Light as leaves of paper. Until the early morning. And not only the waltz.
On May 29th, 2020, Concordia Press Club will be holding Vienna's most beautiful summer ball under the Motto "Morgen.Blätter.Walzer". Under friendly stars, the leading exponents of the media world dance side by side with supporters of the free press, freedom of opinion and democracy.
In the Festival Hall, the Vienna Opera Ball Orchestra with the conductor Uwe Theimer and the pt Art Orchestra conducted by Norbert Hebertinger will play the very best of classical dance music for you.
In the Senate Chamber the Charly Hloch-Trio will spoil you with boogie woogie, blues, rock'n'roll and especially for our Concordia Ball guests, with danceable, groovy jazz classics and swinging evergreens.
In the Arcade Yard, Labour MC a.k.a Johannes Kopf will entertain you with a special selection of disco beats that will make you dance until the morning light.
Doors are opening
Festival Hall – Opening Ceremony
Presenter: Alfons Haider
Entrance of the Debutants and Debutantes
Entrance of Guests of Honour
Arcade Yard – Disco Dancefloor with Labour MC a.k.a Johannes Kopf
Senate Chamber – Boogie Woogie & Evergreens with the Charly Hloch Trio
Festival Hall – 'Isle of Men'
Festival Hall – Quadrille with Dance Master Chris Lachmuth
Fledermaus-Quadrille 1-6 (Johann Strauss, the Son)
Leichtes Blut, Polka schnell (Johann Strauss, the Son)
Kaiserwalzer (Franz Lehár)
Festival Hall – 'Isle of Men'
Arcade Yard – Partytime with the Dancing School Chris
Festival Hall – Closing Ceremony
An der schönen blauen Donau, Walzer (Johann Strauss, the Son)
Radetzky-Marsch (Johann Strauss, the Father)
Brüderlein fein (Joseph Drechsler)
Sag‘ beim Abschied leise Servus (Peter Kreuder)
End of the Event
'Isle of Men'
Set a course for the "Herreninsel"! The dancers are waiting for you!
The "Herreninsel" is a real Concordia innovation, and has been for a almost a century: Dance-enthusiastic ball visitors will take two courses to the "Herreninsel" in the Festival Hall this year – from 23:15 to 00:00 and 01:15 to 02:00. There you will find really good dancers experienced in the overall classical range from Waltz to Foxtrot and from Tango to Cha-Cha.
We recommend it if your partner needs a break, is incredibly nice, but beaten with two left feet or simply prefers inspiring conversation to dance pleasures – but you enjoy music, music, music according to the motto: "I danced tonight...".
Artists & Musicians
Alfons is an internationally-renowned Austrian actor, singer, TV host and cabaret artist. After training at the Conservatory of Vienna and the Lee Strasberg Institute in Los Angeles, he became a major television and theatre star in French- and German-speaking Europe. Alfons’ primary motivation is to entertain his audience, whether they’re in the theatre or in front of their TVs. Alfons Haider supports several charity projects.
Chris Lachmuth: Dancing School Chris
Dance has been part of this former tournament dancer's life since childhood. Together with the Dancing School Chris, he will stage the impressive Opening Ceremony of the Concordia Ball. The Dancing School Chris offers year-round and daily opportunities to learn – or simply improve – one of the most famous traditional dances.
Uwe Theimer: The Vienna Opera Ball Orchestra
The Vienna Opera Ball Orchestra, founded in 1982 and directed by Uwe Theimer, devotes itself to performing dance music of the 18th and 19th centuries in Europe and around the world. The orchestra's repertoire includes compositions from the Strauss dynasty and its contemporaries, music from Robert Stolz and popular pieces from operettas. The orchestra has performed in most major European cities, as well as around the world.
Norbert Hebertinger: pt art orchestra
The pt art orchestra, foundet in 1924 and directed by Norbert Hebertinger, provides a wide repertoire of music for various events in Austria and abroad. Special features are string players and international vocal artists accompanying the orchestra. Be it as dance, brass or philharmonic orchestra, pt art is internationally acknowledged for its flexibility, longstanding experience and swinging evergreens.
Charly Hloch Trio
Charly Hloch on piano, Tom Müller on sax and Wolfgang Bäck on drums bring you boogie woogie, blues, rock'n'roll and, especially for the Concordia Ball, danceable, groovy, jazz classics and swinging evergreens.
Concordia shall be her name!
The Debutantes of the Concordia Ball like to indulge in beautiful memories. The performance of the debutante ladies and gentlemen is not only the highlight of the opening ceremony, but also an exciting opportunity for exchange and the foundation of new friendships.
We welcome your immediate application for becoming part of the glamorous opening ceremony of Vienna's most beautiful summer ball.
Couples in the age of 18 to 29 with good dancing skills (Linkswalzer).
Dress code per couple:
Floor-length snow-white ball gown, white shoes, white gloves
Tuxedo (white tuxedo shirt, black bow tie), black patent leather shoes, black socks, white gloves
Get Together and first ball rehearsal: Concordia Press Club
On March 26th, 2020 at 7.00pm all debutante ladies and gentlemen are invited to a first Get Together with music and a welcome drink in the premises of the Concordia Press Club, Bankgasse 8, 1010 Vienna where you will learn about the sequence of the Ball followed by the first ball rehearsal.
Rehearsal dates: Dancing School Chris
To encourage all dancers to participate in rehearsals we offer several dates on different days and times although three of which is mandatory to attend. You are free to make your most suitable choice of dates, but it is binding, and you have to announce your choice at registration. The dancing school Chris is located in Wehlistrasse 150, 1020 Vienna.
Sunday, May 10th, 2020 from 3.45 to 4.45pm
Thursday, May 14th, 2020 from 6.00 to 7.00pm
Sunday, May 17th, 2020 from 3.45 to 4.45pm
Saturday, May 23rd, 2020 from 5.00 to 6pm
Sunday, May 24th, 2020 from 3.45 t0 4.45pm
There's no specific dress code for rehearsals at the dancing school Chris, with one exception: Dance shoes are mandatory!
Final rehearsal (attendance required): To be determined.
The entry contribution accounts for € 25,00 per person. The young ladies and gentlemen can enjoy the ball till the closing time at 4am. Debutantes receive vouchers for food and beverages and the young dames may retain their tiaras.
Register with your dance partner for the entry committee and look forward to a magnificent ball night. Dancing school Chris promises a wonderful atmosphere starting with the ball rehearsals and its buoyant choreography.