(1875-1974) of Italy was the house musical director
at the Iroquois theater and on Dec 30, 1903 was
playing the violin in the orchestra, directed by the
Mr. Bluebeard company director,
Frosolono said he remained in the orchestra pit
after everyone else had left. “I told the men to
play, and they did play, until the flames came down
and drove us out. The time when I thought it was
time to get out was when the bass fiddle and the
cello got to burning.”
Frosolono stayed outside after escaping from the
theater, carrying his violin, looking for his fellow
musicians. "It's my men. If I only were sure they
were all safe," he told a reporter.
He later described the removal of the dead, "In an endless
line they carried the poor mutilated men and women
and little children. They grew so common they ceased
to handle them tenderly, but dumped them down on the
sidewalks as best they could."
Frosolono married May Turner from Clinton, Indiana.
In Chicago the couple lived at 170 Seminary Ave.
They may have had a daughter named Louisa around
1917. The family ended up in South Carolina.