2001-2002

Freedom!

In the wake of the devastating events of September 11, 2001, Spirit of America made Freedom! its theme. Our show took us from the depths of oppression, rage, and rebellion, to the heights of true freedom, the mutual responsibilities it requires, and the joy that results. Spirit of America toured in the Washington DC area, performing at several military bases, leading workshops, and performing in exhibition with DCI. The band also went to Staten Island outside New York City, and gave a tribute performance of Freedom! honoring the ultimate sacrifice of the city’s fire fighters and policemen who gave their lives at the World Trade Center.

Selections

Liberty Fanfare – John Williams World Turned Upside Down and Yankee Doodle – Traditional Chichester Psalms, First Movement – Leonard Bernstein Country – Charles Gross Speak – Michael Hale God of Our Fathers – Claude T. Smith Adagio for Strings – Samuel Barber Freedom! – Michael Hale/Martin Vazquez America the Beautiful – Samuel Augustus Ward Music coordinated and arranged by Michael Hale