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One of the world's foremost exponents of traditional Dixieland music, The Dukes of Dixieland, will open the 1992-93 season at the Caswell County Civic Center in Yanceyville Saturday, Oct. 17.

The 8 p.m. concert will be a celebration of New Orleans music.Performing internationally for audiences of all ages since 1949, the Dukes of Dixieland have sold out concerts at The Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, The Smithsonian Institute and The Hollywood Bowl.

The Dukes have made numerous recordings including their latest, ``Hearing is Believing,' now available on compact disc and cassette. Performing 60 to 70 concerts yearly throughout the world, The Dukes make their home at Mahogany Hall in New Orleans' famed French quarter.

The group's concert is a mix of traditional Dixieland, pop and jazz stylings. They perform Dixieland favorites like ``Bourbon Street Parade' and ``South Rampart Street' as well as mellow blues like ``Basin Street Blues' and ``St. James Infirmary.' Toe-tapping ragtime numbers like Joplin's ``The Entertainer' and ``Maple Leaf Rag' also make their way into the show.

In sum, it's the music of New Orleans today.

Tickets for Saturday's show are $15 and $20. Children under 12 are admitted at half price; seniors age 65 and older and full-time students with valid IDs receive a $5 discount.

Tickets may be purchased 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Caswell Civic Center box office or by phone for VISA and Mastercard customers.

The Dukes of Dixieland is being jointly sponsored by the Caswell Council for the Arts & History and the Caswell Civic Center.

For tickets or more information, call 919-694-4591.


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