Posts tagged #Kiki Wilson

One of Three to See at Newport Beach Film Festival

With over 350 films being screened at the 18th annual Newport Beach Film Festival, The Orange County Register, a paid daily paper in Southern California with more than 350,000 subscribers, has identified Robert Shaw - Man of Many Voices - as one of its three picks to see.

With a quote from Kiki Wilson, here's what they tell their readers about the film:

“'Robert Shaw: Man of Many Voices' (6 p.m. April 25; 8:15 p.m. April 27): This documentary about the California-born, multi-Grammy Award-winning composer Robert Shaw features interviews and commentaries from President Jimmy Carter, Walter Cronkite and Yo-Yo Ma. Co-writer, director and producer Kiki Wilson sang with Shaw’s chorus for the last 18 years of his life.

'During the last years of his life, when he was at the height of his musical intelligence and experience, Talarc (sic) Records gave him the green light to record whatever it is he wanted to record. They so trusted his artistic output and his maturity and they didn’t care about his commercial success,' Wilson said."


April 11, 2017 – Robert Shaw - Man of Many Voices has picked up the Best Documentary award at the Palm Beach International Film Festival and selected one of the Best of the Fest by the American Documentary Festival (AmDocs).

In February, the Atlanta-produced film won the Gold Award from the Los Angeles Film Review’s 2017 Independent Film Awards as well as the Best Documentary award from the Beaufort International Film Festival.

Next stop: the Newport Beach International Film Festival (April 20 -27th).

The film, about the extraordinary life of the internationally revered choral and orchestral conductor, is the first film from executive producer, Kiki Wilson. Ms. Wilson sings alto with Shaw's celebrated Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus (ASOC) and was with the chorus through many of the Shaw years.

Robert Shaw is the icon of choral music. The 16-time Grammy winner entered the world of pop music with no formal training and yet was on national broadcasts by the age of 22. With even less training, he later decided to move into classical music where in spite of all odds he conducted some of the most remarkable music performed in the 20th century. The documentary includes interviews and commentaries from, amongst others, President Jimmy Carter, Walter Cronkite, Syvia McNair and Yo-Yo Ma.

View the trailer for the film at:

Robert Shaw’s impact went beyond the musical world and into 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.

Director, Peter Miller, whose films, including AKA Doc PomusJews and Baseball: An American Love Story, and Sacco and Vanzetti, have screened in cinemas and on television throughout the world. He has also been a producer on numerous landmark PBS series directed by Ken Burns and has been nominated for a Daytime Emmy for A Gift of Love: The Daniel Huffman Story.


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. 16 Grammy Awards plus the first classical “Gold Album”, selling more than one million copies, attest to his 60-year career.


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 ( 

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 .

Lois and Kiki talk Shaw

So this happened today. WABE host Lois Reitzes' interview with our esteemed producer, Kiki Wilson, aired late this morning. There's at least one tidbit of information that did not makethe film so it's worth listening to if just for that. But it's also great to hear how they explore the mysteries of Mr. Shaw's greatness. Take a listen, it's good...

Posted on April 12, 2016 .

Welcome to April. The month of Shaw!

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