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Ticket sales to begin soon for 38th annual Viennese Ball

January 23, 2012
EAU CLAIRE — The 38th annual Viennese Ball will be presented April 13-14 at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. The doors of Davies Center will open at 6:30 p.m. for the ball, which is the largest social event hosted annually by the university. Proceeds from the event have provided more than $1 million in music scholarships and international study awards for deserving UW-Eau Claire students.

The 2012 Viennese Ball will be the last to be presented in the original Davies Center. The 39th annual event will take place in the new W.R. Davies Student Center that is under construction.

Ticket brochures will be mailed the first week of February, and a printable ticket order form will also be available online beginning at 3 p.m. Feb. 3. Ticket orders must be submitted by U.S. Mail. If ticket requests exceed availability, orders will be returned.

The Viennese Ball is a formal event recalling the romance and elegance of 19th-century Vienna, Austria. Modeled on the historic New Year's Eve Kaiser Ball, the event is presented in duplicate each evening, transforming both levels of Davies Center. The ball showcases the University Symphony Orchestra, performing waltzes and polkas from the Strauss Era; Jazz Ensemble I, performing music from America's Big Band Era; and student and faculty ensembles and regional musicians performing a variety of repertoire. The Viennese Ball promotes positive university, community and international relations by expanding an awareness of the culture, history and music of Vienna.

In addition to dancing in the ballroom, guests may shop, have a photograph taken as a personal souvenir, listen to music and enjoy a variety of Austrian and American cuisine.

Tickets for the Viennese Ball are $40 for the public or $27.50 for UW System students, Chippewa Valley Technical College students and high school students. The traditional midnight breakfast is $9 in advance or $10 at the ball.

The Viennese Ball is produced by the University Centers, a Student Affairs unit of UW-Eau Claire, with the assistance of a university-community committee and a large team of volunteers. Volunteers work on a variety of setup tasks to transform Davies Center into a mini-Vienna. Those interesting in volunteering may call 715-836-3882 or visit the Viennese Ball website.

Wisconsin Public Radio and Chippewa Valley Airport Service provide generous promotional support for the Viennese Ball.



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