ATLANTA’S LEGENDARY ROBERT SHAW PREMIERS AGAIN
WITH NEW DOCUMENTARY
Atlanta, GA – March 9, 2016 – A new documentary film focusing on the legendary conductor and choral
director, Robert Shaw, will premier April 24th at the Woodruff Arts Center in Midtown Atlanta.
Winner of numerous awards, Mr. Shaw was the music director of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and the
founder of the celebrated, all-volunteer ASO Chorus. The film, several years in the making, utilizes a vast
archive of photo, sound and motion picture images to explore Mr. Shaw’s highly unusual career path and
his unmatched legacy on the world of music and on choral music in particular. The premier is timed to align
with what would have been Mr. Shaw’s 100th birthday.
View the trailer for the film at: https://vimeo.com/138375236
Robert Shaw: Man of Many Voices from Robert Shaw The Film on Vimeo.
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’s impact went beyond the musical and into civil rights as well. The film explores his forays into
the South with racially integrated choruses as well as his reasonings for bringing his already impressive musical
influence to Atlanta in the 1960s.
David Hyde Pierce is known largely for playing the psychiatrist Dr. Niles Crane on the NBC sitcom Frasier, for
which he won four Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series. Just as
Robert Shaw was known for his distinctive and passionate choral direction, Mr. Pierce is known for his distinctive
voice and often does voice work.
Tickets can be purchased at: aso.org/robertshawfilm