In addition to the band’s already sizable lineup, they’ll be augmenting their sound with a full symphony orchestra on several dates.

Martini will fire up buzz for the May 15 release of Eugene! with stops in five cities beginning with an impressive four-date run April 12 – 15 at Bass Performance hall in Fort Worth, Texas, accompanied by the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra.

They’ll go it alone for the next pair of dates in Colorado – April 17 at Lincoln Center in Fort Collins and April 18 at the Paramount Theatre in Denver – before joining forces with the Richmond Symphony April 21 at the Landmark Theatre in Richmond, Virginia, and the Nashville Symphony for three shows May 3 – 5 at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville, Tenn.

The group will return home to Portland to hold a blow-out record release party May 16 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, and then take a few weeks off to rest up for the next set of dates.

They’ll mark their return to the road in style June 13 with a landmark performance at New York’s Carnegie Hall, before embarking on a 16-city run that includes stops at the Symphony Hall in Boston (June 17), the Wolf Trap Center for the Performing Arts in Vienna, Va., (June 18), the House of Blues in Cleveland (June 20), Chicago’s Ravinia Festival (June 24), the Ottawa Jazz Festival in Ontario (June 27), and two nights at San Francisco’s Davies Symphony Hall accompanied by the San Francisco Symphony (July 6 and 7).

After taking another breather, the band will head back out for a three date run September 14 – 16 at the Hollywood Bowl accompanied by the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra and a pair of shows on their own September 17 and 18 at Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay in San Diego.

Ticket availability info for all shows is on the band’s web site,

For those uninitiated in the multilingual global celebration that is Pink Martini, the band was created in 1994 in Portland, Oregon by Harvard graduate and classically trained pianist Thomas M. Lauderdale to play at political fundraisers for progressive causes such as civil rights, affordable housing, clean water, and public broadcasting.

Martini made its European debut at the Cannes Film Festival and in the years since have toured Europe (including France, Spain, Portugal, Belgium, Switzerland and Monte Carlo), Greece, Turkey, Taiwan, Lebanon and the United States.

The group’s 1997 debut album, Sympathique, was released independently on the band’s own label, Heinz Records (named after Lauderdale’s dog, Heinz) and has sold over 650,000 copies worldwide, going platinum in France and gold in Greece.