The renowned Austrian orchestra pt art Orchester Linz has already enriched many popular balls with both jounty and elegant tunes, such as the ball of the Vienna University of Economics and Business, the Opera Ball or the Concordia Ball. Under the direction of Norbert Hebertinger, the orchestra will delight the guests with a variety of classical, dance and big band tunes that will make the evening an unforgettable event.
The popular Viennese dance school Watzek will be responsible for the elegant choreography of our traditional Viennese ball opening, as well as for the quadrille at midnight – one of the highlights of every ball.
One of the highlights of the opening ceremony will certainly be a performance by the Danish/Israeli tenor Shaked Evron, who already gained experience as a soloist in the Copenhagen Royal Chapel Choir and The Danish Boys Choir at the Royal Danish Theatre, for instance in Tosca, Turandot and Werther. In 2015, he started his bachelor studies in singing at The Danish National Academy of Music, which was also the year he won a special prize from Den Jyske Opera and the second prize in the competition Unge Sangere (Young Singers). Mr. Evron is currently continuing his bachelor at “Musik und Kunst (MUK)” in Vienna under the guidance of Sylvia Greenberg and became a member of the Vienna-Tel Aviv Vocal Connection in 2016.
As 2017 marks the 100-year anniversary of Finnish independence, we are very excited that we are able to enrich the ball with performances by experienced artists and musicians, who will immerse you into the world of Finnish tango and even give you the opportunity to practice a few steps yourself.
Kari Rakkola trained as an actor at the Odin Theatre in Denmark, the TK-20 Theatre College Finland and the University of the Arts Helsinki and has since then worked as actor or director at a variety of well-known institutions such as the Finnish National Theatre, the Sibelius Academy or the Vienna Odeon. His musical performance will be accompanied by two versatile musicians: Piritta Tuulia Mononen at the piano (trained in musical pedagogy at the Helsinki Conservatory of Music) and Walter Nikowitz at the guitar (University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna).
After completing her dance education at ballet schools in Stohlberg and Ritvanen, as well as the Vienna Conservatory, Katri Frühmann gained considerable experience in various theatres and music schools, such as the Raimund Theatre or the Kouvola Theatre. In 1984, she founded the Association of Ballet Schools in Austria. With charm, style and skill Mrs. Frühmann will introduce passionate dancers and interested beginners to their first steps of Finnish tango.
The versatile singer Claudine Gerrits will be the dazzling star of our midnight show special. If you do not want to wait until the Nordic Summer Ball to be amazed by Claudine's musical talents and enjoy classical swing music, you have the opportunity to see her at one of these tribute concerts in celebration of Dean Martin's 100th birthday:
25 April 2017, 8 p.m., Gloria Theater
07 June 2017, 8 p.m., Metropol