For Immediate Release: The California Center for the Arts, Escondido Presents Pink Martini

Escondido, California — :

Sunday, December 7, 2014
Concert Hall @ The California Center for the Arts, Escondido
340 N. Escondido Blvd.
Escondido, CA 92025
Tickets: $35 – $85 / Time: 7:30 pm

“One of the world’s most elegant live bands.” -The Times (UK)

“[Pink Martini] delivers a knowing sophistication backed by skillful arrangements.” -The New York Times

“This is rich, hugely approachable music, utterly cosmopolitan yet utterly unpretentious.” -The Washington Post

“Impressive at every musician’s station, this ensemble produces music that’s charming and elegant.” – Variety

Known as the “little orchestra”, Pink Martini brings their globally inspired repertoire to The California Center for the Arts, Escondido’s 20th Anniversary 2014/2015 season with a performance on Sunday, December 7, 2014 in the Concert Hall. Pink Martini’s music is wildly diverse as they effortlessly genre-hop between classical, Latin, jazz, and old-fashioned pop. Featuring a dozen musicians, Pink Martini performs its multilingual compositions 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. Interviews and hi-res photos are available upon request.

Hoping to appeal to conservatives and liberals alike, pianist Thomas Lauderdale founded 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 and they began writing songs together; Forbes went on to become the band’s beloved vocalist. Pink Martini’s 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.

Pink Martini made its European debut at the Cannes Film Festival in 1997 and its orchestral debut with the Oregon Symphony in 1998 under the direction of Norman Leyden. Since then, the band has performed with more than 50 orchestras, 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. Other appearances include the grand opening of the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Frank Gehry designed Walt Disney Concert Hall, sold-out concerts at Carnegie Hall, the opening party of the remodeled Museum of Modern Art in New York City and the Governor’s Ball at the 80th Annual Academy Awards.

Pink Martini’s debut album, Sympathique (1997), was independently released and quickly became an international phenomenon, garnering the group a nomination for “Best New Artist” in Victoires de la Musique Awards in 2000. The ensemble subsequently released Hang On Little Tomato (2004), Hey Eugene! (2007) and Splendor In The Grass (2009), all to critical acclaim. In 2010, the band recorded Joy To The World — a festive, multi-denominational holiday album featuring songs from around the globe. Joy To The World received glowing reviews and was carried in Starbucks stores during the 2010 and 2011 holiday seasons. All five albums have gone gold in France, Canada, Greece and Turkey, and Pink Martini albums have sold over 3 millions copies worldwide!

In the Fall of 2011 the band released not one but two albums: A Retrospective, featuring a collection of fan-favorites spanning their 18-year career as well as eight previously unreleased tracks, and 1969, an album of collaborations with legendary Japanese singer Saori Yuki. 1969 has been certified platinum in Japan, reaching #2 on the Japanese charts. In January 2012, Lauderdale began work on Pink Martini’s seventh studio album when he recorded the Charlie Chaplin song “Smile” with the legendary Phyllis Diller. The album, titled Get Happy, was released in the fall of 2013 and includes 16 global masterpieces sung in nine different languages. A cavalcade of special guests appear on the album, including Rufus Wainwright, Philippe Katerine, Meow Meow, The von Trapps and Ari Shapiro.

While still in the studio for Get Happy, Lauderdale simultaneously began work on the band’s eighth studio album, Dream a Little Dream, featuring Sofia, Melanie, Amanda and August von Trapp, the actual great grandchildren of Captain and Maria von Trapp, made famous by the movie The Sound of Music. These siblings have been singing together for 12 years and have toured all over the world. Drawn into the magical orbit of Thomas Lauderdale, they now live together in a house in Portland, Oregon and have been frequent guest performers with Pink Martini for the past two years. The album traverses the world, from Sweden to Rwanda to China to Bavaria, and features guest appearances by The Chieftains, Wayne Newton, “Jungle” Jack Hanna, and Charmian Carr (who played Liesl in the original Sound of Music).

The band has collaborated and performed with numerous artists on their recordings and live in concert, including Jimmy Scott, Carol Channing, Jane Powell, Martha Wainwright, Henri Salvador, puppeteer Basil Twist, Georges Moustaki, Michael Feinstein, filmmaker Gus Van Sant, and the original cast of Sesame Street. Singer Storm Large began performing with Pink Martini in March 2011, when China Forbes took a leave of absence to undergo surgery on her vocal cords. Forbes made full recovery and now both she and Large continue performing with Pink Martini, making the ensemble stronger than ever!
Pink Martini’s performance at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido is a must-see for fans, old and new! For more information about Pink Martini, please visit



About the California Center for the Arts, Escondido 

A 501(c)3 charitable organization, the Center’s creation was sparked by a civic vision—one that recognized the vital role that the arts play in strengthening and uniting the community. Our commitment to enriching lives and improving access to the arts, especially for low-income individuals and families, is exemplified through our extensive educational programming and robust series of free community events. The Center is guided by an enthusiastic Board of Trustees and passionate staff who are dedicated to furthering arts education and access, and to creating programs that provide cultural enrichment for residents of North County and beyond.

You can join this inspiring mission by becoming a donor.  Visit or email to start a conversation about how you or your company can make a difference right here and right now in your arts community.


Media Contact:

Marketing Office |


Back to the news release index

Share This News Release: