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THE MICHAEL SHIRTZ QUARTET
February 14 @ 7:30 PM
A performer, producer, composer, and conductor, Michael Shirtz is known for his versatility with jazz, contemporary, and classical music, reaching out to diverse audiences of multi-generations. His interest for traditional music is clearly evident in his work as a conductor and educator, while his passion in jazz and contemporary music is his noted forte.
His vocal style captures the warmth and lyricism of a Mel Tormé on smooth ballads, and up tunes are distinct with energy, drive, and a hint of gospel and blues. As a pianist, Shirtz has remained deeply influenced by the innovation of Brubeck’s keyboard styles, which are infused into Michael’s groups. Among Shirtz’s greatest attributes are his diverse, instrumental-like scat-singing and cool ease with his audiences. After a concert an audience member commented, “It’s like listening to Mel Tormé meets Brubeck!”
This Performance is part of the Cabaret Series.
The Cabaret Series brings outstanding performers and audience members together onstage for a special evening of great food and exceptional entertainment. Share an evening with one hundred fellow audience members as you are seated onstage in an intimate performance setting and enjoy a three-course catered meal as part of your ticket price. Seating for dinner begins at 6:30 p.m.; entertainment begins at 7:30 p.m.