Friday, October 9, 2020, 7:30 PM EST

Online Event

$10 individual tickets
Free for Virginia Tech students
Included with $100 Fall Access Fan(fare)

A recording will remain available to ticket holders for seven days following the live event.

“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, Pink Martini bandleader/pianist

Always a sold-out party, Pink Martini is inspired by the romantic Hollywood musicals of the 1940s and ‘50s. The ensemble’s arrangements of Latin music, cabaret, and cinema scores come together in a sound that defies categorization.

For A Piano, a Song, and a Pink Martini, lead singer China Forbes, whose “songs swoosh past like fabulous gowns in a vintage fashion parade” (The Telegraph) joins founding pianist Thomas Lauderdale, who “pulls out numbers from around the world like trinkets from his jacket lining” (JazzTimes), for a bespoke performance taking you on a musical trip around the world, from sultry sambas to a French nightclub, followed by a moderated discussion and question-and-answer session.

Lauderdale founded the “little orchestra” Pink Martini in 1994 to provide beautiful and inclusive musical soundtracks for political fundraisers for causes such as civil rights, affordable housing, the environment, libraries, public broadcasting, education, and parks. A year later he asked his former Harvard classmate Forbes to join the ensemble. They began to write songs together, and their first song, Sympathique (Je ne veux pas travailler), became an overnight sensation in France.

Pink Martini has performed its multilingual repertoire on concert stages and with symphony orchestras throughout Europe, Asia, Greece, Turkey, the Middle East, Northern Africa, Australia, New Zealand, South America, and North America. The ensemble has released 11 studio albums, selling over 3 million albums worldwide.

Enjoy at home with a cocktail of your choice!

HomeStage Series

Join us for a special series of events featuring notable artists live from their homes and studios. Not another livestream or pre-recorded performance that’s widely available to everyone, this series is exclusive to the Moss Arts Center and designed specifically to be presented online. Get up close and personal with the artists during performances and conversations and learn more about them and their work through moderated discussions and questions and answers from the audience—all from the comfort of your own home. Grab your favorite snack, kick back, and settle in. You’re guaranteed to have a front row seat.

Reopening Update

The health and wellness of our community is our top priority, and you can be assured that we are doing everything we can to keep you and our staff safe and healthy. Find more information about our reopening plans here.


As you enjoy this season’s acclaimed artists on our virtual stage, please consider supporting the Moss Arts Center to help us continue to stand strong as your home for the arts.   

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