Classical Music

The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain will tear up the Newman Center on Thursday. Really!

The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain doesn't have a flashy name or even a flashy look. But don't let that fool you. While the ensemble takes its collective picking skills quite seriously and its vocals are better than average, its real strength is in doing exactly what the audience doesn't expect.

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Tuned to its own four-stringed pitch, the orchestra's repertoire swings wide, touching on everything from classical pieces and new-music spoofs with audience participation to pop, rock and comic Spaghetti-Western strains -- with whistling. And the humor in question is strictly British. Performing in conservative concert dress, the ensemble looks perfectly serious until it breaks into "Smells Like Teen Spirit" or "Psycho Killer" and proves otherwise.

The UOGB will perform in Denver at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 4, at the Newman Center for the Performing Arts; tickets are $26 to $49 and can be reserved online. And if you can't catch the group this week, the Ukulele Orchestra will be back on April 18, at Macky Auditorium in Boulder; visit the CU Presents website for details and tickets.

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