Written for a combined chorus performance at Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, with the composer conducting, this major work in three movements, with narration, is both poignant and inspiring. I. The Spirit of Self-Reliance and Individualism. II. The Spirit of Equality and Justice. III. The Spirit of Optimism and Dreams. Drawing inspiration from the words of Henry David Thoreau and quoting Simple Gifts; Zion's Walls and Materna, this is a classic Mark Hayes composition combining stylistic, contemporary writing with a classical foundation. With piano accompaniment this will be powerful, but with either the full orchestration or the chamber orchestration, it will be unforgettable!