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
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.
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
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.
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),