Houston Symphony Welcomes Pink Martini to Jones Hall, Now thru 5/26

Houston Symphony Welcomes Pink Martini to Jones Hall, Now thru 5/26

Tonight, May 24 and May 25 & 26, the Houston Symphony welcomes audiences of all ages and musical backgrounds to an exciting performance with the eclectic "little orchestra," Pink Martini. Led by Principal Pops Conductor Michael Krajewski, Pink Martini will delight audiences with their jazz-infused world music and energetic stage antics. This performance marks Pink Martini's 3rd performance in Houston since their debut with the Symphony in May 2008.

Performing unique takes on familiar classical melodies from the likes of Offenbach, Paganini and Gershwin, the group will excite listeners with their innovative musicality. In this visit to Jones Hall, Pink Martini will feature frequent guest performer and former band member, Ari Shapiro, who currently works as NPR's White House correspondent, as well as Houston Symphony Concertmaster Frank Huang. Vocal sensations, The Von Trapps, will perform with Pink Martini and the Symphony in a thrilling musical collaboration. The Von Trapps are the great-grandchildren of the Captain and Maria von Trapp, whose stories were made famous in the film, "The Sound of Music."

Houston Symphony Cynthia Woods Mitchell POPS at Jones Hall Series takes place at 615 Louisiana St., Houston, TX. Pink Martini will perform tonight, May 24, 2013, 8:00pm, Saturday, May 25, 2013, 8:00pm and Sunday, May 26, 2013, 7:30pm, with Michael Krajewski, conductor and The Von Trapps, vocalists. Tickets from: $25

About Michael Krajewski: Known for his entertaining programs and wry sense of humor, Michael Krajewski is a much sought after conductor of symphonic pops concerts. Now in his 13th season in Houston, he joined the Houston Symphony as Principal Pops Conductor at the beginning of the 2000-01 season and holds the same position with the Jacksonville Symphony and Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Krajewski was named Music Director of the The Philly POPS in November 2012.

Much in demand as a guest conductor with orchestras across the country, Krajewski has performed with the Boston Pops and the Hollywood Bowl orchestras and has collaborated with an eclectic group of artists including flutist James Galway, mezzo soprano Marilyn Horne, pop artists Roberta Flack, Judy Collins, Art Garfunkel, Doc Severinsen, Al Hirt, Cab Calloway, Mary Wilson, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Pink Martini and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy.

With degrees from Wayne State University in Detroit and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Michael furthered his training at the Pierre Monteux Domaine School for Conductors. He was a Dorati Fellowship Conductor with the Detroit Symphony and later served as that orchestra's assistant conductor. He was resident conductor of the Florida Symphony and for eleven years served as music director of the Modesto Symphony Orchestra.

About Pink Martini: In 1994, in his hometown of Portland, Oregon, Thomas Lauderdale was working in poli­tics, thinking that one day he would run for mayor. Like other eager politicians-in-training, he went to every political fund­raiser...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 pops, and hoping to appeal to conservatives and liberals alike, he founded the "little orchestra" Pink Martini. He wanted to pro­vide more beautiful and inclusive musi­cal soundtracks for political fundraisers for causes such as civil rights, affordable housing, the environment, libraries, public broadcasting, education and parks.