Viennese Ball in Moscow
The 8th Viennese Ball in Gostiny Dvor on April 24 once again left nothing to be desired, including a Viennese coffeehouse atmosphere and the comfortable ambience of a Viennese wine tavern -- and including the touching sound by Bösendorfer.
Austrian star presenter Barbara Rett, together with Svatoslav Belza, the Russian cultural critic and presenter, led the audience through the night of music, the stars and dancing. The 120 couples of the opening committee were led to the dance floor by the President of the Russian Dance Association, Stanislav Popov, who also introduced them to the secrets of the Viennese waltz over the course of many weeks.
One of the highlights of the Viennese ball evening in Moscow was the Bösendorfer Artisan grand piano (made available by the "Forte & Piano" piano dealership (Prospekt Mira)).
The large symphony orchestra was conducted by Peter Guth. This year, the opening also had a very special touch: Viennese choreographer and former solo dancer for the Vienna State Opera, Heinz Heidenreich, who is active internationally at innumerable balls, finally showed in Moscow the meaning of Viennese charm and having music in one's blood.
The Bösendorfer Artisan grand before its major performance in Gostiny Dvor
A highlight of the opening was surely the appearance by Dmitry Khvorostovsky, who with two of his "War Songs" reminded the audience that Vienna was freed exactly 65 years ago during this time in April.
Entrance of the 120 couples of the opening committee
After the "Everybody waltz!" the guests also swarmed onto the dance floor and everyone had fun with the polka and gallop. The gala dinner was served starting at 10:00 PM and the Viennese coffeehouse and Viennese wine tavern also opened their gates.
At the gala concert, conducted by Konstantin Orbelian, the young Viennese soprano Simona Eisinger delivered an operetta greeting from the Austrian capital.
(Photo credits: Alexander Zaslavsky)