CONTACT: PETER ALEXANDER
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0072; fax (319) 384-0024
NOTE TO EDITORS: Kevin Kriegel, the director of the Old Gold Singers,
may be contacted at (319) 335-2548.
Holiday favorites--local choirs, Santa--share stage Dec. 5-6
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Familiar holiday songs, Santa Claus and hot chocolate
will all be part of the show when the University of Iowa Old Gold Singers
present their annual holiday spectacle, "Cocoa and Carols," at
8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5 and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6 in Hancher Auditorium
on the UI campus.
An ensemble of the UI School of Music, the Old Gold Singers will be
led by their new director, UI graduate assistant Kevin Kriegel. The group
consists of 28 singers, plus a seven-member instrumental combo.
"Cocoa and Carols" is traditionally one of the most popular
holiday events for area audiences. The program features holiday favorites,
including well-known Christmas carols, and a perennial favorite, a "Rudolph
the Red-Nosed Reindeer" sing-along.
Appearing on the program with the Old Gold Singers this year will be
the Iowa City Sweet Adelines directed by Beverly Hamilton, the Iowa City
Old Capitol Chorus directed by Larry Knipfer, and the Iowa City Girls'
Chorus, directed by Vicki Arnold and Ann Berry. Each group will perform
a set of their own, and they will appear in a combined performance of "O
Holy Night" near the end of the concert.
Other music on the program will include an opening sequence around the
theme that "Christmas is the Best Time of the Year," a group
of songs about children at Christmas and a group of songs about Christmas
for celebrities. Popular holiday favorites on the program will include
"A Holly Jolly Christmas," "Have Yourself a Merry Little
Christmas," "Go Tell it on the Mountain" and "The Little
Choreography for this year's "Cocoa and Carols" performance
has been created by Old Gold Singers alumna Amanda Sprague, as well as
current members of the group.
As is traditional for "Cocoa and Carols," Santa Claus will
be a guest star and hot cocoa will be served to guests in the lobby after
The Old Gold singers are a select musical group whose members are chosen
by audition. In addition to "Cocoa and Carols," their campus
performances include the annual "Fall Festival" and "Swing
Into Spring" 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.
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," "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.
"Cocoa and Carols" tickets are $9.50 general admission ($6.50
for UI students, seniors and youth), and are available from the Hancher
Auditorium box office. Hancher box office hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. weekdays,
11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and 1-3 p.m. Sunday. From the local calling area
or outside Iowa, dial (319) 335-1160. Long distance within Iowa and western
Illinois 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