CARNEGIEHALL PRESENTS THE UKULELE ORCHESTRA OF GREAT BRITAININ A HIGH ENERGY EVENING OF SINGING AND STRUMMING ENTERTAINMENTIN ZANKEL HALL ON TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 2
On Tuesday, November 2 at 7:30 p.m. in Zankel Hall, CarnegieHall presents the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, singers andstrummers who perform a wide variety of music, from post-punk rock totoe-tapping oldies. With an engaging mix of humor and artistic virtuosity, theorchestra uses small and large instruments in high and low registers to performa range of intricate melodies, simple tunes, and complex chords that reveal therich palette of orchestration afforded merely through ukulele playing, singing,and whistling. With each performance, orchestra members—Dave Suich, PeterBrooke Turner, Hester Goodman, George Hinchliffe, RichieWilliams, Kitty Lux, Will Grove-White, and Jonty Bankes—drawon the strengths and limitations of the four-stringed instrument to highlightboth the beauty and vacuity of its sound as well as the moving and the amusingelements of both popular and “highbrow” music. Performances can featureanything from Tchaikovsky and Nirvana to Otis Redding and Spaghetti Westernfilm music.About The ArtistThe Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain is a group of all-singing,all-strumming ukulele players, using instruments bought with loose change. Theensemble believes that all genres of music are available for reinterpretation,as long as they are played on the ukulele. Formed in 1985 as a bit of fun, thegroup’s first performance was an instant sell-out, and they have beenperforming ever since. By 1988, the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain hadreleased an LP, appeared on BBC TV, played at WOMAD (World of Music, Arts andDance Festival), and recorded a BBC Radio 1 session. The current ensemble has beenplaying together for over 20 years, and has become a national institution. Theorchestra has performed thousands of sold-out concerts across the world inGreat Britain, Germany, Sweden, Finland, Poland, France, America, Canada, NewZealand, and Japan. Members of the orchestra are often credited for the currentukulele revival which is sweeping the globe.Program InformationTuesday, November 2 at 7:30 p.m.Zankel HallUKULELE ORCHESTRA OF GREAT BRITAIN Bank of America is the Proud Season Sponsor of Carnegie Hall.
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