This week’s Symphonies of Iowa features Iowa native and internationally-renowned bass-baritone Simon Estes taking the stage with the Des Moines Symphony for their “Simon Sings Porgy & Bess” concert.
Simon Estes joined the Des Moines Symphony along with Janice Chandler-Eteme, “one of the world’s foremost lyric sopranos,” to perform selections from Gershwin’s “beloved” Porgy & Bess.
Simon Estes “has filled opera houses from New York City to Paris and beyond.”
Also featured on the concert is Luther College’s celebrated Nordic Choir, directed by Dr. Andrew Last. They sing Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms with boy soprano, Anthony Petruconis. Nordic Choir “enjoys national and international acclaim as one of the premier collegiate choral ensembles in the United States.”
The Des Moines Symphony’s “Simon Sings Porgy & Bess” concert airs this weekend on IPR Classical on Sunday, May 19, 2019 at 4 pm and Monday, May 20, 2019 at 7 pm.
SHOSTAKOVICH Festive Overture
BERNSTEIN Chichester Psalms
GERSHWIN Music from Porgy & Bess
Joseph Giunta, conducting
Simon Estes, bass-baritone
Janice Chandler-Eteme, soprano
Anthony Petruconis, boy soprano
Luther College Nordic Choir
Andrew Last, Nordic Choir director
Listen below to hear an interview with Simon Estes, Maestro Giunta, and Andrew Last.