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Strathmore Goes for Guinness World Record at UkeFest 2011
Strathmore Goes for Guinness World Record at UkeFest 2011


Ukulele players of all ages and experience levels will pluck, pick and strum their way to a Guinness World Record at Strathmore’s third annual UkeFest on Wednesday, August 24, 2011 beginning at 7 p.m. In addition to an evening of live performances by local uke aficionados, Strathmore will attempt to convene more than 851 intrepid uke players and curious community members to use the tiny ukulele to surmount a monumental task – beat the world record for Largest Ukulele Ensemble at its most popular summer concert of the season. 


The current record for Largest Ukulele Ensemble was set on June 20, 2009 in London when 851 uke players performed in unison at the London Uke Festival. Washington, D.C. will steal this most auspicious title at promptly 7:30 p.m.; uke players must register to participate by 7 p.m. Ukuleles will be available for purchase on site beginning at $30 from House of Musical Traditions. A notary will be in attendance to verify the final count.

Players can put their game faces on at two Warm-Up Workshops leading up to UkeFest 2011. In the Beginner Ukulele Workshop, Grammy-winner Marcy Marxer will have novices exploring the basics of the instrument and learning simple songs. In the Intermediate Ukulele Workshop, swing master Gerald Ross will upgrade skills to include chords, soloing and classical arrangements. Both classes will be held in the Education Center on August 23, 2011 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 for the general public and $22.50 for Strathmore Stars.  

Local two-time Grammy-winners Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer will emcee UkeFest 2011. 


The Riders, a returning crowd favorite consisting of amateur musicians from the Riderwood Retirement Community, will open the festival with a spirited uke chorus in their signature Hawaiian shirts. Spinning the gamut of experience levels are the young performers of the Piney Branch Kids Ukulele Ensemble and the accomplished musicians of The Washington Ukulele Orchestra. Also performing in the festival is Gerald Ross, a uke soloist known for his infectious good humor and blending of jazz, blues and swing. Pop-folk duo and former Strathmore Artists in Residence The Sweater Set “will pluck at your heart strings” (Washington Post) performing original songs about the perils of courtship, lust and heartbreak, while Baltimore’s uke chanteuse and fellow AIR alumna Victoria Vox will share her upbeat and clever modern compositions.

UkeFest 2011 is sponsored by Kala Ukuleles.  


For more information: visit www.strathmore.org or call (301) 581-5100.