It’s Ball Time for the Symphony

WHEELING –The 37th annual Viennese Winter Ball takes place at Oglebay’s Glessner Auditorium on Saturday.

Organized by an 18-member committee, the ball is a fundraiser for the Wheeling Symphony and is a highlight of the winter social calendar for symphony supporters.

Paula McClure and Ellen Culler are co-chairs for the ball. Other members of the committee, and their responsibilities, are: Jean Bailey, invitations; Roanne Burech, co-chair shadow; Christin Byrum, program; Sandra M. Chapman, ball sponsors Jennifer Croft, transportation; Betsy Delk, Patron Party; Patty Dunlevy, desserts; Jay Frey, ball reservations; Anne Harman, Patron Party; Jane Helfer, Cotillion; Jamie Leary, treasurer; Holly McCluskey, publicity; Stephanie Nanners, pages; Roberta Olejasz, Intermezzo; Laura Reed, ball decor and Elisabeth Slater, flower decor.

For the opening procession into Glessner Auditorium, Alexander J. Roth is serving as grand herald. Hugo Andreini III and Ethan Chapman Casey are assuming the roles of chamberlains.

A highlight of the evening is the participation of the Cotillion, featuring 10 young women and 10 young men who are seniors at area schools.

Dr. Michael Maroney and Tiffany Buff are sponsors of the 2018 Cotillion. Cheryl Pompeo is the choreographer and dancing instructor for the Cotillion.

An elegant menu is planned for the formal dinner. Chilled lobster and lump crab timbale with avocado mousse is the appetizer, served with a Frog’s Leap Sauvignon Blanc. The salad course is winter microgreens with avocado Dijon vinaigrette paired with a Scheid Chardonnay. A duo of blackberry-cabernet sorbet and lemon-lavender sorbet will be offered during the Intermezzo. The entree is molasses and black pepper marinated filet mignon accompanied by rosti potato and baby asparagus paired with a Catena Cabernet Sauvignon. An array of elegant cakes and pastries are offered for dessert.