In October 2007 Mike and I heard Elisabeth Von Trapp with cellist Erich Kory in an "Evensong Concert" in Salem, Oregon. Some years before that I purchased her CD titled, CHRISTMAS SONG and it's become such a favorite of ours. Her rendition on that CD of Dona Nobis Pachem is beyond gorgeous. Click here to find 30-second audio clips of all the songs on this special album.
Elisabeth is the granddaughter of the legendary Maria and Baron Von Trapp, and she told the audience that afternoon at the concert that her father was the son called Kurt in the movie, THE SOUND OF MUSIC. I read since then that her father passed away. I am not aware if there are more living members of the original Von Trapp Family Singers, but Elisabeth continues the tradition of sharing music, as do a group of great-grandchildren of Maria and Baron Von Trapp, known as The Von Trapp Children (their website features a video and more).
Elisabeth Von Trapp's website has a list of upcoming tour dates for December 2008 and into 2009. I'm posting the concerts for the end of December, just in case any readers of my blog live nearby any of these areas and may have an opportunity to add her concert to your holiday plans. (check link for phone info)
Fri. Dec. 12 Kingsport, TN Renaissance Center
Sun. Dec. 14 Morgantown, NC (no site given)
Tues. Dec. 16 Newberry, SC Newberry Opera House
Sun. Dec. 21 Washington D.C. Kennedy Center Millennium Stage
Tues. Dec. 23 Shelburne, VT All Souls Interfaith Gathering
Haiku by Basho and Onitsura
Music by Elisabeth von Trapp
Nine times arising
To see the moon ... whose solemn place
Marks only midnight yet
Black cloudbank broken
Scatters in the night ... now see
Falling, falling, falling now...
Watching, I wonder
What poet could put down his quill...
A pluperfect moon !
Elisabeth von Trapp Vocals
Chuck Eller Keyboard
Tony Markellis Fretless Bass
Stefan Scherthaner Musical Saw
Recorded, Mixed & Mastered at Charles Eller Studios, Charlotte, Vermont by Charles Eller and Lane Gibson in September & October 2003
Von Trapp Music
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