Portland, December 20th. The Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall was packed with Pink Martini fans ready for holiday cheer. Japanese star Saori Yuki joined Thomas Lauderdale and the band on stage to sing and thank Portland area residents for their generosity following the Japanese tsunami and its devastating aftermath. (Photography by John Rudoff, M. D.)
Pink Martini and Japanese star Saori Yuki

Pink Martini and Japanese star Saori Yuki

The concert also marked the return of Pink Martini lead singer, China Forbes. Storm Large had been replacing Forbes on tour while she recovered from serious surgery to treat bleeding in her vocal cords.
Storm Large and China Forbes

Storm Large and China Forbes

Thomas Lauderdale, bandleader/pianist

Thomas Lauderdale, bandleader/pianist

The exciting holiday concert also featured Ida Kahana and the Pacific Youth Choir.
Pacific Youth Choir.

Pacific Youth Choir.

About Portland-based Pink Martini:
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
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