A Valentine Gala benefitting Britt Orchestra with China Forbes of Pink Martini

Thursday, February 11, 2016, 6:00 p.m.


LOCATION: Inn at The Commons, Medford
COCKTAIL HOUR: 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.


Join us for an intimate Valentine's dinner and a live performance by China Forbes (of Pink Martini) at the Inn at the Commons in Medford. The evening will include wine from South Stage Cellars and a sumptuous three-course dinner, with an entrée choice of beef, chicken or vegan. Following dinner, Ms Forbes will be joined by Music Director Teddy Abrams for an intimate concert.

The evening also includes these tempting silent auction packages:
1. A package with Music Director Teddy Abrams, including a signed manuscript, conducting lesson and lunch with Teddy.
2. A gourmet dinner, private concert and reserved seat tickets for the Symphony Pops concert, for 8.
3. Deluxe lodging and dinner package to coincide with the Britt Orchestra performances at Crater Lake this summer.
4. Dinner for 10 at the Voorhies mansion, followed by a Britt Orchestra concert.
5. Biplane ride over Crater Lake.
6. Dinner at the former Bennett Estate, catered by the Jacksonville Inn, followed by a Britt concert and artist meet and greet.

To make the evening even more special, patrons can take a chance to win a "diamond toast," in which you can enjoy a glass of sparkling wine, and one lucky winner will receive a 1/2 carat diamond, courtesy of The Crown Jewel in Jacksonville.

Ticket info:
* Tickets to the Valentine Gala include a seat at a table of ten, food, wine, and the performance. 
* Member benefits do not apply to this special event.
* Online ticket orders will include a $7 fee per order. Call the box office to purchase without the $7 fee at 1-800-882-7488 or 541-773-6077, or visit the box office at 216 W. Main St. in Medford.
* Tickets for the Valentine Gala are limited to 300.


China Forbes was born and raised in Cambridge, Massachusetts where she graduated cum laude from Harvard and was awarded the Jonathan Levy Prize for acting. She appeared in New York regional theatre and off-off Broadway productions, earning her Equity card alongside future stars of stage and screen such as Norm Lewis, Peter Jacobson and Rainn Wilson.

In 1994 she put her first band together and played regularly at NYC clubs CBGB's Gallery, Mercury Lounge and Brownies. Her first solo album Love Handle was released in 1995 and she was chosen to sing "Ordinary Girl," the theme song to the TV show Clueless.

At that same time she was plucked from New York City by Harvard classmate Thomas Lauderdale to sing with Pink Martini, and has since written many of Pink Martini’s most beloved songs with Lauderdale, including “Sympathique,” “Lilly,” “Clementine,” “Let’s Never Stop Falling in Love,” "Over the Valley" and most recently "A Snowglobe Christmas," which can be heard on Pink Martini's holiday album Joy to the World. Her original song “Hey Eugene” is the title track of Pink Martini’s third album and many of her songs can also be heard on television and film. She sang “Qué Será Será” over the opening and closing credits of Jane Campion’s film In the Cut and her original song "The Northern Line" appears at the end of sister Maya Forbes' directorial debut Infinitely Polar Bear which was released June 19, 2015 by Sony Pictures Classics.

With Pink Martini, China has appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Later with Jools Holland. She has performed songs in over twelve languages and has sung duets with Michael Feinstein, Jimmy Scott, Georges Moustaki, Henri Salvador, Saori Yuki, Faith Prince, Carol Channing and Rufus Wainwright. She has performed in venues from Carnegie Hall to the Hollywood Bowl to the Grand Rex in Paris. She released her second solo album’78 on Heinz Records in 2008, a collection of autobiographical folk-rock songs.

In the spring of 2011 China took a leave of absence from Pink Martini to undergo surgery on her vocal chords and to spend time with her son. Thankfully all went very well and she is thrilled to be back on stage singing every chance she gets.

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