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Leave the Cullen Theatre with a Smile After the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain Concert

Do you have plans set in stone for this weekend? The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain invites you to join them for a warm weekend with friends and family on Sunday, March 17th. With thousands of sold-out concerts across the world, the Ukulele Orchestra will provide an evening of pure, delightful entertainment.

Formed in 1985, The Ukulele Orchestra is a group of all-singing, all-strumming Ukulele players that believes that all genres of music are available for reinterpretation, as long as they are played on the Ukulele. Their concert is a funny, virtuosic, twanging, awesome, foot-stomping obituary of rock-n-roll and melodious light entertainment featuring only the “bonsai guitar” and a menagerie of voices.

There are no drums, pianos, backing tracks or banjos, no pitch shifters or electronic trickery. Only an astonishing revelation of the rich palette of orchestration afforded by ukuleles and singing (and a bit of whistling). Going from Tchaikovsky to Nirvana via Otis Redding and Spaghetti Western soundtracks, the Orchestra takes us on “a world tour with only hand luggage” and gives the listener “One Plucking Thing After Another”.

Whether playing intricate melodies, simple tunes, or complex chords, and sitting in chamber group format dressed in formal evening wear, the Orchestra uses the limitations of the instrument to create a musical freedom as it reveals unsuspected musical insights. You may never think about music in the same way once you’ve been exposed to the Ukes’ depraved musicology.

Tickets are $45-$80 and can be purchased online at https://www.spahouston.org or at the Jones Hall Box Office. Refunds are not available.

If you feel like escaping The Heights at Harper’s Preserve Apartments in Conroe, Texas for the day, this event is a perfect opportunity to do just that! Trust us when we say that there’s no harm in getting out and exploring the greater community.

Event Time/Date:
Sunday, March 17, 2019—5:30 PM

Event Venue Location:
Cullen Theater
501 Texas Avenue
Houston, Texas 77002

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