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January 21, 2009 > An evening of fine dining and dancing

An evening of fine dining and dancing

The Fremont Black and White Ball

By Vidya Pradhan

"We want to have one foot in history and one in the future," says Aileen Chanco, artistic director of Music at the Mission. Located at one of California's most historical sites, the project uses the rich heritage of Old Mission San Jose Church to make classical music more accessible to the technology-steeped culture of Silicon Valley. This year, Music at the Mission is introducing the first annual Fremont Black and White Ball.

The ball features tango music of Argentinean band Trio Garufa whose passionate, upbeat and danceable tango numbers have been enthralling audiences the world over. "Since Music at the Mission's next concert series features Astor Piazzolla, an Argentinean composer who evolved out of the world of tango, we thought having Trio Garufa play tango music at the ball would be a natural fit," says Aileen.

Music at the Mission started in 2005 to fulfill a need for classical chamber music in the Bay Area. "The Mission San Jose Church has had a history as a center of music," adds Aileen. "In the 19th century, the friars created an orchestra with Native Americans and people used to travel from distant places to the Mission for the music." The project uses this historical site to generate a classical music culture in the community.

In contrast to its sometimes stodgy reputation, the Fremont Black and White Ball is a fun way to experience the reason why classical music has endured the test of time. To complement Trio Garufa's peppy music from the Argentinean tango tradition, two teachers will demonstrate and teach the dance.

For invitees with two left feet, there is always an option to taste outstanding Argentinean wines with sommelier Kiko Rodriguez at the cash wine bar or nosh on delicacies provided by Federico's Cafˇ. And while black tie is optional, photographers from Grins2Go will be on hand to take formal portraits; a portion of the proceeds go to Music at the Mission.

The first big fundraiser for Music at the Mission, the ball also features a silent auction featuring items such as jewelry, art, massage and restaurant certificates.

Fremont Black and White Ball
Best House, Palmdale Estates,
159 Washington Blvd., Fremont
(510) 813-4414

$110 per person; $200 per couple

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