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Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain
“Pun-filled banter between songs and stacks of fleeting musical allusions within each piece keep the orchestra’s show lively. Amid the gags – there are lots of yuks in ukes apparently – the band offered some finely nuanced playing.” The New York Times
The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain believes that all genres of music are available for reinterpretation, as long as they are played on the ukulele. Taking audiences from Tchaikovsky to Nirvana via Otis Redding and Spaghetti Western soundtracks, an evening with the orchestra is a funny, virtuosic, twanging, foot-stomping medley of unsuspected musical delights. Sitting in chamber group format dressed in formal evening wear, the eight-member group reveals the beauty and vacuity, the pompous and the trivial, the moving and the amusing in popular and highbrow music. You may never think about music in the same way once you’ve been exposed to the Ukes’ unique musicology.
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