December 9, 2017 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Veterans Memorial Auditorium
255 South Auburn Street
Grass Valley, CA 95945
Reserved seating $87 Premium including parking\\\, reserved seats in first 10 rows $62 members\\\, $72 non-member: rows L-FF $47 members\\\, $57 non-member: rows GG-LL $32 members\\\, $37 non-member: rows MM-QQ
530-274-8384 ext 14

The Center For The Arts Presents

A Holiday Show with Pink Martini featuring China Forbes

Saturday, December 9th, 8:00 PM, Veterans Memorial Auditorium

Reserved seating
$87 Premium
including parking, reserved seats in first 10 rows
$62 members, $72 non-member: rows L-FF
$47 members, $57 non-member: rows GG-LL
$32 members, $37 non-member: rows MM-QQ

On Sale:
Encore Club: August 3, 10:00 am
Center Members: August 8, 10:00 am
General Public: August 15, 10:00 am


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(Ticket price includes $2 facility fee. Does not include applicable fee for online purchases.)

“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

In 1994 in his hometown of Portland, Oregon, Thomas Lauderdale was working in politics, thinking that one day he would run for mayor. Like other eager politicians-in-training, he went to every political fundraiser under the sun… but was dismayed to find the music at these events underwhelming, lackluster, loud and un-neighborly. Drawing inspiration from music from all over the world – crossing genres of classical, jazz and old-fashioned pop – and hoping to appeal to conservatives and liberals alike, he founded the “little orchestra” Pink Martini in 1994 to provide more beautiful and inclusive musical soundtracks for political fundraisers for causes such as civil rights, affordable housing, the environment, libraries, public broadcasting, education and parks.

One year later, Lauderdale called China Forbes, a Harvard classmate who was living in New York City, and asked her to join Pink Martini. They began to write songs together. Their first song “Sympathique” became an overnight sensation in France, was nominated for “Song of the Year” at France’s Victoires de la Musique Awards, and to this day remains a mantra (“Je ne veux pas travailler” or “I don’t want to work”) for striking French workers. Says Lauderdale, “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.”


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