Vienna has long been recognised as the world’s capital of Music, and certainly the cultural heart of Europe. It is rich with museums, cultural attractions, performing arts venues, exhibitions, monuments, and historically and culturally significant celebrations.
Atop of the social-cultural calendar in this city, is the Vienna Philharmonic Ball. This is an annual event (attended by the President of Austria and other distinguished guests), in which Vienna’s most famous musical venue (the Musikverein) is transformed in to a grand classical ball. Guests are entertained by the prestigious Philharmonic Orchestra, led by the honorary ball conductor, and invited to dance throughout the venue enjoying the tradition, the music and the indescribable aura of the occasion. It is one of the enduring symbols of the classical period and is as resonant as ever in contemporary Viennese society.
This year, AMADEUS International School was represented on this special evening by our Chair of the Board, and Board Appointed Director of AMAA, Dr and Mrs Goh, our Chair of AVCA, Mrs Catherine Tezcan and her Husband Mr Hasim Tezcan, and Head of School, Mr Jeremy House and his wife, Mrs Aleisha House. They were also joined by the Austrian Ambassador to Singapore, Mrs Karin Fichtinger-Grohe, and Mr Florian Godovits.
Giving back to Vienna’s Arts and Culture
Vienna provides its very own learning experience which is a privilege and a pleasure to behold and an undeniable asset to those pursuing their education in this beautiful (‘most livable’) city.
As an International School in Vienna, with an integrated Music and Arts Academy, we also have a role to play. This is not only in enabling talented and motivated students and families access to an enriched and inspired international education with an artistic focus, but through our active contribution. Our Thursday Classics series, upcoming Amadeus Festival Vienna, GALA performance in the Konzerthaus, public art exhibition, and performance at the Währinger Strassenfest are all examples of AMADEUS giving back to Arts and Culture in Vienna. We are proud of this and feel a responsibility to do so.
The evening at Vienna Philharmonic Ball was enjoyed by all and has positively catalysed some plans for traditional dance lessons at AMADEUS Vienna for our students, and even raised questions about a possible winter ball of our own.