Much as in the iconic film “The Sound of Music,” the current-day von Trapps belong to a family that sings together.
The 20-something siblings, who will perform Friday (Oct. 10) in Olympia, sing “Edelweiss.” And you could almost imagine them singing it with Maria von Trapp, played by Julie Andrews in the beloved film about Maria’s romance with and marriage to Georg von Trapp.
While that wouldn’t have been possible (Maria died in 1987), Sofi, Melanie, Amanda and August did learn Austrian folk songs at the knee of their grandfather, Werner von Trapp, Georg’s youngest son, who was called Kurt in the film.
But the Portland-based band does more than glorify its storied past. The von Trapps, particularly August, write original tunes, and the band collaborated with the super-eclectic Pink Martini on “Dream a Little Dream,” released in March.
The two bands visited Olympia in April, and the show wowed the audience, said Jill Barnes, executive director of The Washington Center for the Performing Arts.
“We chose to have the von Trapps come back because everyone just fell in love with them,” Barnes said. “They are very endearing.
“I think the show was in my top 10 shows ever, and I have seen hundreds.”
The siblings — who began performing as the von Trapp Children — have been singing together for 13 years, said Sofi von Trapp, the eldest at 26. By 2011, they had grown up and were ready to stop singing together when they met Pink Martini leader Thomas Lauderdale.
In town to sing with the symphony, the von Trapps were invited to perform with Pink Martini at the city’s Christmas tree lighting.
“I flipped out,” Lauderdale told The Olympian in April interview. “It was like a dream come true.”
The feeling was mutual.
“It was like magic,” von Trapp said. “Working with Pink Martini was a blast.”
Lauderdale suggested some new pieces for the von Trapps to learn. “It was a glimpse of reinventing ourselves,” von Trapp said.
And so they did. The band’s next project will be a collaboration with Portland indie-folk band Blind Pilot.
“It’s been this amazing venture,” von Trapp said. “It’s almost like we’re a new band but not.”
Friday’s show will include originals, traditional-with-a-twist numbers a la Pink Martini and some “Sound of Music” favorites, including a Portuguese version of “My Favorite Things.”
“The show is a collage of different styles from around the world,” von Trapp said.