The Eastman Presents Series will kick off its 2018-19 season with Pink Martini at 8 p.m. on Oct. 5 in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, 60 Gibbs St., Rochester.
Pink Martini performs its repertoire in more than 25 languages 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. It features pianist Thomas Lauderdale, singer China Forbes and a dozen musicians.
“Pink Martini is a rollicking around-the-world musical adventure,” Lauderdale said. “If the U.N. had a house band in 1962, hopefully we’d be that band.”
“Our ‘18-19 season offers something for everyone,” said Mike Stefiuk, director of concert activities at Eastman School of Music. “From one of America’s greatest violinists, to a quintet that has put brass music on the map. From a symphonic celebration of groundbreaking cartoons, to a sensational showcase for Cuba’s most prodigious musicians. From distinguished vocalists, to wild rhythms steeped in gypsy roots, to sublime keyboard artistry and musical journeys to far-away lands.”
Pink Martini made its European debut at the Cannes Film Festival in 1997 and its orchestral debut with the Oregon Symphony in 1998 under the direction of Norman Leyden. The band has gone on to play with more than 70 orchestras around the world.
Admission starts at $26, with $10 student tickets available. Tickets can be purchased by phone at (585) 274-3000, online at or at the Eastman Theatre Box Office, 433 E. Main St., Rochester.