Back by popular demand, Pink Martini joins the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra in concert April 23, 24 and 25 at Bass Performance Hall. Drawing inspiration from music from all over the world – and crossing genres of classical, jazz and old-fashioned pop – Pink Martini is part language lesson, part old-fashioned Hollywood spectacle. One moment, you feel like you’re in the middle of a samba parade in Rio de Janeiro and the next moment you’re in a French music hall of the 1930s or a palazzo in Napoli. Ron Spigelman will conduct the 12 piece-ensemble backed by the lush sounds of the full orchestra.
The concerts start at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at Bass Performance Hall. Tickets are on sale now and range from $26 - $78. Order tickets at www.fwsymphony.org or by phone at 817-665-6000.
The Portland, Oregon-based “little orchestra” was founded in 1994 by Thomas Lauderdale, a Harvard graduate and classically trained pianist, to play political fundraisers for progressive causes such as civil rights, the environment, affordable housing and public broadcasting. In the years following, Pink Martini has grown from four musicians to its current twelve, and has gone on to perform its multilingual repertoire on concert stages and with symphony orchestras throughout Europe, Asia, Greece, Turkey, Lebanon, Canada and the United States.
The ensemble made its European debut at the Cannes Film Festival and its orchestral debut with the Oregon Symphony in 1998. Pink Martini has since performed with the Boston Pops, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic and BBC Orchestra as well as the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. The band debuted at Carnegie Hall in 2007.
Pink Martini’s debut album Sympathique was released independently in 1997 on the band’s own label Heinz Records (named after Lauderdale’s dog), and quickly became an international phenomenon, garnering the group nominations for “Song of the Year” and “Best New Artist” in France’s Victoires de la Musique Awards in 2000. Pink Martini released Hang on Little Tomato in 2004 and Hey Eugene in 2007. All three albums have gone Gold in France, Canada, Greece and Turkey, and have sold more than 2 million copies worldwide. In partnership with Public Television, the band filmed and in 2009 released a live concert DVD entitled Discover The World. Pink Martini’s fourth studio album, Splendor In The Grass, was just released.
These concerts are made possible by season sponsors American Airlines, Park Place Motorcars Fort Worth, Renaissance Worthington Hotel and Star-Telegram. Promotional support is provided by Star-Telegram and WRR Classical 101.1 FM.