CONTACT: PETER ALEXANDER
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0072; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: March 12, 1999
UI Old Gold Singers, show choirs from Iowa City, Van Horne will 'Swing
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Old Gold Singers will be joined
by show choirs from two Eastern Iowa high schools for their annual "Swing
Into Spring" concert, at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 27 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 Celebration
Company from Benton Community School in Van Horne, directed by John Hayden;
and the Good Time Company from Iowa City West High School, directed by
The Old Gold Singers will open and close each half of the program. In
between the Old Gold appearances, each of the school groups will present
their own 'set,' or portion of the program, the Celebration Company in
the middle of the first half, before intermission, and the Good Time Company
The Old Gold Singers will open the performance with a group of five
songs, including "Fascinatin' Rhythm" by George Gershwin, "I
Can See Clearly Now" and "For Once in My Life." Next, the
Celebration Company will perform five songs, including "One Night
Only," "Dreamgirls" and "King of New York." The
Old Gold Singers will then return to wrap up the first half of the program
with a medley of songs from the 1980s Broadway hit musical "Big River."
After intermission, the Old Gold Singers will open with another Broadway
medley, from the classic Leonard Bernstein show "West Side Story."
The Good Time Company will sing a set of five songs, including "Dance
to the Music," "Scarborough Fair" and a medley of "Clap
Your Hands" and "I've Got Rhythm." Their music has been
arranged by former Old Gold Singers director Pete Ecklund.
Finally, the Old Gold Singers will close with the traditional "Swing
Into Spring" performance of the UI Alma Mater and a swing-style finale,
"Jump, Jive and Wail."
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. Past tours outside the
state have taken them to New York, Washington, D.C., and the Bahamas.
A native of Brooklyn, Iowa, Kriegel has a degree in music education
from Central College in Pella and a master's in choral conducting from
the UI. He has taught public school music in Iowa for four years. Having
been a singer/dancer for the 1989 Iowa State Fair Singers, Kriegel has
directed and choreographed show choirs and directed school and community
musical productions, including "Guys and Dolls," "Li'l Abner,"
"The Music Man," "Fiddler on the Roof" and "Oklahoma."
He is a doctoral student in choral conducting at the UI School of Music.
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.-5:30 p.m. weekdays, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Saturday and 1-3 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, 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.
For information on UI arts events, visit http://www.uiowa.edu/~uiowacr
on the World Wide Web. You may visit the UI School of Music web site at