Holland Center and Elisabeth von Trapp

Elisabeth von Trapp Will Perform Yuletide Concert With Carolian Brass Sextet

Omaha, Neb., (OCTOBER 25, 2013) Omaha Performing Arts presents The Sounds of Christmas starring Elisabeth von Trapp with the Carolian Brass on Friday, Nov. 29, 2013, at 8:00 p.m. at the Holland Performing Arts Center. The performance is part of Omaha Performing Arts’ 13/14 Season. Tickets start at $20 and are available at TicketOmaha.com, 402.345.0606 or at the Ticket Omaha Office inside the Holland Center, 1200 Douglas St.

Born and raised in Vermont, Elisabeth von Trapp is the granddaughter of Maria and Baron von Trapp, whose story inspired The Sound of Music. Singing professionally since childhood, she has enthralled audiences from European cathedrals to the Kennedy Center. Inspired by her father Werner’s guitar playing and singing, von Trapp has carried on the legacy of the internationally renowned Trapp Family Singers. She began taking piano lessons when she was 8 and by the age of 16 she was playing guitar and performing with her siblings. She has released five self-produced albums, and has performed across the United States, Austria and Russia. 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.

Carolian Brass consists of Gregory Miller, Mark Hetzler, Marc Reese, Chris Gekker, Ken Amis and Douglas Major. Soloist, teacher, chamber musician and symphonic horn player, Miller is one of the most accomplished horn players of his generation. In 2003, Miller released his solo debut, From Bach to Bernstein: Romantic Music for Horn and Piano. Trombonist Hetzler has performed in recital and as a soloist with symphony orchestras around the world, including Australia, Taiwan, Germany and across the United States. He appears on several Empire Brass CDs, and has released six solo recordings. Internationally acclaimed trumpeter Reese is a chamber musician and soloist touring throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. He is highly regarded as an orchestral musician, performing with the New York Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra and Boston Symphony Orchestra.

Gekker is professor of trumpet at the University of Maryland School of Music, and has been featured as soloist at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. In the Washington, D.C., area, Gekker serves as principal trumpet of the National Philharmonic at Strathmore and is a member of the Washington Symphonic Brass. Composer-performer Amis took up the tuba in high school, composing his first public work at 15. He has performed with groups around the world including the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and the National Arts Center Orchestra of Ottawa. Internationally recognized organ solo artist, Major has toured throughout North America, Europe and Asia. He plays many recitals and concerts each season, as well as concerts with the Empire Brass Quintet.

The Sounds of Christmas is a unique yuletide concert that will send “a thrill of pleasure through your nervous system” (The Boston Globe). The highlight of the evening is a medley from The Sound of Music, wherein the guitar solo from "Edelweiss" flows into a rendition of "Stille Nacht."

Hear von Trapp sing a lovely rendition of “Dona Nobis Pacem” at TicketOmaha.com. She performs with Carolian Brass in The Sounds of Christmas Nov. 29 at 8:00 p.m. at the Holland Center. Single tickets start at $20 and can be purchased online at TicketOmaha.com, by phone at 402.345.0606, or at the Ticket Omaha Office in the Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St.

Omaha Performing Arts is a non-profit arts organization dedicated to enriching the lives of the citizens of Omaha and surrounding communities. In its two venues: the Orpheum Theater and Holland Performing Arts Center, the organization presents the best of Broadway, jazz, blues, dance, comedy, family and popular entertainment. Omaha Performing Arts also offers a range of educational programs and free community events that support, enhance and expand appreciation for the arts. In addition, the organization provides comprehensive ticketing services through Ticket Omaha, the official ticket retailer for the Orpheum and Holland.

Omaha Performing Arts’ performances are supported in part by the Nebraska Arts Council, Nebraska Cultural Endowment, the Mid-America Arts Alliance, National Endowment for the Arts, the City of Omaha and the Douglas County Visitor Improvement Fund, as well as corporate sponsors, private donors and foundations. For more information, visit OmahaPerformingArts.org


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