Posts tagged #Robert Shaw

"If you doubt any one person can change the world...."

From the August 29, 2017 edition of the Macon Telegraph. 

"One of the biggest upcoming music events will take place on the silver screen rather than the stage. The Macon Film Guild will present the documentary “Robert Shaw – Man of Many Voices” at the Douglass Theatre on Sept. 15. The screening will be preceded by a performance by the Wesleyannes and Nadine Cheek; the latter will discuss her own vocal relationship with the great man. If you doubt that one person can change the world, you’ll want to see the story of Robert Shaw."



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.


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 .

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:

Posted on April 28, 2016 and filed under News.

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 .