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University of Iowa News Release

Oct. 2, 2003

A "Tribute To America" Will Be Part Of Old Gold Singers' "Fall Festival" Oct. 11

The Old Gold Singers, the University of Iowa show choir, will feature a "Tribute to America" and a Broadway medley in their annual "Fall Festival" performance at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11 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 32 singers, plus a rhythm section of three. They will be joined this year by baritone John Muriello from the UI School of Music faculty.

The Old Gold Singers' "Tribute to America" will include the "Star Spangled Banner," "Freedom" by Paul McCartney, "United We Stand Divided We Fall" by Hiller and Goodison, "The Glory" from "Civil War, an American Musical" by Frank Wildhorn, "America" from "West Side Story" by Leonard Bernstein, and a gospel version of "My Country, 'Tis of Thee."

Muriello will perform a set of Gershwin songs: "Our Love is Here to Stay," "They Can't Take That Away from Me" and "Just Another Rhumba."

The Old Gold Singers will conclude the performance with "On Broadway," a medley of songs from 15 hit Broadway musicals. This portion of the program will feature classic Broadway hits including "Lida Rose" from "The Music Man" by Mason City native Meredith Willson; "Fugue for Tinhorns" from "Guys and Dolls" by Frank Loesser; the Mambo from "Scene at the Gym" from Bernstein's "West Side Story"; and "It's a Hard Knock Life" and "Tomorrow" from "Annie" by Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin.

More recent musicals will be featured as well. The Old Gold Singers will perform a medley of songs by Lieber and Stoller, whose music was used for "Smokey Joe's Cafe"; "Ease on Down the Road" from "The Wiz" by Charlie Smalls; "Written in the Stars" from Elton John's and Tim Rice's "Aida"; and "Seasons of Love" from "Rent" by Jonathan Larson. The finale will be "You Can't Stop the Beat" from "Hairspray" by Marc Shaiman.

Choreography for the "Fall Festival" has been provided by UI graduate student Jamie Marble and members of the Old Gold Singers.

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.

A singer whose work ranges from opera and operetta to concert and musical theater, Muriello joined the UI School of Music faculty in the fall of 1997. Recent engagements include performances in the title role of the UI Martha-Ellen Tye Opera Theater production of Tartuffe in 2001, and the Riverside theatre's production of "Sweet and Hot."

Muriello has performed operatic and musical theater roles with Opera Carolina, the Banff Centre in Canada, L'Opera Francais of New York, Skylight Opera Theater, Ohio Light Opera and the Southeastern Savoyards of Atlanta. He performed as the Narrator and Mysterious Man in Sondheim's "Into the Woods" and Marcello in "La Boheme" for Lyric Opera Cleveland. Other roles have ranged from Guglielmo in Mozart's "Cosi fan tutte" to Voltaire in Bernstein's "Candide."

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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