Hancher Auditorium Announces 50th Season Lineup

The 2022-23 anniversary season at Iowa City’s Hancher Auditorium begins Aug. 26. An impressive lineup of performers, speakers and shows including one from the American Ballet Theatre (pictured) will celebrate the auditorium’s long history. Photo: Rosalie O’Connor.

The Iowa City performing arts venue Hancher Auditorium is celebrating its 50th season, aptly titled “Hancher’s Golden Anniversary – We All Rise.” With a big anniversary, you can expect some big names coming by to mark the occasion. Leslie Odom Jr., Patti LaBelle and Yo-Yo Ma are among the list.

The season’s title comes from the Jazz composition “All Rise” by award-winning musician Wynton Marsalis. The composition will be performed in Hancher by the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra on Oct. 22. Other highlights from the coming year include the Chicago Symphony Orchestra on Jan. 29 and the American Ballet Theatre May 6.

Since its inaugural season in 1972, Hancher Auditorium has become a nationally recognized performing arts space, bringing in names like Duke Ellington, Johnny Cash, Elie Wiesel and Aretha Franklin. After a flood destroyed the original building in 2008, performances were briefly hosted in other surrounding venues and stages. A new facility was completed in September of 2016, where top performers, speakers and productions now take place.

Tickets for the general public go on sale Aug. 15. To see Hancher Auditorium’s complete schedule of performances, click here.

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