April 21, 2011

Simon Estes

The Ames Piano Quartet and music professors Donald Simonson and Mary Creswell traveled to South Africa in 2006, where they performed with Simon Estes and his children's choir at St. George's Cathedral in Cape Town. Contributed photo.

Simon Estes brings benefit concert to Stephens

Simon Estes, ISU's F. Wendell Miller Distinguished Artist in Residence, is headlining an April 29 gala benefit concert in Stephens Auditorium. Proceeds will benefit the ISU music scholarship fund and the Simon Estes Music High School choir in Cape Town, South Africa. Funds also will go toward the purchase of mosquito nets to help prevent malaria in Africa.

Estes, an internationally recognized bass baritone opera voice and Iowa native, will share the stage with his South African children's choir, the ISU Wind Ensemble, Ames Piano Quartet and Ames Children's Choir. The concert begins at 7 p.m. Tickets, $10 for adults and $5 for students, are available at the Stephens box office or through Ticketmaster (online or by phone, 800-745-3000).