Jon Anderson | State of Independence

A classical orchestration of a classic

Former lead singer of the rock group "Yes" shares the stage with the 112-member Cleveland Contemporary Youth Orchestra and 60-member student chorus in a mesmerizing performance that exudes joy and energy. A spiritual high.

In this once-in-a-lifetime and inspiring performance, Jon Anderson and the youth orchestra play the songs written for "Yes" and "Jon & Vangelis" including the hits, "Owner of a Lonely Heart," "I've Seen All Good People" and "Round About." Shot Live in Cleveland at the famed Severance Hall Auditorium.

Originally recorded by Jon and Vangelis for their 1981 album The Friends of Mr. Cairo, "State of Independence" was released as a single the same year but did not chart. The song subsequently became better known when Donna Summer released a cover version a year later in 1982, which became a top 20 UK hit single, and repeated the same feat 14 years later when issued as a remixed version in 1996.

Jon Anderson © Deborah Anderson

Jon Anderson © Deborah Anderson

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