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Release: Sept. 21, 2001
Old Gold Singers feature vocal jazz on annual 'Fall Festival' concerts
Oct. 5 and 6
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The Old Gold Singers, the University of Iowa show choir,
will feature vocal jazz tunes popularized by Manhattan Transfer when they
present their annual "Fall Festival" performances at 8 p.m. Friday
and Saturday, Oct. 5-6 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 assistants Rachel Lebeck and Marc Falk. The group consists
of 25 singers, plus a seven-member stage band. They will be joined on this
year's "Fall Festival" program by Voices of Soul, the UI gospel
choir, directed by Ronald Teague.
The program will feature several songs popularized by Manhattan Transfer,
including "Operator," "Route 66" and "A Nightingale
Sang in Berkeley Square." Other popular songs on the program will include
Roger Miller's "Waiting for the Light to Shine" from the musical
"Big River" and Stevie Wonder's "Sir Duke."
There will be student solos and small ensemble pieces, and a new percussive
piece, "Hands," by Minneapolis composer Mary Ellen Childs. As always,
the "Fall Festival" will include the traditional performance of
the Old Gold Singers' own arrangement of the UI "Alma Mater."
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.
Marc Falk is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in choral conducting in
the UI School of Music. He received a bachelor's degree from Macalester College
in St. Paul, Minn., and a master's degree from the University of Minnesota,
where he served as assistant conductor of the Men's Chorus, Women's Chorus
and Chamber Singers. Falk has toured nationally and internationally with the
a cappella quartet Fourshadow, and worked as a music director, composer and
performer with Nautilus Music Theater in St. Paul. He has also conducted church
choirs in Minneapolis, St. Paul and Boston, and he is currently serving as
vocal director for the University Theatres October production of "O Pioneers!"
Rachel Lebeck is in the second year of a graduate program of the UI School
of Music, majoring in vocal performance. She has been an oratorio soloist
at the UI as well as around the state, and she was Gianetta in the past summer's
production of "The Elixir of Love" by the UI Martha-Ellen Tye Opera
Theater. Lebeck has a private voice studio in Cedar Rapids.
"Fall Festival" tickets are $8 general admission ($5 for UI students,
seniors and youth).
Box office hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays.
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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.
The School of Music is part of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
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