Adieu Maestro Paul Freeman (1936-2015)

Sadness is great in our hearts on the news of the passing of a great champion of classical music. Maestro Paul Freeman was incomparably passionate about mutual intercultural appreciation and inclusion in the classical music industry. He was in a class of his own and exuded vision that will guide future advocates of cultural diversity in repertoire and personnel within modern-day orchestras. We were apprised of this vision 22 years ago when our own African Musical Arts project began and were indeed honored by his magnanimity when he reached out to our founder FredO through one his mentors, Prof Dominique-Rene de Lerma. Obviously, Maestro Freeman vision through his seminal recordings widely reintroduced the works of Nigerian composer Fela Sowande to a much larger audience that otherwise never would have known of African composers of classical music. We know his performance of FredO's "Fanfare for Strings & Timpani" with the Chicago Sinfonietta was instrumental to some of the success his compositions have enjoyed.  The world of classical music has lost a great mind. We mourn with our friends at the Chicago Sinfonietta. Our condolences and prayers to his widow, Cornelia and son, Douglas. Peace to all of you...