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Fine Arts Series welcomes home Ryan Kuster


Jacksonville’s native bass-baritone, Ryan Kuster, will be at Illinois College to present a recital of songs on Saturday, February 25, at 7:30 p.m. in Rammelkamp Chapel as part of the Illinois College Fine Arts Series.

Kuster will return to his hometown to perform songs old and new. He will be accompanied by Garrett Allman, professor of music at Illinois College and music director of the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra.

A second-year Adler Fellow with the San Francisco Opera, Kuster sang as the Mandarin in “Turandot,” as well as Astolfo in “Lucrezia Borgia,” Masetto in “Don Giovanni” and Escamillo in “Carmen for Families” for the 2010-2011 opera season. Kuster was also a national semifinalist for the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.

The Kuster concert is the fifth of six performances in the Illinois College Fine Arts Series. Tickets for the concert cost $15. The concert series offers free admission to students of all ages, regardless of where they attend school. Contact the Office of Development at 217.245.3069 or fas@ic.edu for complete ticket information. Greater detail about each performance is available at www.ic.edu/fas.

Kuster will be talking with Illinois College students the Jacksonville community during a "Meet the Artist" event in Rammelkamp Chapel on Friday, February 24, at 4 p.m.


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