Symphony No. 5: Freedom From Fear - Images From The Shoreline was commissioned as the 2017-18 Legacy Project by Reach Out Kansas, Incorporated for the University of Kansas Wind Ensemble (Paul Popiel, director) and Jazz Ensemble I (Dan Gailey, director). The work pursues a programmatic idea that centers on displaced peoples and the global concept of Freedom from Fear - one of the Four Freedoms Franklin Delano Roosevelt spoke of in his 1941 United Nations inaugural address. FDR's Four Freedoms became so emblematic of the United Nations that they were added to its Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This Symphony is unified by the concept of Freedom from Fear as it impacts displaced peoples. Each movement is exemplified by an image connected to a shoreline (refer to the extended program notes below). The large work combines wind ensemble with jazz ensemble and features a Soprano soloist and Boy Soprano soloist. Symphony No. 5: Freedom From Fear - Images From The Shoreline received its premiere on April 18, 2018 with a repeat performance at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington DC on April 29, 2018.
At the Kennedy Center