MUSCATINE — Preservation Hall Jazz Band — the first touring act to play on the original Hancher stage in 1972 and returned in 2016 with a free outdoor concert to launch the new Hancher’s inaugural season — is coming to Muscatine for another free celebration.
The New Orleans ensemble will perform at 4 p.m. Sunday (5/20) to cap an afternoon of arts events honoring the legacy of Dick and Mary Jo Stanley, Muscatine philanthropists who died in 2017.
Hancher staff helped secure the world-renowned band for the concert. It was originally slated to be held in outdoors in Weed Park, but because of rain concerns, has been moved indoors to the Muscatine High School Auditorium, 2705 Cedar St.
“I’ll never forget sitting with Dick and Mary Jo in beautiful Weed Park when Hancher brought the Joffrey Ballet to Muscatine in 2007,” said Chuck Swanson, Hancher’s executive director. “We were surrounded by 7,000 of their closest friends — their community — and their support made that magical night possible. As many people know, Dick and Mary Jo made so many things possible with their generosity, enthusiasm and kindness.”
“Follow the Music: A Day Celebrating the Legacy of Dick and Mary Jo Stanley,” events begin with the Muscatine High School Jazz Band performing at 1 p.m. at Stanley Consultants, 225 Iowa Ave., followed by a 1:45 p.m. presentation there on the Muscatine Center for Social Action (MCSA), and a granting ceremony for the Muscatine Health Support Foundation at 2 p.m. Visitors can view an exhibit about the company; explore African art objects from the University of Iowa Stanley Museum of Art; and engage with traveling exhibits from the African American Museum of Iowa. Visitors are encouraged to tour MCSA, 312 Iowa Ave.
Also from 1 to 3 p.m., a reception for the Muscatine Middle School and High School Art Exhibition will be held in the Stanley Gallery at the Muscatine Art Center, 1314 Mulberry Ave. Participate in studio activities; learn more about the Stanley Foundation; and hear music from organist Sally Potter at 1:30 p.m., the Muscatine Youth Choir at 2 p.m., violinist Heather Straley at 2:30 p.m. and pianist Richard Sessler at 2:45 p.m.
For more information, go to Stanleyfoundation.org