Honoring Women in Chicago

The Chicago Sinfonietta is facing a changing of the guard this season. Maestro Paul Freeman, who founded the ensemble in 1987, is retiring from the group, leaving the baton in the hands of Mei-Ann Chen. Chen’s reputation and qualifications leave no doubt that the ensemble is in very capable hands. Not only has Chen conducted all over the world, but she was also the first woman to win the prestigious Malko Competition. For Freeland’s final concert with the Sinfonietta, he and Chen worked together to create a program to recognize women in classical music. (The image used in the marketing…