“A beautifully well-done film, deeply moving and inspiring”

And this from the February 3rd edition of the Kansas City Star....

Robert Shaw tribute

The legendary choral conductor Robert Shaw, who died in 1999, left his mark on choruses and choral conductors across the country, including Kansas City’s Charles Bruffy, director of the Kansas City Chorale, and William Baker, founder and artistic director of the William Baker Festival Singers.

To honor his mentor, Baker and his Festival Singers are presenting the Kansas City premiere of the documentary film “Robert Shaw: Man of Many Voices” Feb. 11 at Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral.

“I was honored to be present for the world premiere last April in Atlanta,” Baker said. “It is a beautifully well-done film, deeply moving and inspiring. Kansas City has become one of America’s most richly diverse home for great choral music, not in small part because of the influence of Robert Shaw.”

The film will be preceded by a gala concert, “Robert Shaw: Traditions in Music,” presented by the Festival Singers’ Choral Workshop conducted by Norman Mackenzie, Shaw’s successor as director of choruses for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.

The screening and gala concert are part of a weekend of events to honor Shaw, which will include workshops and rehearsals with Mackenzie.

1 p.m. Feb. 11. Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral, 415, W. 13th. $10. FestivalSingers.org

Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/performing-arts/article130353694.html#storylink=cpy

 

Posted on February 6, 2017 .

Cleveland Museum of Art

Several months ago, the Cleveland Museum of Art approached us about screening RS-MoMV. The date of November 18th was selected and is now coming up fast for this Ohio premiere (https://www.clevelandart.org/events/films/robert-shaw-man-of-many-voices). 

Cleveland is, of course, a particularly important venue for any production regarding Robert Shaw. He spent 10 very formative years of his career there working with - and learning from - George Szell. And with the intense training that came from being the Cleveland Orchestra's associate conductor he moved on to become music director of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. 

Our executive producer, Kiki Wilson, will be in attendance to answer questions after the screening. She will also participate in several interviews that we will share with you here. The classical music stations, WCLV, will be airing one interview between 5 and 6 that same day.

Posted on November 14, 2016 .

Summer into Fall

Summer is the season of music festivals and a film about music can be very popular. Robert Shaw - Man of Many Voices is a film about a man and his music and it was quite popular this summer. Now autumn can be officially launched by announcing our documentary has been accepted by the San Diego Jewish Film Festival.

With the season of film festivals on the rise as the music festival season wanes, we hope to have more such opportunities to share with you. In the meantime, we are quite excited about the SDJFF.

From their website: The twenty-sixth annual San Diego Jewish Film Festival has created a program of outstanding documentaries, feature films, shorts and speakers for your pleasure. Insight, knowledge and thought provoking entertainment for your viewing experience. In addition to the value and pleasure of the films themselves, the San Diego Jewish Film Festival offers a communal experience. It is an opportunity to come together with friends and family and to meet new people as well. Participants, volunteers and staff all exhibit energy and vitality that is apparent inside and outside the theater, all of which contributes to an exciting and worthwhile event.

See you there!

Posted on September 23, 2016 .

This week: The Ravinia Music Festival

On Wednesday of this week, Robert Shaw - Man of Many Voices - will screen at the Ravinia Music Festival just north of Chicago. In fact, Ravinia has a whole Shaw schedule running through August 21st featuring two of Shaw's most beloved artists, Sylvia McNair and Marietta Simpson, as well as some of his directorial protégés, his muses and favorite symphonies.

http://www.ravinia.org/Page/RobertShaw

 

Posted on June 13, 2016 .

Robert Shaw and bassist Jane Little - history moves on.

In international news, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra bassist Jane Little died in concert last week. The New York Times ran a lengthy obituary which included multiple photographs including one with Robert Shaw and her that ran in a 1960s magazine issue.

These two alone make quite an impressionable history. There must be something magical in that music that has been the ASO's for such a long time.

Here's the article ...

Posted on May 23, 2016 .

Another chance to see the film

Missed seeing the premiere of Robert Shaw -Man of Many Voices or just want to see it again? Another opportunity is coming up nearby. The Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival will feature a screening of the film on July 6th.

Tickets are $20 and can be obtained by contacting the executive director of the festival, Nancy Gould-Aaron using the contact information below….

Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival
P.O. Box 1702
507 Chestnut Street
Highlands, NC  28741
Phone: 828-526-9060
Email:
hccmf@frontier.com

 As the NY Times’ James Oestreich referenced it, this biography of choral music’s greatest conductor is both “poignant and compelling.” Come see it!

Will be posting other screenings as they are confirmed.

NY Times: "Poignant and Compelling"

Just received today, James Oestreicht, classical music critic for the New York Times, had a great April 27th article discussing Mr. Shaw's lengthy relationship with the Brahms Requiem and other music as well.

A very intelligent and insightful read, the article discusses Mr. Shaw's workshops, his legacy in the ASO Chorus and his "tremendous force for good." He also notes the Man of Many Voices film and the upcoming ASO and ASO Chorus performance of the Brahms Requiem this Saturday at Carnegie Hall.

Besides bestowing "poignant and compelling" upon the film, Mr. Oestreicht also notes the Thursday, May 5th screening at the NY Public Library for the Performing Arts.

Take a read: http://mobile.nytimes.com/2016/04/28/arts/music/saluting-robert-shaw-a-conductor-of-humanist-spirituality.html

Posted on April 28, 2016 and filed under News.

Press Is Good

Today's the day. Robert Shaw - Man of Many Voices premieres at Atlanta's Woodruff Arts Center in Symphony Hall.

And if you've been in Atlanta and the surrounding areas, it would probably be difficult to not have at least heard about it. There has been a great deal of press in the past couple of weeks including a very nice spread on the front of the Atlanta Journal Constitution's Living Section. And a live interview on Georgia Public Broadcasting's show On Second Thought.

Observing how journalists all seem to find their own particular take on the story is fun to which. Just when you think you've identified all the key points and the salient messages, here comes someone else with a new perspectives. Perhaps that is why they are in the roles they are.

Of course, there's a treasure trove of rich material here. Once the film is out and screened, there should be lots more new takes and perspectives on the wonder and magic that is our Mr. Shaw. Can't wait to see what they come up with!

If you want to see the newest "press clips", go to the media section. There is a page devoted to them.

Posted on April 24, 2016 .