John Marshall High School’s Performing Arts students will once again take the stage for Bach, Rock & Shakespeare 10 at THE GREEK THEATRE on Saturday, May 4, 2013 at 7pm. The tenth annual show is truly a community event with local students from the areas surrounding Griffith Park: Los Feliz, East Hollywood and Silverlake. The evening will feature symphonic music, both classic and modern, Shakespearean monologues and Marshall’s own Battle of the Garage Bands finale.
The showcase will begin with the John Marshall High School Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Conductor Dee Dee Paakkari. The Symphony, which has been a tradition at Marshall High since the opening of the school in 1931, will perform music from Bach to Rock and film scores from “Harry Potter” and “The Pink Panther”. The Ivanhoe Guitar Club and Marshall High Glee Club will join the orchestra on stage in fully orchestrated arrangements of The Beatles, The Killers and Kool and the Gang.
The tradition of the show will be displayed with an Alumni Bach Ensemble. The future of Marshall High will be displayed when students from local elementary schools who participate in the “Little Kids Rock” program are featured.
This will be followed by a competition of Shakespearean monologues, directed by Jack Fris, featuring actors from Marshall’s Shakespeare class. The performances will be judged by television and film actors.
The evening will conclude with the final round of the once-a-month lunchtime Battle of the Garage Bands at John Marshall High School. Each of five winning student bands will perform two songs: one cover and one self-penned, under the direction of the Marshall music faculty Michael Finn and Dee Dee Paakkari. The battle will be judged by a panel of music industry and celebrity experts which in past years has included judges from The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Wu Tang Clan, Bad Religion, The Foo Fighters, El Chicano, Rilo Kiley, Hole, The Rockabilly Rebels and Capitol Records Studios.