Category: Music

You are cordially invited to experience a magical evening at the National Museum of Women in the Arts — one of the most exquisite venues in Washington DC for an unforgettable Viennese celebration.

On the evening of Saturday February 27th, let us transport you to the city of Vienna as we recreate a magical evening of music, food, wine, and dance. Join us to enjoy the company of ICDC members in attendance while you experience the splendor of Vienna and the elegance of the waltz, as you dance the night away to one of the most celebrated classical orchestras in town.

You do not need a date to attend. You are welcome to attend the ball on your own or with friends, as we expect as many singles as couples. The Viennese Ball is a wonderful opportunity to meet other internationally-minded professionals in town in an exquisite setting! Dance lessons will be offered prior to the ball.

Saturday, February 27, 2010 at 7:00 PM

~ A grand celebration of Viennese Music, Food, Wine, and Dancing
~ Experience the splendor and spirit of Vienna and elegance of the waltz

White Tie or Black Tie Optional (dark suits or cocktail attire also welcome).

Grand Ballroom of the National Museum of Women in the Arts
1250 New York Avenue NW Washington DC 20005


:: You do not need a date or partner to attend
:: Dance to classical and ballroom music by the Salon Orchestra of Washington
:: Enchanting Viennese Waltz dance performance
:: Open Bar with Austrian wine
:: Dance on an exquisite marble floor
:: Extravagant feast of desserts and chocolate
:: Delectable dinner buffer by renowned Austrian Chef Raimund Stieger
:: VIP champagne reception with music by a chamber ensemble

For a glimpse of what to expect, browse photos a previous Viennese Ball:

Please see below for the delectable dinner feast prepared for us by the celebrated Austrian chef Raimund Stieger. Scroll down below also for a foretaste of the lavish buffet of Austrian and European desserts as well as chocolate from around the world!

Discounted tickets available for a limited time:

:::: The Setting

The museum’s grand Renaissance Revival building and the elegant grand ballroom and Mezzanine provide the perfect setting to bring to life the timeless elegance of a Viennese Ball, as experienced in Vienna. As you enter the museum, you will be greeted by a luxurious marble reception area, and a ballroom adorned by three beautiful crystal chandeliers and art from the museum’s permanent collection. White marble staircases sweep upward to the spacious Mezzanine where you will feast on champagne, world-renowned Austrian wine, dinner, and a lavish dessert buffet in the finest Viennese tradition. Watch the twirling silhouettes on the marble dance floor below move to the sounds of the world’s most beloved waltzes, and other dance music from around the world.

Stroll down the sweeping marble stair cases of the museum and dance on an exquisite marble floor to the sounds of a Viennese orchestra, as they perform the world’s favorite Strauss waltzes, ballroom music from around the world and the famous Radetsky Grand March.

This is a great opportunity for a private viewing of the museum’s permanent art collection, experience the elegant atmosphere of a European Ball, as well as meet international professionals and members of the diplomatic community.

Discounted tickets available for a limited time:

:::: Tentative Agenda (Agenda is subject to change)

7:00 PM Admission commences for Gala Patron and Gala Benefactor ticket holders
– Classical trio performs during the VIP reception.
– Free-flowing champagne will be served at the open bar
– Enjoy an elegant dinner buffet until 8:00 PM Kindly note that the last dinner seating is at 7:45 PM.

8:00 PM General admission commences
– The Orchestra performs until midnight.
– Dance to a variety of Viennese waltzes, ballroom music, and other dance music
– Enjoy a very extravagant dessert reception in the finest Viennese tradition

9:00 PM Welcome Remarks

10:00 PM Grand March

11:00 PM Quadrille

12:00 Midnight Event concludes

:::: Tickets and Registration

Ticket prices subject to increase. Please reserve your tickets soon.

Discounted General Admission Tickets are $90 for a limited time. Includes: Admission at 8:00 PM, dancing to music by the Salon Orchestra of Washington. The evening also includes an open bar with Austrian wine and a very lavish dessert buffet in the finest Viennese tradition.

Discounted Gala Patron Tickets are $140 for a limited time. In addition to General Admission benefits, Gala Patron benefits include admission at 7:00 PM, an intimate CANDLE-LIT RECEPTION before the ball starts with music by a CHAMBER TRIO, open bar during the reception with free-flowing CHAMPAGNE, AUSTRIAN DINNER BUFFET, and expedited check-in at the door. Kindly note that the last dinner seating is at 7:45 PM.

Gala Benefactor Tickets: $160. In addition to the General Admission and Gala Patron benefits, Gala Benefactor ticketholders are entitled to RESERVED-SEATING for the evening along with ACKNOWLEDGEMENT in the program. We also greatly appreciate your generous support of our cultural programs! Kindly note that the last dinner seating is at 7:45 PM.

A limited number of tickets are available and we encourage you to reserve your tickets early. Prior black-tie events have sold out well in advance of the event date.

:::: Dinner Buffet

Dinner buffet served from 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM for Gala Patron and Benefactor Ticketholders

:: Salads

Fresh Mozzarella Salad
Fresh mozzarella served with olive oil
along with red peppers, tomatoes and fresh basil.

Wurst Salad
Sliced sausages served with red onions, red peppers, in a rice wine vinaigrette.

Carrot Salad
Sliced carrots served with
white onions, olive oil and Vinegar.

Austrian potato salad
Slices of potato, served with onion, bacon and vinaigrette

Cucumber Salad
Sliced cucumber served with fresh dill, olive oil and vinegar

Green Cabbage Salad
Olive oil vinaigrette with caraway seeds, and bacon served with green cabbage

Mixed greens
Garden fresh mixed greens served with balsamic vinaigrette.

:: Main Courses:

Chicken Granciola
Tender chicken breast topped with a succulent mix of broccoli, crabmeat, and mozzarella cheese in a creamy white wine sauce

Grilled Salmon
Grilled salmon filets served with a delicious dill sauce

Braised Beef Roulade
Thin slices of beef filled with vegetable and served with a light brown wine sauce

Vegetable Pasta
Penne pasta with mixed vegetables served in a pesto sauce

:: Side Dishes:

Sautéed potato
Sautéed potato served with butter and fresh herbs

Vegetable Rice
White rice cooked with spiced vegetables

A homemade Austrian pasta

:::: Dessert Buffet

Viennese Dessert Buffet Served from 8:00 PM – 10:30 PM

Viennese Sacher Torte:
Two layers of rich chocolate torte filled with apricot jam and finished with a dark chocolate glaze.

Lemon Citron Cake:
Lemon Sponge Cake with lemon curd filling and finished with lemon buttercream and a lemon glaze

Chocolate Raspberry Cake:
Chocolate Cake with a fresh raspberry filling finished with chocolate buttercream and raspberry glaze

Strawberries and Cream:
Vanilla cake filled with strawberries and all natural whipped cream

Gourmet chocolates and truffles

Fresh Fruit Cake:
Vanilla cake with a custard filling. Finished with whipped cream and an abundance of fresh fruit

Chocolate Torte:
Three layers of our chocolate torte filled with chocolate mousse and finished with chocolate ganache.

A selection of miniature tarts including cheesecakes, cookies, and éclairs

Fresh fruit with Chocolate-dipped strawberries

Fruit, Cheese, and Dips:
Cheese served with sliced baguette

Discounted tickets available for a limited time:

A unique opportunity for the entire community to support, not just a musical icon who is donating his time and talent, but the students of the Duke Ellington School of the Arts, the next generation of artist icons.

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Black Eyed Peas Announce World Tour
DC Market: Verizon Center
Tuesday, February 23 at 7:30 p.m.

Three-time Grammy Award winning recording artist, The Black Eyed Peas announced dates for their 100-date headline tour including a Tuesday, February 23 date at Verizon Center at 7:30 p.m. Described as the ultimate Black Eyed Peas party experience, it also marks the first time that the group –,, Taboo and Fergie – is united for a North American headline tour since their 2006 Monkey Business world tour. The North American leg of “The E.N.D. World Tour 2010,” produced by AEG Live, will kick off at Philips Arena in Atlanta on February 4, 2010, and conclude on April 11th at GM Place in Vancouver. After a short break, the tour resumes in May with shows across Europe and the UK.

Tour Dates:

Thu, 02/04/10 Philips Arena Atlanta, GA
Sat, 02/06/10 American Airlines Arena Miami, FL
Tue, 02/09/10 Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena Jacksonville, FL
Wed, 02/10/10 St Pete Times Forum Tampa, FL
Fri, 02/12/10 Sommet Center Nashville, TN
Sat, 02/13/10 BJCC Arena Birmingham, AL
Tue, 02/16/10 Schottenstein Center Columbus, OH
Wed, 02/17/10 Rupp Arena Lexington, KY
Fri, 02/19/10 RBC Center Raleigh, NC
Sat, 02/20/10 Time Warner Cable Arena Charlotte, NC
Mon, 02/22/10 Hampton Coliseum Hampton, VA
Tue, 02/23/10 Verizon Center Washington, DC
Wed, 02/24/10 Madison Square Garden New York, NY
Fri, 02/26/10 TD Garden Boston, MA
Sat, 02/27/10 Mohegan Sun Arena Uncasville, CT
Mon, 03/01/10 Nassau Coliseum Long Island, NY
Wed, 03/03/10 Wachovia Center Philadelphia, PA
Thu, 03/04/10 Mellon Arena Pittsburgh, PA
Tue, 03/09/10 The Palace of Auburn Hills Auburn Hills, MI
Thu, 03/11/10 Bradley Center Milwaukee, WI
Sat, 03/13/10 United Center Chicago, IL
Thu, 03/18/10 Reliant Stadium Houston, TX
Fri, 03/19/10 American Airlines Center Dallas, TX
Sat, 03/20/10 BOK Center Tulsa, OK
Mon, 03/22/10 Xcel Energy Center Saint Paul, MN
Wed, 03/24/10 Sprint Center Kansas City, MO
Thu, 03/25/10 Wells Fargo Arena Des Moines, IA
Sat, 03/27/10 Pepsi Center Denver, CO
Mon, 03/29/10 STAPLES Center Los Angeles, CA
Wed, 03/31/10 JOBING.COM ARENA Glendale, AZ
Fri, 04/02/10 HP Pavilion At San Jose San Jose, CA
Wed, 04/07/10 ARCO Arena Sacramento, CA
Sat, 04/10/10 Tacoma Dome Tacoma, WA

TICKET INFORMATION: Tickets for the Black Eyed Peas are $92.50, $72.50 and $49.50 (plus applicable service charges) and go on sale Saturday, December 12 at 12:00 p.m. The floor will be general admission – no seats. A ticket lottery will be taking place at 10:00 a.m. at the Verizon Center box office only, which allows each patron an equal opportunity at buying the best seats available during the public on sale. There is an eight ticket limit, with no more than four general admission floor seats per person. Tickets will be available through all Ticketmaster outlets including the Verizon Center box office, online at and via Phonecharge at 703-573-SEAT, 202-397-SEAT and 410-547-SEAT. Accessible seating is available for patrons with disabilities by calling 202-661-5065.