We’ve had such a great time touring this July, and not only because we’ve been able to visit some of the most beautiful cities in the world. It’s also been a month of birthdays! We celebrated Thomas’ birthday in Istanbul last week, and this week we’ve had the great opportunity of celebrating two von Trapp birthdays! Amanda von Trapp turned 23 on the 18th, and Sofi turned 26 today! We’ve been so lucky to collaborate with you so often the past few years, and look forward to many more years of songwriting, schnitzel nights, and singalongs. Happy birthday to the both of you!
Welcome back to Thomas Lauderdale’s Summer Reading List! We hope you’ve been enjoying Thomas’ selections so far. This week’s pick is from another Oregon author – Opal Whiteley. The Story of Opal is a beautifully written, highly controversial diary of a young girl from Cottage Grove, Oregon, who escapes her tedious life of poverty and abuse by befriending the plants and animals in the forests surrounding her home.
Take it away, Thomas!
“This is an incredible story of a woman who grew up in Cottage Grove, Oregon, who was clearly a genius and was very much involved in nature, and kind of had a crazy life. I think that there’s been renewed interest, because at the Multnomah County Library, an author by the name of Benjamin Hoff, who wrote The Tao of Pooh, found The Story of Opal on the shelves of the library and the whole thing was republished.
It’s basically the diary of a very advanced girl – I guess she was seven when she wrote it. It was declared a hoax at a certain point in the 1920s. Read More…
You’re the best bandleader a humble little orchestra could ask for. We love you, Thomas! Happy Birthday!
Welcome back to Thomas M. Lauderdale’s Summer Reading List! In this new Pink Martini blog series, each week the famed leader of our humble little orchestra will share a favorite title from his extensive library that he thinks you’d enjoy by the pool, at the beach, on your lunch break, in school, or wherever you’ll be spending time this summer!
This week’s suggestion is Portland: A Historical Sketch and Guide, by Terence O’Donnell and Thomas Vaughan. This book is the definitive guide to the history, geography, and culture of our hometown of Portland, Oregon, and is chock-full of fascinating facts about Portland, great tours for you to take when you visit, and some amazing photos of Portland in the 1800s – 1950s. Take it away, Thomas!
“There have been a lot of books written about Oregon and Portland, but I think the best book about Portland was written in 1976 by Terence O’Donnell and Thomas Vaughan, who led the Oregon Historical Society and just died recently. This is a beautiful book. It really sort of captures, I think, what it is to move to Portland. Read More…
Do you need a few good book suggestions to pore over this summer? Well, look no further than Thomas M. Lauderdale’s Summer Reading List! In this new Pink Martini blog series, the famed leader of our humble little orchestra will share a favorite title from his extensive library that he thinks you’d enjoy by the pool, at the beach, on your lunch break, in school, or wherever you’ll be spending time this summer!
This week’s selection is A Shout in the Street: An Excursion into the Modern City by Peter Jukes. Take it away, Thomas! Read More…
Back from their triumphant United Kingdom tour, the von Trapps — Sofi, Melanie, Amanda and August, the great-grandchildren of Maria & Georg von Trapp — are blossoming in Portland!
On Thursday night (June 26) at 8pm at Mississippi Studios (3939 North Mississippi) the von Trapps will unveil their brand-new Portland-based band and will be performing songs from “Dream a Little Dream”, their recent collaborative album with Pink Martini.
Pioneering a new sound and look, they will be debuting brand-new compositions of August von Trapp, as well as smart fashions from the legendary Paige Powell Style Council.
Tickets for this performance are ridiculously reasonable : only $20 — that’s only $5 per von Trapp! — and you’ll get the bonus of their new bandmates Simon Lucas (drums), Will Gibbs (upright bass) and Esther Shim (piano). Inevitably there will be surprise guest appearances and many hilarious moments. Mostly, however, this is a great opportunity to show support for Portland’s newest neighbors the von Trapps! They are irresistible … and they make great schnitzel!