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The Cultural Development Foundation and the Saint Lucian artistic community today mourns the loss of Blaise Claudio Pascal, a highly regarded international tenor who died on Wednesday.

In a statement issued today, the CDF’s public relations officer Jimmy Clavier notes  that Blaise's life and career as a lyrical tenor spanned a period of over 19 years, performing across the major metropolis of the globe yet he returned home to  give of his time and talents  to raise the standard of vocal performance in Saint Lucia and the region.  Mr. Pascal had begun to conduct master classes to assist aspiring singers in their vocal pursuits, a work which had also taken him to Antigua and St. Croix USVI, where he also performed.

His dream had been to initiate a vocal program of studies through the Caribbean Development Program, which he saw as significant to raising interest and appreciation in the region for classical vocal music. In that regard CDF is aware that Mr. Pascal had some significant projects in the pipeline which had the potential to transform the life chances of their intended beneficiaries.

An avid supporter of charity, in July 2008 he was the featured artist in a song recital for the St. Lucia Salvation Army Meals on Wheels program. His work with the Just Us Choir and with numerous other young people, rendered him more than a famous name. 

Mr Clavier says Blaise’s death has undoubtedly created a void in the continued development of the arts and although we have lost his presence, his legacy lives on in the lives and hearts of the many young people he worked with. 

The CDF has applauded the excellent contributions of Blaise Pascal to the arts community.

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