May 24, 2005 > Symphony gears up to roast conductor
Symphony gears up to roast conductor
by Eman Isadiar
The Fremont Symphony Orchestra, southern Alameda County's only professional
orchestra will celebrate conductor David Sloss' silver anniversary on Saturday, June 4. The gala event, featuring a celebrity roast of the well-loved maestro, will take place at the Fairmont in San Jose.
The star-studded event will include a formal dinner with dancing, followed by a raffle and live and silent auctions. The evening will be completed with a Celebrity Roast hosted by composer and performer Henry Mollicone, famous for his work in the field of opera.
He is the recipient of the American Composers' Recording Award for his work The Face on the Barroom Floor, one of America's most widely performed contemporary operas.
During his 25 years at the conductor's podium, David Sloss has been instrumental in raising the quality of the orchestra and in gaining the respect and attention of Bay Area music lovers. Having taught orchestral conducting at Sonoma State University and with degrees from Harvard and Stanford, David Sloss was hired in the mid 80s to transition the orchestra from a mix of volunteers and professional musicians to a fully professional symphony orchestra. When not in a tuxedo, the Maestro is rumored to be a devout Trekkie and a fine composer of limericks who takes frequent cruise vacations with his wife. Sloss is also the general manager of West Bay Opera in Palo Alto.
All proceeds from the event will benefit the Fremont Symphony Orchestra, a non-profit organization based in Alameda County. For information and reservations, call (510) 794-1659, or visit www.fremontsymphony.org.
Saturday, June 4
Fairmont San Jose
170 South Market St., San Jose