Harvard-Led Jazz Band: Pink Martini

with the  Colorado Symphony Orchestra

April 19, 2024 at 7:30PM MT


China Forbes and Thomas Lauderdale (both '92) lead Pink Martini
Thomas describes Pink Martini as  "a rollicking around-the-world musical adventure…
if the United Nations had a house band in 1962, hopefully we’d be that band.”
Pink Martini website

Pink Martini performs with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra at 7:30pm MT on April 19, 2024


Boettcher Concert Hall

in the Denver Performing Arts Complex

1000 14th St, Denver, CO
Private Reception: The Rocky Mountain Harvard University Club has planned a private reception from 6:00-7:15pm featuring visits by CSO musicians in a private room at Boettcher Concert Hall.

There will be a cash bar and light snacks. Our private room will also be available during intermission.
A backstage tour during the pre-reception, will be offered to the first 40 arrivals at the reception.


We will have more information on a post-performance reception closer to the show date.

Pink Martini band members may stop by the pre-reception, but they are more available at a post-show reception. If you are interested in a post-show reception with band members, please let us know when you purchase your tickets.

TICKETS: We have reserved a block of adjoining tickets in Mezzanine 3.

Price for the reception and concert is: 

  • $62 per ticket for Members and their guests
  • $72 per ticket for Alumni

This concert is sold out to the public now but our block is still available for RMHUC members, alumni and their guests.
PARKING: There is parking at the Boettcher, $10-15. The garage can fill up by 6:30, so please have an alternative if you plan to arrive late. Here is a map of parking options.

Another option is to download the SpotHero app on your smartphone to find reserved parking.

For the Light Rail, take the D, F, or H line to the Theatre District/Convention Center stop two blocks from the Performing Arts Complex.

Ticket purchases for the RMHUC block closed on March 22, 2024.


Please contact Chris Miller '88 at millerchriss@gmail.com with any questions or to be placed on a wait list.


Click here to buy tickets!!!


There is a possibility for a post-performance reception.  If you have interest, please indicate by sending an email

to Chris Miller '88 at Pink Martini Concert - reception response

About Pink Martini:
Pink Martini interview on France24 (in English) in 2019:  France24 on YouTube

In 1994 in his hometown of Portland, Oregon, Thomas Lauderdale was working in politics, with the intention of eventually running for office. Like other eager politicians-in-training, he went to every political fundraiser under the sun… but was dismayed to find the music at these events underwhelming, lackluster, loud and un-neighborly. Drawing inspiration from music from all over the world – crossing genres of classical, jazz and old-fashioned pop – and hoping to appeal to conservatives and liberals alike, he founded the “little orchestra” Pink Martini in 1994 provide more beautiful and inclusive musical soundtracks for political fundraisers for causes such as civil rights, affordable housing, cleaning up the Willamette River, funding for libraries, public broadcasting, education and parks.

One year later, Lauderdale called China Forbes, a Harvard classmate who was living in New York City, and asked her to join Pink Martini. They began to write songs together. Their first song – “Sympathique” (Je ne veux pas travailler)- became an overnight sensation in France, was nominated for “Song of the Year” at France’s Victoires de la Musique Awards, and to this day remains a mantra (“Je ne veux pas travailler” or “I don’t want to work”) for striking French workers.  Says Lauderdale, “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, every language, every religion. Except for Native Americans, all of us are immigrants from every country, of every language, of every religion.”