Simon Estes to Perform in Honor of the United Nations' 75th Anniversary

Posted 6/25/2020

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Dr. Estes has been a visiting professor of music at DMACC for many years​​

WHO: Centerville, Iowa, native and world-famous baritone Dr. Simon Estes will perform in honor of the United Nations' 75th anniversary during a special online event on Fri., June 26th. U.N. Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed will also participate. She will speak to U.N. advocates about the importance of standing up for the world right now, and discuss how we can be leaders in our communities to help make the world better by the time the U.N. turns 100. Her remarks will be followed by a Q&A discussion. If you'd like to contribute to the Q&A, please submit your question ahead of time using the question box on the registration form.

The event will conclude with a special musical performance by Dr. Estes.

WHAT: The performance will be part of a free webinar titled, “United Together:  A Conversation with U.N. Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed." The webinar is open to the public, including all of Dr. Estes' fans.  

The event is sponsored by the United Nations Association of the United States of America.

WHEN: 12 p.m. CT/1 p.m. ET, on Fri., June 26th

WHERE: This is an online event. A link to register for the event can be found here.

WHY: Dr. Estes was part of the first generation of black opera singers to achieve widespread success and is viewed as part of a group of performers that was instrumental in helping to break down the barriers of racial prejudice in the opera world. He has sung at most of the world's major opera houses as well as in front of presidents, popes and internationally renowned figures and celebrities, including Bill Clinton, Boris Yeltsin, Yasser Arafat, Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu. Beyond his celebrated opera career, Dr. Estes has created a lasting legacy through his humanitarian work around the world. He established a foundation in Switzerland to provide financial assistance for children in need, initiated a music school in South Africa, and provided hundreds of scholarships to students in his home state of Iowa.

In 2010, while performing at the FIFA World Cup in South Africa, Dr. Estes learned that every 30 seconds a child was dying from malaria, and that insecticide-treated bed nets could save their lives. This realization inspired him to embark on what would become a lifetime mission: to send one million bed nets to Africa. Since 2013, Simon has raised $532,000 through personal donations, portions of concert ticket and CD sales, and his network of high net-work donors. Through this funding, Nothing But Nets has distributed over 100,000 nets in malaria-endemic regions throughout Africa. In July 2017, the United Nations Foundation honored Dr. Estes with a Lifetime Impact Award, presenting the award at a ceremony in Des Moines.

Estes has been a Visiting Professor of Music at DMACC for many years. The Simon Estes School of Fine Arts at DMACC was named after the opera singer.

CONTACT: Dan Ivis, (515) 238-5358​ (cell), drivis@dmacc.edu

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