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April 23, 2013 > 'Night of the Gypsy' masquerade benefit

'Night of the Gypsy' masquerade benefit

Submitted By Music at the Mission

Music at the Mission will be presenting its fifth annual Masquerade Ball, "Night of the Gypsy," on Friday, April 26. The event in the Grand Ballroom at the Hilton Hotel in Newark, will feature a four-course dinner, a silent auction and a live auction with Frank Bizzarro. NBC Bay Area News's Mike Inouye will be Master of Ceremonies, and Kiko and Christina Rodriquez of Federicos Tapas and Wine Bar will serve as Grand Host and Hostess.

Entertainment will include the gypsy swing band Beso Negro and a flamenco performance by Juan Moyoli and his group. Following the gypsy theme, a fortune teller will be available. While costumes are not required, they are encouraged. Masks will be provided.

This will be the second year Music at the Mission will be presenting the Cultural Arts Recognition Award to an individual for outstanding contributions to the Tri-City Area's arts community. Last year's award was presented to the Tri-City Voice's own Bill and Sharon Marshak. This year the honor goes to David Sloss, former Music Director of Fremont Opera and Fremont Symphony, and Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski of the 25th District will be in attendance to present a resolution for the honored guest.

For thirty-two years, Maestro Sloss has helped to bring classical music to Fremont. As music director of Fremont Symphony, in addition to his duties as conductor, he worked to bring music education to the community, including an innovative program for student composers. He also helped found Fremont Opera, and brought numerous professional opera productions to Fremont. "I am so pleased to have this chance to recognize and thank David for all that he has done here in Fremont," said Aileen Chanco, Music at the Mission's founding Director, and a Fremont native herself. "His dedication to the performance of symphonic music, opera, and to young composers has made a huge difference to a whole generation of aspiring young musicians and music lovers who have grown up in the Tri-City Area."

All proceeds from the Mission Masquerade Ball will go to support Music at the Mission's classical chamber music concerts and educational outreach programs. In its eighth season, Music at the Mission strives to bring bold classical chamber music programs to the Tri-City Area. They present three main concerts each year at Fremont's historic Mission San Jose, in addition to numerous other events throughout the area. Recognizing the rising need to support arts education, Music at the Mission also produces outreach performances in junior high and high schools throughout the area, connecting students with professional musicians.

Tickets for the ball are $80. E-mail or call Harriet Whitney at (510) 793-7465 to see if there is space available.

A Night of the Gypsy
Friday, April 26
6:30 p.m.
Hilton Hotel Grand Ballroom
39900 Balentine Dr., Newark
(510) 793-7465
Tickets: $80

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