Robert Shaw: Man of Many Voices

Schedule

Wednesday, Nov. 9 at 7:30pm

Largely self-taught, with only scant formal musical training, the remarkable Robert Shaw defied expectations by emerging from the world of pop music to achieve near-godlike status as a maker of choral music and to establish himself as a major conductor with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Shaw won 14 Grammy Awards and an endless number of other honors, and his admiring mentors and colleagues included such formidable conductors as Arturo Toscanini and George Szell. But if the film generously enumerates Shaw’s accomplishments, it is unafraid to frankly address his faults: A heavy drinker and carouser in his youth, he was a shameless philanderer who largely ignored his first family. Offsetting those personal vices, however, were considerable public virtues. Shaw was a committed pacifist — a conscientious objector during World War II and critic of Vietnam — and a champion of civil rights, integrating his chorales in the 1940s and refusing to back down when challenged in the South in the ’50s and ’60s. He also was a passionate believer in the power of the arts to bridge nationalist divides. Praising the documentary as “poignant and compelling,” the New York Times calls it “admirably clear-eyed in its warts-and-all perspective.”

2016
71 min.

Directed by

Pamela Roberts & Peter Miller

Country

U.S.

Film Category

Leon & Mary Strauss Documentary Spotlight Music Spotlight Show-Me Cinema Women in Film Spotlight

Subject

Music

Genre

Biopic
With producer Kiki Wilson, a graduate of Washington U. and 32-year veteran of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus.

Film Website

Official Website

Shown with

Soy Cubana

Soy Cubana

Ivaylo Getov & Jeremy Ungar

An all-female a cappella quartet from Santiago de Cuba crafts a musical career in a society in which artistic merit is not measured solely by economic success.

With producer Miller Ungar.
2016
17 min.
Spanish