CONTACT: PETER ALEXANDER
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0072; fax (319) 384-0024
UI Old Gold Singers, alumni and area choirs will 'Swing Into Spring'
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Old Gold Singers will be joined
by show choirs from schools in Iowa City and Cedar Rapids and 40 years
of Old Gold alumni for their annual "Swing Into Spring" concert
at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 4 in Hancher Auditorium on the UI campus.
The Old Gold Singers is directed by School of Music graduate assistant
The school groups appearing with the Old Gold Singers will be the Fourth
Avenue Jazz Company from Iowa City High School, directed by Greg Grove;
the Good Time Company from Iowa City West High School, directed by Jim
and Ann Berry; and 10th Street Edition from Linn-Marr High School, directed
by Bob Anderson.
The Old Gold Singers will appear in three different portions of the
program, with the alumni joining them during the final portion. In between
the Old Gold appearances, each of the school groups will present their
own "set," or portion of the program.
Fourth Avenue Jazz Company will perform "Orange Colored Sky,"
"The Way You Look Tonight," "Hosanna" from Andrew Lloyd
Weber's Requiem and a medley from the Broadway show "Jelly's Last
Jam." Good Time Company will perform "Only Time Will Tell,"
"Party Time," a medley from "Secret Garden" and "Separate
Ways." Tenth Street Edition will perform "Renegade," "Danger
Zone," "Help is On the Way" and "Goin' Back to Miami."
The Old Gold Singers will open the performance with a set that features
a gospel medley including "Go Tell It on the Mountain" and "O
Happy Day." Later they will sing a selection of songs from the current
Broadway hit show "Ragtime." Their final set will include "Respect,"
"Bridge Over Trouble Water" and the traditional "Swing Into
Spring" performance of the UI Alma Mater.
Alumni will join the current Old Gold Singers to perform "The Music,
the Magic and the Memories," a piece commissioned from veteran show-choir
arranger Gary Fry as a tribute to Marcia Fennema Deveraux, the Old Gold
Singer's first accompanist, and premiered on last year's "Swing Into
Deveraux, who accompanied the group 1957-62, died of cancer in 1995.
Ames businessman Carmon Slater, who had been in the Old Gold Singers with
Deveraux, wanted to commission a piece in her memory. In 1995 Slater contacted
James Berry, who was then the conductor of the Old Gold Singers, and William
Hatcher, the director of choral activities at the UI School of Music. They
contacted Fry, a composer and arranger who also operates a commercial music
studio in Chicago, and asked him to write "The Music, the Magic and
the Memories," which was completed in 1996.
The Old Gold Singers is a select musical group whose members are chosen
by audition. In addition to "Swing Into Spring," their campus
performances include the annual "Cocoa and Carols" and "Fall
Festival" concerts, as well as a free concert of classical choral
music at the end of the spring semester. The group also travels throughout
Iowa, performing for schools and community groups. Most recently, the Old
Gold Singers toured to New Orleans during the UI spring break. Past tours
outside the state have taken them to New York, Washington, D.C., and the
Tickets for :Swing Into Spring" are $9 for general admission, $6
for students, seniors and youth. They may be purchased from the Hancher
Auditorium Box Office.
Hancher box office hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays, 11 a.m.
to 3 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. From the local calling
area or outside Iowa, dial (319) 335-1160. Long distance within Iowa and
western Illinois is toll-free at 1-800-HANCHER. Fax to (319) 353-2284.
Orders may be charged to VISA, MasterCard or American Express. UI students
may charge their purchases to their university bills, and UI faculty and
staff may select the option of payroll deduction.
People with special needs for access, seating and auxiliary services
should dial (319) 335-1158. This number will be answered by box office
personnel prepared to offer assistance with handicapped parking, wheelchair
access and seating, hearing augmentation and other services. The line is
equipped with TDD for people with hearing impairment who use that technology.