Society Life

Viennese Ball. A Rare Harmony of the Pleasant and the Useful

The Viennese ball, which has brought the long-forgotten tradition back to Russia, was a real adornment of the cultural life of Moscow in the past summer season. As if with a wave of the magic wand, Gostiny Dvor, a 17-centure architectural monument, turned into a fairy-tale palace with a ball majestically led by the stars of the Russian and foreign establishment. There could not be a better place for socializing.

The sumptuous interior decorated with scores of thousands of natural roses and crystal ware of the famous Swarovski trade mark, the strains of bewitching music, arias from operas and operettas, dances performed in the classical and free style, Austrian viands cooked by maestro of the culinary art Gottfried Gansterer all did justice to the Viennese Ball brand, which wins the greatest capitals of the world. And the Russian flavour lent a special glamour and brilliance to the event.

Alexander BUTSENIN.