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University of Iowa News Release

April 2, 2004

Old Gold Singers Feature Guests On Annual 'Swing Into Spring' Concert April 17

The University of Iowa Old Gold Singers will host two middle-school choirs from Cedar Rapids for their annual "Swing Into Spring" concert at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 17 in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

An ensemble of the UI School of Music, the Old Gold Singers are led by UI graduate student Tina Thielen-Gaffey. The group consists of 28 singers, plus horns and a three-piece rhythm section.

Continuing a tradition of inviting local school groups to appear with the Old Gold Singers, Pizzazz and Eclipse, the 6th- and 7th-grade show choirs from the Regis Middle School in Cedar Rapids, will share the "Swing Into Spring" program. The director of the Regis groups is Jamie Lynn Marble, who is also choreographer for the Old Gold Singers and a graduate student in the UI School of Music.

Pizzaz and Eclipse meet once a week, and have enjoyed competing in show choir festivals this spring.

Pizzazz, the Regis 6th-grade show choir, will perform "Put a Little Love in Your Heart" by Jackie De Shannon, Randy Meyers, and Jimmy Holiday; "Seasons of Love" from "Rent" by Jonathan Larson; and "Love Can Move Mountains" by Diane Warren, as sung by Celine Dion.

Eclipse, the Regis 7th Grade show choir, will perform Stevie Wonder's "For Once in My Life"; "A Moment Like This" by Kelly Clarkson; and "Celebration" by Kool and the Gang.

For its part of the program, the Old Gold Singers will perform its usual combination of jazz, pop and show tunes, with choreography by Marble, Katherine Gallagher and members of the group. Its show consists of an opening of Big Band tunes, a middle section depicting the perils/advantages of relationships, and a closing section of Latin dance selections. The program will include:
-- "Slap That Bass" by George Gershwin, arranged by Jim Anderson;
-- "I'm Looking For Something Baby" from "Dreamgirls" by Henry Krieger and Tom Eyen;
-- "Only Love" by Frank Wildhorn;
-- "No bout Adoubt it!" by Manny Kurtz and Vic Mizzy;
-- "Let's Get Loud" Gloria Estefan and Kike Santander, as sung by Jennifer Lopez; and
-- "Magalehna" by Sergio Mendes, arranged by Kevin Rotty.

The Old Gold Singers are in final preparation for their annual Swing Into Spring concert as well as gearing up for a spring tour to New York City at the end of April, including an appearance as the featured show choir for a show/jazz choir festival held at Avery Fischer Hall in Lincoln Center on April 25.

The Old Gold Singers is a select musical group whose members are chosen by audition. In addition to "Swing Into Spring," its 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.

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.

General seating ticket prices for "Swing Into Spring" are $10 ($8 for seniors, UI students and youth). Tickets are available 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.

Tickets may be ordered on-line 24 hours a day, seven days a week through Hancher's website: .

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