In.Motion, will feature the choreographer performing three of his most recent works: “The Quiet Dance,” “Absent Matter,” and “The Gettin’.”

Hoopla Now - Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Iowa is one of his favorite things.
Ben Davis, who plays Capt. Georg von Trapp, is thrilled to be bringing “The Sound of Music” back to his homeland. Now age 41 and based in New York City, he was born in Ames and lived about an hour away in Eldora until age 3, when his family moved to Illinois, then to Indianapolis. He still has plenty of family and friends in Iowa, and he can’t wait to see them when the national tour of the time-honored musical comes to Iowa City and Des Moines.
Hancher’s halls will be alive with the sounds of familiar songs from Tuesday (1/31) to Feb. 5, then the troupe moves to the Des Moines Civic Center from Feb. 7 to 12.

Cleveland - Monday, January 23, 2017

CHICAGO, Ill. - The landscape remained flat but the artistry of the Cleveland Orchestra on the second half of its 2017 Midwest Tour rose dramatically.
Aided by fine acoustics and the insights that follow repeat performances, the Cleveland Orchestra Friday and Saturday handily conquered Iowa City and Chicago, leaving on listeners there impressions certain to last at least until the group's next visits.
Almost any space would have been an improvement on Indiana University Auditorium, where the orchestra played last Thursday evening. Still, even on its own account, Hancher Auditorium in Iowa City was a pleasure.

The Daily Iowan - Thursday, January 19, 2017

The Cleveland Orchestra, though commonly referred to as one of the “Big Five” American classical ensembles, is widely considered second to none. While it keeps company with only the highest order in this select group — flagship orchestras from Chicago, New York, Boston, and Philadelphia — Cleveland’s outfit has long guarded a particular air of excellence.
Now, the group — deemed “the best in America” by the New York Times — is bringing that excellence to Hancher for the first time since the facility opened.
The orchestra, founded in 1918 by the pianist Adella Prentiss Hughes and now conducted by Music Director Franz Welser-Möst, will bring its signature sound to Hancher at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Little Village - Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Rob Cline, director of marketing and communications for Hancher Auditorium, noted that while the Showcase gift shop, box office and coat check accept cash, the café, operated by University Catering, follows the catering service’s policy of only accepting credit and debit cards — neither cash nor American Express cards are accepted.

The Gazette - Saturday, January 14, 2017

Hancher has presented the Cleveland Orchestra in 1979, 1980 and 1982, and staff members are excited to bring the ensemble back in the new auditorium.
“What I’m looking forward to more than anything, is the experience of that major orchestra in our new Hancher hall — acoustically and just being able to see all of that happening on our stage,” Chuck Swanson, Hancher’s executive director, said.
“The acoustics have tested so well with other performances we’ve had. The University orchestra had their major performance early in the season with the choirs, and the sound was exquisite — it was extraordinary. I’m very excited to be sitting in that audience and experiencing a world-class orchestra from the standpoint of the audience side, and then to hear from orchestra, too, as to what they think of the hall.”