Symphony Hall, Birmingham.
Somewhere between a 1930s Cuban dance orchestra, a classical chamber music ensemble, a Brazilian marching street band and Japanese film noir is the 12-piece Pink Martini.
Part language lesson, part Hollywood musical, the Portland, Oregon-based `little orchestra' was created in 1994 by Harvard graduate and classically trained pianist Thomas M. Lauderdale. Equally at home performing its romantic, multi-lingual repertoire on concert stages and in smoky bars, Pink Martini draws a wildly diverse crowd.
"Classy, charming, sexy, elegant, sophisticated, take your pick to describe the globe-trotting eclectic mix that is Pink Martini." The Sun??
"Pink Martini are on a mission to bring back romance and beauty." Daily Telegraph