Nov 21, 2017 |
Elisabeth von Trapp will perform her “Home for Christmas” concert, with pianist Douglas Major, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1, at St. Bonaventure University’s Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts. It is the fourth concert in the Friends of Good Music 2017-18 performance season.
The “sounds of music” are part of von Trapp’s earliest memories. She is the granddaughter of the legendary Maria and Baron von Trapp, whose story inspired the Broadway play and Hollywood musical “The Sound of Music.”
Born and raised in Vermont, Elisabeth von Trapp has been singing professionally since childhood, carrying on the legacy of the world-renowned Trapp Family Singers. Inspired by the guitar playing and singing of her father, Werner von Trapp, she began piano lessons at age 8 and by the age of 16 was playing guitar and traveling the back roads of New England, performing with her siblings.
Building on her famed family’s passion for music, she has created her own artistic style, which has been described as “at once ethereal and earthy, delicate and powerful.” She has enthralled audiences at home and abroad, from European cathedrals to the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. “Before the concert is over, she will have the audience gasping with the sheer beauty of her voice,” noted a review in the Boston Globe.
Her concert repertoire ranges from Bach to Broadway, Schubert to Sting. With equal ease and eloquence, she sings timeless wonders such as Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Favorite Things” and “Edelweiss,” Mozart’s Lieder, and her own compositions.
In this holiday concert at the Quick Center, She will present festive music from around the world.
Elisabeth von Trapp has released five CDs and 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 on BBC TV.
Pianist Major studied organ, earning a Bachelor of Music at Webster College. He further studied under distinguished composer Ronald Arnatt and served as his assistant at Christ Church Cathedral in St. Louis.
In 1974, Major was appointed assistant organist at the Washington National Cathedral, and in 1988 he succeeded Richard Wayne Dirksen as primary organist and choirmaster at the cathedral, where he remained until 2002. He conducted daily choral services, played for presidents, kings and queens, and administered one of the country’s largest church music programs and concert schedules.
Major’s solo recordings include eight organ CDs, recorded on the Washington Cathedral’s magnificent 186-rank Skinner organ. With the Empire Brass of Boston, Major has recorded “A Bach Festival” as well as organ music by Bach, Franck and Widor.
Single tickets for this performance are specially priced at $25 at full cost, $16 for SBU employees and senior citizens, and $5 for students. For tickets and information, call The Quick Arts Center at (716) 375-2494.
For each Friends of Good Music performance, The Quick Center will open its galleries one hour before the performance and keep them open throughout the intermission. Regular gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Museum admission is free and open to the public year round. For more information, visit www.sbu.edu/quickcenter.
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