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Just in time for RAGBRAI, new University of Iowa Hancher Footbridge opens in Iowa City
Press Citizen - Tuesday, July 24, 2018
The new Hancher Footbridge across the Iowa River is open just in time for RAGBRAI. The 375-foot-long and 12-foot-wide pedestrian bridge opened last week, connecting the northern reaches of the University of Iowa's arts campus with the eastern side of campus. RAGBRAI riders who plan to camp at City Park during the overnight stop on Friday in Iowa City will be able to use the bridge to make the trek from downtown to the park, since Park Bridge Road is still closed for construction.
Swanson ponders Hancher’s role in ‘Redesigning Our American Dream’
The Daily Iowan - Saturday, June 30, 2018
Chuck Swanson has been a member of the University of Iowa community longer than most of the current students have been alive. Hancher has had many homes since his time as a student in the 1970s, and now, under his wing, the auditorium is a beacon of hope and inclusiveness in the 21st century. Swanson was one of the original committee members who brought the idea of a theme semester to the UI, inspired in part by 20-plus years of success at University of Michigan. The collaborative project is an effort to bring a topic of universal importance to the community to learn about and discuss, and in spring of 2019, the theme will be “Redesigning Our American Dream.” “I think it’s really important as we go forward in the 21st century that we really look at what the American Dream means to everybody and really try to be as inclusive as possible,” Swanson said. “Because our country is changing, too, the landscape of our country, and people from other countries who come to America, you know, they have their own American dreams, they have their own reason for wanting to be here.”
Thu., May 24, 2018 Zeshan Bagewadi is stirring up a cultural stew, and bringing it to Iowa City on Friday
The Gazette - Thursday, May 24, 2018
Zeshan Bagewadi didn’t need a road map to find the intersection of blues, soul and R&B with the music of India. He grew up immersed in all of those sounds, through his heritage and his father’s record collection. Bagewadi, 30, is living in Baltimore while his wife does her medical residency. But he was born in Chicago to Indian Muslim parents who immigrated in search of the American dream, after seeing a relative find success here in the 1960s. Others soon followed.
Hancher unveils 2018-19 lineup, including Broadway’s Les Misérables
Daily Iowan - Tuesday, May 8, 2018
Hancher Auditorium unveiled its lineup for the 2018-19 season, cultivating acts from world-renowned musicals to lectures by legendary journalists. The lineup includes musical acts from Kristin Chenoweth on New Year’s Eve, Tre Voci, and the Philadelphia Orchestra. On the theatrical side of the coin, Cameron Mackintosh will present his version of Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables and the Jersey Boys will grace the stage with their satin voices in February.
New Hancher season revisits old favorites, welcomes new artists
Iowa Now - Tuesday, May 8, 2018
The 2018–19 season for the University of Iowa’s Hancher Auditorium once again features an array of world-class artists who will engage the campus and community both on the stage and in a variety of other settings. Hancher’s Embracing Complexity project, which takes a multidisciplinary approach to building understanding of contemporary Islamic cultures and Muslim identity, enters its second year with performances and residencies featuring Kinan Azmeh’s CityBand, Alsarah & the Nubatones, and Rahim AlHaj and string ensemble performing Letters from Iraq. The project is made possible in part by a grant from the Association of Performing Arts Professionals—Building Bridges: Arts, Culture, and Identity, a component of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art.
Hancher programming director aims to develop unique collaborations—and make artists’ dreams come true
Iowa Now - Tuesday, May 8, 2018
Paul Brohan doesn’t have a dream project in mind for Hancher Auditorium, but he does like making dream projects come true for artists. “I like to ask artists, ‘What is it you’d like to do that you’ve never been able to do before?’” says Brohan, programming director for Hancher.
Kristin Chenoweth, 'Les Miz' highlight Hancher Auditorium's 2018-19 season
Press Citizen - Tuesday, May 8, 2018
Broadway stars, Broadway shows and internationally respected orchestras highlight the 2018-2019 season at Hancher Auditorium. The latest season of shows at the University of Iowa's auditorium was announced Tuesday. Leading the pack of 35 events set between this September and April 2019 are some of Broadway's biggest names.
Hancher Auditorium announces 2018-2019 season
KCRG - Tuesday, May 8, 2018
Hancher Auditorium has released their schedule for the 2018 - 2019 season. The season begins with three events in September, one of them being a rescheduled lecture by journalist Cokie Roberts, a free outdoor performance by Sleep Canyon Rangers, and a performance by the Philadelphia Orchestra. During the holidays, the Manhattan Transfer and Take 6 will team up for a concert. The Canadian Brass take the stage during the holidays for a concert. On New Year's Eve, a black tie-optional gala will help ring in the new year with Kristin Chenoweth, a musical performer and actress. Hancher will also feature two broadway shows in the 2018-2019 season, Les Miserables and Jersey Boys. Other performances theatere lovers may be interested in are Steel Magnolias and Hotel.
Hancher 2018-19 season packs star power
The Gazette - Tuesday, May 8, 2018
The bubbly will be overflowing when Kristin Chenoweth rings in 2019 at Hancher Auditorium on New Year’s Eve. Star of stage and screen, Chenoweth nabbed a Tony Award as Sally in the 1999 Broadway revival of “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” and garnered a Tony nomination for waving her glittering artistic wand over the role of Glinda, the Good Witch of the North, in “Wicked.” With other star turns in television’s “Glee,” “Hairspray Live!” “Pushing Daisies,” “Kristin” and “The West Wing,” she will step into the Hancher spotlight for a black tie-optional gala Dec. 31, one of many star-powered events on Hancher’s 2018-19 season.
‘Les Misérables,’ Kristin Chenoweth and ‘Letters from Iraq’: Hancher announces 2018-19 season
Little Village - Tuesday, May 8, 2018
Hancher Auditorium has announced its 2018-19 season, and it’s jam-packed with the most prestigious music, theater and dance touring the region. Tickets go on sale to the general public Aug. 1, but donors who gave over $100 to Hancher in the last year should watch their mail for the season brochure with early ordering instructions. A full season schedule can be found on the Hancher website. Things kick off on Sept. 12 with a rescheduled lecture from journalist Cokie Roberts. The talk, titled An Insider’s View of Washington, D.C., is presented in conjunction with the University of Iowa Lecture Committee and the UI College of Law’s Levitt Lecture Series.