Recent and Upcoming Events
She Kills Monsters: Young Adventurer’s Edition
On Nov. 4 & 5, 2021, Chapel Hill-Chauncy Hall School in Waltham, MA, will perform She Kills Monsters featuring the score Shirley originally wrote for Century College’s production last year. Check out the music on her bandcamp page here – and to the cast at Chapel Hill-Chauncy Hall, break a leg!
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.
In August 2021, the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Miran Vaupotic, performed Of Lakes and Legends as part of a streamed concert of contemporary orchestral works.
Live theatre is back! Shirley has composed background and incidental music for Century College’s production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, running Oct. 15-24, 2021. We hope to see you there!
In Fall 2020 the Century College Theatre Dept. produced She Kills Monsters: Virtual Realms, performed on Zoom, for which Shirley composed incidental music. Earlier this year Shirley released an album of soundtrack highlights on bandcamp – check it out here!
In Spring 2019, Shirley wrote and arranged music for Century College’s production of The Grapes of Wrath. Her onstage group of musicians, the Hell-Burnin’ Sinners, has evolved into its own band and they’ve taken it on the road! They have performed at venues including Driftwood Char Bar, Midtown Global Market, Broken Clock Brewing Cooperative, and Eagles Club #34. In summer 2021 they performed pregame shows at CHS Field for the St. Paul Saints, and at Twin Cities Summer Jam in Shakopee. Visit their website or Facebook page to check out upcoming events.
The Hell-Burnin’ Sinners are: (front row) Joshua Larson, guitar; Shirley Mier, melodica & keyboard; Aaron Hooker, banjo & lead vocals; Alison Keller, fiddle; (back row) Daniel Wahlstrom, percussion; and Blake Radke, bass.
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. Thanks to the many theatres across the country that have made this show a holiday tradition!