Pink Martini at Houston Symphony

Take this groovy group shaken, not stirred

Pink Martini, the uber-cool orchestra from Portland, Oregon, started out in 1994 playing groovy golden oldies like "Que Sera Sera." Now the group plays music from around the world, including tunes like Ravel's "BolŽro," Ary Barroso's standard "Brazil" and their own oddly hip songs. According to founder Thomas Lauderdale, "If the United Nations had a house band in 1962, hopefully we'd be that band." Pink Martini fills the stage with strings, trumpets and bongos and fronts that hip-swinging beat with China Forbes, who sings in Portuguese, French and English. The group melds a '60s groove with an old-world Parisian-nightclub vibe, and it all comes to Houston today. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana. For information, call 713-224-7575 or visit www.houstonsymphony.org. $25 to $114.
Fri., April 30, 8 p.m.; Sat., May 1, 8 p.m.; Sun., May 2, 7:30 p.m., 2010

 
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