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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 for complete ticket information. Greater detail about each performance is available at

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.
About Illinois College

Founded in 1829, Illinois College is a residential liberal arts college fostering academic excellence rooted in opportunities for experiential learning while preparing students for lifelong success. The college is located in Jacksonville, Ill. With an enrollment of about 1,000 students, the college offers over 50 undergraduate programs and a Master of Arts in Education degree program. In 1932 the society of Phi Beta Kappa established a chapter at Illinois College, and it remains one of only 11 in the state.

Illinois College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association.

Visit or call 217-245-3467 for more information.

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