CONTACT: PETER ALEXANDER
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0072; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: Sept. 17, 1999
UI Old Gold Singers present annual Fall Festival Oct. 8 and
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The Old Gold Singers, the University of Iowa show
choir, will present its annual "Fall Festival" performances at 8 p.m. Friday
and Saturday, Oct. 8 and 9 in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.
An ensemble of the UI School of Music, the Old Gold Singers will be led
by UI graduate assistant Kevin Kriegel. The group consists of 28 singers,
plus a seven-member instrumental combo. They will be joined on this year's
"Fall Festival" program by two local singing groups: by Voices of Soul, the
UI gospel choir, directed by Ronald Teague, on the Friday performance, and
by the Old Capitol Barbershop Chorus under director Larry Knipfer on the Saturday
The program features a mix of current popular songs, classic hits and
music from Broadway. Among other pieces, the Old Gold Singers will perform
"Rhythm Keeps Movin'," a medley of Gloria Estefan songs, Phil Collins' "Something
Happened on the Way to Heaven," "River Jordan" from the musical show "Civil
War," and "Anthem" from the musical "Chess."
Also on the program is the perennially popular UI "Alma Mater" performed
in the Old Gold Singers' own arrangement. In an Old Gold Singers tradition,
the performance will be enhanced by original choreography, provided this year
by Michelle Philgreen from Manchester and Anne Chapman from Ft. Madison.
The Old Gold singers are a select musical group whose members are chosen
by audition. 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 the Bahamas.
A native of Brooklyn, Iowa, Kriegel has a degree in music education from
Central College in Pella and a masters 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.
"Fall Festival" tickets are $7 general admission ($5 for UI students, seniors
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
(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/