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Release: Sept. 17, 1999

UI Old Gold Singers present annual ‘Fall Festival’ Oct. 8 and 9

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The Old Gold Singers, the University of Iowa show choir, will present its annual "Fall Festival" performances at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 8 and 9 in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

An ensemble of the UI School of Music, the Old Gold Singers will be led by UI graduate assistant Kevin Kriegel. The group consists of 28 singers, plus a seven-member instrumental combo. They will be joined on this year's "Fall Festival" program by two local singing groups: by Voices of Soul, the UI gospel choir, directed by Ronald Teague, on the Friday performance, and by the Old Capitol Barbershop Chorus under director Larry Knipfer on the Saturday performance.

The program features a mix of current popular songs, classic hits and music from Broadway. Among other pieces, the Old Gold Singers will perform "Rhythm Keeps Movin'," a medley of Gloria Estefan songs, Phil Collins' "Something Happened on the Way to Heaven," "River Jordan" from the musical show "Civil War," and "Anthem" from the musical "Chess."

Also on the program is the perennially popular UI "Alma Mater" performed in the Old Gold Singers' own arrangement. In an Old Gold Singers tradition, the performance will be enhanced by original choreography, provided this year by Michelle Philgreen from Manchester and Anne Chapman from Ft. Madison.

The Old Gold singers are a select musical group whose members are chosen by audition. In addition to the "Fall Festival," their campus performances include the holiday favorite "Cocoa and Carols" and the annual "Swing Into Spring" concert. 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.

"Fall Festival" tickets are $7 general admission ($5 for UI students, seniors and youth).

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 http://www.uiowa.edu/~music/