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Pink Martini brings intoxicating mix of global pop to Tampa

"If the United Nations had a house band in 1962," Pink Martini bandleader Thomas M. Lauderdale once said, "hopefully we'd be that band." A Pink Martini show is an intoxicating mix of the musicals of the 1940s, shaken and stirred with symphonic global pop, moody Parisian cafes and Latin-rhythm sections. Their September release, Get Happy, debuted at No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard jazz albums chart. Ever-eclectic, they will be joined at Tampa's Straz Center for the Performing Arts by Sofia, Melanie, Amanda and August von Trapp, the great-grandchildren of Capt. and Maria von Trapp made famous in The Sound of Music. You'll swoon when they croon Edelweiss. By show's end there will be some 14 musicians and singers on stage including lead vocalist China Forbes, who sings in at least 18 languages, all of them beautifully. The show is at 8 p.m. Sunday. $45-$85. (813) 229-7827. strazcenter.org.

Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Times staff writer

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