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Tools for Educators - Robert Shaw

Robert Shaw - Man of Many Voices
A documentary film on the music, life and legacy of Robert Shaw
Monday, November 28th, 2016 7:30pm at the TCC Roper Center
Admission is free and open to the public
No reservations necessary
Educational Correlations
Robert Shaw, one of the world’s most beloved classical music icons, was a transforming figure. His impact on both classical music and the Civil Rights movement provide multiple points for class discussion in variety of historical, sociological or political American studies. He insisted his choruses include the best musicians, regardless of race or ethnicity, and he embraced integration in the arts throughout his career. Appropriate for co-curricular exploration in many disciplines, it calls attention to the impact of one man’s drive and passion to elevate classical music and to transform the people who heard it and saw it performed. It asks the questions: did he achieve it, how, and at what price?
Film Description
“Robert Shaw - Man of Many Voices” is a documentary film about the life and legacy of Robert Shaw who served as music director of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra for over 20 years. Without any formal music background, his career in both popular and classical music skyrocketed, first on radio with Fred Waring, and later at the side of celebrity maestros Arturo Toscanini and George Szell before coming to Atlanta. There, he grew the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus into a world-class ensemble, winning numerous prestigious awards.

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