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20171123 Ralph Kuster PhotoRalph Kuster's vocal range is only surpassed by the beautiful tone of his voice and the vast number of songs he knows.

Since 2012 Kuster, has performed in the Rio Grande Valley. A Canadian in the summer months, Kuster used to be a regular performer in Branson, Mo. He now looks forward to performing for Winter Texans each season in the Rio Grande Valley. His first performance of the season, “Timeless Treasures,” will be at 2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 2 at the Border Theater, located at 905 N. Conway Ave. in Mission. Tickets are $10 per person.

“It may sound corny but when I was a little boy, I would listen to any of the great singers and loved when they could hold the long notes,” Kuster said. “Elvis, Humperdink, Eddie Arnold – I was a teen and heavy into music. When Eddie sings the Amen in the Lord's Prayer, he holds it for 24 seconds. I would do that over and over until I had air left at the end.”

Kuster, who resides in Paradise Park in Pharr, said he's excited about the “Timeless Treasures” show that's a little country, a little of the classics, some rock and one Broadway song in each set. He'll also perform a few Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin hits. On the stage with Kuster will be a screen that will flash videos and photos to go with each song.

In fact, he has photos to coincide with all nine different types of shows he has going right now. Besides his “Timeless Treasures” show, some of the others include a Sinatra Tribute, his popular Christmas Show, an Irish performance and a Tribute to Broadway, among others.

“There's a lot of interaction with the audience,” Kuster said. “And people enjoy the photos along with so many songs. I have enough songs to do three-hour shows; it's hard to cut back on some songs.”

Some of the tunes people will hear at the Timeless Treasures performance include, “Love a Rainy Night,” “The Sound of Silence,” “Moon River,” “Please Release Me,” “Save the Last Dance,” and others by singers like Neil Diamond, Leroy Brown, Elvis and more.

“I really look forward to that show,” Kuster said. “I really get into it.”

Kuster started his professional career, as he puts it “late in life,” performing in front of a live audience for the first time in 2004. He had grown up singing in high school and performing in plays. Finally, he decided to chase his dream, and has found success, and plenty of joy.” He sings with several different voices and can actually impersonate the likes of Neil Diamond, Frank Sinatra and others.

Ralph Kuster's performances in the Rio Grande Valley for December are: Dec. 2, Border Theater, Mission, New Timeless Treasures Show, 2 pm; Dec. 13, Bit O’ Heaven, Alamo, Timeless Treasures Show, 6:30 p.m., $7, 603-396-2786; Dec. 14, Casa Del Sol, Donna, Christmas Show, 7 p.m., $6 pp , 956-464-9024; Dec. 15, Winter Green Estates, Mission, Christmas Show, 6:30 p.m., $6 pp, 989-708-0921; Dec. 16, Border Theater, Mission, Christmas Show, 2 p.m., $10, 417-230-8198; Dec. 18, Tropic Winds, Harlingen, Christmas Show, 7 p.m., $6 in advance, $7 at the door, 956-423-5484; Dec. 20, Park Place, Harlingen, Christmas Show, 7 p.m., $7pp, 956-412-0375; Dec. 21, Winter Ranch, Alamo, Christmas Show, 7 p.m., $7pp, 417-293-4438; Dec. 22, Tropic Star, Pharr, Christmas Show, 7 p.m., $6 pp, 956-787-5773; Dec. 23, Sunshine RV Resort, Harlingen, Christmas Show, 7 p.m., $7 pp, 830-765-0272.

For a complete schedule of all of Ralph’s shows, go to the Wintertainers™ page at www.wintertexantimes.com. Or, just watch for his ads in the Winter Texan Times. For more information and bookings, call 417-230-8198.

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