China Forbes to Undergo Vocal Surgery, Takes Leave of Absence from Pink Martini

Pink Martini singer China Forbes must take an extended leave of absence of at least one year to undergo surgery on her vocal cords. China had initially discovered the injury to her voice earlier this year, and it was hoped that extensive vocal rest would heal her. But after careful consultation and on the advice from multiple specialists, she has made the difficult decision to move forward with surgery.

For Ravinia's July 10 co-bill with Ramsey Lewis, Pink Martini will be joined by the tremendously talented Storm Large. Storm Large made her debut with Pink Martini in April 2011, stepping in for China Forbes to lead four sold-out concerts with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. She also appeared with the band at Sasquatch Music Festival, winning over a crowd of 15,000, and traveled with Pink Martini in May during the band’s first tour of Brazil.