It's started, folks. The month of April and the celebration of what would have been Robert Shaw's 100th birthday. That birth date is the 30th of this spring month and like all blooms and blossoms busting out all around you, you'll be seeing/hearing/experiencing loads of great and interesting and beautiful things.
Just today, the ASO (Atlanta Symphony Orchestra), WABE and ArtsATL announced their particular schedule of celebration activities which includes the premiere of our documentary on the 24th.
I think there's more than an excellent chance you'll find something in this line-up to excite your spirit and conjure up some of the man's enduring legacy...
Conversations on City Lights:
March 30: Lois Reitzes kicked things off with a personal interview, sharing her memories of Mr. Shaw.
March 31: Melissa Arasi, Voices of Note
April 1: John Haberlen, GSU School of Music
April 6: Laura Ardan, Principal Clarinet, ASO
April 11: Norman Mackenzie, Director of Choruses, ASO “Shaw Close Listening”
April 18: Kiki Wilson, Producer, Robert Shaw Documentary
April 22: Joyce Johnson, Professor Emerita of Music and College Organist at Spelman College.
April 12: ASO Chorus Feature Story
April 15: Review of Brahms’ Requiem and Leshnoff’s Zohar
April 26: Behind the scenes, the road to Carnegie Hall
May 2: Carnegie Hall review
April 3: First a capella concert by Atlanta Symphony Chamber Chorus, Rachmaninov All-Night Vigil (“Vespers”)
April 14: Atlanta ASO Media release of Robert Shaw’s last concert in 1988, Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 – Symphony Store
April 14/16: Robert Spano Leads Brahms’ Requiem and Jonathan Leshnoff’s Zohar at Symphony Hall
April 24: Atlanta premiere of the documentary film Robert Shaw: Man of Many Voices
April 29: National Release of Beethoven: Symphony No. 9
April 30: Robert Spano Leads Brahms’ Requiem and Jonathan Leshnoff’s Zohar at Carnegie Hall