Center Stage Series: Luther College presents George Hinchliffe's Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain April 12

The much-beloved George Hinchliffe's Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain returns to Luther College to prove that the ukulele may be small but it sure is mighty. The performance will take place at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 12, in the Center for Faith and Life Main Hall on the Luther's campus.

Tickets are $30 for adults, $28 for seniors 65+ and $15 for youth ages 4-18. Dinner will also be available at 5:30 p.m. before the performance in Peace Dining Room. Tickets for dinner are $20 per person. Tickets may be purchased online at http://www.tickets.luther.edu, or via the Ticket Office at (563) 387-1357 or [email protected]. Ticket Office hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9 a.m.-10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; Tuesday 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; Thursday 9 a.m.-7 p.m.

From Tchaikovsky to Nirvana via Otis Redding and spaghetti western soundtracks, the orchestra takes its audience on a world tour through its unexpectedly virtuosic playing and singing, with a bit of whistling thrown in.

Formed in 1985 as a bit of fun, the orchestra's first gig was an instant sell-out, and they've been performing ever since. By 1988 they had released an LP, appeared on BBC TV, played at WOMAD and recorded a BBC Radio 1 Session. Playing together for over 20 years, the orchestra has performed thousands of sold-out concerts across the world. Their music has been used in films, plays and commercials, while film clips of the orchestra's live concerts and TV appearances on websites such as YouTube have been watched millions of times.

Called "wonderfully clever" by David Bowie, the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain has also been praised as "the best musical entertainment in the country" and "hilarious and heartfelt."

A national liberal arts college with an enrollment of 2,005, Luther offers an academic curriculum that leads to the Bachelor of Arts degree in more than 60 majors and pre-professional programs. For more information about Luther visit the college's website: http://www.luther.edu.