Von Trapp family holds performance in Chandler

- A special performance by the Von Trapp family was held in Chandler Friday evening.

The grandchildren of Werner Von Trapp who was one of the sons featured in The Sound of Music took the stage at the Chandler Center for the Arts.

"Everything that we have done has pretty much grown out of the seed of our older family," said August Von Trapp.

August and his three sisters Melanie, Sofia, and Amanda performed together as the Von Trapp children, and much like their grandfather, they performed Austrian folk songs and a few of their own.

"I wouldn't call it sophisticated musicality, but there's a specific aesthetic that we ended up inheriting from their tours and their music," said August.

They're currently on an abbreviated tour across the globe, and their most recent stop before coming to the valley was a concern in Germany, where their story and the family name wasn't always well received.

"The Sound of Music wasn't very popular, but eventually, there was another movie that was made in German that was more of a European styling of the story that has been getting picked up a little more," he said.

As for the 1965 film that most people associate with the Von Trapps, he says it's like any Hollywood movie, some is fact, and some is fiction.

"The family story is a little different than the movie, but they both stand for the same thing which stands for what you believe in, and risking losing everything in the process," said August.

The children continue to work on original music; they now return to Portland where they currently reside.

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