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The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain
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The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain

Saturday, April 1, 2017 | 7:30p

The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain is a group of singing, strumming ukulele players, using instruments bought with their loose change. They believe that all genres of music are available for reinterpretation, or perhaps misinterpretation, as long as they are played on a uke. Irreverent? You bet!

Using instruments large and small, in high or low registers and playing complex melodies and simple tunes – all while dressed in formal evening wear, the Orchestra creates musical freedom and reveals unsuspected musical insights. Both the beauty and vacuity of popular and highbrow music are highlighted, the pompous and the trivial, the moving and amusing. Sometimes a foolish song can touch an audience more than high art; sometimes music which takes itself too seriously is revealed as hilarious. You may never think of music in the same way once you’ve been exposed to the Uke’s depraved musicology.