CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Nov. 21, 2013 – The 2013-2014 Southeast Missouri State University River Campus Touring Series will continue with “The Sound of Christmas Featuring Elisabeth von Trapp,” scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5 in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall at Southeast’s River Campus.
One of North America’s finest brass quintets, the Alpine Brass, joins vocalist and guitarist Elisabeth von Trapp, for some holiday favorites. According to Bob Cerchio at the River Campus, who booked this event for Cape Girardeau, Elisabeth von Trapp is none other than the granddaughter of Maria and Baron von Trapp, whose story inspired “The Sound of Music.” “Imagine if you will, a representative of history singing just for you,” said Cerchio. “Elisabeth von Trapp’s heritage can be heard in her superb artistry, coupled with the warm and wonderful sounds of the Alpine Brass. This will truly be a beautiful Christmas evening for the entire family.”
Born and raised in Vermont, von Trapp has enthralled audiences from European cathedrals to the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
Inspired by her father Werner von Trapp’s guitar playing and singing, Elisabeth von Trapp has carried on the legacy of the internationally renowned von Trapp family singers. She began taking piano lessons when she was eight, and by the age of 16, she was playing guitar and traveling the back roads of New England to perform with her siblings at weddings, gospel meetings and town halls.
Building on her famed family’s passion for music, von Trapp has created her own artistic style, at once ethereal and earthy, delicate and powerful. Listeners have likened her to Judy Collins and Loreena McKennitt. Critics have called her voice “hauntingly clear,” “joyfully expressive” and “simply beautiful.”
Von Trapp’s concert repertoire ranges from Johann Sebastian Bach to Broadway and Franz Schubert to Sting. With equal ease and eloquence, she sings timeless wonders like Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “My Favorite Things” and “Edelweiss,” Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “Lieder,” Giacomo Puccini’s “O Mio Babbino Caro,” pop classics such as Procol Harum’s “A Whiter Shade of Pale,” soaring gospel tunes, and her own stunning compositions.
Her cathedral program includes sacred and secular music extending from Gregorian chants, songs by 12th century mystic Hildegard of Bingen, early American hymns, spirituals and psalms set to her own compositions. She is accompanied by the elegant arrangements of her guitar and acclaimed cellist and longtime musical colleague, Erich Kory.
In the spring of 2001, von Trapp was granted permission from Robert Frost’s publisher, Henry Holt and Company, to sing parts of the poet’s oeuvre. “Poetic License,” released in June 2004, features the musical settings of poems by Frost and William Shakespeare, a Japanese haiku and interpretations of Israel Kamakawiwo’ole’s “Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World,” Sting’s “Fragile” and Schubert’s “An die Musik.”
For her summer 2005 release, “Love Never Ends: Sacred Sounds,” von Trapp collected, arranged and recorded some of her favorite hymns, psalms and chants with influences from jazz, gospel, contemporary and classical musical styles.
Von Trapp has released five self-produced albums and has performed across the United States, Austria and Russia. Her music has been featured on NPR, BBC Radio, Japanese national radio and CNN Spanish radio. She has appeared on CBS’s “Eye on People,” ABC’s “Good Morning America” and BBC television.
Tickets may be purchased by contacting the River Campus Box Office, located in the Cultural Arts Center, 518 S. Fountain St., weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., by calling (573) 651-2265, or by visiting RiverCampusEvents.com.