The title describes the intention of the piece. It is in three short movements, which can be done together or separately.
The first section, "Tunings," starts with the oboe sounding the traditional "A" and from this the various sections of the orchestra engage in figurations. These figurations are over a hymn-like pattern, evoking the feeling of benediction.
The second section, "Fanfarades," is a bright and sparkling overture on fanfare motifs and uses the orchestra in virtuoso fashion.
The third section, "Acclamations," starts with a spiritual-like theme that changes to a rhythmic and pulsating statement. This movement has, along with the orchestral percussion, optional handclapping by the audience, which can serve the purpose of both acclaiming the hall and tuning it at the same time. (Handclaps are a common device for testing a hall.) However, with or without the audience participation, this movement is a jubilant and affirmative mood.
This work was commissioned by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Sergiu Commissiona, Musical Director, for the opening of the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, September 16, 1982. It was completed April 6, 1982 and is scored for full symphony orchestra with above mentioned optional audience handclaps.