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Anyone who admires the sumptuous and extraordinarily expressive voice of Linda Eder has experienced a certain frustration: She performs quite selectively, avoiding the relentless tours that make lesser singers into bigger stars.

That makes any Eder concert – such as Saturday evening's performance at Dominican University in River Forest – a signal event, if only because she offers only so many concerts per year.

This has been a deliberate choice on Eder's part, the singer designing her career in her own, unconventional way – and building a fiercely devoted legion of fans in the process. The less-is-more approach to touring "came about because of having Jake, and wanting to have a life," says Eder, referring to her 15-year-old son with former husband Frank Wildhorn. "I've been doing this since I was 19 years old," adds Eder, 54, "and I've been on year-long tours and worked hard. I've been on Broadway (starring in Wildhorn's 'Jekyll & Hyde') where you sing every night, sometimes two times a day, and I didn't want that. I always wanted a life."

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