Reviews, Clippings, Mentions

The Macon Telegraph

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

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.

The L.A. Beat

Saturday, April 22nd, 2017

"In the very best tradition of documentary filmmaking, Robert Shaw: Man of Many Voices, not only illuminates an important human being and his era, it illuminates what is important today and tomorrow and forever – if we are fortunate enough to continue the human experiment. Whether you are an artist working in any media — or if you simply love art – I’m betting you will find this film a meaningful, inspiring and life affirming work." 

Orange County Register

Wednesday, April 12th, 2017

OC Register’s Jackie Moe on the 18th annual Newport Beach Film Festival. Includes Robert Shaw - Man of Many Voices as one of the three film picks (out of over 500 films) to see at the festival. With quotes from Kiki Wilson.

Broadway World

Tuesday, April 4th, 2017

Best DOCUMENTARY... Robert Shaw: Man of Many Voices

Desert Entertainer

Thursday, March 30th, 2017 

In an overview of the AmDocs film festival: "...Shaw transformed choral conducting into an art and nearly single-handedly raised its standards to a new level."

Kansas City Star

Friday, February 3, 2017

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.

New York Times

Thursday, April 27th, 2016

James Oestreich discusses Robert Shaw's relationship with the Brahms Requiem as well as the upcoming ASO performance of that piece in Carnegie Hall and the film which he describes as "poignant and compelling."

Atlanta Magazine

Friday, April 22nd, 2016

Tess Malone interviews Kiki Wilson about the making of Robert Shaw - Man of Many Voices

Georgia Public Broadcasting's On Second Thought with Celeste Headlee.

Thursday, April 21st, 2016.

On-air radio interview with producer Kiki Wilson and long-time ASO Chorus member Nick Jones.

The Atlanta Journal Constitution

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

Reporter Bo Emerson discusses Robert Shaw and the film with producer Kiki Wilson, producer David Druckenmiller and Atlanta business leader Brad Currey. Film excerpt included.

Explore Georgia - Music

Monday, April 18th, 2016

Georgia's official Music Explorer interviews executive producer, Kiki Wilson about Robert Shaw's musical biography


Wednesday, April 13th, 2016

Article about the launching of the Shaw 100th Celebration.

WABE Public Radio

Tuesday, April 12th, 2016

Atlanta's Lois Reitzes interviews executive producer Kiki Wilson about Robert Shaw, his legacy and the film.

Atlanta Journal Constitution

March 9, 2016

Bo Emerson helps kick off Atlanta's Shaw 100 Celebration with an article about Mr. Shaw and the upcoming documentary premiere of Robert Shaw - Man of Many Voices.

New York Times

Feb. 17, 2016
New Yorkers will probably remember the great choral conductor Robert Shaw best from the signal triumphs
of his last decade: an annual series of workshops for choral professionals presented by Carnegie Hall, each
culminating in a Carnegie concert. They began in 1990 with intensive rehearsals and a performance of
Brahms’s “A German Requiem”
that many in the field talked about for years afterward.

So it is fitting that Carnegie Hall should commemorate Mr. Shaw’s 100th birthday, on April 30, with a
performance of that work by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, conducted by Robert Spano.
(This follows performances in Atlanta on April 14 and 16.) Though not renowned as an orchestral conductor,
Mr. Shaw was music director of the Atlanta Symphony from 1967 to 1988, and having established an affiliated
chamber chorus in 1967, he founded the full chorus in 1970 and turned it into one of the finest in the country.

The Atlanta forces have devoted much of this season to celebrating the Shaw centenary, reviving several of
his specialties. They opened with Mahler’s “Resurrection” Symphony and performed Beethoven’s “Missa
Solemnis” and Verdi’s Requiem.

The New York concert will include Jonathan Leshnoff’s oratorio “Zohar,” commissioned by the Atlanta
Symphony and Carnegie Hall for the Shaw centenary. “Zohar,” titled after commentaries on the Torah, is
said to explore the relationship between a finite universe and an eternal God.

The vocal soloists in both works are Jessica Rivera, soprano, and Nmon Ford, baritone. The chorus will be
prepared by its longtime director, Norman Mackenzie, a former Shaw associate.

The Shaw centenary will also be commemorated with the release of a documentary film, “Robert Shaw: Man of Many Voices,”
produced by Kiki Wilson, a member of the Atlanta Symphony Chorus. It will be shown on April 24 in Atlanta and on May 5 at the
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts in Lincoln Center.

— James R. Oestreich




Robert Shaw at Carnegie Hall in 1997.
Credit. Chang W. Lee/The New York Times