Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra
When: 8 p.m. Jan. 15
Where: Hodgson Concert Hall, University of Georgia, 230 River Road, Athens
Cost: $25 to $35 with discounts for UGA students
More info: pac.uga.edu or 706-542-4400
Combining charming Kiwi humor with expert musicality, the Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra presents the ukulele as it’s never been played before, featuring songs made famous by such diverse artists as Justin Timberlake, Dolly Parton, Elvis, The Beatles, Cyndi Lauper, Prince and Kings of Leon.
The WIUO will perform its unique concert at 8 p.m. Jan. 15 in Hodgson Concert Hall at the University of Georgia in Athens.
Tickets are $25 to $35 and are discounted for UGA students. They can be purchased at the Performing Arts Center, online at pac.uga.edu or by calling the box office at 706-542-4400 or toll free at 888-289-8497.
The concept for the WIUO began in 2005 in a small Wellington, New Zealand, cafe when musician Age Pryor hatched the idea with his friend Bret McKenzie, one-half of the Grammy-winning duo Flight of the Conchords. Within a few months, a dozen of the city’s most beguiling personalities had gathered to lovingly interpret hits songs from across the musical generations, adding in a healthy dose of comedy.
The orchestra’s signature sound features many types of ukuleles, a double bass and a host of voices performing harmonious and hilarious renditions of modern and traditional tunes. Outrageous costumes are also part of the WIUO appeal.
The WIUO has now become one of New Zealand’s most popular live acts, touring throughout Australia and the United Kingdom. The band has performed sold-out shows at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the Melbourne Comedy Festival and the New Zealand International Comedy Festival where they won the Best Local Act award.