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Iowa Now - Wednesday, February 3, 2016
The University of Iowa’s Hancher will present vocalist Bobby McFerrin on Friday, Feb. 12 at 7:30 p.m. in the Riverside Casino and Golf Resort Event Center. The concert will be the final Hancher performance before the opening of the new Hancher Auditorium in the fall.
The Gazette - Wednesday, February 3, 2016
The man who has been lifting listeners' spirits since his bouncy "Don't Worry, Be Happy" anthem hit the airwaves in 1988, is bringing that sense of wonder and joy to Hancher's final "home away from home" concert Feb. 12 at the Riverside Casino Event Center. The University of Iowa's new Hancher Auditorium is slated to open in the fall, on higher ground near the former site in Iowa City.
Iowa Public Radio - Friday, January 29, 2016
Hancher marks the end of their post-flood journey by closing out their 2015-16 season with the phenomenal 10-time Grammy winner Bobby McFerrin. McFerrin will be joined by local musicians Damani Phillips (saxophone), Rich Wagor (bass), Ed East (percussion), and members of Iowa City’s Zion Lutheran Choir. Executive Director Charles Swanson fills us in on McFerrin’s concert and Hancher’s plans to move into their new performing arts center post flood of 2008.
Daily Iowan - Friday, January 29, 2016
Deke Sharon, considered by many the father of contemporary a cappella, had an idea: bring together an all-star ensemble to create the ultimate a cappella performance. From that, Vocalosity was born. The group débuted this month, with its inaugural tour bringing it to the Englert, 221 E. Washington St., at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are sold out, but there may be a few more available on the day of the show.
KGAN CBS2 - Friday, January 29, 2016
Hancher Auditorium executive director Chuck Swanson says seeing the progress on the new performing arts venue makes him excited for the future. "I just keep focusing on that opening," Swanson said. "It's so close now." The floods of 2008 caused the old Hancher to be unusable. In 2013, construction crews broke ground to start building the new building. With the lights turned on and glossy wood ceilings throughout Hancher, the construction tools covering the floor means crews are working hard to push through the final stretch.
Hancher Auditorium - Tuesday, January 26, 2016
In support of Hancher’s continuing efforts to engage people across the state, illusionist and teaching artist Kevin Spencer will present workshops at seven Iowa middle schools in early February. Accompanied by Hancher Executive Director Chuck Swanson, Spencer will visit with 8th grade students who contributed to a mural that will be displayed in the new Hancher building.
Iowa Now - Wednesday, January 20, 2016
The University of Iowa’s Hancher will present Vocalosity: The Aca-Perfect Concert Experience on Saturday, Jan. 30, at 7:30 p.m. in the Englert Theatre in downtown Iowa City. Ticket availability is extremely limited. This a cappella performance will showcase 12 vocalists organized by producer Deke Sharon. Known as “the father of contemporary a cappella,” Sharon has produced hit movies and television shows, such as Pitch Perfect and The Sing Off.
Iowa City Press-Citizen - Thursday, January 14, 2016
This is the year project leaders — along with the greater university, Iowa City and state cultural communities — have been waiting for since the old Hancher was declared unusable following the flood of 2008. Hancher is poised for a grand return.
Iowa City Press-Citizen - Saturday, January 9, 2016
In choosing the Person of the Year for 2015, it was the decision of the editorial board to look past the most heated moments of the year and instead turn to that which unites the people of this community: a commitment to the arts in Johnson County that makes this region a cultural capital of the state. For that reason, we have opted to choose Andre Perry, executive director of the Englert Theatre, and Chuck Swanson, executive director of Hancher Auditorium, to celebrate their place as leaders in the arts in and around Iowa City. Their passion and dedication to bringing multivariate attractions and entertainment to the area sets them apart as the worthiest contenders for the honor this calendar year.
Iowa City Press-Citizen - Saturday, January 9, 2016
Chuck Swanson and Andre Perry are the principal conductors of Iowa City's thriving arts scene, drawing world-class artists to local stages, forging new partnerships locally and beyond, and reaching ever-greater audiences through innovative programming. For their efforts in taking the arts to new heights over the past 12 months through events such as the Englert's inaugural Witching Hour Festival, and in anticipation of what will be a historic 2016 highlighted by the the long-awaited rebirth of Hancher Auditorium, Perry and Swanson are the Press-Citizen's Co-Person's of the Year.