Denise Thimes

On Sunday, May 12, local jazz diva Denise Thimes will hold her 23rd Denise Thimes and Friends Mother’s Day Concert.

The concert, presented this year by Ameren MO, and Centene Corporation, has become an annual celebration for mothers in memory of her own mother, Mildred Thimes – who passed away from pancreatic cancer in 1997.

“Because it has been branded the ‘Denise Thimes and friends’ show, people might think it’s the same show each year, but each show is different,” Thimes told The American ahead of the show’s 20th anniversary in 2016.

This year’s musical guests include 2018 “The Voice” finalist Kennedy Holmes and Dr. Jonathan DuBose, guitarist for Harry Connick Jr. For her portion of the show, Thimes will pay tribute to the late Nancy Wilson and Roberta Flack.

The annual dinner and concert became so popular over the years that it was forced to move from the Sheldon Concert Hall to the Touhill Performing Arts Center in 2016 to accommodate the crowd.

“It has become the kind of event where I want people who have lost their mothers to come and feel strengthened and healing, but I also want people to bring their mothers to celebrate,” Thimes said.

“We celebrate the lives of the mothers that were lost, and celebrate the lives of the mothers who are with us.”

The 23rd Annual Denise Thimes and Friends Special Mother's Day Concert “Honoring Our Mothers - The Givers of Life” will take place Sunday, May 12 at the Touhill Performing Arts Center. The dinner will take place from 3-4:45 p.m. with the concert at 5:30 p.m. The dinner must be purchased separately and is not included in the performance ticket.

Tickets are available at For ticket questions, call 314-516-4949. For event questions, call 314-773-0337.

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