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April 13, 2012
OF MARIA AND BARON VON TRAPP
TO BE GUEST
ARTIST FOR THE FLAGPOLE RADIO CAFE.
Newtown, CT - the Newtown Cultural
Arts Commission is pleased to announce that Elisabeth von Trapp, the granddaughter of the legendary Maria and
Baron von Trapp will be the guest artist for the May 19th presentation of The
Flagpole Radio Café. Tickets are now on sale at www.flagpoleproductions.org . The
show begins at 7pm at the Edmond Town
Hall in Newtown, CT. Ticket prices are
$25 for adults, $20 for students and senior citizens. If further information is needed, please
contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Elisabeth von Trapp is the granddaughter
of the legendary Maria and Baron von Trapp whose story inspired the beloved
play and film The Sound of Music.
Elisabeth has been singing professionally since childhood and has
enthralled audiences from European cathedrals to Washington D.C.’s Kennedy
Center. Producer Barbara Gaines remarked, “In Elisabeth von Trapp we have an artist who is a living member of an
extraordinary family. Like so many of
you, I grew up with The Sound of Music
and was touched by her family’s compelling story. Elisabeth continues the musical traditions
begun by her iconic grandparents and I am thrilled to have her perform in the
Inspired by her father Werner
von Trapp’s guitar playing and singing, Elisabeth has carried on the legacy of
the internationally renowned Trapp
Family Singers. She began taking piano lessons when she was eight and by
the age of sixteen she was playing guitar and traveling the back roads of New
England performing with her siblings at weddings, gospel meetings and town
halls. Building on her famed family’s
passion for music, Elisabeth 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.”
Elisabeth’s concert repertoire
is as diverse as it is comprehensive. With
equal ease and eloquence she sings timeless wonders like Rodgers and
Hammerstein’s Favorite Things and Edelweiss, Puccini's O Mio
Babbino Caro, soaring gospel tunes, pop classics such as A Whiter Shade
of Pale and her own stunning compositions.
In the spring of 2001 Elisabeth was granted permission from Robert
Frost’s publisher, Henry Holt & Co., to sing parts of the poet’s oeuvre. Poetic
License, released in June 2004, features the musical settings of poems by
Frost and Shakespeare, a Japanese haiku and interpretations of Over The
Rainbow / What A Wonderful World, Sting’s Fragile and Schubert’s An
On her summer 2005 release, Love
Never Ends / Sacred Sounds, Elisabeth has collected, arranged and recorded
some of her favorite hymns, psalms and chants with influences from jazz and
gospel, contemporary and classical musical styles.
Elisabeth has released five
self produced albums, and has performed across the United States, Austria and
Russia. Her music has been featured on National Public Radio, 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-TV.
No one leaves an Elisabeth von
Trapp performance unchanged. Audiences
of all ages are drawn by the promise of her famous name. Awed by the beauty of her voice and musical arrangements, their hearts
are touched forever by the astonishing sound of her unique new music.
For those not acquainted with
The Flagpole Radio Café, it is an engaging variety show created by
Jim Allyn, Martin Blanco and Barbara Gaines in conjunction with the
Newtown Cultural Arts Commission. It features music by
Jim Allyn and the Flagpole Radio Café Orchestra, a dynamic ensemble created for
the show, and radio style comedy sketches by the hyperbolically named Flagpole Shakespeare Repertory Theatre.
The Flagpole Radio Cafe is hosted by musician and radio personality
Chris Teskey, who also broadcasts the show on his celebrated program on WPKN radio.
Each show features a musical guest artist such as Peter Yarrow,
Vanesse Thomas, Phil Bowler
and Yale’s internationally acclaimed male choir The Whiffenpoofs.