University of Iowa
The arts deepen our understanding of our humanity and Hancher's work directly contributes to the University of Iowa's ongoing commitment to teaching, research and public engagement.
No other area arts organization approaches the scope and impact of our work – work made possible by the University of Iowa, ticket buyers, grant makers, and generous donors.
Here are some of our mission-driven accomplishments from our 45th anniversary season.
Bringing the community together
Leslie Odom Jr.
Free outdoor performance connecting hundreds of community members
Bringing the community together
Leslie Odom Jr.
Choir of high school vocalists shared a preshow message of hope and unity
I would like to formally thank those responsible for the concert by Leslie Odom Jr.
Anne
World class artists, sold out concerts
Jazz at Lincoln Center and Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Jazz legend Wynton Marsalis led the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra in a gala performance
World class artists, sold out concerts
Jazz at Lincoln Center and Chicago Symphony Orchestra
The Chicago Symphony Orchestra, one of the world's greatest ensembles, thrilled a full house
Jazz at Lincoln Center was an outstanding concert. The beautiful music was at my pace and brought back memories from long ago.
Nancy
Pursuing Understanding and Empathy
Embracing Complexity
Ongoing project focusing on Islamic art and Muslim artists
Pursuing Understanding and Empathy
Embracing Complexity
Connects people of all (or no) faith in celebration of our connections
Bassem Youssef was excellent! I appreciate your Embracing Complexity series and encourage more programming that emphasizes cultural and political offerings from other cultures.
Robert
Exceptional artistry with a local connection
New York City Ballet MOVES
First Hancher appearance of one of the world’s premier dance companies
Exceptional artistry with a local connection
New York City Ballet MOVES
Iowa City native Miriam Miller took to the Hancher stage and connected with area dancers
New York City Ballet MOVES last night was fabulous. The show had a nice balance between traditional ballet and pieces that were edgy while still being graceful, flowing, and interesting.
Shari
Introducing the performing arts to the next generation
The King and I and A Celtic Family Christmas
A beloved musical—featuring children—introduced young people to the wonders of theater
Introducing the performing arts to the next generation
The King and I and A Celtic Family Christmas
Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy brought their kids to perform, delighting a jolly audience filled with children
What a wonderful group—children show such talent at a young age! Upbeat show is very welcome these days.
Paula
On campus and in the community
Terence Blanchard featuring the E-Collective
Trumpeter and composer served as a role model to students in the UI School of Music and to young African-American men in an afterschool program
On campus and in the community
Terence Blanchard featuring the E-Collective
Performed forward-looking concert of edgy, engaging jazz
Terence was amazing! The musicians backing him up were amazing as well. Thank you for bringing him here for us to enjoy.
Bob
Students and a star
The UI Symphony Orchestra performs with Brian Stokes Mitchell
A star of stage and screen, “Stokes” collaborated with student artists, led by Dr. William LaRue Jones, for an exciting concert
Students and a star
The UI Symphony Orchestra performs with Brian Stokes Mitchell
The Hancher stage is a place for UI student artists to hone their craft and find inspiration
We very much enjoyed the performance! Not only does Mitchell have a marvelous voice, but his stage presence and timing adds an added dimension to the overall experience for the audience. The UI orchestra was also outstanding.
Dwight
Commissioning vibrant new work
Camille A. Brown & Dancers
Our commitment to supporting the creation of new work includes Brown’s ink
Commissioning vibrant new work
Camille A. Brown & Dancers
Commissioning artists like Brown as they begin to make their mark expands the boundaries of creative expression
The Camille A. Brown and Company performance was truly awesome! Amazing Work! Vivid stories were told in movement and rhythmic sound alone.
Dianna
Reimagining our shared history together
Taylor Mac and Machine Dazzle
Hancher was proud to display Dazzle’s wondrous costumes for Mac’s subversive retelling of American history
Reimagining our shared history together
Taylor Mac and Machine Dazzle
A compelling performance and community-building downtown Dazzle Crawl explored and recontextualized Iowa City history
Taylor Mac's performance was one of the best things I've ever seen not only at Hancher but on any stage anywhere. Taylor Mac is proof that art can be a force for change. Thanks to Hancher for co-commissioning this powerful work and bringing him here.
Lynda
Here’s our 45th anniversary season by the numbers:
330
Hancher Partners
1,545
Gifts to sustain programming and secure the future
1,731
Hancher Circle Members
19
Artist residencies
108
Engagement and education events during artist residencies
12,121
Individuals participating in engagement and education events

Chuck Swanson
Thank You

You help us remain a cultural hub for the university, our city, and Iowa. With your help, we provide access to world-class artists right here in Iowa City and in our communities throughout the state. We are privileged to do so, and we are thrilled to see such excitement for a renewed Hancher Auditorium.

Thank you for playing such an important role in our success. Thank you for being a friend to Hancher.

Here’s to our 46th season—and to many, many more!

– Charles Swanson
Director, Hancher Auditorium