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VocalEase and Sweet Adelines join UI Old Gold Singers for 'Fall Festival'

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Old Gold Singers will celebrate their 40th anniversary at their annual "Fall Festival" with songs taken from the group's past, in performances at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 24 and 25, in UI Clapp Recital Hall.

The show choir of the UI School of Music, the Old Gold Singers are directed by graduate student Bret Peppo. They will be joined on the "Fall Festival" program by VocalEase, a jazz vocal group from the School of Music conducted by undergraduate jazz student Mike Giles, and the Iowa City Sweet Adelines, directed by Beverly Hamilton.

The Old Gold Singers' program will include music from the past 40 years, including the medley "Clap Y'Hands/Slap Y'Thigh," with the Gershwin standards "Strike Up the Band" and "I've Got Rhythm," and the 1960's mega-hits "Bridge Over Troubled Water" and "Up, Up and Away."

Also on the program will be ballads from two Broadway hit shows by Lerner and Loewe: "I've Grown Accustomed to Your Face" and "On the Street Where you Live" from "My Fair Lady," and "If Ever I Would Leave You" from Camelot; and arrangements by David Alderman of "Big Noise from Winnetka" and "I Sing the Body Electric." In a long-standing "Fall Festival" tradition, the group will sing their own arrangement of the UI alma mater.

The Old Gold Singers performances will be enhanced by original choreography created by Scott Hines, a professional choreographer from Nashville, Tenn.

The Old Gold singers consists of 34 singers, plus a nine-member instrumental combo. 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 New Orleans.

Tickets for the Fall Festival are $7 ($5 for UI students, senior citizens, and youth) and are available at the Hancher Auditorium box office.

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