Events

Pink Martini (featuring China Forbes) with the Grand Rapids Symphony

July 29, 2021 7:30 pm 9:45 pm
Gates open at 6:15 pm

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All tickets will be sold online at eTix.com or by calling 1-800-514-etix (3849). Please note, there are no on-site sales at Meijer Gardens prior to the day of the show. Amphitheater box office opens at 4 pm.

“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

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. Featuring a dozen musicians, with songs in 25 languages, Pink Martini performs its multilingual repertoire on concert stages on six continents. Pink Martini has released 11 studio albums on its own independent label Heinz Records (named after Lauderdale’s dog), selling over 3 million albums worldwide.
China Forbes was born and raised in Cambridge, Massachusetts where she graduated cum laude from Harvard and was awarded the Jonathan Levy Prize for "most promising actor". She headed to New York City and appeared in regional theatre and off-Broadway productions, also fronting her first band in numerous NYC clubs. Her solo album "Love Handle" was released in 1995 and she was chosen to sing "Ordinary Girl," the theme song to the TV show Clueless. It was that same year Harvard classmate Thomas Lauderdale invited her to sing with Pink Martini, and she has since written many of the band's most beloved songs with Lauderdale, including “Sympathique,” “Lilly,” “Clementine,” “Let’s Never Stop Falling in Love,” and "Over the Valley" to name a few. Her original song “Hey Eugene” is the title track of Pink Martini’s third album and many of her songs can also be heard on television and film. She sang “Qué Será Será” over the credits of Jane Campion’s film "In the Cut" and her song "The Northern Line" appears at the end of sister Maya Forbes' directorial debut "Infinitely Polar Bear" (Sony Pictures Classics). Both films star Mark Ruffalo by coincidence. 
 

Member Cost: $72
Non-Member Cost: $74