VIDEO: Simon Estes performs at Iowa Capitol

Published: January 29 2014 | 10:37 am - Updated: 29 March 2014 | 2:49 am in

Simon Estes, native Iowan and internationally recognized opera singer, sang "God Bless America" before both the House and Senate during the daily flag ceremony. Estes, of Centerville, spent Wednesday talking to House and Senate leaders and spoke to education committees advocating for fine arts to be included in the Iowa core curriculum -- a set of education standards for math, science English and promote critical thinking skills.  The singer apologized to lawmakers for his "terrible, terrible cold" before performing but promised he'd be back to sing at the Capitol again.

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