Michael Shirtz Quartet "Blue Skies"

 Tuesday, August 21, 2018 
8:15pm-9:45pm  
Hoover Auditorium

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Known for his energetic programs, audience engagement, multimedia elements and natural artistry of contemporary music, Michael Shirtz and his ensemble will entertain Hoover Auditorium with a concert of their newly released album, Blue Skies.

The album features 12 songs that highlight Shirtz’s unique approach of mixing various styles and genres together to enrich the story of the song itself.

"It was incredible to be back in the studio on the other side of the glass," said Shirtz. "I've been directing and producing recordings for the past decade, so to return to the microphone after 14 years was a little intimidating...but felt good."

The concept of Blue Skies focuses on the music that has influenced Shirtz’s life. Tunes from the American Songbook, such as Irving Berlin’s “Cheek to Cheek,” Cole Porter’s “I’ve Got You under My Skin” and Rodgers & Hart’s “My Funny Valentine,” impacted the early years of his career.

His goal in performing has always been to take people away from their stresses and hardships and make them happy. His arrangement and recording with Danny Bauer of “Make Someone Happy” and “Smile” is sure to be one of the album’s most moving tracks. The seamless combination of these songs are brilliantly blended with a powerful message.

Though considered a jazz album, not all of the tracks are performed with traditional jazz. The album also features swing, ballads, Latin and new versions of old classics with funk, rock and soul-like treatments.

Produced by longtime friend and collaborator Doug Neel, and engineered and mastered by Chad Loughrige, Blue Skies also features Neel on guitar, Dwight Bailey (bass), Reggie Jackson (drums), Danny Bauer (keyboard), George Michael (saxophone) and Charles Saenz (trumpet).


Admission & Parking
Purchasing a Daily, Saturday or Season Chautauqua Pass includes admission to Lakeside Chautauqua and all shows in Hoover Auditorium, plus additional benefits. A separate ‘ticket’ is not necessary to attend a show or concert. As always, kids age 12 & under and guests over age 90 are always free. Parking is an additional fee. A Daily or Saturday Chautauqua Pass is valid from the time it is purchased until 7 p.m. the following day. Chautauqua Passes and Auto Passes may be purchased online at tickets.lakesideohio.com or upon entering the gates of Lakeside. Please allow two weeks for online processing.

The doors to Hoover Auditorium open a half-hour prior to the start of the show or concert. Seats are not reserved, but available on a first-come, first-served basis. Food and beverages are prohibited inside Hoover Auditorium. Please present your Chautauqua Pass upon entering and exiting Hoover Auditorium and the Lakeside Chautauqua gates.

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