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Spring Arts Festival | May 10 and 14-19

Start Date: Tuesday - May 14, 2019

The 45th annual TASIS Spring Arts Festival will open with a Kickoff Event in the Monticello Piazza at 10:10 on Friday, May 10, and conclude with a Closing Celebration in the Palestra at 17:30 on Sunday, May 19. All members of the TASIS community and the general public are cordially invited to campus to enjoy concerts, theatrical performances, dance performances, film screenings, visual arts exhibitions, guest lectures, art workshops, and more. See the full schedule of events below.

Under the direction of TASIS Founder M. Crist Fleming, a passionate advocate of the arts, former faculty members Horst Dürrschmidt and Fernando Gonzales established the Spring Arts Festival in 1974. Held near the end of each school year, the festival is, in addition to a community-wide celebration of the arts, a final assessment for students in visual arts, theater, and music. As Fine Arts Department Chair Martyn Dukes explained at the start of the 2018 festival, “The Spring Arts Festival sets out to recognize the arts and to celebrate and support the unique contributions that the arts and humanities make to TASIS life. The Spring Arts Festival gives us the opportunity to showcase, through performance and exhibition, the arts from across Elementary, Middle, and High Schools. It involves virtually every TASIS student, and in so many ways the Spring Arts Festival is not unlike an enormous end-of-year exam for you all.”

Community members may be particularly interested in attending the festival on the afternoon of Sunday, May 19. Local food trucks will be on campus from 13:30–17:00 and there will be a number of exciting art workshops and interactive performances designed for guests of all ages.

For those interested in learning more about TASIS when they visit campus, guided tours and information sessions with School administrators are also available upon request. Please contact the Admissions Office at or +41 91 960 5151 to schedule an appointment.

2019 Spring Arts Festival

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Friday, May 10

10:10 Monticello Piazza Arts Festival Kickoff
16:00 Snack Bar ES/MS Percussion Showcase
20:00 Snack Bar Student Band Performances



Tuesday, May 14

10:10 Palestra

Arts Festival Assembly

An introduction to the Arts Festival, featuring the TASIS HS Choirs, student instrumentalists, singers, and actors


H. Dürschmidt Gallery
Ferit ┼×ahenk
Fine Arts Center

Opening of the TASIS Faculty Art Exhibition

19:00 Palmer Center

Searching for the Other: The Life of Nature Photographer
Guest speaker: Bruno D’Amicis, wildlife photographer, author, and conservationist

Wednesday, May 15

19:00 Palmer Center

From Page to Screen and Stage: A Literary Event

Students in English classes present films, soliloquies, translations, and poems.

Thursday, May 16

17:00 Palmer Center

All-School Choral Concert

Featuring performances by the Elementary, Middle, High School, and Faculty Choirs

Palmer Center

Full Bloom: A Sweet November Dance Company Performance

Performed by faculty and students; also featuring guest artists and choreographers Marsha Barsky (Nashville) and Jordine Cornish (Tel Aviv)

Friday, May 17

8:30 Palmer Center

Conducting Workshop

Grade 5 students in collaboration with the TASIS Festival Chamber Orchestra

14:30 Palestra

Excerpts from The Magic Flute by W.A. Mozart

A condensed junior narration of Mozart’s famous opera The Magic Flute, featuring grade 5 Creative Writing and Drama Club students, HS vocal and instrumental soloists, and the Arts Festival Chamber Orchestra

16:00 Palestra

Opening of the Visual Arts Exhibition

19:00 Palmer Center

The Middle School Musical: Sketch

Performed by Middle School students; reserve seats at

Saturday, May 18

10:00 Palmer Center

Instrumental Recital: Piano Students

11:00 Palmer Center

Instrumental Recital: String and Acoustic Guitar Students

12:00 Palmer Center

Instrumental Recital: Woodwind Students and HS Ensemble

19:00 Palmer Center

The Middle School Musical: Sketch

Performed by Middle School students; reserve seats at

20:00 De Nobili Terrace

Student Bands Talent Show

21:00 De Nobili Terrace

DJ Hour with TASIS student Artem Getman ’19

Sunday, May 19

9:30 Palmer Center

Vocal Recital: ES and MS Students


11:00 Palmer Center 

Vocal Recital: HS Students

13.00 Palmer Center

The Middle School Musical: Sketch

Performed by Middle School students; reserve seats at

15:30 Palmer Center

Theater Performance: “Absolute Identity”

Performed by TASIS High School Theater classes

14:00–17:00 Outdoor Court

Ewolo Foodtruck and Irish Pub Sorengo Burgers

“Caresses by Giants” by Progetto Zattera Theater Company

Giant Domino Interactive Event

Art Workshops

  • Ceramic tile painting

  • Chinese Calligraphy and painting

  • Felt workshop

  • Pottery on the wheel

  • Tie-dye shirts and bags

  • Wire wrap-technique Jewelry

17:30 Palestra

Closing Concert

Featuring all Fine Art student work and student soloists performing celebrated works by Handel, Mozart, Puccini, and Albeniz with the TASIS Festival Orchestra



Student and faculty exhibitions are open to the public from Friday afternoon through Sunday afternoon.


High School, Middle School, and Elementary School (grades 2–5) Art Exhibition

Ferit ┼×ahenk Fine Arts Center

Horst Dürrschmidt Gallery, Ground and First Floor

Faculty Art Exhibition

Villa de Nobili

Photography by High School Students

Palmer Center, Upper Lobby

Elementary School Art Exhibition (Pre-Kindergarten through grade one)

For further information, please email

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