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A Brilliant Debut – Glimpses of the Festival Ball Preparations

8 JUN 2012

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  12:04 h;
published in: Festival Ball

Andreas Lackner, Elisabeth Gürtler, Jörg Doll, Alessandra Kiener, Andreas Döllerer and Franz Heffeter, Photo: Mike Vogl
Even at this early stage, September 1, 2012 promises to be the “crowning glory” of this year’s Festival summer: for the Festival’s closing, there will be a grand gala dinner at Salzburg’s Residenz, and then the venerable Felsenreitschule will witness the instruction: “All dance!”

The culinary highlights at the gala dinner at the Residenz will be created by the award-winning chef Andreas Döllerer from Golling: his concept for the dinner unites classical and typical specialties from the Salzburg region with a pinch of originality and cosmopolitan charm. Thus, diners may look forward to specialties like char from the Bluntau valley and suckling veal from the Pinzgau – “Alpine cuisine” at the highest level. Andreas Döllerer is considered a creative star among Austria’s chefs. In 2007 he was named “Newcomer of the Year”; in 2008 he won the “Trophée Gourmet” for creative cuisine, and in September 2010 Gault Millau named him “Chef of the Year”. The Tourism Schools Salzburg and Klessheim will be the gastronomic partners for the Festival menu served at the Residenz.  

Naturally, at yesterday’s construction rehearsal for the ball – at which Elisabeth Gürtler, member of the Honorary Committee, convinced herself in person of the progress being made in the ball’s planning – those ensuring that the ball is a feast for the eyes were present as well: floral and decorative sparkle will be provided by floral artist Jörg Doll and by Andreas Lackner of perfectprops.

The firms of Gehmacher and Niederreiter will transform the Felsenreitschule into the most beautiful ballroom imaginable. Ultimately, however, it is the Festival’s carpenters and stage technicians who make sure that the dream of the ball can become reality. Only their dedication will make it possible to build over 1,200 square meters of stage surface in record time, creating 300 square meters of dance-floor and six levels for the groups of tables. We hope you are looking forward to this Festival highlight as much as we are!

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