SALT LAKE CITY – Hundreds of music and dance enthusiasts gathered at the University of Utah Saturday night for Utah’s one and only Vienna Ball.
The Vienna Ball is the Salt Lake Symphony’s largest fundraising event. Brigham Young University’s Ballroom Dance Company kicked off the evening with a grand waltz. Dinner, dancing, performances and a silent auction filled the night.
Organizers said the event this weekend raised an estimated 20 percent of the symphony’s yearly costs. The money is used in many ways, including the conductor’s salary, guest conductors and venue rentals. However, it is mainly used for music.
“We want to play the very best – the most beautiful music there is – and that costs a lot of money,” the symphony’s general manager, Joyce Mahoney, said.
Some may question why people contribute so much money to the cause, but one piece the symphony played cost $800 just to rent.
Mahoney said she thinks every penny of the ticket is worth it.
“Music makes you human. It helps you get in touch with your inner self. It helps you to find your whole self. It lifts us and helps us,” she said.
This weekend marked the 31st anniversary of the event. The symphony’s next performance is March 18th and will feature local classical musicians.