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July 18, 2012
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab

Famed DUKES of Dixieland open 2012-13 SRU Performing Arts Series

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -The New Orleans-based DUKES of Dixieland will bring their pop, gospel and country sound to Slippery Rock University Sept. 7 to open the 2012-13 SRU Performing Art Series.

Individual and season tickets are now on sale. Since Miller Auditorium is closed for renovation, this season's performances will be presented in the University Union.

The Dukes, now in their 38th year, are described as the "oldest continuing Dixieland jazz band." They have played to sold-out audiences at the Hollywood Bowl, the Kennedy Center and the Smithsonian. They have also performed with the Boston Pops. Their New Orleans jazz heritage has taken them around the world as jazz ambassadors from The Big Easy.

The group has released several CDs, including "New Orleans Mardi Gras," "Sound of BIX" and "Hearing is Believing." The group was nominated for a Grammy in 2000.

The SRU concert will feature traditional New Orleans Dixieland selections, including "Rampart Street Parade," "Muskrat Ramble" and "When the Saints Come Marching In."

Other concerts in the performing arts season are: The Moscow Boys Choir's "Christmas Around the World Tour," Dec. 2; "The Marvelous Wonderettes," March 9; and either Joe Negri and Friends in Concert, Oct. 12; or The Hunts, a performing family, April 28, as part of a cafe performance option.

All concerts are at 7:30 p.m., except the April 28 Hunt family fiddling and step-dance performance, which is at 4 p.m.

Season tickets to the SRU Performing Arts Series are: $76 per person for adults; $68 for those age 62 and older; $60 for those 17 and younger; and $28 for SRU students. There is a $3 handling fee.

Individual performance tickets for the DUKES of Dixieland and "The Marvelous Wonderettes" are $22 for adults, $20, seniors; $18, youth; and $8, SRU students. Moscow Boys Choir tickets are: $22, adults; $20, seniors; $15, youth; and $8 SRU students.

Individual tickets to the Joe Negri concert are $20 for adults; $18, seniors; $16, youth; $8, SRU students. Tickets for the Hunts are: $20 for adults; $18, seniors; $15, youth; and $8, SRU students.

Order tickets by calling 724.738.2018, or by visiting the Alumni House from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., weekdays.

AVI-Fresh, the campus contract food vendor, will offer specialty soups, salads and sandwiches related to the show 90 minutes before the performance in the University Union Lobby. Diners will choose two items and a beverage for $10. Reservations are not required. The two cafe events will offer ala carte food service throughout the performance.

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