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   from the issue of February 16, 2006

Lied hosts ukulele phenom March 1

Bragging just four strings and a two-octave range, the ukulele is considered a rather humble instrument.


Hawaiian native Jake Shimabukuro - a 28-year-old ukulele "phenom" - has shattered those preconceptions by performing music not typical to the ukulele. Joined by a pair of fellow masters on the strings, Shimabukuro will present a repertoire that ranges from Jimi Hendrix and the Beatles to classical masters like Beethoven, in a 7:30 p.m. March 1 performance at the Lied Center for Performing Arts.

Shimabukuro will be joined by Mike Marshall (mandolin, guitar and violin) and Darol Anger (violin).

A pre-performance talk will be held in the Lied's Steinhart Room, 30 minutes prior to the performance. Seating is limited.

Mike Marshall is considered one of the most accomplished acoustic musicians - a master of mandolin, guitar, and violin. His musical interests have taken him from jazz to classical to bluegrass to Latin. Celebrating his eclectic musical passions, Marshall has been a part of numerous collaborations including the folk-jazz group Montreux (with Anger) and The Modern Mandolin Quartet.

Anger, a violinist, composer, producer and educator, is also at home in a variety of musical genres. As a member of the Turtle Island String Quartet, he helped develop new techniques for playing contemporary music styles on stringed instruments. With the ensembles Psychograss and Newgrange, Anger helped coin a new style called "chambergrass."

Tickets are $32; half price for students with a valid NCard and youth 18 and younger.

For information, call 472-4747.



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