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Maria von Trapp, the last surviving member of the original Trapp Family Singers made famous in The Sound of Music, passed away last Tuesday at the age of 99. Maria was the great aunt of our good friends and musical collaborators Sofia, Melanie, Amanda, and August von Trapp. In an heartfelt interview with the Wall Street Journal’s Speakeasy blog, Sofi discusses her great aunt’s cheerful spirit, infectious laugh, and humanitarian and musical legacy. Here’s an excerpt from the piece:
“When the four of us were small Aunt Maria would come visit us in Montana always bringing her accordion. She would teach us Austrian folk songs and how to dance the Landler. In 2008 she translated over 40 Austrian children’s songs that she asked us to record for her children’s songbook.
Our great aunt Maria influenced everyone she met with such love, joy, and cheerfulness. We can speak for the many who will miss her dearly, especially her humor and her ‘Mitzi laugh’.”
The incredibly talented, gorgeous, hilarious, and whip-smart cabaret diva Meow Meow is celebrating her birthday today! Happy Birthday Meow Meow! We were extremely lucky to have Meow featured on Get Happy and had a blast accompanying her during her show in Portland this fall. We hope she has a wonderful birthday and can’t wait till we get to see her in Portland again. Happy Birthday!
Two weeks may seem like a long time to wait for the release of Dream a Little Dream, but have no fear, dear friends! You can listen to our cover of ABBA’s “Fernando” right now, courtesy of USA Today. Here’s a blurb from the preview:
“We are always on the search for upbeat party songs,” Amanda von Trapp says of Fernando. “This piece did not begin as a party but it certainly turned into one as we started including more and more instruments. The song went through quite a metamorphosis from when we first heard ABBA’s original Swedish version to what it is now. It is so beautiful in Swedish, and it was one of the most difficult languages we ever had to learn for a song.”
Storm Large’s Valentine’s shows this weekend were a hit! But don’t take our word for it…
“The Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall show — backed by the orchestra as well as her own band and billed as a “Storm Large Valentine” — was a terrific, at times bewilderingly individualistic ride through the holiday’s range of emotions.”