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Broadway actor to perform with NSU Symphonic Band

ABERDEEN, S.D. – Famed Broadway star Ivan Rutherford will sing a selection of the most popular songs from “Les Miserables” with the Northern State University Symphonic Band at 3 p.m. Feb. 9.

 

Rutherford, who has played Jean Valjean more than 2,000 times, will perform “Bring Him Home,” “Stars” and “Empty Chairs.” He will also talk to the audience about his incredible experiences being a top Broadway performer.

 

The concert will take place at the NSU Johnson Fine Arts Center (JFAC). Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 seniors. The concert is free for students with ID.

 

Rutherford has played Jean Valjean on Broadway, in national tours and, most recently, in regional theaters across the U.S. His recognition for this role has included being nominated for Best Actor at the annual National Broadway Theater Awards in New York.


Rutherford has also received praise for his performance from publications across the country. Los Angeles Times reviewer Philip Brandes wrote, “The immensely sympathetic Ivan Rutherford handles the role of Valjean with dignified assurance, making even the taxing vocal range from baritone to falsetto seem nearly effortless.”


At NSU, Rutherford will also hold a master class for the cast members of NSU Theater’s production of “Les Miserables.” Performances are set for April 9-12 in JFAC.

 

For more information about Rutherford’s NSU visit, contact Boyd Perkins, director of bands and music department chair, at 605-626-2501.