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Elisabeth von Trapp


Elisabeth von Trapp

Elisabeth von Trapp hosts heart-warming holiday show

Elisabeth von TrappOVERLAND PARK, Kan. – In a holiday show full of enchantment, Elisabeth von Trapp will present a joyous family celebration of festive music from around the world at Johnson County Community College.

Tickets, which are $80, $42 and $32, are available through the college box office or online at

The Sound of Christmas, featuring von Trapp and the Carolian Brass, will take place at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, in the Carlsen Center's Yardley Hall. She is the granddaughter of Maria and Baron von Trapp, whose story inspired The Sound of Music.

"Before the concert is over, she will have the audience gasping with the sheer beauty of her voice," a reviewer for the Boston Globe wrote.

The show will feature timeless ballads, Austrian, English and French carols and traditional holiday music. On a stage festooned with holiday décor, von Trapp also will tell heartwarming stories of Christmas in the von Trapp household, as well as the folkways of their native Austria.

Von Trapp has been singing professionally since childhood. She has performed all over the world from European cathedrals to Washington's Kennedy Center.

With a voice which critics have called "hauntingly clear," "joyfully expressive," and "simply beautiful," she accompanies herself on guitar and piano. She will be joined on stage by world-class musicians with the Carolian Brass.

Von Trapp has released five self-produced albums. 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.