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Relive the "sounds of music" with Elisabeth von Trapp, granddaughter of Maria and Baron von Trapp

DELRAY BEACH, FL, Oct. 6, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection teams up with renowned song stylist Elisabeth von Trapp--granddaughter of Maria and Baron von Trapp, whose story inspired The Sound of Music --to present two special performances at The Villages "Women's Expo." The event will be held at the Polo Complex, 703 N. Buena Vista Blvd. in Sumter County, Florida on Tuesday, October 14, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Highlights of Ms. von Trapp's concert repertoire range from "Bach to Broadway, Schubert to Sting," and includes such tunes as "Favorite Things" and "Edelweiss" from the beloved Sound of Music musical, as well as gospel music, pop classics, and her own compositions.

2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the film that introduced the singing von Trapp family to fans around the world. To celebrate this anniversary, Uniworld guests may join Ms. von Trapp as she hosts the July 26 and August 2 "Enchanting Danube" departures for the week, greeting guests with a welcome reception, concert, and "Evening Sing-Along" onboard. Alternatively, select May through September "Enchanting Danube" departures will feature an onshore concert at the Mirabell Palace Chapel in Salzburg, Austria--the "Do-Re-Mi" scene from the much-loved musical was filmed in the palace's world-famous gardens.

For those with more time to travel, a private onboard performance by the celebrated song stylist will be available on select sailings of: "Danube Discovery & Prague," "Delightful Danube & Prague," "Grand European Discovery," and " Grand European Explorer."

Ms. von Trapp has been singing professionally since childhood, captivating audiences from European cathedrals to the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Building on her famous family's passion for music, she has created her own artistic style at once ethereal and earthy, delicate and powerful. Critics have likened her to Judy Collins and Loreena McKennitt and have called her voice "hauntingly clear," "joyfully expressive," and "simply beautiful."

Select 2015 Uniworld music-themed cruises featuring Ms. von Trapp include:

Enchanting Danube
Budapest to Passau | 8 Days
Join Ms. von Trapp as she hosts the July 26 and August 2 departures, featuring a delightful "Evening Sing-Along" onboard and other special events. Or, enjoy an onshore performance at Salzburg's famed Mirabell Palace Chapel on select departures.

Danube Discovery & Prague
Vienna to Prague | 10 Days (performance onboard)

Delightful Danube & Prague
Budapest to Prague | 10 Days (performance onboard)

Grand European Discovery
Basel to Vienna | 15 Days (performance onboard)

Grand European Explorer
Prague to Bucharest | 19 Days (performance onboard)

For more details, please visit uniworld.com/the-villages-october

or connect with Uniworld Boutique River Cruises at facebook.com/uniworldrivercruises or twitter.com/uniworldcruises.



About Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection

Award-winning Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection --the world's only authentic boutique river cruise line™--features luxurious ships with an average capacity of 130 guests and the highest staff-to-guest ratio in the river cruise industry, as well as included shore excursions, gourmet cuisine, and unsurpassed hospitality. Based in Los Angeles, California, Uniworld offers voyages on 15 rivers in 20 countries throughout Europe, Russia, China, Vietnam, and Cambodia. Uniworld is a member of Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) and is highly regarded by discerning travelers, media, and cruise industry experts:

• Listed among the "World's Best River Cruises" by Travel + Leisure, and recognized for the "World's Best Service" in the River Cruise category

• Seven ships listed among Travel + Leisure's "Top 20 River Ships," with River Countess rated highest of all cruise ships (river & ocean)

• Distinguished as a Condé Nast Traveler "Platinum Circle Member," an honor bestowed for being on the prestigious Gold List every year for seven years (2008 - 2014)

• Top three ranking on Condé Nast Traveler's "Top Ten" list of cruise lines (river & ocean)

• Named "Best Luxury River Cruise Line" by Cruise International (2012 - 2014)

About The TreadRight Foundation

At Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection and parent company The Travel Corporation, we understand that travel matters; it allows us to explore the world and gain a deeper understanding of each destination, its history and culture, through enriching experiences. We also recognize that it is our responsibility to help protect the places we visit and take care of the world around us.

Created as a joint initiative between The Travel Corporation's family of brands, The TreadRight Foundation is a not-for-profit that works to help ensure the environment and communities we visit remain vibrant and preserved for generations to come. To date, TreadRight has donated more than USD 2.5 million to sustainable tourism projects worldwide. Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection is proud to be active founder and supporter of TreadRight's projects and work. Go to www.uniworld.com/giving-back to learn more.

TreadRight's guiding principle is to encourage sustainable tourism development through conservation, leadership and support for communities. We encourage each of our partners to use this principle to guide all of their actions, whether at our regional offices or when taking guests around the world. By providing grants to organizations that encourage sustainability in different destinations, we hope to maintain the natural attractions across the world that define each unique region. Foundation priorities are set by the Steering Committee, which includes sustainability leaders like Céline Cousteau and Costas Christ.

To learn more about our past and current work at TreadRight, please visit us at TreadRight.org.

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