PITTSBURGH - Drawing its inspiration from the Hollywood musicals of the 40s and 50s, while blending classical, jazz and global rhythms, Pink Martini performs at 8 p.m. Nov. 21 at the Byham Theater.
Founded in 1994 by bandleader/pianist Thomas Lauderdale in his hometown of Portland, Ore., Pink Martini became an international phenomenon after the success of its first song, "Sympathique," which was nominated for "Song of the Year" at France's Victoires de la Musique Awards.
Since then, Pink Martini has performed on stages around the world, including sold-out shows at Carnegie Hall and the Hollywood Bowl, as well as performances with the Boston Pops, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the BBC Orchestra in London, among other symphony orchestras.
Pink Martini's newest album, "Splendor in the Grass, "draws inspiration from all over the world.
"All of us in Pink Martini have studied different languages, as well as different styles of music from different parts of the world," stated Lauderdale. "Because of the diversity inside the band, there are endless ideas."
Band members include Lauderdale, piano; China Forbes, vocals; Robert Taylor, trombone; Gavin Bondy, trumpet; Brian Lavern Davis, congas, drums and percussion; Derek Rieth, percussion; Martin Zarzar, Latin percussion; Phil Baker, bass; Timothy Nishimoto, vocals and percussion; Nicholas Crosa, violin; Pansy Chang, cello; Dan Faehnle, guitar; and Maureen Love, harp.
This concert is presented by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and Opus One Productions, as part of the Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents series.
Tickets are available for $47.75 to $62.75 and may be purchased at the Box Office at Theater Square, located at 655 Penn Ave., online at www.pgharts.org or by calling (412) 456-6666.
To purchase 10 or more tickets at special discounted rates, call (412) 471-6930.