Death of a Chicago critic, 67 – SlippediscSlippedisc

norman lebrecht

October 13, 2022

We are shocked to learn of the death of Sergio Mims, a lively and reliable advocate of classical music in his home town, Chicago.

Sergio was 67 and had been in ill health for months.

Primarily a film critic, founder of the Black Harvest Film Festival, Sergio had a weekly show on WHPK-FM titled ‘Stuff From My Collection,’ where he discussed recordings of music by African-American composers, from living composers such as Aldolphus Hailstork and Anthony Davis back to Joseph Bologne and Scott Joplin. ‘What I’m really interested in is giving people a broad view of what classical music is, which is why I’ve done everything from Baroque to 21st-century stuff,’ he said.

He was a daily reader and an occasional correspondent. We shall miss Sergio.


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