Annual Strauss Ball on this weekend in Dundalk - Anniversary ball for Cross Border Orchestra

THE Cross Border Orchestra of Ireland will host the Anniversary Strauss Ball in the Fairways Hotel this Saturday night.

THE Cross Border Orchestra of Ireland will host the Anniversary Strauss Ball in the Fairways Hotel this Saturday night.

In what is always a fantastic night out, the Strauss Ball is your chance to get dressed up in the ball gown or tuxedo of your dreams and dance away to the magical sound of a full symphony orchestra.

This year all 120 members of the Cross Border Orchestra of Ireland will perform at the ball with special guest performers on the night set to include conductor Gearid Grant, renowned local violinist Patricia Treacy and Sinatra style singer Daire Stanley.

The evening will kick off with a champagne and strawberries reception at 8pm followed by a seven course banquet and dancing into the small hours. From footmen in top hats and tails who escort guests as they arrive, to the champagne reception and the lavish candlelit banquet, not to mention the cheese boards and chocolate strawberries to sustain dancers throughout the night, no stone is left unturned to make this night exceptional, unique and thoroughly entertaining.

This year the Strauss Ball is extra special as the CBOI is celebrating 15 years of incredible achievements.

Just back from a headline tour to China where they represented Ireland at the World Expo and ahead of their national tour in the New Year, the CBOI certainly has much to celebrate from sold out concerts in China, the US and Europe, to a music education programme involving 7,000 Irish children each year.

To add to their impressive list of achievements, they have just received a special award from the Chinese Ministry of Culture for the "Most outstanding performance at the Shanghai EXPO 2010". This is an enormous honour for the orchestra and for Ireland.

The Strauss Ball is for friends, family, work colleagues and everyone to enjoy the glamour and glitz of an enchanting and spectacular night out. This year's Anniversary Strauss Ball promises to be the best ever.

Tickets, priced e100, are still available from Ticketmaster or the Fairways Hotel at 042-9323657. Individual, group and corporate bookings are being taken with further information available on the CBOI website – www.cboi.ie or from the Fairways Hotel website – www.fairways.ie