Viva Von Trappe!

It’s nice to see that Pennsylvania kept true to it’s weather form that for about the 8475th weekend in a row it was dark, cold and rainy until the first day or work upon which the sun shone and birds sang with heads turned toward the glorious, blue heavens. But I digress.

Aside from the usual Pennsylvania weather, this weekend was great. I was really worried about the concert we performed on Saturday, but it turned out to be wonderful. I need to make a mental note that whenever I tend not to invite folks to a concert with this group because I think it will be a little boring, I should do so anyway, as they have all turned out great.

It was a joint benefit concert between the Bucks County Symphony Orchestra (a nonprofit) and Americans for Native Americans (also a nonprofit). Initially I believe the ANA was just going to have a concert with their guest artist, the von Trappe children, but a few of their numbers were orchestrated, so we came in to support them and play a few numbers of our own.

We (the orchestra) ripped off a couple of tunes with precision. Die Fladarmaus (Overture) and a few ragtimes. Sounded great. Then we got von Trapped.

For those of you who don’t know, the von Trappe family is what the story of “The Sound of Music” is based on. An Austrian family fled the Nazi regime while learning to sing. When they got over here in the US, they were flat broke and toured as a singing group and turned a nice success of it.

The Sound of Music was a play, and later a movie, based upon their lives. Ironically, their family earned practically nothing from either the play or movie. They wrote neither the story or the music. No royalties. Or so I’ve heard.

Apparently the family is still going strong. Their music camp is still busy. And now the great grandchildren are touring. 3 girls and a boy ages 10 to 14. In many ways it is a cute-kids concert, in other ways they are quite talented. They don’t sing only german tunes or songs from the sound of music (they did both), but the also sing a few more modern tunes (that one tune from the movie Anastasia as she remembers) and some tunes I was surprised to hear, like a wonderful rendition of the spiritual ‘down to the water and pray.’ (As heard in the movie “O Brother Where Art Thou.”

Anyway, we finished with a good bang, and just as a nod to the coming Memorial day, Stars and Stripes forever. The audience was packed and it was wonderful. Made a great weekend.

2 Responses to “Viva Von Trappe!”

  1. cooner says:

    Wow! That is awesome. The Sound of Music is one of my all-time favorite movies, but I’m also aware of all the artistic liberties where the story deviates from what happened to the real von Trappes, and some of the inconveniences the family went thru as a result. Good to hear that they’re still touring, and they’re talented … I wish I could have been there!

  2. teaselbone says:

    Don’t you just llllllllllllllllllloooooooooooove the weather? 🙂 It’s been the same here. Today was actually the first day in a long time the sun actually came out, it was nice for a change.

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