Pink Martini performs with the Minnesota Orchestra

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Published: February 07, 2018


Pink Martini, a versatile musical ensemble led by pianist Thomas Lauderdale and vocalist China Forbes, performs onstage with the Minnesota Orchestra; Sarah Hicks conducts, March 9 and 10

Pink Martini, the eclectic and nostalgic band from Portland, returns to Minneapolis after exhilarating performances in April 2016, rejoining the Minnesota Orchestra in concert on March 9 and 10 at Orchestra Hall. Sarah Hicks, principal conductor of Live at Orchestra Hall, leads these concerts which feature Pink Martini’s lead vocalist China Forbes, the ensemble’s founder and pianist Thomas Lauderdale, and a complete ensemble backed by the full symphonic sound of the Minnesota Orchestra.

The concert is held at Orchestra Hall in downtown Minneapolis on Friday, March 9, at 8 p.m., and Saturday, March 10, at 8 p.m., with tickets priced from $35 to $100. More information is available at and by phone at 612-371-5656. For further purchasing details, refer to the information section at the conclusion of this press release.

Pink Martini
Pink Martini—whose singular style is influenced by music from all over the world, crossing genres of classical, jazz and old-fashioned pop—was founded in 1994 by pianist Thomas Lauderdale. The group’s dozen musicians perform multilingual repertoire on concert stages and with symphony orchestras worldwide, from Europe and Asia to the Middle East, Northern Africa, Australia, New Zealand, South America and North America. Pink Martini made its European debut at the Cannes Film Festival in 1997 and made its orchestral debut with the Oregon Symphony in 1998. It has since performed with more than 50 orchestras, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Boston Pops, National Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra and BBC Concert Orchestra. It has also performed at fundraisers for causes such as civil rights, affordable housing, the environment, libraries, public broadcasting, education and parks. More:

Sarah Hicks, conductor
Sarah Hicks, the Minnesota Orchestra’s principal conductor of Live at Orchestra Hall, has led a broad range of programs since joining the Orchestra as assistant conductor in 2006. During the 2017-18 season, she conducts Orchestra performances with Ben Folds, Cloud Cult and Cirque de la Symphonie, the Inside the Classics series and more. In December she led a brand-new “Home for the Holidays” program conceived and directed by Peter Rothstein and written by Kevin Kling. She has also recently conducted several film music concerts including Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets™ and La La Land. She debuts this season with the Calgary Symphony and the Danish National Symphony Orchestra. She has recently conducted the San Francisco Symphony, Cincinnati Pops Orchestra and San Diego Symphony, and debuted with the major orchestras in Melbourne, Brisbane, Montreal, Toronto and Lisbon. More:

Live at Orchestra Hall
with the Minnesota Orchestra

Friday, March 9, 2018, 8 p.m. / Orchestra Hall
Saturday, March 10, 2018, 8 p.m. / Orchestra Hall

Minnesota Orchestra
Sarah Hicks
, conductor
Pink Martini

Tickets: $35 to $100


Individual tickets and subscription packages can be purchased online at, or by calling 612-371-5656 (612-371-5642 for subscriptions) or 800-292-4141. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Orchestra Hall Box Office, 1111 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis (Stage Door ticketing is open Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Lobby Box Office ticketing begins two hours before all ticketed performances); and at the skyway accessible Minnesota Orchestra Administrative Office, International Centre, 5th floor, 920 Second Avenue South, Minneapolis (open Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.). For more information, call 612-371-5656, or visit For subscriptions, call 612-371-5642 or visit For groups of 10 or more, call 612-371-5662. 

All programs, artists, dates, times and prices subject to change. 

The Star Tribune is the Minnesota Orchestra’s media partner for the 2017-18 season.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.



Gwen Pappas, Director of Public Relations 
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Emma Plehal, Public Relations Writer and Coordinator
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