All Things Considered
host Ari Shapiro was growing up in Portland, Oregon, he had no idea that his friendship with a local band would blossom into a full-fledged, multi decade relationship. Yet, years later, the journalist has recorded songs with the band and serves as guest entertainer in Houston Symphony’s presentation of Pink Martini Returns
, a night of genre-bending, multilingual music, including “Sympathique,” “City of Night,” “Brazil” and songs from Pink Martini’s newly released album, Je Dis Oui!
, all backed by conductor Steven Reineke and the symphony. Shapiro says, “Pink Martini is pretty symphonic as is, but when you have an entire wall of horns and a huge string section, it’s just a different experience. You can layer the orchestrations in a richer way than if it were just the dozen musicians by themselves.”
8 p.m. Saturday. Also 8 p.m. March 17, 7:30 p.m. March 19. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana. For information, call 713-224-7575 or visit houstonsymphony.org
. $40 to $150.