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July 26, 2004

The sound of music is about to be heard from another generation of the Von Trapp family. Four grandchildren of the clan whose story was told on the page, stage and screen are to embark on the first world tour since their grandfather, Werner, retired, Agence France-Presse reported. As "The von Trapp Children," the youngsters - Sofia, 15; Melanie, 14; Amanda, 12; and Justin, 9 - are to sing their way through Australia and New Zealand from Aug. 13 through Sept. 11 before making the rounds of the United States and Europe later in the year. Their repertory will include German folk songs as well as tunes from the Rodgers and Hammerstein score for the Oscar-winning film "The Sound of Music,'' based on Maria von Trapp's 1949 book, "The Trapp Family Singers.'' Werner von Trapp spent much of his life singing around the world with his siblings after they and their parents fled Nazi rule in Austria just before World War II. The family tours ended in the late 1950's. The only currently available recording by the original singers is all a cappella and available, of course, at www.singers.com

Posted by acapnews at July 26, 2004 9:55 PM

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