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Preliminary Schedule, January 31 - February 4, 2018


Day 1 | Wed 31 January 2018

Groups arrive in Vienna. Check-in at Austria Trend Hotel Ananas (www.austria-trend.at/en/hotels/ananas)

Group has time to relax
Self-arranged lunch and dinner

Overnight Vienna (1)

Day 2 | Thu 1 February 2018

Breakfast at hotel

** Rehearsals & Workshops planned at the Wiener Konzerthaus**

10:00 – 10:30: WELCOME CEREMONY
10:30 – 11:15: Singers Workshop with Maestro Martin Palmeri
Lunch on own arrangements or optional programs (to be determined on request)
15:00 – 18:00: Choir Rehearsal with Maestro Martin Palmeri
Dinner on own arrangements or optional programs (to be determined on request)
15:00 – 18:00: Orchestra Rehearsal with Maestro Martin Palmeri


Overnight Vienna (2)

Day 3 | Fri 2 February 2018

Breakfast at hotel

** Rehearsals planned at the Wiener Konzerthaus**

10:00 – 12:30: Choir Rehearsal with Maestros Saul Zaks & Martin Palmeri
Lunch on own arrangements or optional programs (to be determined on request)
14:00 – 16:30: Choir Rehearsal with Maestros Saul Zaks & Martin Palmeri
Dinner on own arrangements or optional programs (to be determined on request)
17:00 – 20:00: Choir Rehearsal with Maestros Saul Zaks & Martin Palmeri

Overnight Vienna (3)

Day 4 | Sat 3 February 2018


Breakfast at hotel
Free Time for Choirs or optional programs (to be determined on request)
Tango Workshop possible
Lunch on own arrangements or optional programs (to be determined on request)

14:30: Arrival of the choirs - leave all things at wardrobe

15:00 – 15:25: Choir Rehearsal with Maestros Saul Zaks & Martin Palmeri
Choirs already dressed / Dress Code:
women: covered shoulders and upper arms, either trousers&top or skirt&top/dress with non-transparent black tights, black concert shoes, discreet jewellery
men: black long-sleeved shirt, with or without jacket, black trousers, black concert shoes

15:30 – 18:00: Rehearsal for all

18:00 – 19:00: Time to get ready

19:30: CONCERT STARTS (see the concert poster)
1st Part: selected pieces from the home countries of the participating musicians and singers –ca 60 min
Break (20 min)

Grande Finale: MISATANGO – ca 50/60 min

ALL TOGETHER 2,5 HOURS OF PROGRAM! Concert finishes at approx. 22:00!
VIP Dinner reception for all Participants (Choirs, orchestra, Bandoneon, Mezzosoprano, VIP Patrons)

Overnight Vienna (4)


Day 5 | Sun 4 February 2018


Breakfast at hotel

Departure of the groups
Pre- / Post-tour can be arranged

Optional programs for the freetime for any day of the festival can be arranged.
Program is subject of confirmation




Go waltzing in Vienna’s ball season … find out all about it here:

+ Vienna Ball Season

  • ▸ Some 450 balls
  • ▸ Frequented by 300.000 dance lovers
  • ▸ From New Year to March (with an exception in June)
  • ▸ Traditional rules and ceremony program
  • ▸ Strict adherence to dress code
  • ▸ Dating back to the Congress of Vienna 1814/15

When you come to Vienna in February you should seriously consider to experience the Vienna Ball Season!

For more than two centuries Vienna has been the uncontested ball capital of the world. Each year the city hosts around 450 events, from traditional high society galas to wild carnival parties. A unique blend of age-old Austrian traditions, magnificent court ceremonial and the trademark Viennese waltz has seen the capital’s ball industry turn into one of the nation’s best-loved exports with replica events playing out in around 30 cities worldwide, from New York to Moscow. But nothing beats the original – the romance and charm puts the Viennese ball season in a league of its own.

More than 450 balls take place in the Austrian capital every year, each attracting anything up to 5,500 guests. They all take place in accordance with traditional rules. First, a ball committee must be appointed. Then there is an honorary committee made up of high-ranking public servants and other dignitaries. The highest-profile balls are normally hosted under the patronage of the Federal President. All names are printed on the invitation, which is in fact a beautifully designed pamphlet that also gives the date and venue, dress code, program and the admission charge. The boxes at the Opera Ball are extremely expensive, but despite the price tag they are highly sought after. The city’s other prestigious balls, such as those held in Hofburg palace, are considerably less costly. Tickets for general admission are significantly more affordable than table reservations. Wandering through the ball rooms between dances, or savoring the atmosphere at the buffet or cocktail bar are just some of the most enjoyable aspects of a Viennese ball night. Some events even install wine taverns complete with traditional Schrammelmusik for the night.

One of the most immediately obvious things about a genuine Viennese ball is the strict adherence to the dress code. Women are expected to wear full length gowns or traditional Austrian costume, while the gentlemen must wear tails or a tuxedo, giving them the opportunity to display their orders and badges of honor. At the opera ball it is strictly tails only. It should be noted that wearing a wristwatch is seen as something of a faux pas; a golden watch complete with chain is de rigeur. At the other balls, guests must wear a tuxedo or fine black suit with bow tie. Neck ties are taboo. In addition to the stylish clothing, the slick ceremonial program bears witness to the formality of the occasion.

Come waltzing

The ball is officially opened with a procession into the main hall led by the young ladies’ and gentlemen’s “committee”.

The girls opening a ball for the first time are called debutantes. This “debut” is part of the ritual which dates back to the days of the monarchy – the formal introduction into society. Dressed in a long white robe, with a coronet in their hair and long white gloves, they proceed onto the dance floor arm in arm with their tuxedoed escorts, usually to the music of the “Fächer-Polonaise” by Carl Michael Ziehrer, former chief conductor of the imperial court, which is played at practically all opening ceremonies. At the end of this solemn ritual comes a waltz – with the pairs turning anticlockwise. This is not as easy as it might sound and is perhaps one of the reasons why dance schools are so well attended. In Vienna alone there are over 30 of them. Great importance is attached to the aesthetic precision of the figures. Executed correctly, the rhythmic movements create a spellbinding visual in black and white. The opening ceremony is brought to a close when the call “AllesWalzer” is heard from the director of the dance school organizing the ball, inviting all of the guests onto the dance floor – this time to waltz in a clockwise direction.

Midnight is a special time, whatever the ball. Ballgoers can expect concerts and performances, with highlights including specially choreographed sets by dance troupes from leading Viennese dance schools. Another midnight favorite is the quadrille, which has been danced since the 19th century. Thanks to its catchy melody, the most popular is the Fledermaus quadrille by Johann Strauss. The steps to this jaunty pair and group dance are fairly complicated and are explained in advance by the dance master. Not infrequently, however, the dance ends in good-humored chaos caused by some high-spirited dancers during the mad dash through the passages between the rows of dancers.At all events, it’s one way of giving renewed energy to tired dancers, who will need it, since the ball seldom ends before 5 am.

At all Viennese balls the official close is also a traditional affair. The lights in the ballroom are dimmed and the orchestra plays the slightly melancholic and downbeat waltz “Brüderlein fein, musst nicht gar so traurig sein” and the remaining revelers step out onto the dance floor for the last time. Many people end the night with a bowl of spicy goulash soup in one of the countless nearby coffee houses which are open at this early hour throughout the ball season. A hearty snack from a sausage stand is another popular option.

Vienna Ball Season Vienna Ball Season

Photos: © WienTourismus/Peter Rigaud/Couture Vivienne Westwood Vienna