Robert Shaw DVD
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Narrated by David Hyde Pierce
Featuring President Jimmy Carter, Martin Goldsmith, Lorna Haywood, Florence Kopleff, Yo-Yo Ma, Sylvia McNair, Alice Parker, Sir Donald Runnicles, Marietta Simpson, Robert Spano, Ambassador Andrew Young
Voice of Robert Shaw Bob Barnes
Conductor Robert Shaw stunned the world with the sound he coaxed from the human voice. Self-taught, without formal musical training, Shaw became America’s most celebrated choral conductor and would help build one of the world’s great symphony orchestras.
This award-winning film traces the improbable story of Shaw’s life and career, from his childhood in rural California through his meteoric rise in popular music. Shaw achieved stunning success in classical music as well, founding the groundbreaking Collegiate Chorale, and leading choruses for legendary orchestra conductors from Arturo Toscanini to George Szell. An early champion of civil rights, his integrated chorales were among the first to break the color barrier in the American South. Shaw performed the music of Bach in the Soviet Union during the Cuban Missile Crisis, and with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, brought audiences to tears in East Berlin in the darkest days of the Cold War.
In the end, Shaw’s influence extended far beyond the work of one great orchestra. Shaw’s eventful journey is brought to life by interviews with legendary musicians, family members and others. A treasure trove of rare archival material gathered from around the world immerses us in Shaw’s life and times, and the musical soundtrack is packed with some of the most powerful performances ever recorded.
This limited release edition will only be available for a short time and exclusively through the Symphony Store at Atlanta’s Woodruff Arts Center.