The 44th annual Viennese Ball will be presented April 13 and 14 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, the event is a much-anticipated fundraiser for music, service and international study scholarships for UW-Eau Claire students.
Beginning at 8 a.m Feb. 5, tickets may be purchased online at uwec.ly/tickets.
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 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 a variety of repertoire.
Guests may waltz in the grand ballroom, swing dance to big-band standards, polka in the informal festival hall, sing along in the piano bar and 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.
Visit the Viennese Ball website for more event details.
Ticket and parking details
Tickets are $47.50 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.
Viennese Ball patrons are encouraged to park in UW-Eau Claire's Haas Fine Arts, Hibbard, Phillips and Water Street parking lots (see campus map). Shuttle service will be provided continuously from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. from these parking lots to the Viennese Ball.
A university-community committee and a large team of volunteers work on a variety of setup tasks before the ball. Those interested in volunteering or serving on the committee may call 715-836-3882 or visit the Viennese Ball volunteer page for more information.