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The Gazette - Thursday, December 10, 2015
Patriarch of a jazz dynasty and the piano teacher Harry Connick Jr. calls "tough," the legendary Ellis Marsalis Jr. pauses over what constitutes "the New Orleans sound" of his homeland. "That's kinda like pop terminology. It's good for selling stuff, like 'the Motown sound,' 'the Memphis sound,' whatever," he said by phone from his home in the Big Easy.
Daily Iowan - Thursday, December 10, 2015
One of the most famous families in jazz will be in Iowa City this weekend. The Ellis Marsalis Quartet, presented by Hancher, will play at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Englert, 221 E. Washington St. Marsalis was born in New Orleans on Nov. 14, 1934. Playing since the 1940s, he has a large influence in the jazz world and his children have become known worldwide as musicians as well.
Iowa City Press-Citizen - Wednesday, December 9, 2015
Few men have had as much direct influence on the world of jazz as Ellis Marsalis Jr. As a teacher, Marsalis taught the likes of Harry Connick Jr. and Grammy-winning film score-composer Terence Blanchard. As a father, four of his six sons — Branford, Wynton, Delfeayo and Jason — are all working jazz musicians. Wynton, who has played during the Super Bowl, won a Pulitzer Prize and many Grammys, may be the most in-demand and well known working jazz artist. Without Ellis Marsalis Jr.'s penchant for teaching, who knows what jazz would be like today.
Iowa State University News - Monday, December 7, 2015
Cyclones and Hawkeyes are working together in a unique new partnership. Iowa State University apparel, merchandising, and design students are partnering with the University of Iowa to design new uniforms for student ushers at Hancher Auditorium, the Iowa City events venue that will reopen in a new building next year after being destroyed seven years ago by flooding.
Iowa Now - Thursday, December 3, 2015
The University of Iowa’s Hancher will present the Ellis Marsalis Quartet in a holiday-themed performance on Friday, Dec. 11, at 7:30 p.m. at the Englert Theatre in downtown Iowa City. Marsalis hails from New Orleans and is regarded as one of the premier modern jazz pianists performing today.
The Gazette - Thursday, December 3, 2015
Eventually, Taylor Mac will be performing 24 decades of music in a 24-hour marathon. Until all the episodes are completed, he's spending four years rolling out single-decade shows across the country. These aren't just pretty little slices of life, showcasing popular music of the decades. They're provocative looks at themes that played out during those times, as interpreted by one of the most provocative performers of our time. A celebrated author, actor, playwright, singer and songwriter who generally performs in spectacular drag, he recently drew a coveted rave review in the New York Times for his play "Hir," his gender-bending new take on a family in uproar that is creating ripples of excitement off-Broadway.
The Gazette - Monday, November 30, 2015
A grand sound is poised to ring through Hancher’s new rafters whenever a piano is needed. Recent Hancher box office administration retirees Richard Gloss and Hal Ide of Iowa City helped make that happen — at home and in New York. They were part of a sextet that traveled to the Steinway & Sons factory in New York City on Oct. 2 to choose a signature instrument for the University of Iowa’s Hancher stage.
Iowa Now - Wednesday, November 18, 2015
The University of Iowa’s Hancher will present Taylor Mac's 1846–1856 Whitman vs. Foster: Songs Popular Near the Breaking Point at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 5, at the E.C. Mabie Theatre in the UI Theatre Building. The performance is drawn from Mac’s larger work, A 24-Decade History of Popular Music. The performance is a Hancher co-commission, and it is part of the Just Living theme semester at the University of Iowa.
Chicago Sun-Time - Wednesday, November 11, 2015
By the time Robert Joffrey’s production of “The Nutcracker” was ready for its world premiere in December, 1987, there was as much (if not more) drama going on behind the scenes as there was innovation on stage. And now, as the company prepares to celebrate the 28th annual — and final — presentation of Joffrey’s uniquely American take on the Russian classic it is worth looking backward... [I]n 1985 Joffrey learned he had AIDS (although he never named his condition), and as "The Nutcracker” took shape, several other Joffrey stalwarts — including Gerald Arpino, Scott Barnard and George Verdak —were called on to contribute sections of the choreography. By the time the $1 million dollar production debuted at the Hancher Auditorium in Iowa two years later, Joffrey was too weak to travel.
Iowa City Press-Citizen - Wednesday, November 11, 2015
"Out of Bounds," a play that centers on three 14-year-old girls as they deal with bullying in school, will kick off its 17-venue, three-month national tour at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Coralville Center for Performing Arts. Created by the founders of Iowa City's Working Group Theatre, "Out of Bounds" was first performed in the fall of 2013 with support of the University of Iowa College of Public Health, Hancher and the Iowa City Community School District.