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American Masters

American Masters, Holly Near

American Masters, Robert Shaw—Man of Many Voices

Friday, June 21, at 9 p.m.
Repeats Saturday, June 22, at 2:30 a.m.

Also airs on Fusion on Saturday, June 22, at 7 p.m.

Narrated by David Hyde Pierce, this documentary traces the journey of one of America’s greatest choral music conductors. Renowned for his interpretations of classical music’s choral masterpieces, Robert Shaw (April 30, 1916–Jan. 25, 1999) had no formal training yet inspired generations of musicians with the power of music.

Known as the “dean of American choral singing,” Shaw’s career spanned six decades. He sold millions of recordings and received 16 Grammy Awards, a George Peabody Medal for Outstanding Contributions to Music in America, a Guggenheim fellowship and a National Medal of the Arts.

Amidst the triumphs of his musical career, the film reveals the demons that haunted—and sometimes threatened to derail—this complex and flawed man. Insecure in his abilities even as he found success, Shaw drank heavily throughout his career and was prone to angry outbursts. Interviews include musicians Yo-Yo Ma, Sylvia McNair, Alice Parker, Marietta Simpson and Florence Kopleff, as well as family members, admirers and friends.

 

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