The eclectic musical ensemble Pink Martini, led by pianist Thomas Lauderdale and vocalist China Forbes, performs onstage with the Minnesota Orchestra; Sarah Hicks conducts, April 29 and 30
Pink Martini, the eclectic and nostalgic band from Portland, joins forces with the Minnesota Orchestra for a program of inimitable, delightfully quirky originals and pop favorites in concerts on April 29 and 30 at Orchestra Hall. Sarah Hicks conducts these performances, which feature Pink Martini’s lead vocalist China Forbes, the ensemble’s founder and pianist Thomas Lauderdale, and a complete ensemble backed by the full symphonic sound of the Minnesota Orchestra.
The concert will be held at Orchestra Hall in downtown Minneapolis on Friday, April 29, at 8 p.m., and Saturday, April 30, at 8 p.m., with tickets priced from $30 to $75. More information is available at minnesotaorchestra.org and by phone at 612-371-5656. For further purchasing details, refer to the information section at the conclusion of this press release.
Pink Martini—whose singular style is influenced by music from all over the world, crossing genres of classical, jazz and old-fashioned pop—was founded in 1994 by pianist Thomas Lauderdale. The group’s dozen musicians perform multilingual repertoire on concert stages and with symphony orchestras worldwide, from Europe and Asia to the Middle East, Northern Africa, Australia, New Zealand, South America and North America. Pink Martini made its European debut at the Cannes Film Festival in 1997 and made its orchestral debut with the Oregon Symphony in 1998. It has since performed with more than 50 orchestras, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Boston Pops, National Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra and BBC Concert Orchestra. Other highlights of its history include performing at the grand opening of the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Frank Gehry-designed Walt Disney Concert Hall as well as four sold-out concerts at Carnegie Hall. It has also performed at fundraisers for causes such as civil rights, affordable housing, the environment, libraries, public broadcasting, education and parks. Pink Martini has been inducted into both the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame and the Oregon Music Hall of Fame. It has released nine albums on its own label Heinz Records, most recently Dream a Little Dream, a collaboration with The von Trapps. Pink Martini last performed with the Minnesota Orchestra in July of 2011. More: pinkmartini.com.
Sarah Hicks, conductor
Sarah Hicks, the Minnesota Orchestra’s principal conductor of Live at Orchestra Hall, has led a broad range of programs since joining the Orchestra as assistant conductor in 2006. During the 2015-16 season she leads the Orchestra in performances with Ben Folds, Rajaton and Cirque de la Symphonie, among other artists, as well as Inside the Classics concerts and film music. Away from Orchestra Hall, this season she makes returns visits to the National Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony and Alabama Symphony Orchestra, and debuts with the San Diego Symphony, Knoxville Symphony Orchestra and Edmonton Symphony Orchestra. In 2011 she toured with British rock icon Sting, leading 31 concerts over two months in venues throughout Europe. More: minnesotaorchestra.org.
Live at Orchestra Hall
WITH THE MINNESOTA ORCHESTRA
Sarah Hicks, conductor
ComMUSICation: Young musicians of ComMUSICation return to Orchestra Hall to perform in the Target Atrium on Friday, April 29, 2016, at 7:15 p.m.
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TICKET PURCHASING INFORMATION
Subscription packages and individual tickets can be purchased online at minnesotaorchestra.org, or by calling 612-371-5656 (612-371-5642 for subscriptions) or 800-292-4141. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Orchestra Hall Box Office, 1111 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis (open Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and beginning two hours before all ticketed performances); and at the Minnesota Orchestra Administrative Office, International Centre, 5th floor, 920 Second Avenue South, Minneapolis (open Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.). For more information, call 612-371-5656, or visit minnesotaorchestra.org. For subscriptions, call 612-371-5642 or visit minnesotaorchestra.org/subscribe. For groups of 10 or more, call 612-371-5662.
All programs, artists, dates, times and prices subject to change.
The Star Tribune is the Minnesota Orchestra’s media partner for the 2015-16 season.
This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.
Gwen Pappas, Director of Public Relations
Emma Plehal, Public Relations Writer and Coordinator