A glorious concert from Pink Martini in Oxford. From my Times review:

This is the side of America we aren’t seeing much of: open-minded, optimistic and outward-looking. If one band could repair the country’s image abroad, it would have to be Thomas Lauderdale and China Forbes’s quirky lounge orchestra, an ensemble that seems intent on finding inspiration in every corner of the globe. Cynics might complain that there’s a slightly cosy element to the presentation: you do occasionally feel as if you are a gatecrasher at some Ivy League private party. Yet the sheer depth and range of the musicianship remains intoxicating: in an era of relentlessly dumbed-down, packaged culture, Pink Martini remind us that popular music can still aspire to quality and sophistication.

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