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The NCMA and Cat’s Cradle present: Pink Martini featuring China Forbes

About the Band

“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

Featuring a dozen musicians, with songs in 25 languages, Pink Martini performs its multilingual repertoire on concert stages on six continents. After making its European debut at the Cannes Film Festival in 1997 and its orchestral debut with the Oregon Symphony in 1998, the band has gone on to play with more than 50 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, the San Francisco Symphony, the Cleveland Orchestra, and the BBC Concert Orchestra at Royal Albert Hall in London. In 2014 Pink Martini was inducted into both the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame and the Oregon Music Hall of Fame.

Drawing inspiration from music from all over the world and crossing genres of classical, jazz, and old-fashioned pop, Pink Martini hopes to appeal to all. Bandleader and pianist Tom Lauderdale says of the band, “We’re very much an American band, but we spend a lot of time abroad and therefore have the incredible diplomatic opportunity to represent a broader, more inclusive America . . . the America which remains the most heterogeneously populated country in the world . . . composed of people of every country, every language, every religion.”

Musician Photo and Recording Policy: No flash or professional photography allowed. No video or audio recording of any kind allowed.

No smoking allowed inside venue gates.

Please note that some tickets could be refunded based on ongoing alignment with the governor’s executive orders in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Do you or a family member need a general accommodation for your visit? Contact the membership and visitor experience team by email or at (919) 715-5923.

See all concert policies and answers to frequently asked questions here

Please note these updates for 2021: To better serve Museum members and fans, we doubled the number of reserved seats for each concert; all bench seating is now reserved seating, including some seats clearly marked as limited sight line. No outside food or beverage will be permitted in the venue except for factory-sealed water bottles and empty bottles (no glass). Full concessions will be available inside the venue.

Photo courtesy of Chris Hornbecker

Picnic in the Park

Catering Works is pleased to offer a variety of picnic baskets for weekends and for special events at the Joseph M. Bryan, Jr., Theater in the Museum Park. Baskets require 48–72 hours advance notice to fully accommodate your order.



Oct 31, 2021


8:00 PM - 10:00 PM


From $41 Members From $46 Nonmembers General Admission
For More Information:
(919) 715-5923
Wednesday through Sunday, from 10 am to 5 pm
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