Roger Reynolds was commissioned by the National Symphony in Washington DC to compose a work using texts from George Washington’s letters, journals, and writings. Reynolds asked Ross Karre and Jaime Oliver to collaborate in the creation of an orchestral piece with three narrators, video projection, and live spatialized electronic sounds. The piece premiered on October 3, 4, 5th in the Kennedy Center in Washington DC.
The creation of the video involved several trips to Washington’s Estate at Mt. Vernon where Reynolds and Karre capture images of the local landscape, original 18th-century structures, and artifacts from Washington’s life as a surveyor, army general, and president.