Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain to play at CCA

Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain members will sing, whistle and play ukuleles they bought with loose change at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 23, at the Collins Center for the Arts at the University of Maine.

The eight-member ukulele orchestra, which formed in 1985, is on its 30 Plucking Years World Tour. In June 2015, it will have clocked 16 million minutes of ukulele action. The performances of the six men and two women are described as “funny, virtuosic, twanging, awesome and foot-stomping.”

The orchestra members, who think all genres of music are available for reinterpretation, as long as they are played on the ukulele, dress in formal attire and sit in chamber group format. Selections may include Tchaikovsky, Nirvana, Otis Redding and Westerns.

For tickets, which are $35, $33 and $28, visit or call 581.1755, 800.622.TIXX.