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November 13, 2012 > Gala fundraiser delivers "Music, Movies, & Magic"

Gala fundraiser delivers "Music, Movies, & Magic"

Submitted By Shannon Stowe

Fremont Symphony Orchestra heads to the film age of Fremont, a time when Niles boomed with the early film industry, as a backdrop for their fall fundraising gala, "Music, Movies & Magic" on Sunday, November 18 at the Best House, Palmdale Estates, in Fremont. The November celebration will be filled with live music and merriment; all proceeds benefitting Fremont Symphony Orchestra.

The festivities begin at 5 p.m. with no host Chaplin cocktails, Bronco Billy bites, and a Silver Screen auction, followed at 6 p.m. by the conductor's dinner and entertainment program. In addition to introducing new music Director Gregory Van Sudmeier and new Executive Director Lee Foster to the local community, Monica Kraft, Director of Instrumental Music at Mission San Jose High School (MSJHS) in Fremont, will be honored and the MSJHS jazz band will perform. Guests are invited to dress as their favorite movie star from the 1920s in tribute to celebrities of the silent film era.

"This is the second step in our 5 Steps to 50 Years; the aim of the year-long program is to revitalize the Symphony by recreating community and artistic relevance. We look forward to listening to the opinions of our audience, musicians and stakeholders as a way to revitalize this great Symphony Orchestra," said Executive Director Lee Foster.

The Fremont Symphony will honor Monica Kraft for her years as Director of Instrumental Music at MSJHS, and will include a performance by some of her students. Kraft has conducted the MSJHS Marching Band, Symphonic Band and Orchestra in festivals around the world. She has taught instrumental music for the last 24 years at MSJHS. During her tenure, the music program has grown to include three concert bands, marching band, orchestra and jazz band, and she has conducted more than 22 musical productions. The bands and orchestra consistently earn Superior ratings at California Music Educators Association and Northern California Band Association concert festivals.

The fundraiser is Step 2 of the Symphony's five-step revitalization plan, 5 Steps to 50 Years, a year-long movement which also includes a series of meetings and parties o ask for public opinion, a performance by the virtuoso piano duo Anderson and Roe in February, the Annual Young Composer's Concert (Children's Concert) in March, and a Cabaret fundraiser on April 20, 2013 to meet the goal of re-engaging the community and raising $100,000 to kick off the 50th Anniversary Season in October 2013.

Individual tickets for "Music, Movies & Magic" are $125. Please inquire about discounts for educators and musicians. There will be live and silent auctions as well as a drawing for a 16GB iPad and iPad mini. Drawing tickets are $20 or three for $50; you need not be present to win.

For reservations or more information on how to become a supporter, sponsor, or advertiser for the event, visit or call (510) 371-4860.

Music, Movies & Magic Gala Fundraiser
Sunday, Nov 18
5 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Best House, Palmdale Estates
159 Washington Blvd., Fremont
(510) 371-4860

Tickets: Beginning at $125

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