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The New Year's Eve Ball in the palace of Grand Duke Vladimir

SCHEDULE for The New Year's Eve Ball in the palace of Grand Duke Vladimir 2017

The Ball programme | Theatrical performance | Festive menu | Dress Code, Smoking, Transfers

ALL INCLUDED:
Your will not pay any extra for anything. We will provide arrival and departure transfers for free.
During all the Ball, you will be served with drinks and appetizers. All the meals, drinks, etc during the cocktail, gala-dinner and buffet table are included into the price, so you will not pay any extra money for anything !

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New Year Ball poster. Click to enlarge The Palace of Grand Duke Vladimir. Click to enlarge

The New Year's Eve Ball in the palace of Grand Duke Vladimir

Palace embankment, 26

This solemn ball, resting upon century-old traditions, is really in harmony with the spirit of Northern capital.
The palace of Grand Duke Vladimir was build in the middle of XIX century.
Magnificient tradition of New Year Ball was restored in XXI century. Since 2001, New Year Balls are held annually.

20.00-21.30 Guests’ arrival. Young ballet dancers meet guests at the gala staircase and give them the new year props: masks, Christmas crackers, streamer. Here, visitors are saluted by court ladies in magnificent dresses with crinoline – they are presenters of the ball. As arrived guests are invited to make a tour of Grand Dukes’ rooms. Groups of 20-30 people pass to drawing room to escape crowds, which gives an opportunity to see splendid interiors of the palace. Sounds of string quartette can be heard during the arrival. Harp is playing in Crimson Drawing room. Guests are offered a glass of champagne in the winter garden and are invited to a cocktail party in the White gallery of the Palace. String quartette is playing all the time.

21.30 - The program starts
Presenters of the ball invite guests to the festive performance in the Hall with white columns. Presenters of the ball salute guests: this wonderful night they will spend together with future empress Catherine the Great and empress Elizabeth of all Russia. These walls still remember the Golden age of Russian nobility, and balls which were given here, so close to the Hermitage – residence of Russian Tsars, were famous all over Europe.

Front staircase. Click to enlargeAfter a short welcoming speech presenters of the ball announce the beginning of the program.

21.30-22.15 Ballet program with participation of soloists of Mariinsky Theatre

22.15-22.30 Presenters of the ball invite guests for the gala-dinner.
White gallery. Click to enlarge

22.30-23.55 Gala-dinner is held in drawing room. Arias from world famous operas will be performed by soloists of St.Petersburg theatres during the gala-dinner, piano music and string quartette are playing. Guests will see “Kalinka” and “Podmoskovnye vechera” dances performed by the soloist of Mariinsky (Kirov) Theatre.

23.55-24.00Glasses are raised, presenters of the ball wish everybody Happy New Year. Candles and Indian lights are lit, Christmas crackers flap, streamers are falling and festive music is playing. Festival is going on!

00.20 Presenters of the ball announce that everything is ready for the dance program in the White Hall. Modern and retro smash hits are playing during the party. Those who wish to dance move to the Hall, while the new year program is going on in drawing rooms.

00.25 An intermission for cheese

01.20 Kossack Ensemble «Bagatitsa» meets guests in the drawing room.

02.00 Presenters of the ball congratulate guests on the European New Year and invite everybody to enjoy fireworks. Guests move from Oak drawing room to Crimson drawing room. They enjoy the views of Peter and Paul fortress and the Neva embankment. Festive fireworks flash in the night sky. Those who wish can watch it from the balcony of the palace. Champagne is served.

02.00-03.00Festival is going on. Music is playing in the dance hall.

03.00-04.00 Guests departure.

Departure note: you can depart at any time. We will arrange taxi for you for free, as all is included The Ball Presenter. Click to enlarge

Theatrical performance in the Hall with white columns
before gala-dinner

Gala music, presenters‘ appearance, guest greeting

1.   Ch. Gunot – Waltz from the opera “Faust”

2.   Tchaikovsky – “Russkaya” from the ballet “Swan Lake”

3.   Chopin – 7th waltz from the ballet “Chopiniana”

4.   Mozart – “Mozart”

5.   Tchaikovsky – Variation from the ballet “Nutcracker” –

6.   “Maloguenya”

7.   Minkus – Pas-de-deux from the ballet “Pakhita”

8.   Tchaikovsky –“Pastoral”

9.   Minkus – “Gypsy’s dance” from the ballet “Don Quixote”

10.   Minkus – Pa-de-de from the ballet “Don Quixote”


Oak hall Front staircase. Click to enlarge White Hall Click to enlarge


Bows from all the participants


FESTIVE MENU

Oak hall. Click to enlarge

Welcoming cocktail
A glass of Russian campagne

Cocktail before the theatrical performance
(lasts for 40 min)
crisp sticks with smoked salmon
smoked venison on toasts
toasts with Tapanabe paste
shrimps with avocado
canape with mousse from Rockford
pickled duck brisket
trout mousse
rabbit paste with pistachio
prunes in bacon
Maasdam cheese with grapes
White and Red French wine, juices in range, vodka, Russian liqueurs in range

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Gala-dinner:
Sea scallops with cauliflower
(80-90 g (2.8 - 3.2 oz) - , 100g (3.5 oz) - mousse, 50g (1.8 oz) - fancy pastry, 15-20g (0.5 - 0.7 oz) - dressing)
Black caviare
(30g (1.1 oz) - caviar, 2 pancakes, 70g (2.5 oz) - bread toasts, 30g (1.1 oz) - garnish, 20g (0.7 oz) - sour cream)
Grotene of beef, baked with duck‘s stewed liver with pieces of young green peas, red port with truffle butter dressing, potatoes.
(150-180g (5.3 - 6.3 oz) - meat, 50g (1.8 oz) - garnish, 20g (0.7 oz) - dressing )
Cheeses
(200g (7.1 oz) - sliced cheeses)
Cake with bilberries
(portions, 200g (7.1 oz) - cake, 20-30g-dressing)

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DRESS CODE
Ladies: Evening dress. Gentelmen: Formal wear. there is not strict "black-tie" or "white-tie" requirement; however casual wear is not allowed.

SMOKING
Smoking is allowed in special smoking room only.

TRANSFERS
Round trip transfer from your hotel/apartment to the Ball and than back. You can arrive at any time from 8 pm till 9-30 pm.
You can depart at any time after 1 am, just ask the presenter about it. Departure transfer will be on the taxi for every 2-4 people.
You will not pay anything for the transfers as all all is included

Front staircase. Click to enlarge The Ball Presenters. Click to enlarge The White Hall. Click to enlarge The Ball Presenter. Click to enlarge Crimson Drawing room. Click to enlarge.

Limited number of tickets (115 tickets).

ALL INCLUDED:
Your will not pay any extra for anything. We will provide arrival and departure transfers for free.
During all the Ball, you will be served with drinks and appetizers. All the meals, drinks, etc during the cocktail, gala-dinner and buffet table are included into the price, so you will not pay any extra money for anything !



Address: Palace (Dvortsovaya) embankment, 26 , see map


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