On Saturday the 27th of January 2018, the Kursalon Vienna will once again host the annual Johann Strauss Ball. Always a highlight of the Vienna Ball Season, this year’s event promises to be even more special: the Kursalon Vienna will be celebrating its sesquicentennial. To commemorate this anniversary, the theme for the evening will be “150 years of Kursalon Vienna”, offering music lovers, and all who admire Viennese culture, a night of fine food, dancing, glorious melodies and a whole lot more.
A cornerstone of the city's cultural life, the historic Kursalon Vienna is indelibly linked to the name of the world-famous “Waltz King”, Johann Strauss, the Younger, who performed there regularly in the nineteenth century. This year the Kursalon Vienna opens its doors at 6:00 p.m to admit guests to its exquisite surroundings. A delicious three-course dinner is served between 7:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
Dinner is followed at 9:00 p.m. by the Opening Ceremony that marks the official start of the Johann Strauss Ball. The professional dancers of the Rueff Dance School take to the floor in a spectacle that recreates the elegance and grace of old Vienna. Musical accompaniment for the dancing is provided by the Salonorchester Alt Wien, an ensemble whose musicians are considered to be amongst the very best interpreters of the Viennese musical tradition.
The Waltz Workshop, an ever-popular feature of the Johann Strauss Ball, gives those attending the opportunity to learn a little more about the secrets of the waltz, along with other dances, from professional experts in the Kursalon’s inspirational setting.