Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Simon Estes the Meistersinger

(Photo: Rick Tibbott/Courier)
High school students will have an opportunity to work with opera star Simon Estes during this year's Meistersinger Choral Festival at Wartburg College. More than 300 high school vocalists from 50 high schools are expected to participate in the one-day festival on Jan. 15. The finale concert, at 7 p.m. in Neumann Auditorium, will feature Estes, the festival chorus, and the Wartburg Choir, Ritterchor, Castle Singers, St. Elizabeth Chorale and Chapel Choir. Admission for the public is $5.

Simon Estes grew up in Iowa and was a high school vocalist in his hometown of Centerville. Estes went on to study at the University of Iowa and Juilliard and became a world-renowned opera star. He serves as a distinguished professor and artist-in-residence at Wartburg.

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