Robert Shaw: Man of Many Voices

Sunday, September 24, 2017 ShawFilmPoster small
3:00 p.m.
UM University Center Theater

"Poignant and compelling" — The New York Times

"A beautifully well-done film, deeply moving and inspiring" — Dr. William O. Baker

Join Dolce Canto for the Missoula premiere of an award-winning documentary about the world's most influential proponent and innovator of the choral art in the 20th century, Robert Shaw.

Following the film screening, Kiki Wilson, the film's Executive Producer, and Donald Carey, member of the Robert Shaw Chorale (1956), will share reflections from their work with Mr. Shaw.

Robert Shaw visited Missoula on four occasions to guest conduct the Missoula Symphony & Chorale (1972, 1974, 1976, and 1979). For those who had the great fortune of performing with him, this film will serve as a wonderful reminder of his genius. And for those who did not have the opportunity to experience his profound sense of humanity and compelling leadership, this is an opportunity not to be missed!  

This event is hosted by Dolce Canto and the University of Montana student chapter of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA). Proceeds from this event will benefit both organizations.

Cost: Suggested Donation of $10 Adult / $5 Students

About the Film:

"Robert Shaw – Man of Many Voices traces the journey of a small-town California boy who planned to be a minister like his father, but instead became the greatest conductor of choral music the world has ever known. At the heart of the film is the mystery of Shaw’s genius. With no formal musical training, he achieved a stunning early success in popular music and later became legendary for his interpretations of classical music’s great choral masterpieces.

An early champion of civil rights, Shaw had a mystical belief in the power of community and could communicate his passion for music with spellbinding intensity. As Music Director of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus in the latter half of the twentieth century, Robert Shaw changed the course of musical history through the many voices he set on fire with an enduring love of music.

This feature length documentary takes an in-depth look at Shaw’s life and legacy as of one the world’s most beloved classical music icons, from his serendipitous introduction into the world of music, through the many challenges and remarkable successes in his 60-year career. The essence of the film is an exploration of Shaw’s unique gift for crafting and conducting exceptional choral music. Interviews with collaborators, students, choristers, music critics, biographers, and friends provide insights into Shaw’s complex character and distinctive approach to music making" — from the website