Chicago Sinfonietta HONORS LATE FOUNDER AND MAESTRO WITH Community Memorial Event
Paul Freeman: The Global Maestro Remembered
Lund Auditorium at Dominican University, Saturday morning, October 17
CHICAGO (October 2, 2015) – The Chicago Sinfonietta will honor the memory of its founder, Maestro Paul Freeman through music and remembrances at a special community memorial event: Paul Freeman: The Global Maestro Remembered to be held at Lund Auditorium, Dominican University (7900 Division St, River Forest, IL) on Saturday, October 17 from 11am-12:30pm. The event is free and open to the public but guests are encouraged to RSVP in advance at http://www.chicagosinfonietta.org/rsvp/.
Performing at the event will be members of the Chicago Sinfonietta, pianist Leon Bates, pianist Jeremy Jordan, soprano Elizabeth Sojourner, and others. There will be a number of speakers including Dominican University President Donna Carroll, founding Sinfonietta board chair Jim Paglia and WFMT Station Manager Steve Robinson.
Maestro Freeman was, for 24 years, the Music Director of the Chicago Sinfonietta, a post he held since his founding of the orchestra in 1987. Born in Richmond, Virginia, Maestro Freeman established himself as one of America’s leading conductors. A recipient of the Mahler Award from the European Union of Arts, Freeman led more than 100 orchestras in over 30 countries. He had been nominated for two Emmy Awards and received rave reviews for his recordings. Freeman led several recordings by both the Chicago Sinfonietta and Czech National Symphony, including his landmark three volume African Heritage Symphonic Series for Cedille Records.
Chicago Sinfonietta’s 2015/2016 season is now entitled Paul Freeman: Season of Celebration and will present a series of events and musical dedications—including two world premiere works—throughout the season to honor the memory of Maestro Freeman who passed away in July. At every Sinfonietta concert, audience members will be encouraged to step in to a video booth set up during intermission and after concerts to share a story about Paul Freeman and the Sinfonietta as part of its “1,000 Stories Project.” Throughout the year, the videos will be collected and used to create a special tribute to premiere at Chicago Sinfonietta’s Ball in June of 2016.
For guests who do not drive, Chicago Sinfonietta will provide buses to the event. Please contact the Sinfonietta office at (312) 284-1559 for departure locations and times. Space is limited; guests can RSVP and request a place on the bus in advance by registering at http://www.chicagosinfonietta.org/rsvp/.
For over 28 years, the Chicago Sinfonietta has pushed artistic and social boundaries to provide an alternative way of hearing, seeing and thinking about a symphony orchestra. Led by Music Director Mei-Ann Chen since 2011, each concert experience blends inventive new works with classical masterworks, each from a diverse array of voices, to entertain, transform and inspire. Learn more at www.chicagosinfonietta.org.
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