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Release: March 29, 2002

UI Old Gold Singers and groups from Delaware High and I.C. West perform April 13

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 13 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 Marc Falk. The group consists of 25 singers, plus a stage band.

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 Good Time Company from Iowa City West High School, directed by Zachary Durlam and choreographed by Gary Kilmer.

The Old Gold Singers program will feature group's trademark mixture of jazz and popular styles, with a special emphasis this spring on songs by Stevie Wonder. They will open the performance with a set comprising four pieces: "Uptight (Everything's Alright)," "The Power of Love," "A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square" and "Sir Duke."

For the second set, WD Forte will sing several of Philgreen's arrangements, including "Down at the Nightclub," "The Groovy Beat Goes On," "Boogie in the Barnyard" and "Boogie Woogie Fiddle Country Blues."

The Old Gold Singers will return for a set of jazz, blues and gospel songs, including "When I Fall in Love" and "He Never Failed Me Yet."

Good Time Company will open the second half of the concert, performing Durlam's arrangements including "Voulez-vous," the "Coffee Medley," "Children Will Listen" from "The Fantasticks" and "I Just Wanna Be Happy."

The final set will be presented by the Old Gold Singers, with "Waitin' For the Light to Shine" and "Up the Ladder to the Roof." They will close with the traditional "Swing Into Spring" performance of the UI Alma Mater, followed by "Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours" and "Rhythm of the Night."

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. 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.

WD Forte is one of six choirs at West Delaware High School. More than 200 students are enrolled in the four curricular choirs, including 100 students selected from 140 who auditioned for the two show choirs. In the seven years since its founding, WD Forte has placed first in Class 3A at the Jefferson Invitational, Ft. Madison Invitational and the Benton Invitational competitions.

The Good Time Company is Iowa City West High School's premier show choir. This year's group comprises 44 singers and dancers, 14 instrumentalists, and four crew members. In recent years, they have taken second runner up at the "Music in Motion" Mt. Pleasant Show Choir Invitational, Grand Champion at the Webster City Show Choir Invitational, and fourth runner up and the best band award at the Danville Show Choir Invitational.

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 served as vocal director for the University Theatres production of "O Pioneers!"

Tickets for "Swing Into Spring" are $11 for general admission, $7 for students, seniors and youth. They may be purchased from the Hancher Auditorium box office.

Hancher Auditorium box office business hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m. to 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. People with special needs for access, seating and auxiliary services should dial (319) 335-1158, which is equipped with TDD for people with hearing impairment who use that technology.

Tickets may be ordered on-line 24 hours a day, seven days a week through Hancher's website:< http://www.uiowa.edu/hancher >.

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: <hancherboxoffice@uiowa.edu>.

The School of Music is part of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

For information on UI arts events, visit http://www.uiowa.edu/artsiowa 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/. To receive UI arts news by e-mail, contact <deborah-thumma@uiowa.edu>.