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The Organization of the Viennese Ball in Tirana

After a successful first edition of the Viennese Ball in Tirana last year – packed with amazing music,
artistic performances and culinary delights – we organised the second edition of the
Viennese Ball in Tirana.

The ball took place on Friday, 12 April 2019, at the Palace of Congresses and brought together Albanian,
Austrian and international guests including dignitaries, business people, artists and all citizens who have
a weak spot for high-level entertainment, classical music and dance à la Viennese. Under the patronage
of the City of Vienna and the Municipality of Tirana, we are convinced that the 2nd edition in Tirana 
consolidated this wonderful tradition, present in many important cities around the globe.

Viennese Ball Tradition

The Viennese Ball tradition dates back to the 14th century and
experienced its peak during the Vienna Congress, attended by
delegations of all states and powers meeting to agree on a permanent European order. 
Nowadays there are more 400 balls organized in a year in Vienna with more than 500.000 visitors.

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Dr. Michael Ludwig
Mayor and Governor of Vienna

Vienna is known around the world as the city of music. The great class masters of Vienna have lived and worked here. But also the power-composers, like the King of Operas and Waltz, Johann Strauß, were felt at home in Vienna. The "Danube Waltz" has been transformed into Austria's unofficial anthem and the Vienna international melody - a musical message that is understood throughout the world. This everlasting waltz sounds are at the center of the great Viennese Ball, which marks every year the traditional peak of social life in the Austrian metropolis of Danube.Of course, in the last decades, the "modern" music has been included in the Vienna Balls. Within the framework of good friendly relations, the Vienna City Hall through the Vienna Ball abroad wants to further promote the Viennese Ball tradition. The Viennese Ball in Tirana is a special greeting for a vibrant city of culture from the Danube metropolis. I wish all the participants an unforgettable night and enjoy the Viennese Waltz.

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Erion Veliaj
Mayor of Tirana

It gives me great pleasure that this is the second year that Tirana hosts the Viennese Ball, an event which adds notes of elegance to the characteristic vitality of Tirana and which I wish we translate into a yearly tradition in our city’s social life, as it already is in other world metropolises. The city of Vienna is a good friend and great collaborator of Tirana. Thus, I am happy that these occasions serve as instances that display not only the friendship between our two cities, but also between Austria and Albania. In this regard, I am thankful and grateful to the Embassy of Austria in Tirana for their continuous support and contribution to the city of Tirana and surely to the strengthening of relations between our countries. I trust that the Viennese waltz night will be joined by many of Tirana’s citizens who appreciate arts and I look forward to continuing this line of cooperation between the City of Tirana and the Embassy of Austria. Tirana will always remain keen to embrace initiatives that bring life and diversity to the city.

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Johann Sattler
Ambassador of the Republic of Austria in Albania

The first Viennese Ball in Tirana last year was one of the real highlights of the Austria-Albania Cultural Year 2018. It was a magical evening with elegant décor, exquisite guests and live entertainment provided by Austrian and Albanian talents. I’m very happy to continue this tradition by hosting in the magically transformed Congress Palace the second edition thereby bringing back the authentic Viennese flair and elegance to Tirana. We are celebrating the historic connections between our countries and the deepening ties between our capitals. The genius of the Viennese Ball is to bring together generations and cultures to celebrate music, culinary delights, tradition and custom. In that sense the Viennese Ball is a look into the future with a foot firmly rooted in the past. When I started to discover Albania, I was surprised by the high reputation that Viennese classic music has in this country. Along with traditional folk music, waltz has been part of the musical program in many weddings in Albania, and many Albanians, old and young, know how to dance waltz. And I was surprised when I first listened to Vaçe Zelas famous song “Vals o Vals ti jeho, mbi te bukurin atdhe” (Waltz o Waltz, you are echoing, on the beautiful homeland). If you add to this the strong tradition of watching the Vienna New Year’s Concert, which was miraculously saved from the communist censorship, one can better understand the attachment of Albanians of all walks of life to the Vienna musical tradition. I wish all participants a magic evening filled with joy, passion and the Viennese spirit of elegance.

_____2nd Edition Artists_____

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Mr. Uwe Theimer

Kapellmeister at the Vienna Boys Choir, Head of Chorus Viennensis, Choir director at the Vienna State Opera and musical assistant of Karl Böhm, Lorin Maazel and James Levine at the Salzburger Festspiele, Conductor at the Vienna Chamber Opera and the Volksoper Wien, Led master classes and guest lectures at universities and colleges in Japan and the US.

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Flaka Goranci

Flaka Goranci set out studying piano, before changing her major to singing. She obtained her bachelor’s degree at the Music Academy of Tirana in Albania.Flaka has been performing in many prestigious avenues like : Theater an der Wien, Vienna Konzerthaus, Gläserner Saal Musikverein, Stefaniensaal Graz, MuTh hall, Vatroslav Lisinski concert hall etc.

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Andreas Jankowitsch

Andreas Jankowitsch is a well-known viennese bassbariton. Appearing as "Don Giovanni" in Tobias Moretti’s opera debut in Bregenz, Andreas Jankowitsch started his career as freelance singer. His comprehensive opera repertoire includes works from Haydn (Buonafede), Mozart (Leporello, Don Giovanni, Papageno, Guglielmo, Figaro), Beethoven (Don Pizarro) etc.

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RTSH Orchestra

The artistic activity of this formation consists in hundreds of thousands of hours of radio and TV broadcasting, in artistic activities that have developed the musical life in the country such as Radio Song Festivals, national artistic activities, weekly concerts broadcast by Albanian public RTV at any time.

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Enada Hoxha & Gerd Vaso

First ballerins and choreographers at TKOB, as well as participating in TV shows such as Dancing with the Stars and many musicals. Winners of national and international prizes.

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Debutants of Ballet School

Debutantes at Ballet School in Tirana are going to perform the Polonaise.

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Qerimi Family

Breathtaking Albanian musicians, a family that has music in their blood. Three generations playing all together uniquely!

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Laert Vasili

Laert Vasili is a Greek-Albanian film and stage actor and director.He started acting at the age of 16 while still in high school, playing leading parts in several school theatre performances. At the age of 19 he was accepted to the Academy of Arts in Tirana, Albania. In 1994 he left for Greece in order to study acting at the National Theatre of Greece Drama School in Athens, Greece.

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