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Sandburg Choir to Premiere Piece by Award-Winning Composer

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April 16, 2013
GALESBURG—The Carl Sandburg College choir will host a visit by award-winning composer Mark Woodward on April 18-19 for the premiere of his new work, “The Cleverness of You,” which was commissioned to Woodward by the College and features lyrics by Sandburg student Jessica Froelich.

A reception to honor Woodward and Froelich will take place at 6:30 p.m. April 19 at Covenant Church of Galesburg, 665 W. Dayton St. The Sandburg choir’s spring concert will follow at 7 p.m., during which it will premiere the new work. The choir, under the direction of coordinator of music James Hutchings, will be accompanied by Carli Brucker on piano and Daniel Godsil with vocals.

Froelich, a student in Sandburg’s mortuary science program, won a contest hosted by the College to have a poem she wrote turned into the lyrics for Woodward’s piece. Her submission, “The Cleverness of You,” was as follows:

You blinked and the seasons changed.
The leaves turned and fell to the ground like weary dancers.
All around was the smell of cider and cinnamon.


You blinked and the first snow fell.
Time stood still in the fading light of day.
Fire and laughter sustained us like wine.


You blinked and the world came to life.
Everything was lush and green again.
The rattle of dancing branches shook the leaves.


You blinked once more and the world caught fire.
Our kisses were bursting with sun and lemonade.
My heart was heavy with all the promises of summer.


Woodward also will host a workshop on writing for choral works from 12:15 to 1 p.m. April 18 in Room F109 on the College’s Main Campus in Galesburg, 2400 Tom L. Wilson Blvd. The workshop is free and open to the public. Woodward has extensive experience in working with writers and poets, and he will advise students on how to write effectively for setting texts to choral music and how to set those lyrics well.

For more information, contact James Hutchings, coordinator of music, at 309.341.5317 or