Recent and Upcoming Events
Of Lakes and Legends
Written for the Century Chamber Orchestra (at Century College, White Bear Lake, MN), Shirley’s orchestral suite Of Lakes and Legends was recorded by the Croatian Chamber Orchestra in the fall of 2017 with PARMA Recordings and was released in October 2018 on their Navona label on the album Legends and Light, a compilation of contemporary orchestral works.
The Century Chamber Orchestra premiered Of Lakes and Legends in May 2017 and performed the work again in May 2018 as part of Century College’s 50th Anniversary celebration.
Shirley’s most recent concert band work, Steampunk Overture, was published by Grand Mesa Music Publishers in July 2018. This work was commissioned by the St. Michael-Albertville High School Band (Adam Sroka, Director) and premiered in May 2016. It was also performed at Spring Lake Park High School, under the direction of Brian Lukkasson, in June 2017, and by Mahtomedi High School in November 2018.
Shirley’s first published works were all pedagogical piano duets, and now another one, Dreamland, has joined their ranks at Alfred Music!
Music-Directing and Performing Projects
Century College is producing two musicals in their upcoming season, with Shirley music-directing: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee in Fall 2019, and Godspell in Spring 2020. Check back for dates and details!
In Spring 2019, Shirley wrote and arranged music for Century’s production of The Grapes of Wrath. Her onstage group of musicians, the Hell-Burnin’ Sinners, has evolved into its own band and they are taking it on the road! They will be playing a charity event on Sept. 28, the Twin Cities Walk to End Alzheimer’s, and participating in the MBOTMA Americana-Roots Band Contest at the Minnesota State Fair on Sat. Aug. 31. (Facebook event link below.) Come and cheer on the Sinners, and stay tuned for more news and future gigs!
The Hell-Burnin’ Sinners, from left to right: Bob Martin, guitar & mandolin; Shirley Mier, melodica; Adam Wirtz, percussion; Alison Keller, fiddle; Blake Radke, bass; and Aaron Hooker, banjo & lead vocals.
Of Lakes and Legends
Shirley’s orchestral suite Of Lakes and Legends was featured in the January 2018 issue of White Bear Lake Magazine. Many thanks to everyone who contributed to this article!
The CD Legends and Light (featuring Of Lakes and Legends) is reviewed in the online articles linked below:
Shirley Mier’s and Jennifer Kirkeby’s musical adaptation of Madeline’s Christmas has received numerous productions around the country since its publication by Dramatic Publishing in 2005. KOTA’s 2016 production in New York was recognized by TheatreMania in its article “9 Holiday Shows to Make Your Season Merry and Bright,” and this same production was named among the Best 10 Holiday Shows in New York City by newyorkcitytheatre.com. Local group Woodbury Community Theatre will be producing it again in December 2019. Thanks to the many theatres across the country that have made this show a holiday tradition!
New Musical Theatre Exchange
The New Musical Theatre Exchange was featured in a recent article by Laurie Flanagan Hegge in The Dramatist – read all about it here!