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The Viennese Winter Ball returns on March 13 as a virtual Gala – and It’s Free
Music, dining and dancing in the comfort of your own home
Music and Beyond announces that the Viennese Winter Ball, an event celebrating Austrian music and culture, will sparkle this year as a virtual gala of music and dance. Hosted by Her Excellency, The Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean and internationally-renowned tenor Ben Heppner, the Ball will take place on Saturday, March 13, from 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm (EST). It will feature Viennese music performed by some of Canada’s finest musicians and will introduce Austria’s new Ambassador to Canada, Sylvia Meier-Kajbic as Patron of the Ball.
Music and Beyond invites music and dance lovers from everywhere in the world to enjoy the Ball from the comfort of your homes. While tickets for the event—one of Canada’s most elegant cultural galas—have cost hundreds of dollars in previous years, this year’s virtual Ball is free.
Performers will include flautist Lara Deutsch, winner of the 2019-2020 Prix Goyer; Kimball Sykes, Principal Clarinettist of the National Arts Centre Orchestra; violinist Jonathan Crow, Concertmaster of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra; violinist Sara Mastrangelo; David Marks, the Associate Principal violist with the National Arts Centre Orchestra; cellist Julian Armour; double bassist Paul Mach; pianist Frédéric Lacroix; organist Matthew Larkin on harmonium; and harpist Caroline Léonardelli.
There will be a special dance performance by Alina Safonova and Vadim Safonov of Arthur Murray Dance Studio, the Official Dance Partner of the Viennese Winter Ball. Leading up to the Ball, the Arthur Murray Dance Studio will offer virtual dance lessons with special prices for Ball guests so couples can to learn ballroom dancing at home.
As part of Music and Beyond’s comprehensive Young People’s Strategy, the Viennese Winter Ball will celebrate the importance of music in the lives of all young people with performance opportunities.
You can order dinner at home from one of the Ball’s partner restaurants (to be announced in coming weeks), or create your own gourmet dinner. The evening will be streamed on Music and Beyond’s YouTube channel and on Rogers Television. A parallel Zoom meeting will allow people to join break-out rooms or join virtual tables to chat with other Ball guests. There’s plenty of time to get that special dress before March 13th . Send in your photos and videos – these will be featured on Music and Beyond’s Zoom meeting, Facebook page, and Instagram page.
“I am delighted that, despite the challenges of COVID-19, we are able to continue the remarkable 25-year tradition of the Viennese Winter Ball,” states Music and Beyond’s Executive Director Julian Armour. “This is shaping up to be a very exciting and fun event! I have always thought the Ball was one of the most glamorous events I have ever been to. It is wonderful that people now have a chance to bring that magic right into their homes.”
Although the Viennese Winter Ball 2021 can be enjoyed for free, donations are welcome. In addition, the online auction will showcase donated restaurant gift certificates from people supporting the local restaurant community. All donors will receive a tax receipt for the full value of the certificates.
Broadcast Partner Rogers TV is providing video crews and first-rate equipment to make all of this possible. Full details can be found at www.musicandbeyond.ca