Robert Shaw – Man of Many Voices traces the journey of a small town California boy who planned to be a minister like his father, but instead became the greatest conductor of choral music the world has ever known. At the heart of the film is the mystery of Shaw’s genius. With no formal musical training, he achieved a stunning early success in popular music and later became legendary for his interpretations of classical music’s great choral masterpieces.
An early champion of civil rights, Shaw had a mystical belief in the power of community and could communicate his passion for music with spellbinding intensity. As Music Director of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus in the latter half of the twentieth century, Robert Shaw changed the course of musical history through the many voices he set on fire with an enduring love of music.
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- Feb 8, 2017 Princeton, New Jersey Screening with Dr. Ann Howard Jones
- Feb 8, 2017 “A beautifully well-done film, deeply moving and inspiring”
- Sep 23, 2016 Summer into Fall
- Jun 14, 2016 This week: The Ravinia Music Festival
- Jun 14, 2016 Laurel Magazine Article
- May 24, 2016 Robert Shaw and bassist Jane Little - history moves on.
- Apr 28, 2016 NY Times: "Poignant and Compelling"
- Apr 13, 2016 ArtsAtlanta Story About Robert Shaw
The Film Project
This feature length documentary takes an in depth look at Shaw as of one the world’s most beloved classical music icons, from his serendipitous introduction into the world of music, through the many challenges and remarkable successes in his 60-year career.
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The Music & Life of Robert Shaw
Robert Shaw conducted some of the most remarkable music performed in the 20th century. Thrust into the limelight from the outset, Shaw achieved critical acclaim within weeks of taking the stage as a professional conductor. Read more about the amazing life of Robert Shaw.
Our goal with this film is to create a documentary that complements and deepens our understanding of Robert Shaw and his many contributions to the world of music. Your contributions can help us achieve that goal and help us tell the story of this remarkable musical icon.