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Release: April 16, 1999

Old Gold Singers cross over to classical music with free concert April 28

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The Old Gold Singers, best known to their audiences as the University of Iowa Swing Choir, will cross over to classical music for a free concert at 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 28 in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

The Old Gold Singers are directed by UI graduate assistant Kevin Kriegel.

One major work will be performed on the concert, the Mass in G of Franz Schubert. The performance, which will fill the first half of the concert, will feature an orchestra of players from the University Symphony.

Following intermission, the Old Gold Singers will perform a variety of sacred and secular choral works with piano accompanists Ben Hagen and Jana LaHood. Works on this portion of the program will be:

--The Hundredth Psalm by Ralph Vaughan-Williams;

--"Rejoice in the Lord" by John Redford;

--"Thy Will Be Done" by Craig Courtney;

--"Love Lost" by Paul Sjolund; and

--"Come to Me My Love" by NormanDello Joio.

The Old Gold Singers is a select musical group whose members are chosen by audition. Their campus performances include the annual "Fall Festival," "Cocoa and Carols," and "Swing Into Spring," concerts. The group 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.

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