Pink Martini featuring China Forbes
Special Guest: TBA
DATE: Wednesday, Aug. 23 2023
DOORS OPEN: 5:30 PM
SHOW STARTS: 7:00 PM
*Chair rentals available while supplies last
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In 1994 in his hometown of Portland, Oregon, Thomas Lauderdale was working in politics, thinking that one day he would run for mayor. Like other eager politicians-in-training, he went to every political fundraiser under the sun… but was dismayed to find the music at these events underwhelming, lackluster, loud and un-neighborly. Drawing inspiration from music from all over the world – crossing genres of classical, jazz and old-fashioned pop – and hoping to appeal to conservatives and liberals alike, he founded the “little orchestra” Pink Martini in 1994 to provide more beautiful and inclusive musical soundtracks for political fundraisers for causes such as civil rights, affordable housing, the environment, libraries, public broadcasting, education and parks.
One year later, Lauderdale called China Forbes, a Harvard classmate who was living in New York City, and asked her to join Pink Martini. They began to write songs together. Their first song “Sympathique (Je ne veux pas travailler)” became an overnight sensation in France, was nominated for “Song of the Year” at France’s Victoires de la Musique Awards, and to this day remains a mantra (“Je ne veux pas travailler” or “I don’t want to work”) for striking French workers. Says Lauderdale, “We’re very much an American band, but we spend a lot of time abroad and therefore have the incredible diplomatic opportunity to represent a broader, more inclusive America… the America which remains the most heterogeneously populated country in the world… composed of people of every country, every language, every religion.”
Featuring a dozen musicians, with songs in 25 languages, Pink Martini performs its multilingual repertoire on concert stages on six continents. After making it’s European debut at the Cannes Film Festival in 1997 and its orchestral debut with the Oregon Symphony in 1998, the band has gone on to play with more than 50 orchestras around the world, including multiple engagements with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, the Boston Pops, the National Symphony at the Kennedy Center, the San Francisco Symphony, the Cleveland Orchestra, and the BBC Concert Orchestra at Royal Albert Hall in London. In 2014, Pink Martini was inducted into both the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame and the Oregon Music Hall of Fame.
“Pink Martini is a rollicking around-the-world musical adventure… if the United Nations had a house band in 1962, hopefully we’d be that band.” – Thomas Lauderdale, bandleader/pianist
Measuring 16 x 16 or smaller
BEACH TOWELS & YOGA MATS
30” x 60” or smaller are allowed at this show.
REUSABLE WATER BOTTLES & CANTEENS
AN INDIVIDUAL CLEAR PLASTIC, VINYL or PVC TOTE BAG
No larger than a 12” x 6” x 12” tote bag or pack with a single compartment and/or small clutch bag (6”x 9”)
PERSONAL CAMERAS without DETACHABLE LENSES
NO Chairs of Any Kind
NO Strollers or Wagons
NO Weapons of Any Kind Including Pocket Knives
NO Smoking of Anything
NO Outside Beverages or Food
NO Golf Umbrellas
NO Fireworks or Projectiles
NO Hula Hoops or Poi Spin Balls
NO Pets Including Emotional Support or Companion Animals
NO Selfie Sticks or iPads
NO GoPros or Professional Grade Cameras
We will ask you to check any items that are typically not brought to concerts and deemed inappropriate by our staff at our concierge tent for a small fee during the show.