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Keeping it in the family is important to Milo Batista, both in business and in musical traditions. By playing together in their five-piece band, Batista and his wife, son, daughter and nephew preserve both their immediate family’s traditions and also the traditions of their heritage, the music and culture of lost South American civilizations. Their music, played on more than 30 different instruments, is an amalgamation of traditional folk music and is designed to provide both entertainment and education. "People will find themselves dancing in their seats," said Ardeth Engren of the Washoe County Concert Association. "Milo’s a very good entertainer, but he doesn’t just play the instruments. He tells about them, too." The Batista family will play at the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 20 in a concert titled Alborada: The Batista Family Andean Show. Tickets are $21-$26. Call 787-8497.