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Release: Sept. 21, 2001

Old Gold Singers feature vocal jazz on annual 'Fall Festival' concerts Oct. 5 and 6

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The Old Gold Singers, the University of Iowa show choir, will feature vocal jazz tunes popularized by Manhattan Transfer when they present their annual "Fall Festival" performances at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 5-6 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 assistants Rachel Lebeck and Marc Falk. The group consists of 25 singers, plus a seven-member stage band. They will be joined on this year's "Fall Festival" program by Voices of Soul, the UI gospel choir, directed by Ronald Teague.

The program will feature several songs popularized by Manhattan Transfer, including "Operator," "Route 66" and "A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square." Other popular songs on the program will include Roger Miller's "Waiting for the Light to Shine" from the musical "Big River" and Stevie Wonder's "Sir Duke."

There will be student solos and small ensemble pieces, and a new percussive piece, "Hands," by Minneapolis composer Mary Ellen Childs. As always, the "Fall Festival" will include the traditional performance of the Old Gold Singers' own arrangement of the UI "Alma Mater."

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.

Marc Falk is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in choral conducting in the UI School of Music. He received a bachelor's degree from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn., and a master's degree from the University of Minnesota, where he served as assistant conductor of the Men's Chorus, Women's Chorus and Chamber Singers. Falk has toured nationally and internationally with the a cappella quartet Fourshadow, and worked as a music director, composer and performer with Nautilus Music Theater in St. Paul. He has also conducted church choirs in Minneapolis, St. Paul and Boston, and he is currently serving as vocal director for the University Theatres October production of "O Pioneers!"

Rachel Lebeck is in the second year of a graduate program of the UI School of Music, majoring in vocal performance. She has been an oratorio soloist at the UI as well as around the state, and she was Gianetta in the past summer's production of "The Elixir of Love" by the UI Martha-Ellen Tye Opera Theater. Lebeck has a private voice studio in Cedar Rapids.

"Fall Festival" tickets are $8 general admission ($5 for UI students, seniors and youth).

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 and Sciences.

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