Pink Martini with China Forbes in concert October 24 at Hatfield Hall | Life in the valley



Audiences can look forward to a global musical adventure on Sunday, when the Hatfield Hall Theater at the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology hosts Pink Martini with singer China Forbes. The 12-member “little orchestra” takes the stage for a Performing Arts Series concert at 7:30 pm

Founded in 1994 by pianist Thomas Lauderdale and later joined by Forbes, the orchestra has released 11 studio albums, selling more than three million albums worldwide, a press release from Rose-Hulman says. With a passion for producing beautiful, inclusive musical soundtracks, the songs (mostly written by Lauderdale and Forbes) are comprised of old-school classical, jazz and pop music. Each song is different, giving audiences a wild experience around the world.

The orchestra’s popularity and worldwide success led to inductions in the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame and the Oregon Music Hall of Fame. Many of the orchestra’s songs, including “Sympathique (I don’t want to work)”, also became sensations overnight in France.

Although considered an American group, Pink Martini with Forbes features various musicians who can perform songs in 25 different languages. The orchestra has graced concert stages with over 50 other major orchestras to perform at venues around the world including the Cannes Film Festival, the Oregon Symphony, 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 in London at the Royal Albert Hall.

Most recently, Pink Martini released two extended play recordings in 2019 that featured the group’s new vocalists, Jimmie Herrod and Edna Vazquez. The singers are part of the orchestra’s current tour across America, including the upcoming Hatfield Hall concert. Audiences can expect to hear a variety of transgender music in Pink Martini’s lively repertoire.

Tickets for the show cost $ 42 for adults and $ 37 for those under 18. Tickets can be purchased at, by calling 812-877-8544, or by visiting the Hatfield Hall box office from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. If still available, tickets can also be purchased at the box office one hour before the show. Hatfield Hall’s health and safety policies currently require people to wear masks inside the site.


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