The University of Iowa

WorldCanvass ReCap: Simon Estes: A Life in Music

December 3rd, 2019
WorldCanvass - Simon Estes: A Life in Music

UI President Bruce Harreld presented the 2019 International Impact Award to internationally acclaimed opera singer Simon Estes in a public ceremony at the beginning of the November 21 WorldCanvass program.  Following the presentation of the award, Estes was interviewed by WorldCanvass host Joan Kjaer about his young life in Centerville, Iowa, his long and successful international operatic career, and the racism he faced in both the European and American contexts as his talents carried him to greater heights.  He shared how music, education, and faith were the bedrock of his upbringing, all of which he says contributed to his success over the years.  


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Bruce Harreld, Simon Estes holding award, and Downing Thomas

Simon Estes and Joan Kjaer speaking during interview


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