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Release: March 12, 1999

UI Old Gold Singers, show choirs from Iowa City, Van Horne will 'Swing Into Spring'

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- 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, March 27 in Hancher Auditorium on the UI campus.

The Old Gold Singers is directed by School of Music graduate assistant Kevin Kriegel.

The school groups appearing with the Old Gold Singers will be the Celebration Company from Benton Community School in Van Horne, directed by John Hayden; and the Good Time Company from Iowa City West High School, directed by Jim Berry.

The Old Gold Singers will open and close each half of the program. In between the Old Gold appearances, each of the school groups will present their own 'set,' or portion of the program, the Celebration Company in the middle of the first half, before intermission, and the Good Time Company after intermission.

The Old Gold Singers will open the performance with a group of five songs, including "Fascinatin' Rhythm" by George Gershwin, "I Can See Clearly Now" and "For Once in My Life." Next, the Celebration Company will perform five songs, including "One Night Only," "Dreamgirls" and "King of New York." The Old Gold Singers will then return to wrap up the first half of the program with a medley of songs from the 1980s Broadway hit musical "Big River."

After intermission, the Old Gold Singers will open with another Broadway medley, from the classic Leonard Bernstein show "West Side Story." The Good Time Company will sing a set of five songs, including "Dance to the Music," "Scarborough Fair" and a medley of "Clap Your Hands" and "I've Got Rhythm." Their music has been arranged by former Old Gold Singers director Pete Ecklund.

Finally, the Old Gold Singers will close with the traditional "Swing Into Spring" performance of the UI Alma Mater and a swing-style finale, "Jump, Jive and Wail."

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, as well as a free concert of classical choral music at the end of the spring semester. 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.

Tickets for :Swing Into Spring" are $9 for general admission, $6 for students, seniors and youth. They may be purchased 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.

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