WRITER: JONAS BROWN
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0072; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: Nov. 12, 1999
Hancher gift shop will be open extra hours for holiday
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Familiar holiday songs, Santa Claus
and hot chocolate will all be part of the performance when the University
of Iowa Gold Singers present their annual holiday spectacle, "Cocoa and
Carols," at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4 and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5 in Hancher
Auditorium on the UI campus.
The Old Gold Singers, an ensemble of the UI School
of Music, is directed by 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.
The Sweet Adelines, a womens chorus from Cedar
Rapids directed by Beverly Hamilton, and the Iowa City Girls Choir,
directed by Vicki Arnold and Ann Berry, will also perform sets in this years
program. 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.
Kriegel, a native of Brooklyn, Iowa, has a bachelors
degree in music education from Central College in Pella and a masters
degree in choral conducting from the UI. He has taught public school music
in Iowa for four years. In 1989 he was a singer/dancer for the Iowa State
Fair Singers. He has also directed and/or choreographed a number of school
and community musical productions, including "Guys and Dolls," "Lil
Abner," "The Music Man," "Fiddler on the Roof," and
"Oklahoma." Kriegel is currently 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, and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. 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 at http://www.uiowa.edu/~music/.