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NCMA and Cat’s Cradle present: Pink Martini featuring China Forbes

  • Dates: October 31, 2021
  • Presenting Organization: Cat's Cradle
  • Venue: North Carolina Museum of Art
  • Location: West Raleigh/N.C. State Univ/PNC Arena
  • Address: 2110 Blue Ridge Rd., North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC 27607
  • Phone: 919.715.5923
  • Times: 8pm
  • Admission: $41, members; $46, nonmembers general admission


Pink Martini featuring China Forbes will perform live at NCMA's Joseph M. Bryan Jr, Theater in the Museum Park on Wed., Sept. 22 at 8pm. Doors open at 6:30pm.

“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

Featuring a dozen musicians, with songs in 25 languages, Pink Martini performs its multilingual repertoire on concert stages on six continents. After making 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, 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.

Drawing inspiration from music from all over the world and crossing genres of classical, jazz, and old-fashioned pop, Pink Martini hopes to appeal to all. Bandleader and pianist Tom Lauderdale says of the band, “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.”