The members and clergy of St. James are proud to host musician and singer Elisabeth von Trapp for their Candlemas Concert, now in its 30th year, which will take place at 4 PM on Jan. 26, 2020.

Inspired by her father Werner von Trapp’s guitar playing and singing, Elisabeth has carried on the legacy of the internationally renowned Trapp Family Singers. “The Outreach Commission at St. James is excited to welcome guest artist Elisabeth von Trapp for our 30th annual Candlemas Concert,” writes OC member Tari Watson. “Having the granddaughter of the legendary Maria and Baron von Trapp of 'The Sound of Music' fame will make this an unforgettable musical experience for all.”


The yearly benefit concert for outreach celebrates the ancient Christian holiday of “Candlemas,” commemorating Mary’s return to the temple at Jerusalem to present her son to God. The Candlemas Concert will take place in the St. James Hendersonville sanctuary and will continue the church's tradition of raising funds for hunger relief in Henderson County. Born and raised in Vermont, Elisabeth von Trapp has been singing professionally since childhood and has enthralled audiences from European cathedrals to Washington D.C.’s Kennedy Center. She began taking piano lessons when she was eight and by the age of sixteen, she was playing guitar and traveling the back roads of New England performing with her siblings at weddings, gospel meetings, and town halls. Building on her famed family’s passion for music, Elisabeth has created her own artistic style, at once ethereal and earthy, delicate and powerful. The Boston Globe has said of her that, “Before the concert is over she will have the crowd gasping with the sheer beauty of her voice.” Elisabeth’s concert repertoire ranges from Bach to Broadway and Schubert to Sting. With equal ease and eloquence, she sings timeless wonders like Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Favorite Things” and “Edelweiss,” “Lieder” by Mozart, Puccini's “O Mio Babbino Caro,” soaring gospel tunes, and pop classics like “A Whiter Shade of Pale,” as well as her own compositions. Elisabeth's music has been featured on National Public Radio, BBC-Radio, Japanese National Radio, and CNN Spanish Radio, and she has appeared on CBS’s “Eye on People,” ABC’s “Good Morning America,” and BBC-TV.

Tickets for the 2020 event are $25 per person and are available at the St. James Hendersonville reception desk, Diamond Rush Jewelry in Laurel Park Village, and the Hendersonville Visitor Information Center. The price of admission includes an “Hors d’oeuvres by Candlelight” reception in the parish hall, catered by Hubba Hubba Smokehouse Specialty Catering. For more information about the 2020 Candlemas Concert, call 828-693-7458.