Sep 19, 2011

An original force in contemporary music, Pink Martini Coming March, 30. Tickets on sale Sept. 30 @ 10 a.m..


“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

(Durham, NC) — DPAC, Durham Performing Arts Center welcomes neo-swing band Pink Martini on March 30, 2012 at 8pm.
Tickets go on sale to the public beginning September 24 at 10am:
• Online at
• DPAC Ticket Center: 919.680.2787, 123 Vivian Street, Durham, NC
• / Ticketmaster Charge by phone at 800.745.3000
• Ticketmaster outlets including Crabtree Valley Mall

Tickets start at $33*. Friends of DPAC members may place their orders on Wednesday, September 22nd. Joining the Friends of DPAC is free, and you can register at Fans should check local listings for updated tour and ticketing information.

"I've seen Pink Martini 3 times and simply can't wait to see my favorite "little orchestra" at DPAC!" said Linda Charlton Director of Marketing at DPAC. "These incredible musicians blend classical, jazz and Latin into a lush retro sound that simply irresistible."

15 years ago in his hometown of Portland, Oregon, Thomas Lauderdale was working in politics, thinking that one day he would run for mayor. Like other eager beaver 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 progressive causes such as civil rights, affordable housing, the environment, libraries, public broadcasting, education and parks.

Pink Martini has twelve musicians led by Thomas Lauderdale, and performs its multilingual repertoire on concert stages and with symphony orchestras throughout Europe, Asia, Greece, Turkey, the Middle East, Northern Africa, Australia, New Zealand and North America. 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 gone on to play with over 25 orchestras around the world, including multiple engagements with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, the Boston Pops, the National Symphony at the Kennedy Center and the BBC Concert Orchestra in London. Other appearances include the grand opening of the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s new Frank Gehry-designed Walt Disney Concert Hall, with return sold-out engagements for New Year’s Eve 2003, 2004 & 2008; two sold-out concerts at Carnegie Hall; the opening party of the remodeled Museum of Modern Art in NYC; the Governor’s Ball at the 80th Annual Academy Awards in 2008; and the opening of the 2008 Sydney Festival in Australia.

The band has collaborated and performed with Jimmy Scott, Carol Channing, Henri Salvador, Jane Powell, Chavela Vargas, Georges Moustaki, Michael Feinstein, DJ Dimitri from Paris, clarinetist and conductor Norman Leyden, Hiroshi Wada, DJ Johnny Dynell and several drag queens from New York City, among others.

Pink Martini’s debut album Sympathique was released independently in 1997 on the band’s own label Heinz Records (named after Lauderdale’s dog), and quickly became an international phenomenon, garnering the group nominations for “Song of the Year”and “Best New Artist” in France’s Victoires de la Musique Awards in 2000. Pink Martini released Hang On Little Tomato in 2004 and Hey Eugene! in 2007. All three albums have gone gold in France, Canada, Greece and Turkey, and have sold more than 2 million copies worldwide. In partnership with Public Broadcasting, the band filmed and released a concert dvd entitled Discover The World.

Most recently, Pink Martini has been working on two brand new albums and they will be in stores this fall. The first: 1969–is a collaboration with legendary Japanese singer Saori Yuki. The second album, A Retrospective, is a 21-track exploration of their 16-year career featuring a kaleidoscope of fan favorites alongside eight unreleased songs. The CD is packaged as a hardcover book and features 48 pages of rare Polaroids by bandleader Thomas M. Lauderdale. For more information please visit

DPAC's upcoming lineup includes Blondie (Sept 21) and Peter Frampton (Oct 5). For more information about these and all DPAC shows please visit

*(plus added convenience and handling charges depending on place of purchase).


About DPAC
The Durham Performing Arts Center is a 2,700 capacity multi-use theatre that features the hottest Broadway and family shows, high-profile concerts and incredible special events. Listed four times in the top 50 in Pollstar magazine’s Top Theater Venues, and currently ranked #2 in US Theaters. DPAC has become a beacon of energy in the Triangle and the region’s award-winning home for superstar entertainment. Operated under the direction of Nederlander and PFM, DPAC is also home of the SunTrust Broadway at DPAC with over 10,000 season ticket holders and show stopping Broadway engagements of Wicked and Radio City Christmas spectacular starring The Rockettes and much, much more. For more information please go to

Fri, Mar 30, 2012 • 8:00 PM

Pink Martini