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Release: Sept. 22, 2000
UI Old Gold Singers will give tribute to Duke Ellington in annual 'Fall
Festival' Oct. 6-7
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The Old Gold Singers, the University of Iowa show choir,
will begin its 2000-2001 season with a tribute to Duke Ellington, part of
the program of their annual "Fall Festival" concerts at 8 p.m. Friday
and Saturday, Oct. 6-7 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 24 singers,
plus a seven-member stage band. They will be joined on this years "Fall
Festival" program by Voices of Soul, the UI gospel choir, directed by
Dressed in new formal attire, the Old Gold Singers will open the program
with Ellingtons "Dont Get Around Much Anymore." Other
Ellington songs on the program will be "It Dont Mean a Thing if
it Aint Got That Swing" and "The Joint is Jumpin."
The traditional Old Gold mix of popular, Broadway and jazz numbers will
include "This is the Moment" from the musical "Jekyll and Hyde"
and Manhattan Transfers hit version of Weather Reports "Birdland."
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 by Michelle Philgreen
and Old Gold alumus Mark Mangold.
The "Fall Festival" will close with a medley from the Broadway
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," "Lil 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 $8 general admission ($5 for UI students,
seniors and youth).
Hancher box office hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Saturdays. From the local calling area, dial (319) 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. Information and brochures may be requested by e-mail
People with special needs for access, seating and auxiliary services should
(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.
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