Concert with Elisabeth von Trapp - "The Trapp Family in Maria Plain"

Date: Sunday, 17 June 2018
Time: 7 p.m. 
Place: Maria Plain Pilgrimage Basilica

"The church was already closed, but the sexton let us in and lit all of the candles at the altar. This was the final blessing we were to experience in Austria." These were the words which Martina von Trapp wrote in 1938, in a letter which eventually reached the Mosshammer family, friends of the von Trapps, from the United States...

We invite you to join us for this once-in-a-lifetime concert to commemorate the last evening of the von Trapp family in Salzburg!
After the concert: reception at Hotel Gasthof Maria Plain, including a personal "Meet & Greet" with Elisabeth von Trapp .

How do you leave your homeland? As a family, what do you do when fleeing is the only option? How would you spend that “final evening”? On that fateful day back in 1938, Salzburg’s von Trapp family felt a deep need for silence and reflection, seeking out the Maria Plain Pilgrimage Basilica at a late hour as a secluded oasis where they might sing together. 

80 years have passed since then. The movie “The Sound of Music” has made the family, and Salzburg, world-famous. But there come moments such as these, when you yearn to become more keenly aware of what truly happened. What did they actually sing that night? Elisabeth von Trapp (daughter of Werner von Trapp and granddaughter of Georg von Trapp and Maria) will share this moving story with us through music, in a unique concert on 17 June 2018 at the invitation of Bergheim Tourist Office.

A musician in her own right, she will sing together with the Maria Plain Vocal Ensemble that same selection of songs that haven’t been sung at this “original location”, the Pilgrimage Basilica, since 1938. The music will be interspersed with readings of texts from actual letters that were exchanged at the time. According to Elisabeth von Trapp, it was her relatives’ hope that, one day, they would indeed return to their homeland. Now, they will do just that, in this special way, through the songs they loved.

Tickets € 45/35/25/15 available from:
Salzburg Ticket Service, T +43 662 840310
Panorama Tours, T +43 662 883211-0
Hotel Gasthof Maria Plain, T +43 662 450701
Bergheim Tourist Office, T +43 662 454505
Any remaining tickets as well as standing room will be sold at the door.

After the concert: reception at Hotel Gasthof Maria Plain, including a personal "Meet & Greet with Elisabeth von Trapp.