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Viennese Opera Ball, February 5th, 2010
Viennese Opera Ball
News1.net New York February 5, 2010 By Frank X. Didik The 55th Viennese Opera Ball, was absolutely stunning and attracted leading leading New York and international socialites. It took place at the spectacular ball room of the Waldorf Astoria Hotel and was choreographed akin more to a top Broadway musical, rather than a dance. The event started with the "March of the Dignitaries" followed by the introduction of debutantes. Both Miss USA as well as Miss Universe attended and were escorted by a special (and very lucky), West Point cadet honor guard. The Metropolitan Opera supplied an amazing opera and ballet performance which arrived on a horse drawn sleigh. Truly a sight to behold.
The Viennese Opera Ball in New York is one of the main charity balls and has been a major social event since 1955. This year precedes from the Viennese Opera Ball is being used to benefit the Haitian earthquake victims.
The Viennese Opera Ball in New York, has become synonymous with glamor, elegance and prestige. The original Viennese Opera Ball can be traced to the late 18th century. Curiously, until the early 1800's, according to the New York Viennese Opera Ball committee, "the waltz was considered too erotic and exciting to include in events where propriety was in order. But when the great composer and orchestra director Johann Strauss was named Dance Music Director of the Imperial Court in 1835, the waltz received formal approval as an official dance in Vienna. Johann Strauss went on to compose over 150 waltzes and did concert tours with his orchestra, introducing Viennese music to Europe. His son, Johann Strauss, Jr., became known as the Waltz King, as he wrote over 400 waltzes, including Tales of the Vienna Woods, Songs of Spring, and Emperor Waltz."
This years Ball is held under the auspices of the U.S.-Austrian Chamber of Commerce. Many notables from Austria, the United States as well as from around the world make it a point of attending the Viennese Opera Ball.
News1.net compiled sources and by Frank X. Didik
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