The 46th annual Viennese Ball will be presented April 3 and 4 at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. The doors of W.R. Davies Student Center will open at 6:30 p.m. each evening. The largest Viennese ball outside of Vienna itself, this highly anticipated and popular event is a fundraiser for music, service and international study scholarships for UW-Eau Claire students.
The Viennese Ball is inspired by the romance and elegance of 19th-century Vienna, Austria. Modeled on the historic New Year's Eve Kaiser Ball, the event will transform all three 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 an array of classical music representing the era.
In the grand ballroom, guests will dance traditional waltzes, or they can swing dance to big-band standards or polka in the informal festival hall. A piano bar will offer the opportunity to sing along to favorites or hear showcase performances on the Bösendorfer Imperial Grand Piano. The menu of Austrian and American cuisine includes soups, cheeses, sandwiches and Austrian-style entrees tailored to the event, tortes and cheesecakes, sparkling wine, Austrian beers and American-style bar service. Several vegetarian and gluten-free dining options will be available.
Note: Those who wish to purchase alcohol must present a valid government-issued identification (i.e., driver’s license, passport) upon entrance to the ball. All guests must be 17 years of age or over.
Visit the Viennese Ball website for more details.
Ticket and parking details
Tickets are $50 for the public or $30 for UW System students, Chippewa Valley Technical College students and high school students. High school students holding student-price tickets must be 17 or older and present a valid state-issued ID upon entering the event. The traditional midnight breakfast is $13 in advance or $14 at the ball.
Parking is available free and readily available in non-metered lots. Patrons are encouraged to park in the Phillips, Hibbard, Water Street or Haas Fine Arts Lots.
Note: The Nursing Lot is reserved for Viennese Ball performers and Distinguished guests, and will not be open to general parking.
Cody Limousines will provide continuous shuttle service from the Hibbard, Water Street and Haas Fine Arts Lots. Shuttles will begin at 6 p.m. and run until 2 a.m.
Dedicated volunteers are instrumental each year in the success of the Viennese Ball. Find out how you can become a volunteer for the ball.