Randall Faust http://tspr.org en In The Tri States http://tspr.org/post/tri-states-47 <p>A look back at the top stories and features from the Tri States Public Radio news department from April 2012.&nbsp;</p><p>During the month, NTN Bower announced a major expansion project in Macomb, Southeastern Community College&#39;s president announced her retirement, and Spoon River College announced the name of its next president.</p><p>Fort Madison city council members chose one of their own to serve as the city&#39;s next mayor, and Burlington&#39;s new city manager started work.</p> Fri, 04 May 2012 23:39:32 +0000 Rich Egger 14596 at http://tspr.org In The Tri States Songs of Freedom, Hope & Destiny http://tspr.org/post/songs-freedom-hope-destiny <p>The McDonough Choral Society will be joined by a chamber ensemble in a world premiere performance on Monday, April 16.<br /><br />The composition <em>Songs of Freedom, Hope, and Destiny</em> was commissioned by the choral group to celebrate its 10th anniversary. Western Illinois University School of Music professor Randall Faust spent three years writing the piece.<br /><br />The work combines original music with text taken from 19th Century Illinois literature, including words penned by poet John Howard Bryant and President Abraham Lincoln.<br /> Thu, 12 Apr 2012 23:56:26 +0000 Rich Egger 13427 at http://tspr.org Songs of Freedom, Hope & Destiny