University of Rochester

EVENT: Waltzing Away the Night Benefits University's Music Ensembles

October 17, 2003

For one evening next month, the din of video games and the clatter of food trays in the University of Rochester's Wilson Commons will be replaced by the melodies of Johann Strauss.

The dynamic student center on River Campus, with its stunning six-story glass atrium designed by internationally renowned architect I. M. Pei, will be decked out in hundreds of balloons, lights, and streamers for the annual Viennese Ball. Couples will dance to waltzes and polkas performed by the University Chamber Orchestra and listen to the University Choir between sets.

The formal event, a fundraiser for the two ensembles, will be held from 9 p.m. to midnight on Saturday, Nov. 8, and is open to the public. Admission is $10 in advance, with tickets available at the Common Market in Wilson Commons, and $13 at the door.

The Viennese Ball has grown into one of the most popular social events and traditions on the campus. Hundreds of students, faculty, and community revelers in evening dress fill several floors of Wilson Commons with their dancing. Light refreshments are available and door prizes will be awarded this year.

The University Chamber Orchestra, composed of approximately 40 student musicians, is directed by David Harman, professor of music in the College. The orchestra presents four free concerts a year on River Campus, performs in the Rochester community, and has toured in Jamaica, on Grand Cayman Island, and in Italy.

The University Choir, which numbers about 50 student singers, is directed by L. Brett Scott, assistant professor of music. The choir presents several free shows each year. Its repertoire encompasses a variety of music, including classical, folk, and spiritual.

For more information on the Viennese Ball, contact the Department of Music, (585) 275-2828.