Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain

Sunday, November 24, 2013 | 7:00 pm

Page Auditorium


Not many orchestras feature eight musicians all playing the same instrument. But the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain plays a range of music few orchestras dare to consider: from Tchaikovsky to David Bowie to Ennio Morricone’s spaghetti western themes. And no other orchestras can match what the New York Times calls their “sheer fun and outright daffiness tied to first-rate musicality and comic timing.”

The group began as a lark more than twenty-five years ago, but has since grown into a phenomenon in concert halls and viral videos alike. They are part of a growing wave of popularity for the diminutive Hawaiian instruments, with members playing them in every imaginable size and register. And if eight ukuleles are not quite enough, the audience is invited to bring their own and strum along to the grand finale.

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