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‘Whipped Cream’ swirls into Hancher with classical ballet made for adults and children
The Daily Iowan - Wednesday, April 3, 2019
After his first communion, a little boy is given sweets and pastries to celebrate the coming-of-age landmark. Following his indulgence of whipped cream, the boy becomes ill and descends into a dreamland-like state in which he believes the doctor and nurses treating him are villains. Presented by the American Ballet Theater, Whipped Cream will leap onto the Hancher stage on Saturday at 1 and 6:30 p.m. Whipped Cream is conceived as a theatrical side to ballet, with acting and intricate dancing being balanced by the dancers. “It’s on pointe, classical ballet,” said Kevin McKenzie, the artistic director of American Ballet. “But there’s character built into the steps for a specific reason. It highlights why we have the word, ‘theater’ in our title.”
Kaia Kater brings passion, personal stories to Hancher
The Daily Iowan - Sunday, March 31, 2019
One bass, one guitar, three lovely voices, and a banjo: This is how to put on a lovely, intimate, Saturday night show. Only Canadian banjo player Kaia Kater could pull this off with such grace. Performing with bass player Andrew Ryan and guitarist Daniel Rougeau, Kater lit up Hancher’s Strauss Hall on March 30. She put on two performances, at 6:30 and 9 p.m., and though they were fairly short at a little over an hour each, each was memorable.
'Hancher does need a home'
Our Quad Cities - Monday, March 18, 2019
In the studio today, we are joined by Executive Director of Hancher Auditorium Chuck Swanson to tell us a little bit about the new building and events that they have coming up! Listen in as news about American Ballet Theatre is discussed!
Preview: Havana Cuba All-Stars coming to Hancher Thursday night
The Gazette - Monday, March 11, 2019
Despite needing a translator for a recent interview with the Spanish-speaking Havana Cuban All-Stars, nothing is lost in translation when it comes to the music. The energetic band will deliver an eclectic mix of Cuban sounds when it swings through Hancher Auditorium in Iowa City on March 14. “The diversity of music is what makes (our) music so great,” bandleader Michel Padron said via an interpreter. “I think Cuban music is unique because of the different rhythms used — Son, cha cha cha and others. We use four different rhythms in the first four songs of our show.”
Five questions with: Muireann Ahern, director of ‘They Called Her Vivaldi’
Little Village - Sunday, March 10, 2019
Sunday, March 10 will bring an exciting, one-day-only performance to Hancher Auditorium. Irish theater company Theatre Lovett will make their Iowa City stop, one of just seven on their North American tour, sharing their original production They Called Her Vivaldi, a playful narrative full of adventure and magic. The play follows quiet musical prodigy Cecilia Maria, who is robbed of her magical, musical hat. The introspective musician must venture away from her comfortable home and into a loud and bustling city to get it back. Promising intense musicality and masterful stagecraft, They Called Her Vivaldi will bring the audience at Hancher a thrilling, comedic adventure story that is sure to reach audiences of all ages.
‘They Called Her Vivaldi’ to arrive at Hancher this weekend
The Daily Iowan - Thursday, March 7, 2019
A mystical singing hat named “Capello,” a musical prodigy, and a noisy, strange city: It sounds like the makings of a wonder-filled children’s novel, the type that is hard to buy into as an adult. But Theater Lovett has made this mystical plot into a reality and invites tired college students to sit back, relax, and explore childhood wonder in the midst of midterms season. At 2 p.m. March 10, Theater Lovett will bring its highly acclaimed show They Called Her Vivaldi to Hancher.
Danu kicking up Irish traditions ahead of St. Patrick's Day
The Gazette - Thursday, February 28, 2019
St. Patrick’s Day is obviously noted in Ireland, but the patron saint of Eire is celebrated on another level in the United States. That’s why Irish acts such as the iconic Chieftains and the venerable Danu perform in America for much of March. “We know and appreciate how significant St. Patrick’s Day and the days around it are regarded in the states,” button accordionist Benny McCarthy said by phone from his home in Waterford, Ireland. “It’s a huge deal, and so bands like us can’t miss the trip to America because we want to be in on the party. “When we come to Iowa, we want to transport the people there to Ireland. We want to immerse you in our music but we won’t stop there. You’ll hear our talk, our accent, the way we joke around and our sense of fun when we perform. You’ll get everything Irish out of us. Danu, performing Saturday (3/2) at Hancher Auditorium in Iowa City, will deliver traditional Irish tunes drawn from the band’s seven-album canon.
‘Touch of the Irish’
The Daily Reporter - Sunday, February 24, 2019
A partnership between the Spencer Performing Arts Coalition, University of Iowa and Hancher Auditorium has resulted in traditional Irish ensemble, Danu, launching its U.S. tour in Spencer Thursday, Feb. 28. Danu’s Spencer performance at 7:30 p.m. on the SCT Playhouse stage is sponsored by the University of Iowa Foundation, Hancher Auditorium, Lilian Swanson Foundation and SPARC. “Danu is from Ireland, and usually comes to the United States one to two times a year,” said Chuck Swanson, executive director of Hancher Auditorium. “This season they are only coming once, and Spencer and Iowa City are their only Iowa stops; with other performances in Minnesota, Nevada, New Mexico, Massachusetts, South Carolina and Maine.” “It will not only be a great music experience but also a great lesson in geography,” Swanson said. “One would have to travel to Ireland to experience music like this. I am a native of Spencer and it is such a joy to be able to help create an experience like this for our friends in Spencer.”
Damien Sneed to pay respects to Dr. MLK Jr. at Hancher
The Daily Iowan - Thursday, February 21, 2019
On April 4, 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was 39 years old; early that evening, he was shot on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis by an assassin. Nearly 51 years later, we still feel the legacy he left regarding his work in the Civil Rights Movement. We celebrate his legacy both on the third Monday each January and throughout February, which is Black History Month. Musician and vocalist Damien Sneed will appear at Hancher today in his show “We Shall Overcome,” a tribute to King. Sneed will perform alongside six singers and three band members; the show will start at 7:30 p.m. “It’s a tribute concert to the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King,” Sneed said. “It features songs of protest and reconciliation and songs of encouragement.”
Preucil School concert at Hancher to feature works of Ralph Vaughn Williams
Iowa City Press-Citizen - Thursday, February 21, 2019
The British composer Ralph Vaughan Williams wrote many major orchestral works as well as pieces for students and amateurs during his long creative life. In 1950, he composed “Concerto Grosso” for a performance to be given by massed British schools conducted by Sir Adrian Boult. The piece is unique in that it may be performed by only advanced players or can be split into three sections based on skill, from professional to amateur. It is logical to assume that this piece would be a perfect choice for a Preucil School of Music concert, with children from ages 3 to 18 studying stringed instruments. But, because of the scheduling difficulties involved, the younger children have not been included since 1976, when our school was quite new and had fewer students. Suddenly it seemed like a good time to program it, to let the younger students experience the thrilling sound of massed string orchestra. Some of our alumni now in musical careers tell us that playing that piece as youngsters began their love of music. Come to our Annual String Concert at Hancher Auditorium on Sunday, February 24 at 2:00 p.m. to hear “Concerto Grosso” performed by 110 students from our orchestra program, the youngest aged seven!