Pink Martini to Play Morrison Center, 7/11
Since bursting onto the scene in 1997 with the jazzy "Sympathique" (beloved for its slacker-anthem lyrics "Je ne veux pas travailler"), Portland ensemble Pink Martini has made its mark with an upbeat multilingual repertoire of pop, classical, jazz and big band. Fronted by pianist Thomas Lauderdale, the band has performed with more than 50 orchestras, and collaborated with a wild array of artists, from Rufus Wainwright, Carol Channing and Chavela Vargas to Japanese icon Saori Yuki, filmmaker Gus Van Sant and the cast of SESAME STREET. Singer Storm Large will be performing in Boise.
Pink Martini will play the Morrison Center in Boise, ID on July 11 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $39.50 and are on sale now at the Morrison Center Box Office, all Select-a-Seat outlets, online at BoiseStateTickets.com or by calling (208) 426-1110.
In January 2012, Thomas Lauderdale and his trusty audio engineer Dave Friedlander flew to Los Angeles to visit Thomas's new friend, Phyllis Diller. While there, Thomas bought a dozen of Phyllis's bright colorful paintings... and they recorded Charlie Chaplin's "Smile," which turned out to be Phyllis Diller's final recording, and became the soundtrack for the many tributes to her when she passed away six months later.
Thus began the 18-month odyssey to record GET HAPPY, the long-awaited studio follow-up to 2009's SPLENDOR IN THE GRASS, an odyssey which featured a calvacade of vocal royalty visiting Portland studios, including Australian cabaret sensation Meow Meow, sunny French eccentric Philippe Katerine, the handsome and brilliant radio superstar Ari Shapiro, warm-hearted wunder-siblings The von Trapps, and a riveting appearance by the exquisite Rufus Wainwright!
Anchored by their beloved and elegant vocalist China Forbes, alongside their dazzling co-lead-singer Storm Large, finally making her recording debut with them, the album features sixteen songs selected and arranged by Thomas, including songs in German, French, Chinese, Japanese, Spanish, Farsi, Turkish and Romanian.
Visit Pink Martini's new webstore and website now to preorder Get Happy now. The album will release world-wide on September 24.
Located on the campus of Boise State University, the 2,037-seat Velma V. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts is Idaho's premier performing arts center. Nestled on the banks of the Boise River, with a panoramic view of the city, parks and foothills, the Center's 10-story stage house is a recognizable fixture of the Capitol's picturesque skyline. The realization of a life-long dream of Harry W. Morrison, and championed by his widow, Velma, the Center opened its doors on April 7, 1984. Today the Center is recognized as a major destination for arts and culture, annually hosting hundreds of live entertainment and arts education offerings that serve to enrich the lives of patrons of all ages. As a Boise State affiliate, the Center is a non-profit organization supported by ticket sales, facility rentals, donations and the generous support of the Morrison Center Endowment Foundation, Inc. For more information on our programs, or to find out how you can play an active role in our ongoing success as a donor or volunteer, please visit us at: www.MorrisonCenter.com