On May 11, 1953, The Trapp Family Singers performed at the Lobero in 1952 and 1953–before the Broadway musical of 1959, or the iconic, “The Sound of Music” told their story.

Did you know there was a real singing family, just like the film? The Trapp Family Singers performed in the United States often before emigrating permanently during World War II to escape the deteriorating situation in Austria. In their day they were a famous household name within the United State and Europe.

The Trapp Family (also known as the von Trapp Family) was a real singing family of the former Austrian naval commander Georg von Trapp. The family achieved fame in their native Austria during the interwar period. Maria wrote an account of the singing family, The Story of the Trapp Family Singers, which was published in 1949 and became the inspiration for the 1956 West German film The Trapp Family, which in turn inspired the Broadway musical The Sound of Music.

From 1934-1956 the von Trapp family sang in over 2,000 performances, in venues ranging from high school auditoriums to iconic concert halls, bringing joy and comfort to over 3 million people throughout 30 countries.

The Sound of Music is a 1965 American musical drama film produced and directed by Robert Wise, and starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer, with Richard Haydn and Eleanor Parker. For those unfamiliar, the film is about a young Austrian postulant in Salzburg, Austria, in 1938 who is sent to the villa of a retired naval officer and widower to be governess to his seven children. After bringing love and music into the lives of the family, she marries the officer and, together with the children, finds a way to survive the loss of their homeland to the Nazis.

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