Arts

pirates of penzance scene

UI Opera Theatre goes big in Hancher debut with ‘The Pirates of Penzance’

Students get first taste of performing celebrated operetta on world-class stage
UI Opera Theatre and the UI Symphony Orchestra are bringing Gilbert and Sullivan’s “The Pirates of Penzance” to the Hancher stage. “We really wanted something that everybody could come to,” says Bill Theisen, associate professor and director of opera. The operetta will be UI Opera Theatre’s inaugural Hancher performance.
student and instructor working in bike-building course

Two disciplines. Two wheels. One elite program.

Unique bike-building classes combining art and engineering set worldwide standard
The University of Iowa’s world-renowned bicycle frame–building courses bring together art and engineering students to answer the question “How do you build a bike?” Conceived by art professor Steve McGuire in 2010, Fabrication and Design: Hand Built Bicycle has become the model for how to build a university bike-building course.
gerhardt zimmerman portrait

Celebrated conductor Gerhardt Zimmermann reflects on time at UI, influential teacher he’ll honor

Dixon Memorial Concert to feature UI alumnus Zimmermann and pianist Garrick Ohlsson as guests
Acclaimed conductor and UI alumnus Gerhardt Zimmermann and pianist Garrick Ohlsson will join the UI Symphony Orchestra in a concert honoring the late James Dixon, the symphony’s former director and Zimmermann’s professor. “Iowa Now” recently sat down with Zimmermann to talk about his career and teacher.

UI Libraries announces May 12 deadline for requesting books from Main Library storage

Beginning this summer, University of Iowa Libraries will be moving 425,000 volumes from the Main Library’s basement storage to the new off-site Libraries Annex. Place an InfoHawk+ delivery request by May 12 for any storage collection material that you will need between May 2017 and May 2018.
dancers on stage juxtaposed with building exterior

Hancher performance blends dance and architecture with unique connection to the UI

Jessica Lang Dance brings critically acclaimed ‘Tesseracts of Time’ to Iowa City
Choreographer Jessica Lang and architect Steven Holl, who designed both the UI’s Art Building West and Visual Arts Building, have teamed up to produce the dance “Tesseracts of Time,” which Jessica Lang Dance will perform at Hancher on March 23.

Old Gold: 1962 campus concert featured both Al Jarreau and Simon Estes

UI archivist recalls early performance by acclaimed singers
Many people know that Al Jarreau and Simon Estes are alumni of the University of Iowa, but can you imagine the two luminaries being on the same concert bill? UI archivist David McCartney looks back at the evening they performed on campus.
student artwork in hancher auditorium

Longtime Hancher tradition returns as Youth Art Show puts community’s creativity on display

For the first time since 2008, artwork by Iowa City Community School District students will be showcased on grand stage
Hancher Auditorium will shortly become a visual arts gallery filled with works by the youth of Iowa City, Coralville, Hills, and North Liberty. The Hancher Guild Youth Art Show, held annually until floodwaters destroyed the original Hancher Auditorium in 2008, returns to the University of Iowa campus on March 6.

UI graphic design students set to showcase their talents at Adobe Creative Jam

Students from UI and other Iowa schools will compete, collaborate, and share ideas at unique event
The University of Iowa graphic design program is about to take center stage as computer software giant Adobe descends on campus with its unique Creative Jam series. During the high-profile design event, UI students will have an opportunity to compete, collaborate, and showcase their talents for peers and local professionals.

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