Great Gig in the Sky Presents "Thriller"
Great Gig in the Sky, an annual production/performance/event produced by Masters School students, re-created Michael Jackson's iconic album, Thriller, for the 2013 show on April 19-20. As always, it was an amazing evening of incredible performances. Students worked under the direction of the project's co-creators: Gilles Pugatch (music), Vince Galgano (video production), and Jeff Carnevale (lighting design). Photos by Steven Mestyan
Some information on Michael Jackson as excerpted from writing by English teacher Paul West:
Everybody calls Michael Jackson the King of Pop. The title fits. Thriller, released in 1982 has sold more copies by far than any other album. But Michael Jackson is also the King of Transformation. Before making Thriller, Jackson had already grown from a cute kid in bellbottoms and afro singing in a family band, The Jackson 5, to a debonair solo musician whose Off the Wall established him as a major creative and commercial force. He was not satisfied, though, because Off the Wall did not receive the recognition he knew it deserved. Jackson vowed to produce an album that could not be undervalued, which led to Thriller--and another transformation. Through his disciplined pursuit of perfection, Jackson became a visionary artist and pop superstar. Michael Jackson exemplified the precious American promise that a person with enough determination and effort can shape himself according to his dream.