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Twin Cities wedding and event pianist, Sharon Planer, loves the adventure of bringing events to life with her live piano music!

How I found music for my family event
February 17, 2019

Getting to know other musicians over the years has its benefits.

I recently found myself needing a vocalist and pianist for my mother’s memorial celebration. My family members and I reviewed our music needs. My mother had four hymns that were dear to her heart. We knew we would need a vocalist to sing several solos as well as lead the guests in singing. Also, jazz standards of the 30’s and 40’s was a special part of my mother’s life. We thought it would be perfect to have a pianist perform this as background music during the luncheon.

I looked over the names of vocalists and pianists that I have come to know through my professional relationships. Diane Music, Inc. stood out as the perfect choice. I had heard Diane sing many times and had heard JJ her pianist accompany her as well as perform solo piano music. Their performances were always beautiful. Thankfully, they were available!


Being a pianist myself I know the work that is involved in communication as well as learning new music and arranging songs. Diane and JJ were very conscientious in communicating with me and perfecting the music we requested. Throughout the planning process and on the day of the celebration I had peace of mind knowing that my mother’s music was in good hands.

Diane lifted our hearts as she led us in singing. After family members shared special remembrances of my mother, Diane touched our hearts with her solo performances. JJ’s accompaniment followed Diane’s every nuance. Their music was beautiful! As the luncheon began, we were greeted with lovely songs from my mother’s past performed by JJ on the piano. The celebration was wonderful! Diane and JJ ‘s music was a beautiful tribute to my wonderful mother!

Honoring Educators with Live Music
May 02, 2018

Getting hired to provide live piano music for parties introduces me to a variety of celebrations.

During the process of planning my music, I have the opportunity to learn more about the client or company that has hired me.  During the event I learn even more when presentations and speeches are given. I always come away with a fresh appreciation of the work my clients do.

This past week I have had the pleasure of playing for several educational institutions.  Last evening I had the honor of providing background piano music at a performing arts center for educators and support staff that are retiring from years of service in their school district. Some of them have served over 30 years! The party included family members of the retirees. There were some sweet children that put their energy to use by dancing to my music! What a fun event! Congrats to the retirees and thank you to them for their many years of service to educating and supporting our youth.

Last week a university hosted an appreciation reception for those involved in their mentor-ship program. This reception honored graduates from the university that helped mentor their university students throughout the year. The event was held in their beautiful atrium and included me providing background piano music. These mentors provide a valuable contribution to the students education. I was happy that my music was included to help honor these wonderful mentors.

In June another university will hold a reception to honor employees that are celebrating a milestone in their years of service and I am delighted to be their pianist for the event!

I am so appreciative of the wonderful educational opportunities that are available in Minnesota.

I love sharing my music to honor and celebrate the achievements of our educators and support staff!

Awards, Appreciation Receptions
schools, universities
Blizzard Burglary Befalls Bakery
April 18, 2018

On Saturday the Twin Cities was blasted with a blizzard that recorded 14.9 inches of snow at MSP Airport and all runways were shut down. Most people were huddled safely at home.

But when the Muddy Paws Cheesecake owner entered her shop, it had been ransacked and snow was pouring in through the ceiling. Talk about a nightmare!


Twin Cities business owner Tami Cabrera of Muddy Paws Cheesecake represents the heart and soul of what true community is all about. She is one of the most respected and community supportive people in the Minnesota Wedding and Event industry and Catering scene. 

Tami Cabrera, owner of Muddy Paws Cheesecake

Tami Cabrera, owner of Muddy Paws Cheesecake

Over my music career I have come to know Tami and have watched in delight as her wonderful business grew into a local and even national success story. Muddy Paws Cheesecake is often the dessert of choice at many of the events where I am playing.  Lucky for me if the client let's me sample a piece of cheesecake!

Those of us in the Wedding and Event industry get to know each other pretty well. We share in each other's joys and our hurts.

When Tami Cabrera has been in the news it's been when she was invited to hand deliver her cheesecake to the Obama White House . . . or the announcements of her many cheesecake honors . . . or for her generous promotion of so many local charities.

Check out Jason DeRusha's interview with Tami regarding her annual fundraiser.

But this weekend the news was not good news. Extensive damage was wrought on the Muddy Paws Cheesecake shop. “They came in through the roof and cut a hole through,” Cabrera said. “I didn’t even know that was possible.”

During the tumble through the roof, the burglar ripped down wires, lighting and everything else along the way creating extensive damage to the shop. Before getting away with some cash and checkbooks, the burglar busted two other holes in the walls and ruined displays, pictures and signage.

Thankfully, business can continue at Muddy Paws. “We can still bake and still use our mixer and stuff like that,” Cabrera said. “I’m really thankful.”

Tami and Muddy Paws Cheesecake is famously known and loved throughout the Twin Cities.  It is now Tami's turn to be lifted up and helped by all those whose lives have been touched by her delicious cheesecake and her generosity and service over the years! 

If you are able to help Tami and Muddy Paws Cheesecake continue its wonderful contribution to the Twin Cities business scene, take a moment and visit the GoFundMe page set up to help Tami.

Let's all support Tami and help her make it through this challenge! If you are one of the few that have not yet had the pleasure of tasting Muddy Paws Cheesecake, ORDER TODAY. You can even rent their cheesecake food truck to come to your office or event!


You can read more on the story at the KSTP Eyewitness News Live Video

Hang in there, Tami. We love you and your cheesecake. The community supports you!

Party Planning, Weddings
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