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Release: March 9, 2001

Old Gold Singers, high school groups to 'Swing Into Spring' March 31

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 31 in Hancher Auditorium on the UI campus.

The Old Gold Singers is directed by School of Music graduate assistant Kevin Kriegel. Choreographers for the group are Michelle Philgreen and Old Gold Singers alumnus Mark Mangold.

The school groups appearing with the Old Gold Singers will be WD Forte from West Delaware High School, directed by Duane and Michelle Philgreen; and a choir from Linn-Mar
High School, under the direction of Bob and Jill Anderson.

The Old Gold Singers will perform on each half of the program. In between the Old Gold appearances, each of the high-school groups will present their own ‘set,’ or portion of the program.

The Old Gold Singers will open the performance with a tribute to the South, in celebration of their Spring Break tour to Mississippi and Louisiana. This will include spirited renditions of Jambalaya and Dixie, as well as a few gospel tunes.

After intermission, the Old Gold Singers will perform a tribute to Duke Ellington and several other prominent American composers. This set will include "Birdland," "Don't Get Around Much Anymore," "It Don' t Mean a Thing if it Ain't got that Swing," "The Joint is Jumpin’" and others.

Finally, the Old Gold Singers will close with the traditional "Swing Into Spring" performance of the UI Alma Mater and a spirited rendition of "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. 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 $11 for general admission, $7 for students, seniors and youth. They may be purchased from the Hancher Auditorium box office.

Box office hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays. From the local calling area, dial (319) 335-1160. Long distance 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. Information and brochures may be requested by e-mail at <>.

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.

The School of Music is part of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts.

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