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Von Trapp children return to Beaver Creek

Daily Staff Report
Vail CO, Colorado
Special to the Daily

BEAVER CREEK, Colorado ” In a much-anticipated encore engagement, the most famous musical family in history returns to the Vilar Center for a special holiday-time show.

The Von Trapp Children entertained audiences and sold out the theater in January 2007. The children once again take to the stage in Beaver Creek tonight, bringing to life their unique harmonies and beautiful melodies with classic songs as well as new tunes from their recent release, “Snow.”

“The Sound of Music” captured the hearts of millions when the film debuted in 1965. Now, 40 years later, the Von Trapps’ family legacy is born anew. The Von Trapp children ” Sofia, Melanie, Amanda and Justin ” are the great-grandchildren of Capt. Von Trapp, father of the famous singing family whose story captivated the world in the musical “The Sound of Music.”

The children have continued the tradition of the family’s exceptional musical gift and love of singing, sharing songs and heartwarming family stories of life before and after coming to America.

The Von Trapp children 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 album, “Snow,” is a new collection of original songs for the season featuring a variety of new material. Produced by Emmy-winning composer and producer Jay Chattaway, the arrangements feature music sung a cappella and with orchestra, with musical flavors ranging from classic-sounding ballads to uptempo, contemporary music.

The children’s effervescent voices mesh the way only a family’s can, and musicians and audiences from all over the world recognize the children’s beautiful harmonic blend and pristine tone. As a result, they are increasingly in demand as symphony and pops-orchestra guest artists. The children have performed with major orchestras such as Boston Pops, Atlanta, Detroit, Cincinnati, Philadelphia and Baltimore. They are currently contracted to perform with the Toronto, Pacific Coast, Edmonton, Oklahoma and Kansas City symphony orchestras, as well as repeat performances with the Cincinnati Pops and the Atlanta and Indianapolis symphony orchestras, to name a few.

Although the kids started out playing small venues, 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, Australia, New Zealand, Japan and Korea and the Philippines.

Tickets for the show are $42 for adults and $36 for children and are available at the Vilar Center Box Office at 845-TIXS or http://www.vilarpac.org.

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