Ladies and Gentlemen, dear Friends of the Viennese Winter Ball, 

I am delighted to welcome you to the 2020 Viennese Winter Ball. Since 2017, my wife and I had the very great pleasure of attending the Viennese Winter Ball. For more than 20 years, the Viennese Winter Ball has been one of Ottawa’s most magical and glamorous events, and we have been able to see first-hand how really special it is. It truly is a glorious event: superb company, exquisite dining, first-rate music, and the opportunity to dance the night away in a spectacular location!

As you know, Vienna and Austria have had a rich musical tradition for hundreds of years. We strongly applaud the Viennese Winter Ball’s decision to support three major initiatives to encourage music in the lives of all young people. We all know that children learn more, are more intelligent and creative, are happier, and have greatly enhanced social skills when exposed to music. This year’s beneficiaries, Music and Beyond, Thirteen Strings and OrKidstra are all deeply committed to making sure that music, as well as the arts and culture in general, reach out to all young people.

I am delighted and honoured to be the Patron of this very special event. I hope you will be able to attend, and I encourage you to do everything possible to support it.

Mit herzlichen Grüßen,

Dr. Stefan Pehringer
Ambassador of Austria to Canada
Patron, The Viennese Winter Ball


It is our honour to welcome you to the 2020 Viennese Winter Ball, a wonderful evening of dance and music benefiting charities focused on bringing young people and classical music together.

Our night of philanthropy brings the elegance and tradition of the Austrian Ball to the Shaw Centre, presenting young women and men from schools around the city with world-class musicians. Our goal is to provide a spectacular experience for you and a cultural event for our young dancers and musicians through an evening of music, dance and Austrian cuisine.

The 23rd Viennese Winter Ball is honoured by your attendance and your support. Without your generous involvement as volunteers, attendees, sponsors, and auction bidders, the Viennese Winter Ball would not be able to support our three important beneficiaries: Music & Beyond’s youth initiative, Junior Thirteen Strings and OrKidstra.

We are thrilled to be the Chair of this year’s Viennese Winter Ball and we wish you an enchanted evening for a wonderful cause.

Warmest regards,
Chris Spiteri & Micheline Saikaley
2020 Viennese Winter Ball



It is my great pleasure to welcome you to the 2020 Viennese Winter Ball.

It is an incredible joy to be part of an evening that embraces the elegance and warmth of Vienna, and it is a tremendous honour to be offering such magnificent music, giving you the perfect opportunity to celebrate this gorgeous repertoire through dance.

But the Ball is much more than this. The Viennese Winter Ball celebrates the beauty of winter and the arrival of spring, the warmth of humanity, great cultural achievement, elegance and tradition, exquisite dining, close friendship, spectacular music and – of course – the endless joy of dance.

All of the funds raised tonight go to support a very large number of activities and initiatives that connect young people and music. At Music and Beyond, we are uncompromising in our belief that music should be part of the life of every child. The Viennese Winter Ball supports three vitally important causes: the many young people’s initiatives of Music and Beyond, the Junior Thirteen Strings, and Orkidstra.

I truly hope you can join us on February 29th for a thoroughly magical and memorable evening.

Happy waltzing!

Julian Armour, M.S.M
Artistic and Executive Director, Music and Beyond
Producer, The Viennese Winter Ball