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Simon Estes Performs at Valley High School Sunday

Opera star Simon Estes and the Wartburg Community Symphony will perform with Valley High School Simon Estesstudents Sunday, Feb. 15.

The Valley Chamber Orchestra will visit Wartburg College in Waverly Feb. 14 to rehearse with Estes and the Wartburg symphony before presenting a concert there in the evening. Estes, a Wartburg Distinguished Professor and Artist in Residence, and the symphony will travel to West Des Moines the next day to repeat their performance with the Valley musicians.

The concert begins at 3 p.m. Feb. 15 at the Valley High School Performing Arts Center, 3650 Woodland Ave., West Des Moines. Tickets are $16.50 for adults and $6.50 for students in kindergarten through 12th grade. Go to www.wartburg.edu/Symphony for information and to purchase tickets.

The idea for the collaboration was suggested last year by Daniel Kaplunas, director of the Wartburg Community Symphony, said Phil Peters, Valley’s orchestra director.

The Valley students’ program for the concerts includes “Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis” by Ralph Vaughn Williams; “Jupiter” and “Mars” from “The Planets,” Gustav Holst; “Berceuse” and “Finale” from “Firebird,” Igor Stravinsky; and “Finlandia,” Jean Sibelius. Estes will be featured on the songs “You’ll Never Walk Alone” and “Old Man River.”

Auditions are held each spring for the Valley Chamber Orchestra, whose students also participate in string quartets, small ensembles, All-State events and more. Several of the musicians are also members of the Des Moines Youth Symphony.