Are you sick of throwing on grungy jeans and grinding on a sticky frat house floor to the obscene lyrics of Kanye West and Nelly every weekend? Do you wish that cute dress or nicely pressed suit wasn’t just taking up space in the back of your closet? From 9 p.m. to midnight on Oct. 30, the College Music Department is hosting its chief fundraiser – the 19th annual Viennese Ball.Modeled after the classic style of old Vienna, the UR Chamber Orchestra and University Choir will provide an evening of dance and classic entertainment by performing waltzes and other traditional favorites. Wilson Commons will be unrecognizable in its fancy decor and the Pit, Hirst Lounge and the May Room will all be bustling with the rhythmic feet of elegant dancers. Three hundred to 500 students are expected to attend the event, so don’t be left out!”We want to encourage everyone to attend regardless of whether they have a date or not” Joe Hanson, UR Concert Manager and coordinator of the event, said. “The event will be fun for everyone – individuals, couples and groups alike.”If dancing is not your thing, light refreshments will be available all night and the Common Ground Caf will remain open to serve coffee and desserts. Prize tickets will be awarded at the door, including the chance to see the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra in concert.”The Viennese Ball is really the only campus-wide formal event of the year,” Hanson said. “Students can look forward to dressing up and enjoying a classic evening of entertainment.” Admission is $10 at the Common Market or $13 at the door, so buy your tickets, take a deep breath, ask that cute girl in your recitation to be your date and enjoy a wonderful evening.”I have been to the ball twice before,” junior Ian Areces said. “It was a lot of fun and a good time was had by all. The music was great and everyone was dancing all night. I am definitely going again this year.”Paret can be reached ateparet@campustimes.org.



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