The University of Iowa

Straight No Chaser

Ten guys. No instruments. One unmistakable sound. A cappella powerhouse Straight No Chaser is bringing the holiday cheer to Hancher Auditorium. Since a video of the group’s quirky take on “The 12 Days of Christmas” went viral in 2006, Straight No Chaser has been in the studio and on the road bringing a cappella music to its ever-growing fan base. The guys in the group know just where to find the groove to put your family in a holiday mood.

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Terence Blanchard

Trumpeter Terence Blanchard is a musical force, equally respected as a jazzman and as a composer and performer of music for film. Blanchard will lead The E-Collective in a night of fusion and R&B flavored music drawn from their record Breathless, the title track of which is a call for social justice.

A Far Cry

The Blue Hour is a new work created collaboratively by five female composers—Caroline Shaw, Shara Nova, Sarah Kirkland Snider, Angélica Negrón, and Rachel Grimes. Grammy Award-winning jazz vocalist Luciana Souza joins A Far Cry in performance of The Blue Hour.

Joshua Bell

“Joshua Bell doesn’t stand in anyone’s shadow.” So declares the New York Times, and when Bell steps into the light on the Hancher stage with his 1713 Huberman Stradivarius violin, he’ll demonstrate why.

The King and I

Two worlds collide in the Lincoln Center Theater production of this “breathtaking and exquisite” (New York Times) musical. One of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s finest works, The King and I boasts a score of beloved classics.

G. Willow Wilson

In fiction, nonfiction, and comics, G. Willow Wilson has distinguished herself as a writer of remarkable originality and insight. In her lecture, Wilson uses the challenges Ms. Marvel—a Pakistani-American Muslim teenager—faces as a parallel for the challenges of a misunderstood generation.

La Santa Cecilia

La Santa Cecilia, named for the patron saint of musicians, was blessed with the Grammy for Best Latin Rock Album in 2014. Drawing inspiration from around the world, the L.A.-based band creates a hybrid of cumbia, bossa nova, rumba, bolero, tango, jazz, rock, and klezmer.