Part language lesson, part Hollywood spectacle, the Portland, Oregon-based “little
orchestra” is a 12-piece band created in 1994 by Harvard graduate and classically trained pianist Thomas Lauderdale to perform at political fundraisers for such progressive causes as civil rights, affordable housing and public broadcasting. Sine then Pink Martini has gone on to perform its multilingual repertoire on concert stages and with symphony orchestras throughout Europe, Asia, Greece, Turkey, Lebanon, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the United States. The band made its European debut in 1998 at the Cannes Film Festival, and since its symphonic debut with the Oregon Symphony under Norman Leyden in 1999, Pink Martini has performed with orchestras throughout the country, including the Boston Pops, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and Los Angeles Philharmonic. Other prestigious appearances include the grand opening of Los Angeles’ Walt Disney Concert Hall, with return sold-out engagements for New Year’s Eve 2003 and ’04; the New York Museum of Modern Art, D.C.’s Kennedy Center and New York’s Carnegie Hall; and the William Morris Agency’s 100th birthday celebration with soul legend Al Green. Pink Martini’s 1997 debut album, Sympathique, was released independently on the band’s own label, Heinz Records (named after founder Lauderdale’s dog), and quickly became an international phenomenon, garnering the group nominations for Song of the Year and Best New Artist in France’s Victoires de la Musique Awards. Seven years later their follow-up, Hang on Little Tomato, was released and climbed to number one on Amazon.com’s best-sellers list. The band’s third release, Hey Eugene!, debuted at number 30 on the Billboard Top 200. Tonight marks Pink Martini’s second performance at Ravinia Festival, where they first appeared in 2007.
Renowned cabaret singer and pianist Michael Feinstein has devoted his career to the classic American popular song. He is not only a captivating performer, composer and arranger of his own music, but is also an outstanding interpreter of such music legends as Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern, Johnny Mercer, Duke Ellington and Harry Warren. At age 5 he began playing piano by ear and in 1976 moved to Los Angeles, where he was introduced to Ira Gershwin. For six years Feinstein studied and worked closely with the legendary lyricist, who granted him access to numerous unpublished Gershwin songs that Feinstein has since performed and recorded. Cabaret engagements in Los Angeles and San Francisco led to his successful 1988 one-man Broadway show, Isn’t It Romantic. Television credits include performances on Caroline in the City, thirtysomething, Melrose Place, Coach and Cybil. His Manhattan nightclub, Feinstein’s at the Regency, has presented top talents of pop and jazz, and Feinstein appears there annually for a sold-out holiday engagement. He is currently preparing a 2010 PBS-TV series, Michael Feinstein: In Search Of, in which he discovers treasures of the Great American Songbook around the world. The Sinatra Project—his new CD from Concord Records that celebrates the musical sensibilities of “Old Blue Eyes”—just earned him his fifth Grammy Award nomination. His own record label, Feinery, released The Livingston & Evans Songbook featuring Feinstein and Melissa Manchester. Recently elected by the Library of Congress to the National Sound Recording Advisory Board, he will also serve as the artistic director of the Carmel Performing Arts Center in Indiana. This is Michael Feinstein’s eighth season at Ravinia Festival, where he made his debut in 1993.
Enter the Women's Board Dance Contest on the north lawn. Registration begins at 5 p.m. and ends at 6:30 p.m. Prizes will be awarded in three categories: 12 and under, Beginner/Intermediate and Advanced. Three professional judges will award prizes from Ravinia Gifts to top three dance participants in each category.
Everyone welcome to join. It's a fun and free event!