This preview has been provided by the North Carolina Symphony.
Pink Martini returns to Raleigh in December for three holiday celebrations with the North Carolina Symphony. Unpacking its unique blend of red-hot world music and retro-lounge cool, the band joins the Symphony for three Pops Series performances over two days at downtown Raleigh’s Meymandi Concert Hall.
“Holiday Pops: A Pink Martini Christmas” will include music from the band’s acclaimed 2011 holiday album Joy to the World. The performances take place on Friday, Dec. 21 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 22, at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Band leader Thomas Lauderdale, guest singer Storm Large, and Pink Martini offer a captivating sound—a mix of classical, jazz, Latin, samba and good, old-fashioned pop—that has made them one of the hottest acts in music.
“Pink Martini definitely is an original force in contemporary music,” wrote The Washington Times in 2005. “It also bridges, better than any band in recent memory, the high-brow/pop culture divide.”
Pink Martini has performed its multilingual repertoire on concert stages and with symphony orchestras throughout Europe, Asia, Northern Africa, Australia, New Zealand and North America.
“Pink Martini is a rollicking around-the-world musical adventure,” says founder Lauderdale, and a globe-trotting touring schedule and more than a decade of breakout success have not altered his motivations. “If the United Nations had a house band in 1962, hopefully we’d be that band.”
The twelve-member group has performed with top orchestras around the world, including the Boston Pops, Los Angeles Philharmonic and BBC Concert Orchestra in London. Pink Martini has also released eight CDs, including 2009’s Splendor in the Grass, hailed as “swiftly intoxicating and elegantly chilled” by London’s Telegraph, and 2010’s holiday album Joy to the World.
Tickets to “Holiday Pops: A Pink Martini Christmas” are available by subscribing to the orchestra’s six-concert Pops Series or three-concert Pops Matinee Series. Save big and purchase the 5-concert Pops Series or three-concert Matinee Series, which includes “Holiday Pops: A Pink Martini Christmas, plus other superstars later in the season like Kenny G. Single-concert tickets are also available online and by phone, and range from $28 to $72.
For details and to purchase tickets, visit the series subscription page of the North Carolina Symphony’s website at www.ncsymphony.org/subscriptions. Subscriptions may also be purchased over the phone by calling North Carolina Symphony Audience Services at 919.733.2750 or toll free 877.627.6724.
Meymandi Concert Hall is located in the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E. South St., in Raleigh.
About the North Carolina Symphony
Founded in 1932, the North Carolina Symphony performs over 175 concerts annually to adults and school children in more than 50 North Carolina counties. An entity of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources, the orchestra employs 65 professional musicians, under the artistic leadership of Music Director and Conductor Grant Llewellyn, and Resident Conductor William Henry Curry.
Based in downtown Raleigh’s spectacular Meymandi Concert Hall at the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts and an outdoor summer venue at Booth Amphitheatre in Cary, N.C., the Symphony performs about 60 concerts annually in the Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and Cary metropolitan area. It holds regular concert series in Fayetteville, New Bern, Southern Pines and Wilmington—as well as individual concerts in many other North Carolina communities throughout the year—and conducts one of the most extensive education programs of any U.S. orchestra.