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Get To Know: Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra

November 20, 2014

Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra

Try saying the word “ukulele” without smiling. Now, imagine an entire evening with a dozen talented musicians playing on the ukulele popular tunes by artists such as Justin Timberlake, Dolly Parton, Prince and Elvis, along with the songs from the South Pacific and New Zealand, their homeland.

The Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra, renowned for their charming Kiwi humor and their sublime musicality,  make their Charlotte debut on Jan. 14 at McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square. Prices begin at $14.50. Click here to buy your tickets now.

Considered one of the world’s great, modern ukulele acts, the wildly popular ensemble creates instant joy and lasting magic wherever it goes, armed with high-octane ukulele solos, heavenly harmonies and outrageous costumes. The comedic banter is spontaneous, and when the group members burst into song, the sweet sounds can silence a room in a nanosecond or bring a crowd of thousands to their feet.

Delighting audiences of all ages, The Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra’s signature sound features many types of ukuleles, a double bass and a host of gorgeous voices performing harmonious and hilarious renditions of modern and traditional tunes. Age Pryor founded the orchestra back in 2005 alongside Bret ‘Flight of the Conchords’ McKenzie.

The Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra presents the ukulele as it has never been played before, featuring songs made famous by artists such as The Beatles, Hall and Oates, The Smiths, OutKast, Cyndi Lauper, Kenny Rogers and Kings of Leon, packaged into a spectacular, unmissable fun fest. The List website featured WIUO in a Edinburgh Fringe Festival post: “With 12 members plucking away at ukuleles and one double bass (shaped, of course, like a uke), there’s no front man, no egos, just a group of mates providing original, delightful and often mischievous musical treats.”

“Music has gone a long way from the ’60s and ’70s, where heart and soul was absolutely dripping out of it,” Pryor reckons, citing the ’80s and ’90s as being all about “production and jeans. The ukulele might be a way to get back this heart and soul.” Read the full interview here.

The Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra’s Charlotte show will be an experience that adventurous music lovers won’t want to miss! Get your tickets now for the Jan. 14 performance at McGlohon Theater.

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