Luther Burbank Center for the Arts Welcomes the Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra
For One Night Only Wednesday, January 27, 2016
The Eclectic New Zealand Group Will Also Be Partnering With The Center To Promote Education Through The Arts Program For Underserved Students
Tickets on sale now!
SANTA ROSA, CA (December 22, 2015) – Luther Burbank Center for the Arts welcomes the incredibly popular and eclectic New Zealand group the Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra onWednesday, January 27 at 8 p.m. Sharing DNA with Flight of the Conchords and hailing from the home of The Hobbit movies, New Zealand’s Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra are in hot demand for their winning combination of charming Kiwi humour, disarmingly small instruments and sublime musicality. Tickets for Wellington Ukulele Orchestra are $49, $39, and $29 and include a pre-show discussion at 7 p.m. They are available now online at lutherburbankcenter.org, by calling 707-546-3600, and in person at the box office at 50 Mark West Springs Road in Santa Rosa.
Led by award-winning New Zealand musician Age Pryor, The Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra are skilled performers who live to entertain, making sure audiences forget their troubles and sing their hearts out. Their signature sound features high-octane ukulele solos, heavenly multi-part vocal harmonies and an impressive range of ukuleles. Flamboyant outfits, delightful theatrical effects and convivial crowd participation complete the night.
The band’s repertoire is a superbly eclectic curation of songs appropriated from many genres alongside tunes from the South Pacific, all packaged into a spectacular show. Audiences can expect to hear fantastic “ukulelefied” versions of rock and pop classics by the likes of Justin Timberlake, Dolly Parton, Cyndi Lauper, Blondie, Salt ‘n’ Pepa and much more.
The Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra was founded in December 2005 when award-winning musician Age Pryor (Fly My Pretties, the Woolshed Sessions) cooked up the scheme with his friend Bret McKenzie (Flight of the Conchords*) in their tiny local café, Deluxe. Word spread to the other side of the café, and within a few months a dozen friends from Wellington’s tight knit musical community were playing ukes during regular early morning sessions. More and more people stopped by to watch, until there was no more room in the café and they had to strike out for bigger pastures.
The Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra have now toured the USA, China, Japan, the United Kingdom, and headlined major arts festivals across New Zealand and Australia. The versatile musicians have released 4 EPs and a full-length album, which debuted in the NZ Top 10 and topped the NZ Indie Music chart. They have performed on film, television and commercial soundtracks, and collaborated with many of the greats of Kiwi music. They’re a festival favourite and have become a mainstay of the 21st Century ukulele revival.
In addition to their sensational performances, the Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra engages with its audiences of all ages through education and outreach programs. In January 2016, Wellington Ukulele Orchestra is partnering with the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts Education through the Arts program and Bellevue Elementary School to provide 30 ukuleles to 5th and 6th grade students identified as underserved from Bellevue USD schools. The students will then be provided with free lessons with ukulele instructor Andrew DeVeny in early January. In addition to the providing the ukulele’s, Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra will also bring the students participating in the program on stage to perform with them at their show at Luther Burbank Center for the Arts on January 27 and provide free tickets to the families of the students so they can be part of the experience.
Tickets for Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra are $49, $39, and $29 and include a pre-show discussion at 7 p.m. They are available now online at lutherburbankcenter.org, by calling 707-546-3600, and in person at the box office at 50 Mark West Springs Road in Santa Rosa.
This project received support from the California Arts Council; WESTAF, the Western States Arts Federation; and the National Endowment for the Arts.