June 19: Free Pink Martini Concert at Grant Park Music Festival


Will you be in the Loop this Wednesday? If you will, then I highly recommend going to Millennium Park for a treat. The internationally acclaimed Pink Martini will perform with Carlos Kalmar and the Grant Park Orchestra, bringing their unique blend of classical, jazz, and pop sounds to the stage. I saw Pink Martini perform a few years ago and the easy-going, happy feeling of their multilingual world music still lingers in me when I remember that show. “All of us in Pink Martini have studied different languages as well as different styles of music from different parts of the world,” says Thomas Lauderdale, the band’s founder and artistic director. “So inevitably, our repertoire is wildly diverse. At one moment, you feel like you’re in the middle of a samba parade in Rio de Janeiro, and in the next moment, you’re in a French music hall of the 1930s or a palazzo in Napoli. It’s a bit like an urban musical travelogue. 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, everything language, every religion.”

This concert is part of the ongoing Grant Park Music Festival, a free summer classical concert series featuring the Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus. The festival is the only free, outdoor classical music series of its kind in the country. Click here for more information about the festival and future concerts. Here is the scoop for Pink Martini’s concert:
Wednesday, June 19, 2013, 6:30pm
Open Rehearsal: Wednesday, June 19, 2013, 11:00am – 1:30pm
Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Grant Park Orchestra
Carlos Kalmar, Conductor
Pink Martini
Music by Pink Martini

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