Music Ambassadors to the World Saturday, July 14 ~ 8:00 pm
Oxnard Performing Arts Center ~ 800 Hobson Way | Oxnard
Thomas Lauderdale │bandleader & piano
China Forbes │vocals
Portland’s intoxicating “little orchestra” is celebrating two decades of rollicking, multilingual around-the-world musical adventure and the 20th anniversary of its fab first album Sympathique. Concert goers who witnessed Pink Martini’s first Ventura Music Festival appearance in 2008 have been begging for their return!
With a potent, sophisticated repertoire that crosses genres of classical, jazz, and old-fashioned pop, Pink Martini became and has remained an old-fashioned Hollywood spectacle and international sensation, drawing inspiration from music all over the world, performing in 22 languages and serving up an evening of high octane fun. “If the United Nations had a house band in 1962, hopefully we’d be that band,” said bandleader Thomas Lauderdale, who founded the ensemble in 1994. A year later he called Harvard classmate China Forbes to join and together they co-wrote such songs as “Sympathique” (nominated for “Song of the Year” at France’s Victoires de la Musique Awards) and “Je ne veux pas travailler” a perennial “I don’t want to work” mantra for striking French workers. “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,” continues Thomas. “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, Pink Martini performs its bold, far reaching repertoire on concert stages and with symphony orchestras throughout Europe, Asia, Greece, Turkey, 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 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, Boston Pops, National Symphony at the Kennedy Center, San Francisco Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra and BBC Concert Orchestra at Royal Albert Hall in London. Other appearances include the grand opening of the LA Phil’s Frank Gehry-designed Walt Disney Concert Hall, with return sold-out engagements for New Year’s Eve 2003, 2004, 2008 and 2011; four sold-out concerts at Carnegie Hall; and the opening party of the remodeled Museum of Modern Art in New York.
Pink Martini has released ten albums on its own label Heinz Records, including Dream a Little Dream; Get Happy; Hey Eugene; Splendor in the Grass; Hang on Little Tomato; and Je dis oui!
Sponsors: Julia Campbell & Ben Namba
Hammer-Hewson Associates / Shirley & Steve Simms
Joseph P. Reardon Funeral Home & Cremation Service FD#883 Michael Boyko, President & Funeral Director
The Arts Collaborative