“Strong musicianship and spontaneous substantive musical ideas flow effortlessly from Mike’s performances.”
- Pete Ford, Jazz Pianist
A performer, composer, and conductor, Michael Shirtz is known for his versatility with jazz, contemporary, and classical music, reaching out to diverse audiences of multi-generations. His vocal style captures the warmth and lyricism of a Mel Tormé on smooth ballads, and up tunes are distinct with energy, drive, and a hint of blues. As a pianist, Shirtz has remained deeply influenced by the innovation of Brubeck’s keyboard styles, which are infused into Michael’s groups. Among Shirtz’s greatest attributes are his diverse, instrumental-like scat-singing and cool ease with his audiences. After a concert an audience member commented, “It’s like listening to Mel Tormé meets Brubeck!”
“Michael Shirtz is one of the best jazz singers in the country, in a league with Jackie Paris, Mark Murphy, and Roy Kral!"
- Mark Gridley, Jazz Historian
A native of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Shirtz began his musical career while in high school fronting small house bands to leading variations of big bands and jazz combos. It wasn’t long before Michael was traveling, producing, and performing popular themed concerts and tribute shows. These unique jazz infused programs have reached out to a diverse audience, creating a unique following that embraces music lovers of all ages to Michael’s music. After an nine-year break to pursue other musical interests, Shirtz returned to performing in 2012 by reestablishing the Michael Shirtz Quartet and expanding his interest in composing and arranging music. Their unique instrumentation and arrangements allows the quartet to perform traditional jazz styles and move effortlessly into playing Blues, Funk, Rock, Gospel and Singer/Songwriter material.
In 2013, Shirtz returned to presenting theme shows by releasing the show, “As I’ve Learned It” (tribute to the music of his grandfather, big band leader Tommy Weldon) and launched and currently hosts the popular JAZZ @ 8 Series featuring different themes and artists. In 2015 Shirtz released his new show, “America Our Way” that highlights the music and performers of the 20th Century. Though Shirtz has recorded for other artists and projects since the late 90s, he has no solo album to his name. Shirtz plans to record his first album this coming year entitled, "Blue Skies: More than a Decade's Journey."
In addition to his work as a jazz performer, Shirtz continues to pursue other avenues in music as a conductor, composer, and educator.
"Michael Shirtz is one of my favorite musicians, both to work with and to watch. As a performer and bandleader, Michael clearly demonstrates a high command of the repertoire of the modern improvising musician, both as a pianist and vocalist. Additionally, Michael has a gift for engaging his audience, not only through his music, but by way of his openness and storytelling during the show. He possesses the ability to draw both his audience and bandmates into a shared experience that transcends the more common "concert" event. I have known Michael for many years, and it is my privilege to call him colleague, bandmate, and friend."
- Doug Neel, Benedetto Guitarist
Pamela Shirtz will be playing the role of Mary Poppins in LMCT's production of MARY POPPINS THE MUSICAL, July 17-26, at the Stocker Arts Center. Produced by Lynn Maslinski & Marlene Karpinski, Director and Choreographed by Monica Olejko, MARY POPPINS THE MUSICAL is the perfect show for the entire family. Pam is honored to share the stage with such a talented cast and production team.
Known as one of the most popular Disney movies of all time, the stage version is as a practically perfect musical! Based on the books by P.L. Travers and the classic Walt Disney film, Disney & Cameron Mackintosh's MARY POPPINS THE MUSICAL received nominations for nine Olivier and seven TONY Awards, including Best Musical. The jack-of-all trades, Bert, introduces us to England in 1910 and the troubled Banks family. Young Jane and Michael have sent many a nanny packing before Mary Poppins arrives on their doorstep. Using a combination of magic and common sense, she must teach the family how to value each other again. Mary Poppins takes the children on many magical and memorable adventures, but Jane and Michael aren't the only ones she has a profound effect upon. Even grown-ups can learn a lesson or two from the nanny who advises that "Anything can happen if you let it."
Don't miss this opportunity to see this great production of MARY POPPINS THE MUSICAL. See below to order tickets:
Stocker Arts Center
Lorain County Community College
1005 Abbe Road North
Elyria, OH 44035
BOX OFFICE: (440) 366-4040
ONLINE TICKETS: www.stockerartscenter.com
Michael Shirtz is the music director/conductor for WEST SIDE STORY presented by the Summer Stock Theatre The Huron Playhouse, Inc. July 7-10. He is honored to join the artistic directing team of this production with long-time friend and colleague Lisa L. Wiley who is directing the show and wife Pamela Shirtz who is the choreographer. Wiley, Shirtz and Shirtz have collaborated as a directing team on previous musicals, including The Sound of Music, Grease, and Charlie Brown Christmas.
Based on a conception of Jerome Robbins, Book by Arthur Laurents, Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and the Music by Leonard Bernstein, this original production was inspired by the timeless story of Romeo and Juliet, WEST SIDE STORY takes Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers and places them in the vibrant battleground of New York City’s West Side. In the midst of the deep-seated rivalry between the Jets and the Sharks, Tony and Maria attempt to discover a place where ancient grudges are no match for true love. One of the great collaborations in theatre history, West Side Story remains one of American musical theatre’s most revolutionary and most beloved treasures.
Lisa, Michael and Pamela have worked with the company to take the production beyond it’s story to highlight the lessons learned by this tale and how important this applies to our current times. Michael has always been a long time enthusiast of Leonard Bernstein’s music, producing and conducting several tribute shows to the man and his music.
To purchase tickets to WEST SIDE STORY call the Huron Playhouse at 419.433.4744 or go to www.huronplayhouse.org.
OCM Productions and Paper Moon Vineyard team up to produce "Jazz @ the Vineyard" with the Michael Shirtz Quartet featuring saxophonist Ernie Krivda. The evening will include a tribute to the music of the Greatest Generation as we celebrate the 70th anniversary to end of World War II and the upcoming July 4th weekend. From the swingin' sounds of the Big Bands to the rich romantic ballads that have become timeless, experience of the music of an era that changed the world. The evening will highlight the classic WWII hits along with music by Gershwin, Duke Ellington, and more.
Joining the Shirtz Quartet is world-renown tenor saxophonist, Ernie Krivda. Considered by critics as "one of the best jazz tenor men in the world," Krivda's career spans nearly 50 years in the industry with over 30 albums, numerous compositions, and still maintains an active schedule as both a performer and teacher. In 2009 Ernie received the Lifetime Achievement Award by Cleveland Arts and has recently received many accolades from jazz organizations and festivals for his work in the industry. Krivda leads the "The Big Fat Tuesday Jazz Band" and works with a "who's who" in the jazz world.
Joining Shirtz and Krivda is Doug Neel (bass/guitar) and Nelson Overton (drums). Audience packages for "Jazz @ the Vineyard" includes special reserved seating under the tent stage, glass of wine and appetizer plate, and dessert accompanied by a taste of ice wine. Audience may also have the option to order from the traditional dinner menu in addition to their package. The perfect way to relax and enjoy an evening of great music at one of Northern Ohio's most beautiful vineyards and winery.
Between Shirtz's great vocal stylings, Krivda's soulful sound, and some of the greatest tunes ever written, "Jazz @ the Vineyard" is sure to be an incredible night for all! Purchase your tickets today!
Thursday, July 2, 8:00pm
JAZZ @ The Vineyard
"Songs of the Greatest Generation"
Michael Shirtz Quartet with Ernie Krivda
Paper Moon Vineyard
2008 State Road (OH 60), Vermilion, Ohio 44089
Tickets $40 - Reservations Required
Call 419-961-7189 or go online for more information today!
Last Friday, Michael Shirtz released the first public performance of his new show "An American Songbook Story" at Lakeside Chautauqua's Hoover Auditorium. The high-energy, emotional, and diverse two-hour show was praised by Shirtz music fans! The audience had many positive comments as well as critics remarks, "A show above the bar!", "Sparking memories of other times and places!", and "Truly a phenomenon!" Others referred to it as some of Shirtz's best work yet!
Known for his tribute shows and honoring the work of legendary performers, Shirtz's "An American Songbook Story" has captured the spirit of the great artistry and music of the 20th Century's entertainment industry. The music, the musicians, Mike's conversations with the audience, the videos, and overall storyline - all made for an incredible experience! The show continues production development through the summer and fall with several performances planned before going on the road in 2016 & 2017. Stay tuned for upcoming shows or visit michaelshirtz.com for more information.
OCM Update: Shirtz music fans in attendance at Friday's concert were shocked to learn over the weekend that Michael suffered a small stroke (TIA) last Thursday. "Only Michael would be discharged Friday at 5pm, be on stage for a sound check at 6:15pm, and deliver a two-hour premiere at 7:30pm," said Arica Pfrisch, Shirtz's manager and producer. Michael says it was 'adrenaline and prayer' that was with him during the show. Michael is resting and doing fine, working towards a full recovery. Michael will be playing with the Michael Shirtz Quartet at Lakeside again this Sunday morning as special guests at the Lakeside Community Service at 10:30am in Hoover Auditorium. We thank you for your support and many well wishes!
Michael Shirtz's "An American Songbook Story" premiers Friday, May 29, 7:30pm at Hoover Auditorium at Lakeside Chautauqua. This new show pays tribute to the composers and performers that helped defined the landscape of America's entertainment industry.
From the music of Gershwin, Duke Ellington and the Swing Era, up through the struggles of the Great Depression and World War II, Shirtz goes beyond the "jazz standard" of the 30's, 40's, and 50's, to present a stirring tribute to the Greatest Generation and the foundation they laid for generations to follow. Shirtz connects their influence on later artists that inspired the styles of Rock & Roll, Blues, Motown, and the Singer/Songwriters who captured the sounds of a country working through its own transitions in the second half of the 20th Century. Through new interpretations of some classics combined with Michael's conversational and story-telling approach, multimedia, and great accompanying musicians, concert-goers will experience a diverse and exciting show celebrating the music we love.
Michael Shirtz is a jazz singer (scat singer) and pianist whose vocal style captures the warmth and lyricism of a Mel Tormé on smooth ballads, and up tunes with energy, drive, and a hint of blues found in the sounds of Ella and Darin. As a pianist, Shirtz has remained deeply influenced by the innovation of Brubeck's keyboard styles, which are infused into Michael's shows. Among Shirtz's greatest attributes are his diverse, instrumental-like scat-singing and cool ease in talking with his audiences. The Michael Shirtz Quartet (aka Michael Shirtz with TRIO NOT) features Michael Shirtz (vocals/piano), Doug Neel (guitar/trombone/bass), Kyle Turner (organ/keyboard), and Nelson Overton (drums). Their unique instrumentation and arrangements allows them to perform traditional jazz styles and move effortlessly into playing Blues, Funk, Rock, Gospel and Singer/Songwriter material. Their versatility and variety give the Michael Shirtz Quartet a mass appeal with jazz and non-jazz audiences alike.
His performances are considered "educationally entertaining," as Michael is dedicated to promoting the work of great legends in the music industry and sharing stories about the music he performs. The audience always leaves feeling entertained, as well as knowing something more about the music they just heard. Though his focus is on jazz, Shirtz is equally as comfortable in performing folk, blues, rock and other contemporary styles, and uses them regularly in his productions.
Shirtz presents this show through his own experience of learning the 'American' sound. Grandson of a former writer and big band leader and having worked with great artists as a conductor, composer, and educator over the past decade, Michael comes to the stage with an eagerness to present this great music and share the artistry of America's voice. As Michael says, "I'm excited about performing this show as it brings people on a walk down memory lane, perhaps introduces a new song or two to younger generations, but more than anything, celebrates the music of a nation and its people. I can't think of a greater story to tell then the one that's in the American Songbook."
"I've always believed that arts stimulate the economy!"
Thursday evening was a touching night for Michael and his wife Pamela as Shirtz received the Distinguished Service Award from the Chamber of Commerce of Sandusky County, located in Northwest, Ohio. The award was presented to Shirtz for his efforts to increase the arts and arts education in Sandusky County and the region. Dr. Charles Hull, who presented the award, commented on the many programs, initiatives, and opportunities Shirtz has brought to Northwest, Ohio over the past decade. Credited for seeing the vision of Terra State's pro-training music degree programs, developing active community music and arts enrichment programs, initiating the Northcoast Arts Alliance, and establishing numerous collaborations in advancing the creative economy and exploration of arts and commerce opportunities, Michael's service to the community has made an everlasting change on "how" we think about the arts.
"I just believe in giving people opportunities and experiences, especially when they are told they can't, or don't feel the opportunities are possible."
Shirtz later shared with OCM staff, "This award means a lot to me because it was really an honor for all the work WE are doing in the arts community to make a difference in our schools, our towns, and for the economic impact and sustainability of quality living for the future! Whereever the arts are, people will always do well. I look forward to many more things to come in our journey of enhancing arts and culture! I am so grateful to everyone who really shares in this recognition with me."
For the past four years, audiences have enjoyed the Sandusky State Theatre's "Jazz @ Eight" Series. Often spearheaded by Michael Shirtz, this series has presented numerous tribute shows to jazz legends, featured various jazz artists, as well as highlighted student musicians. The State Theatre and Shirtz enter into a new partnership that enhances the programs and the audience experience in the new "Michael Shirtz Presents Jazz @ Eight!"
The new series will be organized with OCM Productions and will present more interaction between audience members and musicians, streaming and internet video opportunities, educational materials and information about the musical themes of the evening shows, and continued performance opportunities for student music groups and young starting artists to open for the main featured acts. In addition to jazz, audience goers will experience art displays by regional and student artists throughout the venue. Focused in a true club setting, this new series highlights the world of artisitic creativity.
The "Michael Shirtz Presents Jazz @ Eight" series begins February 20 with a show that highlights jazz from the 1950s up through the 70s entitled, "From Miles to Motown!" Check out the complete series by going to the Sandusky State Theatre. Audiences can also buy tickets or reserve a table by calling the Sandusky State Theatre Box Office at 419-626-1950.
After 14 years, Michael Shirtz says farewell to Terra State Community College.
During the College's annual Holiday Festival Concerts, Michael Shirtz announced he's stepping down from his positions at Terra State and leaving the college to pursue his work in performance, composing, conducting, and arts management. Shirtz, who came to Terra State in 2002, has served as a faculty member and department chair for Music & Humanities, and Dean of Business, Communications and the Arts ('12-'14). In his time he worked to create an interactive music-training program that provided education to students using real-life scenarios and hands-on training directly with professional organizations.
Shirtz's equal passion for business and music help define a department that trained music students to have strong business practices and while focusing on their craft as musicians. His firm belief that all musicians must be entrepreneurs and embrace business as closely to their careers as they do their artistic components, not only influenced greatly the College's programs, but also extended to many of the arts communities the college served. As dean, Shirtz worked with various publics and industry partners to advance the relationships between commerce and creativity, promoting the idealism of the creative economy and using the arts as a driver for economic development.
As an educator, director, and leader, Shirtz has been described as "quick tempered, but first to laugh," "the embodiment of the music he leads," and one who leads with "an iron fist inside a velvet glove." His strict nature and desire that students learn the truth and honest expectations of the industry, mixed with his passion for helping musicians grow and rise to the highest mastery in their performance, makes Shirtz a favorite among those who work with him. As one described, "his popularity never came from wanting to be the nice guy, but instead, holding us to our highest caliber to do the best we can with all we've been given."
After an emotional ending to the Holiday Festival concert, the Terra Choral Society then invited a group of former students and community singers to join Michael and his wife, Pamela, on stage and send them off with a final musical blessing they performed. In his final remarks closing the concert, Shirtz shared with everyone how much Terra has meant to both he and Pamela. He said that he had one goal, and one goal only with his students and community musicians at Terra State, "...to make them fall in love with music, and to share that love with everyone they can."
Though Michael will be missed at the college and with many numerous community programs and activities, he doesn't plan to be a stranger from his students or singers. Stating in a tearful farewell, "I know we will get to work together again and that this departure isn't good-bye, but simply au revoir, until we meet again."
What's next for Michael Shirtz? As Michael returns to the music industry, stay tuned to OCM Productions and michaelshirtz.com for more information.
More than a decade is the genesis for the tagline of Michael's first album with the Michael Shirtz Quartet and special guests. BLUE SKIES: Over A Decade's Journey is appropriately the name for Michael's album that he is gearing up for the recording studio this December and January. Featuring the members of MSQ, Shirtz returns to his album project he abandoned in 2003 due to health issues. Featuring a mix of tunes from the original project along with new selections and arrangements, Blue Skies is a definite journey in Michael's interests and developments as an artist. From his classic/cool jazz style from his earlier days, to the fusion of R&B, Blues, and Latin mixed into his performances today, the album has the potential to reach out to a board spectrum of listeners.
When asking Michael about why now and not earlier to record, he responded, "It is the right time now. There were a lot of things I needed to do first in coming back to the world of performance. One was working on getting my skills back in playing and singing. The other was to work through my new interests in jazz and contemporary music from what my interests were when I was performing before. Needed to take that time to find my new voice, or maybe my older voice," as he laughs.
Though Shirtz is not foreign to the recording studio, working for various recording companies producing, doing voiceovers and guest singing on various projects since the late 90s, Blue Skies will be Shirtz's first complete work featuring a combination of classic jazz standards from the American Songbook along with some new twists on singer-songwriter favorites and compositions by Shirtz. We won't give away all the secrets, but tunes like Blue Skies, The Nearness of You, My Funny Valentine, Pure Imagination, Feeling Groovy, may just be some of the feature tracks.
In addition to Blue Skies, Shirtz's manager, Arica Pfirsch, said the 'guys' will also be recording an additional album entitled In Finding Faith. While Blues Skies highlights Michael's musical journey and interests, she explains that In Finding Faith shares Michael's personal and private journey through injury, illness, and overcoming the odds by focusing on the strength and good in all of us.
"It's very ambitious for an artist to record two albums at once, but the guys are excited about it and Michael has been eager for this for nearly 14 years now. It's definitely time," said Pfirsch. "Since Mike became associated with Lakeside Chautauqua three year's ago and has been doing more conducting and composing with religious organizations, the requests for him to record a collection featuring songs of faith have been amazing. So when he made the decision that one of his first two albums would be a faith-based recording, none of us were surprised."
In Finding Faith will feature great hymns of faith such as Amazing Grace, It Is Well With My Soul, new variations of favorites such as Jesus Loves Me, and a series of original tunes as well. In Finding Faith is also the title of Michael's new show that is set to premiere in Fort Myers, Florida in March and feature songs from the album.
"I am super excited for Mike and the guys to be going into the studio to record these two albums. This gives them an opportunity to capture what has been brewing in their writing. Plus I am excited for the fans to be able to purchase either album to continue their MSQ experience and to share with others who may not know Michael and the musicians he works with," said Pfirsch.
Blue Skies and In Finding Faith will be recorded at Capital in Columbus, Ohio in December and January. To help with the investment of the projects, OCM is establishing a campaign through Kickstarter. Shirtz music fans that invest in the campaign will receive everything from a signed CD to even private a performance with Michael Shirtz depending on their gift level.
Pfirsch shared, "The Kickstarter campaign is a great way for any fan or supporter to become part of this journey that Mike and the guys will be traveling. It's an investment in making MSQ successful and to help launch something great! Be looking for the campaign information both on Mike's and OCM's website."
It is an exciting time for Michael Shirtz, MSQ, and OCM Productions. Be looking for Blues Skies and In Finding Faith next year.
To learn more about the Michael Shirtz's upcoming recordings contact OCM productions.
The Michael Shirtz Quartet has always featured numerous musicians on the bandstand. Highlighting saxophonists, horn players, guitarists, various bass players and drummers, and even unique additions such as cellists, flutists, and even harmonica. As Michael made the return to performing in 2013 it was a combination of various musicians that joined Shirtz in his performances under the title of MSQ.
"Something unique in the jazz world is that the name of the groups are often times identified by the bandleader or featured artist," explained MSQ manager, Arica Pfirsch. "Often times various players rotate within the group, but it doesn't change the name or the group's music. Despite the guest musicians or rotating players, there is an artist's core group of players and OCM is excited to announce Michael's new MSQ that will be joining him."
So who is Michael's core quartet playing in his shows "AMERICA, Our Way," "As I've Learned It," and next year's new show "In Finding Faith," as well as recording on his up coming albums? Meet the new Michael Shirtz Quartet!
Douglas Neel (guitarist/trombonist/vocalist) is a mainstay of MSQ and collaborator with Shirtz. Neel is a multi-instrumentalist from Columbus, OH, who specializes in performance and education. Douglas has performed with numerous artists and ensembles throughout the region, including Trio NOT, The Harmony Project, The Adrian Symphony Orchestra, Walt Sanders & The Cadillac Band, Canta BRASIL, The Pinup Project, The Conspiracy Band, Yumbambé, Paul Brown's Science Gravy Orchestra, Central Ohio Brass Band, The Dominion Brass, the Scott Gwinnell Jazz Orchestra, the Student Loan, Soul Kitch'n, Matt King & The Roustabout Band, and the Broadway touring shows of Hairspray, A Chorus Line, and Chicago. Additionally, Douglas has shared the stage with such greats as Melissa Manchester, Mary McClendon, Jay Ashby, Elizabeth Von Trapp, Ernie Krivda, Aretha Franklin, and continues to lead his own Trio/Quartet on a variety of performances. Douglas is on the Faculty of Capital University's Conservatory of Music, Mt. Vernon Nazarene University, and the University of Findlay. In addition to being a performing artist for Benedetto Guitars, Douglas is also an Edwards Trombone affiliated artist. He holds music degrees from the Capital University and Bowling Green State University. Douglas often sings backup vocals to Michael's melodies and is the perfect lyrical compliment to Michael's heavy rhythmic and often bitonal piano stylings. Douglas and Michael's friendship goes back to their college days at Capital and is often credited for Shirtz's return to performing in 2012.
Dwight Bailey (bass) was born in Detroit but credits much of his musical development to the heavy influence of musicians based in Central Ohio. During his teenage years he began playing predominately gospel and working with artist like Bobby Jones, LaShaun Pace & Douglas Miller, he learned that playing bass with a spiritual conviction would be the tool that would serve him well in years to come. It wasn't until his college years, at The Ohio State University, that he was inspired to learn more about jazz and other styles of music. He began to study the double bass with several teachers such as Dr. Milton Ruffin, Dr. Solona Lee, Dr. Paul Robinson, Doug Richeson & Roger Hines. Dwight has spent the last several years touring all over the world and has performed on some of the most prestigious platforms in music, such as the Monterey Bay Blues/Jazz Festival, the North Sea Jazz Festival, The London Jazz Festival, Carnegie Hall and the Primivera Music Festival, to name a few. He has held down the low end at the world famous Hollywood Bowl for artist like the Blind Boys of Alabama, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Terence Blanchard, Nicholas Payton, Arturo Sandoval, Anthony Hamilton, TelMary, Marcus Belgrave and his boss of 2 years, 6-time grammy award winner, Dr. John. Today, Dwight continues to tour with various artist and enjoys playing the local scenes in both Ohio and Michigan.
Reggie Jackson (drums) is equally at home to both the jazz and the pop/commercial music scenes. Based in Columbus, OH, Reggie built a reputation from an early age as a powerful drummer who could cover many styles such as be-bop, Latin, big band, fusion, pop and gospel. Over the last two decades Reggie expanded his reach beyond the Columbus scene through worldwide tours with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Dr. John as well as the Grammy Award winning jazz singer Diane Schuur. Throughout these tours, Reggie has performed in many legendary jazz clubs such as The Blue Note and can be heard on Diane Schuur's CD "Live in London" which was recorded at the famous Ronnie Scott's jazz club. Reggie continues to stay busy balancing work in music and family. In Columbus alone, Reggie can be found working with many great players like Bobby Floyd and Derek DeCenzo. His work covers a wide variety of situations such as educational workshops, church gigs and weekly jazz jam sessions.
"I am honored to have the opportunity to work with these cats and make great music with them. They are incredible and I am so looking forward to our future shows and plans coming up," said Shirtz. MSQ is prepping for a busy 2017 with recordings and performances. Shirtz fans will be excited about what's coming up!
Michael Shirtz will join the creative team as the music director of the controversial and thrilling musical Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson this fall at Clayton Performing Arts Center in Knoxville, Tennessee.
Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson is a rock musical/opera about our nation’s seventh president from his childhood to his controversial reign in the White House. With a very young and confused country, the show unfolds Jackson’s career as a ruthless military commander, his relationship with his wife, work as a populist agitator and defiance towards the Founding Fathers, and then President of the United States. Ironically, Jackson’s famous 1828 election shares many characteristics of today’s election. Shirtz will work with the actors, musicians, and production teams in a series of musical workshops and rehearsals in preparing for the performances.
“It amazing that shows like Hamilton, this one about Andrew Jackson, and others, are looking back at America’s history and really being enjoyed by younger audiences. Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson is truly a great musical composition and crafted staged work,” said Shirtz. “I look forward to working with the actors in telling this historical story in such a progressive method.”
Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson will play October 28-November 6. For more information call Clayton Performing Arts Center at (865) 694-6400.
The Huron Playhouse is Ohio's oldest continuing summer stock theater preparing for their 68th Season. Located in the Lake Erie coastal community of Huron, Ohio, the Playhouse is beginning a transformation from an educational summer theater company and to professional summer stock program with actors joining the company from regional, collegiate, and Off Broadway theaters.
Michael joins the playhouse as the season's Resident Music Director and Pamela returns to the Playhouse as their Residential Choreographer. The two will join artistic director Nick Hrutkey and directors Lisa Wiley and Jennifer Wertz to produce A Chorus Line, The Birds, Vanya & Sonya & Masha & Spike, and Little Shop of Horrors.
Pamela is known for being a dynamic choreographer known for "making the impossible possible" by working with dancers of all ages and levels, including school ensembles up through professional theater companies. Pam's original choreography always pays tribute to dancers and choreographers that have inspired her while telling the story of the music and the show through movement. Michael comes to the Playhouse for his professional work as a vocal coach and being known as "songsmith" in working with actors and singers to develop their storytelling and emotional connections with audiences.
Learn more about the Huron Playhouse and their 68th Season by calling 419-433-4744 or clicking HPH.
Michael Shirtz joins nine other distinguished alumni as guest artists for the 2016 Jazz & World Music Festival, April 13-16 at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio. Other alumni guest artists includes Michael's classmate from '01 Matt Billingslea (drummer for Taylor Swift), guitarist Tom Wolfe '83, pianist Joey Skoch '14, guitarist William Flynn '10, trombonist Ryan Hamilton '03, trumpeter Wes Orr '65, saxophonist Monica Shriver '15, David Wolbert '14, and trumpeter Larry Spencer.
Shirtz will be presenting masterclasses in singing and music business, as well performances throughout the week with the alumni guest artists and the Capital University Big Band. For a full week schedule go to Jazz & World Music Festival.
Coming to the Firelands Symphony Orchestra in the 2017-18 concert season is the new Firelands Symphony Chorale led by conductor/director Michael Shirtz.
The FSC will be an auditioned chorus of singers that serve as chorus-in-residence for the Firelands Symphony Orchestra and School of the Arts. Performing both Classical, Contemporary, and American Music programming, the FCS will provide influential educational programs for singers and choir directors. The Symphony Chorale will perform with the FSO throughout the season as well as present additional programming and choral festivals. The Symphony Chorale’s mission is to serve as a dedicated ensemble with a professional attitude and commitment toward good quality choral music.
Already planned for 2017-18 are three performances with the Firelands Symphony Orchestra, starting with Opening Night on October 7 performing selections from Bach’s Cantata No. 80: Ein feste Berg ist unser Gott (celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation).
The FSC will also perform with the full orchestra for our Holiday Spectacular on Dec 10, as well as, their closing concert on April 21, 2018. The FSC will also be participating in the Great Hymns of Faith Festival October 28-29 and present Brahms’ Requiem in March of 2018.
Auditions for membership into the FSC will take place at the Firelands Symphony Office & School for the Arts on Sunday, May 7 from 2pm to 6pm and on Monday, May 8 from 6pm to 9pm. If you’d like to receive information about upcoming auditions and be considered for the chorale, please email Laurie Korobkin, Executive Director, at Laurie@firelandssymphony.com. For more concert information, refer to the Firelands Symphony Orchestra’s website at www.firelandssymphony.com.
What: Auditions for Singers for Firelands Symphony Chorale
When: Sunday, May 7 (2 – 6pm) and Monday, May 8 (6 – 9pm)
Where: Firelands Symphony Orchestra & School for the Arts, 334 E. Washington St., Sandusky, OH 44870
Who: Firelands Symphony Chorale To Schedule an Audition: Email Laurie@firelandssymphony.com
Audition Requirements: • Prepared solo, about two minutes in length, preferably an art son or aria that showcases your voice. • Vocal exercises provided by the director at auditions. • Sight-reading of a choral part. • Must be age 14 years or older to join the Symphony Chorale.
Shirtz Music released in a Tweet today: "The world lost a giant, that left a footprint on music forever!"
The legendary Tommy LiPuma died at 80. Click here to see Tri-C's tribute page: http://www.tri-c.edu/arts-and-entertainment/remembering-tommy-lipuma.html
Michael Shirtz joins the Tri-C Creative Arts team in Cleveland as the newly appointed Program Manager where he will oversee operations in producing the Tri-C JazzFest and Tri-C Presents Series with Terri Pontremoli (pictured with Shirtz) and an incredible team of artists, musicians, managers, and producers.
The Tri-C JazzFest is an internationally known jazz festival in Cleveland that is a summer music festival that takes place in the theaters of Playhouse Square and outdoors on U.S. Bank Plaza. In addition to the main stages, the Tri-C JazzFest presents some of the hottest bands in the region on outside stages from 3 p.m. to midnight during the festival. Other festival activities include food and street boutiques, cooking demos, "Jazz Talk" tent, KidBop, and dancing until midnight under the GE Chandelier in downtown Cleveland. In addition, JazzFest is also an educational festival that connects students of all ages with local and international jazz artists through their education days. This year's JazzFest is June 22-24.
Tri-C Presents is considered a "movable feast," with presentations and performances at Playhouse Square, Cleveland Museum of Art, Lakewood Civic Auditorium, Oberlin College, the Music Box, and Cleveland's famous club, Nighttown. Offering a mix of classical music, featured jazz, and dance, Tri-C Presents also features the award-winning Tri-C theatre productions that are always a great introduction to the world of theater, from new works to Broadway shows.
"I am very excited to be working with Tri-C and joining this amazing team," said Shirtz. "The opportunity to work with such great people and presenting such amazing shows and opportunities to celebrate and enhance the arts for audiences of all ages is something I am very passionate about. I am excited to bring that passion to Tri-C."
Michael's offices are on the 3rd Floor of the Tommy LaPuma Center for the Arts in downtown Cleveland, which is home to Tri-C's Recording Studios, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Offices and Archives, Tri-C Presents, and Tri-C JazzFest. Tri-C Creative Arts is a professional, community, and academic division of Cuyahoga Community College (famously known as Tri-C) in Cleveland.
INTERESTED IN STUDYING WITH MICHAEL SHIRTZ?
NOW IS YOUR OPPORTUNITY IN 2017!
OCM Productions is pleased to announce that Michael Shirtz will be available for private lessons in Voice, Composition, and Jazz.
If you are interested in becoming a better musician or developing your professional skills in music, this is a great opportunity to work with Michael on enhancing your artistic interests.
Lessons with Michael Shirtz
- $45 for hour lesson
- $25 for 30 minute lesson
Lessons will be scheduled between the student and OCM Productions upon registration request. Lessons can be purchased in packages of up to 4 sessions at a time (monthly). Some lessons may have requirements or placements before registration.
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