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Tickets to Go on Sale Soon for Annual Viennese Ball at UW-Eau Claire

RELEASED: Jan. 23, 2009

brochure for Viennese BallEAU CLAIRE — The 35th annual Viennese Ball will be presented April 17-18 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 $1 million in music scholarships and international study awards for deserving UW-Eau Claire students.

Ticket brochures will be mailed the week of Feb. 6, and a printable ticket order form will be available online at 3 p.m. Feb. 6. 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, guests may shop for flowers, crystal or chocolates, have photographs taken as souvenirs, listen to music or enjoy Austrian and American cuisines.

Tickets for the Viennese Ball are $37.50 for the public and $25 for UW System students and Chippewa Valley Technical College students. The traditional midnight breakfast is $7.75 in advance or $8 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 24-member university-community committee and a large team of volunteers. Volunteers work on a variety of setup tasks to transform the Davies Center into a mini-Vienna. Those interested in volunteering can call 715-836-4833.

Best Western Trail Lodge and Suites Eau Claire, 715-838-9989, is the exclusive accommodations partner for the Viennese Ball. Call for special rate packages.

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