Fred Onovwerosuoke writes:
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 remain incomparable for years to come. We were apprised of his 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 of his mentors, Prof Dominique-Rene de Lerma. Obviously, Maestro Freeman's 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" was instrumental to some of the success his works 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...
From all of us at African Musical Arts
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