Rodgers and Hammerstein blessed the world with the sounds of music over and over again. Clearly, one of the highlights of their work is The Sound of Music. People the world over recognize this music when they hear even a few notes. The fact that it is based on a true story is also inspiring and unique.
I have traveled with a girls’ choir two different times to Stowe, Vermont, which is the place the Trapp family chose to live when they came to the United States, as it reminded them of Austria. We were able to meet Maria, the daughter of the “original” Maria and George von Trapp, and the grandson who runs the hotel owned by the family in Stowe.
We also toured one season to Salzburg and sang some of The Sound of Music songs in the original settings used in the movie. Tonight, we celebrate this music not only for you, but with you as well.
We are also honoring the life of Debbie Reynolds who recently passed away. Our performance of “Singin’ in the Rain,” which she and Gene Kelly made famous in the movie of the same name, is a fitting tribute to her singing and dancing talent.
The only member of the movie cast of The Sound of Music who has passed away is Charmian Carr who played Liesl, the teenage daughter. One of her requests in later life was that people would continue to sing the songs and remember the show. Tonight, we do just that, so remember … and enjoy the music!
~ Sue Kenly Marshall
“Fly Away Home” program cover artwork by Noa Paden of Allegria Ensemble.