Recent and Upcoming Events
On May 16, 2022, Shirley conducted the Farmington High School Band Class of 2022 members performing Legacy, the work they had commissioned from Shirley two years before as a farewell gift to their band directors (Bradley Mariska, Erin Holmes, and Elliot Douma). The piece reflects and commemorates their collective experience in band: learning their instruments, developing as musicians, coping with the disruption of the pandemic, emerging triumphant and looking forward toward new adventures. Thank you Mac Kenzie Frame and the Class of 2022 band members for a truly special commission – it was a memorable and wonderful experience working with you!
In October 2021, Shirley Mier and playwright Brian Vinero rehearsed and recorded a demo of their musical The Allan Street Yiddish Theatre Palace Presents: Cinderesther. It is now available on Vimeo – see below!
She Kills Monsters: Young Adventurer’s Edition
On Nov. 4 & 5, 2021, Chapel Hill-Chauncy Hall School in Waltham, MA, performed 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 congratulations to the cast at Chapel Hill-Chauncy Hall for a successful show!
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 will be composing incidental music and doing sound design for Century College’s upcoming production of The Play That Goes Wrong, running April 22-May 1, 2022. She has composed incidental music for other recent productions at Century: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time in October 2021 and She Kills Monsters: Virtual Realms in October 2020. Check out the soundtrack highlights album for She Kills Monsters on bandcamp 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!