OPAS PRESENTS PINK MARTINI FEATURING CHINA FORBES ON MARCH 21 IN RUDDER AUDITORIUM

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“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

OPAS is proud to present the biggest little orchestra around – Pink Martini featuring lead singer China Forbes for one-night-only on Thursday, March 21 in Rudder Auditorium at Texas A&M University. Tickets range from $38-$103 (special prices available for TAMU students) and are on sale now at MSC Box Office (979-845-1234) and online at www.OPAStickets.org

Drawing inspiration from music from all over the world – crossing genres of classical, jazz and old-fashioned pop – Thomas Lauderdale founded Pink Martini in 1994 to provide more beautiful and inclusive musical soundtracks for political fundraisers for causes such as civil rights, affordable housing, the environment, libraries, public broadcasting, education and parks. Twenty years later, Pink Martini still tours the world, singing in 22 languages at opera houses, concert halls, film festivals, museums and fashion shows. In 2014, Pink Martini was inducted into both the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame and the Oregon Music Hall of Fame.

China Forbes was born and raised in Cambridge, Massachusetts and graduated cum laude from Harvard, majoring in Visual Arts and English, with a minor in Theater. After graduation, and before being lured West to sing with Pink Martini by Harvard friend and classmate Thomas Lauderdale, China performed off Broadway, in New York regional theatre and as a singer/songwriter in NYC clubs. China because the lead singer for Pink Martini in 1995 and has co-written many of the bands most beloved songs with Lauderdale, starting with “Sympathique,” and continuing to the most recent singles “Lemonade Song” and “Let’s Be Friends.” Her original song “Northern Line” plays over the end credits of sister Maya Forbes’ directorial debut film Infinitely Polar Bear (Sony Pictures Classics). Last year China Forbes released her post-pandemic anthem “Full Circle” followed by her suicide song “Rise,” both singles for the forthcoming third solo album, slated for release in early 2024. She is the recipient of the 2022 Ella Fitzgerald Award at the Montreal International Jazz Festival; previous winners include Diana Ross, Etta James, and Liza Minelli. 

For more about the March 21 concert and Pink Martini, visit www.OPAStickets.org. OPAS concludes the 2023-24 season with the hit Broadway musical COME FROM AWAY on June 25 and 26, 2024. The 2024-25 OPAS season will be announced on the evening of April 23. Tickets to OPAS Season 52 will go on sale to the public on June 3 following the season ticket renewal process for current season ticket holders.

OPAS programs are made possible in part through Hotel Tax Revenue funded from the City of College Station through the Arts Council of Brazos Valley.