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Release: Oct. 8, 2002

Old Gold Singers Revive 'Retro' 70s In Annual 'Fall Festival,' Oct. 18

The Old Gold Singers, the University of Iowa show choir, will feature the songs and dances of the "retro" 1970s in their annual "Fall Festival" performance at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, 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 Tina Thielen-Gaffey. The group consists of 26 singers, plus a rhythm section of four. They will be joined this year by the Varsity Show Choir from Des Moines Roosevelt High School, directed by Mary Anne Sims.

The Old Gold Singer program will feature several songs popularized by the top rock/pop performers of the 1970s, including "Sing a Song" by Earth, Wind, and Fire; "Free Ride" by the Edgar Winter Group; and a Disco Medley including "Boogie Fever" and "YMCA." The women of the Old Gold Singers will be featured on "Lady Marmalade" and the men will sing the Bee Gee's "Stayin' Alive."

Other songs from the program include "Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In" as recorded by the Fifth Dimension, "Bridge Over Troubled Water" by Paul Simon, and a dance feature from the theme music of Austin Powers. The ensemble will close their program with "Dance to the Music" by Sly and the Family Stone.

The Des Moines Roosevelt Varsity Show Choir will feature songs from this year's competition show. The group consists of 47 singers and an eight-piece combo.

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.

Tina Thielen-Gaffey is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in choral conducting at the UI School of Music. She is serving a two-year leave of absence from the faculty of the University of Minnesota-Duluth. She received a bachelor's degree in music education from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, and a master's degree in choral conducting from Western Michigan University.

While at Western Michigan, Thielen-Gaffey was conductor of the Treble Chorus as well as an ensemble member and soloist with Western Michigan's award-winning Gold Company and the University Chorale. Prior to her studies at Western Michigan, she taught in the public schools of Wisconsin for eight years.

Tickets for "Fall Festival" are $10 ($8 for UI students, seniors and youth under 18) and may be purchased from the Hancher Auditorium Box Office. Hancher Auditorium box office business 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.

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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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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