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Release: March 22, 2000

UI Old Gold Singers, show choirs will 'Swing Into Spring'

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, April 1, in Hancher Auditorium on the UI campus.

The Old Gold Singers is directed by School of Music graduate assistant Kevin Kriegel.

The school groups appearing with the Old Gold Singers will be WD Forte from West Delaware High School, directed by Duane and Michelle Philgreen; and the 4th Ave. Jazz Co. from Iowa City High School, directed by Greg Grove and Jim Berry.

The Old Gold Singers will open and close each half of the program. In between the Old Gold appearances, each of the high-school groups will present their own 'set,' or portion of the program, the WD Forte in the middle of the first half, before intermission, and the 4th Ave. Jazz Company after intermission.

The Old Gold Singers will open the performance with a set that will include "Rhythm Keeps Movin'," "Kansas City," "When You Believe," "River Jordan" and "Prayer for the Children."

After intermission, the Old Gold Singers will sing "Six Months out of Every Year" from "Damn Yankees," "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" and "Carry On, Wayward Son."

Finally, the Old Gold Singers will close with the traditional "Swing Into Spring" performance of the UI Alma Mater and "Pinball Wizard."

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. They have just returned from a trip at Spring Break to Myrtle Beach, SC.

A native of Brooklyn, Iowa, Kriegel has a degree in music education from Central College in Pella and a masters 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 $10 for general admission, $7 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 and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. From the local calling area dial 335-1160. Long distance 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/. The Old Gold Singers have their own web page at http://www.uiowa.edu/~oldgold/