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Local Atlanta PBS Station to Air Shaw Documentary

November 4, 2017 – The award-winning documentary Robert Shaw - Man of Many Voices is coming to the Atlanta airwaves via Georgia Public Broadcasting’s November schedule. The locally produced film which features such Atlanta institutions as the Morehouse College Glee Club, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus and the Atlanta Young Singers will initially air Monday, November 13th at 8 PM.

This presentation of the film will be supplemented with rarely presented selections of Robert Shaw conducting the annual ASO Christmas concert in two separate occasions. These feature the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus of course but also the Morehouse College Glee Club and the Atlanta Young Singers of Callanwolde and the Gwinnett Young Singers. These recordings, although not externally available, are the most requested according to the ASO’s Symphony Store.

Having already received three Best Documentary awards, a Best Music award plus a Best of Fest and several other awards in the past several months, the film is still enjoying film festival invitations well into 2018. Robert Shaw – Man of Many Voices has also recently earned the Los Angeles Independent Film Reviews’ 2017 Gold Award. The film, about the extraordinary life of America's internationally revered choral and orchestral conductor, is currently making the film festival circuit.

Robert Shaw was an American conductor most famous for his work with his namesake Chorale, with the Cleveland Orchestra and Chorus, as well as the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus. During his lifetime, Shaw received 16 Grammy awards, four ASCAP awards for service to contemporary music, the first Guggenheim Fellowship ever awarded to a conductor, and was a 1991 recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors.

Robert Shaw’s impact went beyond the musical world. As the documentary shows, his influence extended into international relations and into the civil rights arena as well. The film explores his forays into the South with racially integrated choruses as well as his reasoning for bringing his already impressive musical influence to Atlanta in the 1960s.

View the trailer for the film at:

Emmy Award-winning actor, David Hyde Pierce, narrates the film from Mr. Shaw’s modest beginnings through his improbable but meteoric rise to national stardom and international acclaim. The choral world’s fascination with Robert Shaw’s techniques are only slightly matched by the music world’s celebration of the sounds he was able to create. The 16 Grammy Awards plus the first classical “Gold Album”, selling more than one million copies, attest to his 60-year career.