The New York Pops continued its concert season at Carnegie Hall with a holiday show entitled “Pink Martini: Joy to the World.”One final surprise of the evening was the real-live Von Trapp Family Singers in their latest incarnation: four teenagers all directly descended from the original singer portrayed as “Kurt” in “The Sound of Music.” Singing in perfect harmonies, they delighted the audience with a couple of old Von Trapp hits and then the Rodgers and Hammerstein standard “The Lonely Goatherd.”
The Sound of Music captured the hearts of millions when the film debuted in 1965. Now, forty years later, the von Trapp’s family legacy is born anew. Meet Sofia, Melanie, Amanda, and Justin von Trapp. They are the great-grandchildren of Captain von Trapp, father of the famous singing family whose story captivated the world in the musical The Sound of Music. The siblings have continued the tradition of the family’s exceptional musical gift and love of singing, sharing songs and heart-warming family stories of life before and after coming to America.
The von Trapp’s perform a variety of folk and classical songs from various European and American traditions, as well as timeless pieces from The Sound of Music. Their effervescent voices mesh the way only a family’s can, and musicians and audiences from all over the world recognize the families beautiful harmonic blend and pristine tone.
Sell out crowds have carried them into some of the world’s most prestigious theaters, including a date at the Sydney Opera House on a world tour that took them to Europe, Canada, Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Japan and Korea and the Philippines.
The von Trapp’s have recorded over six albums and a DVD. Their latest recording is entitled A Cappella. Arrangements such as Edelweiss, Amazing Grace, and Star of The County Down and stories passed down from the older generation of von Trapp’s still entrance.