The Sonshine Singers have been given the opportunity of opening for a Simon Estes performance at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 10 at Hoyt Sherman Place in Des Moines.
Tickets are $50, with all proceeds going to A Celebration of 10 Years of Mercy Hospice-Johnston, which has, in 10 years, served more than 4,000 patients and made 112,716 patient home visits.
Estes, an internationally renowned bass-baritone, made his debut with the Deutsche Opera Berlin in 1965 and has performed in major opera companies since then, including the Metropolitan Opera, New York; Lyric Opera, Chicago; San Francisco Opera; the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London; and L'Opera de Paris, among a great number of others.
A native of Centerville, he and his family live in Iowa and he has teaching positions at Iowa State University and Wartburg College. He maintains an active scheduled of performances and master classes. His recent awards include the Distinguished Iowa Citizen Award and the Alumni Award of Iowa State University.
Armona Redenius, director of Sonshine Singers, said the 130-member group will perform four numbers to open the concert. Sue Feltman will accompany the choir, with Craig Johnson the drummer and Kevin Thompson assistant drummer.
Others to perform are tenor James Thompson, the Max Wellman Trio and Odell McGhee, with Kathleen Hurley's butterfly dance. Jodi Goble will be accompanist.