Mike's Mission...Why Jazz Is Important!

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 conference in New Orleans last month, Michael shared with students that he navigates such diverse career because of the skills one develops as a jazz musician. "Working in jazz, we are always in an environment of improvisation, striving for harmonies, listening, critically thinking, focusing in the moment, being a team player, sharing ideas, responding and reacting, comping - knowing when to play and when to not, and most of al

The Essence of Beethoven

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 Beethoven with us on March 22 at 4pm. The Firelands Symphony Chorale led by Michael Shirtz, the Firelands Symphony Chamber Orchestra, and soloists from Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music will be performing three of Beethoven's pieces: ~ Mass in C Major ~ Hallelujah from "Christ on the Mount of Olives" ~ Joyful, Joyful The Essence of Beethoven When: Sunday, March 22, 2020 Time: 4:00pm Where: St. Mary's Catholic Church, 42

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