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February 15, 2020

As a performer, conductor, composer, producer, educator, and currently serving as a senior vice president, one may ask Michael Shirtz, how is he able to lead a career where all these connect? His answer, "It's because of the jazz!"

Following the Jazz Education Network c...

February 1, 2020

Throughout 2020, the entire world will be celebrating the 250th anniversary of the birth of Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827), the creative genius whose music continues to inspire and enrich the lives of people all over the globe.

Celebrate 250 Years of Ludwig Von Beet...

April 15, 2019

2019 Norwalk Choral Festival
Wednesday, April 17, 2019 7:30pm

Join us for the 2019 Norwalk Choral Festival on Wednesday, April 17 at 7:30pm. This free concert features the Firelands Symphony Chorale, conductor Michael Shirtz, Norwalk High School Choir, an...

March 23, 2019

Up until this point, Michael Shirtz has been best known to Lakeside Chautauqua as a jazz musician, conductor, pianist, vocalist, and overall stage presence. But as Lakeside’s new Senior V.P. of Programming, Shirtz now has the chance to showcase his experience and passi...

February 5, 2019

Duruflé Requiem

Sunday, March 24, 4:00pm

St. Mary's Catholic Church, Sandusky, Ohio

Tickets $15 

Michael Shirtz conducts the Firelands Symphony Chorale & Chamber Orchestra in a program featuring the Duruflé Requiem along with works by w Anton Bruckner. The Requiem has beco...

January 22, 2019

“There is a lot of things to focus on. The question is where do you start? We want to make an impact on younger generations to appreciate the creativity and artistry of jazz. This year we are focusing on jazz education with students in the communities the Jazz@8 Series...

September 1, 2018

Lakeside Chautauqua names Michael Shirtz as the new Senior Vice President where he will oversee Arts & Entertainment, Education, Religious Life, and Recreation Programs. 

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August 26, 2018

Sophie’s Light, A New Musical

Book and lyrics by Marilyn Forster with music by Michael Shirtz, the new musical SOPHIE’S LIGHT premiered August 24 & 25 to astonishing reviews and excitement. The musical celebrates the opening of the Sandusky State Theatre, ninety years...

August 22, 2018

Michael Shirtz joins actress and recording artist Maureen McGovern on Fall Concert Tour. 

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The Firelands Symphony Chorale and Chamber Orchestra present Brahms Requiem conducted by Michael Shirtz.

The Requiem is one of the most beautiful and insightful masterworks about the celebration of life and comforting those that mourn the dead. Brahms features rich melo...

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