LISTEN: The Von Trapps on the ISO’s Yuletide Celebration and their own Indy concert:
Before she brought them to the studio, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra‘s communications director, Jessica DiSanto, asked that I not refer to the Von Trapps as “The Von Trapp Children.” I thought it an odd request, because the bill at the Hilbert Circle Theatre for the ISO’s Yuletide Celebration plainly says “The Von Trapps.” It obviously meant others who had interviewed them had made that mistake, and Jessica was just doing diligence, which is her job. So, I said “sure. No problem.” (To be sure, based on their web site name, it’s an easy mistake.)
After the quartet arrived, the Von Trapps themsevles, unaware that Jessica had already done so, also asked that they not be referred to as “children.” I asked, incredulously, “people still call you ‘children’?” “All the time,” they said, even though August, the youngest, is now 19.
I then imagined every interview they must go through; people saying (as I use my best Monty Python, Terry Jones fake woman’s voice), “oh, I just LOVE The Sound Of Music, and it’s SOOO wonderful how you CHILDREN are keeping the memory of the Baron and Maria alive. It’s SUCH a BE-YOUUUU-tiful love story, and you CHILDREN are SOOOO inspiring blah blah blah blah blah.” It made the swerve I planned that much more satisfying; I don’t really care for The Sound Of Music. (My sister is reading this and, simultaneously, ripping up my Christmas card.)
My wish was to ask about anything other than Sound. But the Von Trapps are proud of where they came from and happy to perform some of the old songs, including Edelweiss. That’s despite the fact that many people are mistaken in thinking the original Von Trapp family sang Edelweiss 70 years ago; it’s a Rodgers and Hammerstein song from the musical. The Von Trapps are also doing their own material in traditional style – you hear a sample at the 5:30 mark of the podcast; August is writing some bad booty daddy music.
After they finish their run with the Yuletide Celebration, which includes their own, stand-alone concert on Monday night, December 16, they will return to their home base in Portland, Oregon to finish work on an album with the wonderful group Pink Martini (who is coming to the Murat next March!) The album should be out in the spring of 2014, and we can hope the Von Trapps will be back for a tour to push that album.
I can hear August Von Trapp asking his sisters; “bad booty daddy? ” It’s okay. It’s a good thing, August.