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44th Annual TASIS Spring Arts Festival Opens on May 15 [See Schedule of Events]
Posted 05/03/2018 04:44PM

The 44th annual TASIS Spring Arts Festival will begin with an Opening Celebration in the Palestra at 10:10 on Tuesday, May 15, and conclude in the Palestra on Sunday, May 20, with a Closing Concert at 19:00. The days and hours in between will be packed with concerts, theatrical performances, visual arts exhibitions, workshops, and more—including a special performance at Lugano’s Palazzo dei Congressi on the evening of Tuesday, May 15. See the full schedule of events below.

Founded by Horst Dürrschmidt and Fernando Gonzales in 1974, the Spring Arts Festival is typically scheduled to occur a week before the end of the school year and is considered a final assessment for students in visual arts, theater, and music. It has become an annual event in which beauty in all forms is celebrated and emphasized.

The Spring Arts Festival is a time when students and teachers can demonstrate their talents. It also provides a unique opportunity for students to be exposed to all forms of art and to be stimulated by each others’ accomplishments and by the talent of visiting professional musicians and artists.

The general public is very much encouraged to attend this celebration of the arts. For those interested in learning more about TASIS, guided tours and information sessions with School administrators are also available upon request. Please contact the Admissions Office at admissions@tasis.ch or +41 91 960 5151 to schedule an appointment.

2018 Spring Arts Festival: Schedule of Events

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Tuesday, May 15

10:10 Palestra

Opening Celebration

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

17:00

Ferit ┼×ahenk Fine Arts Center

Vernissage of the Exhibition by Helen Roowalla, Global Pop

20:00 Palazzo dei Congressi

Music Without Borders

A gala concert featuring TASIS vocalists, sonnets, and filmed scenes, as well as world poetry in translation, instrumentalists, and dancers. In collaboration with the Coro Lirico of Lugano and the Opera Viva Orchestra. Conductor: Andrea Cupia




Wednesday, May 16

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 17

17:00 Palmer Center

All-School Choral Concert

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

Music Directors: Melody Tibbits Zanecchia, Elementary School; Sarah Grove Locke, Middle School; Samantha Forrest, High School; Tamara Schumacher, Faculty

Accompanists: Jonathan Morris and Gloria De Piante Vicin

19:00
Palmer Center

Sweet November Dance Company presents a dance showcase

Choreographed and performed by faculty and students

Directed by Julie Frazier-Smith




Friday, May 18

8:30–10:00 Palmer Center

Conducting Workshop – open to everyone

Grade 5 Elementary School students in collaboration with the Opera Viva Orchestra; Conductor: Andrea Cupia

9:00–15:45 Snack Bar

Music Production Sound Booths

14:30 Palestra

Happy Birthday, Mr. Bernstein!

Featuring excerpts from Leonard Bernstein’s famous musical West Side Story.
The Opera Viva Orchestra; Conductor: Andrea Cupia

16:00 Palestra

Vernissage of the Visual Arts Exhibition by TASIS students  

19:00 Palmer Center

The Middle School Musical: Beauty and the Beast JR.

Performed by Middle School students
Director: Matthew Frazier-Smith
Choreographer: Julie Frazier-Smith
Music Directors: Sarah Grove Locke and Melody Tibbits Zanecchia
Piano Accompaniment: Gloria de Piante Vicin 
Reserve seats online at tasis.ch/beautyandthebeast




Saturday, May 19

10:00 Palmer Center

Individual Instrumental and Vocal Recitals by TASIS students, K–grade 5

12:00 Palmer Center

Individual Instrumental Recitals by TASIS students, grades 6–12

15:30 Palmer Center

Community Dramatic Reading: Hamilton

Join Hamil-fans and history buffs alike for a dramatic reading of the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical about the USA. Take a part or just listen!

19:30 Palmer Center

The Middle School Musical: Beauty and the Beast JR.

Performed by Middle School students
Director: Matthew Frazier-Smith
Choreographer: Julie Frazier-Smith
Music Directors: Sarah Grove Locke and Melody Tibbits Zanecchia
Piano Accompaniment: Gloria de Piante Vicin
Reserve seats online at tasis.ch/beautyandthebeast

20:00 De Nobili Terrace

Student Bands Talent Show

21:00 De Nobili Terrace

DJ Hour with TASIS student Artem Getman ’19




Sunday, May 20

12:00 Palmer Center

Vocal Class Recital Performances by TASIS High School vocal students

Studios of Maestro di Canto Jonathan Morris and Samantha Forrest

13:00–16:30 Outdoor Theater 

Workshops

Basket Weaving with artisan Denise Realini
Chinese Calligraphy and Painting led by artist Sufen Knuth
Ceramic Tile Painting led by TASIS art teacher Simona Bellini
Pottery on the Wheel led by ceramicists Brigit Hurst and Samuel Vogel
Tie Dye T-shirts and bags led by TASIS students and art teacher Simona Bellini
Wire Wrap Technique Jewelry workshop by Andrea Scacciotti

13:00–16:30

Mongolian Yurt on the Green

Display of traditional Mongolian costumes and crafts sale

14:00 Palmer Center

The Middle School Musical: Beauty and the Beast JR.

Performed by Middle School students
Director: Matthew Frazier-Smith
Choreographer: Julie Frazier-Smith
Music Directors: Sarah Grove Locke and Melody Tibbits Zanecchia
Piano Accompaniment: Gloria de Piante Vicin 
Reserve seats online at tasis.ch/beautyandthebeast

16:30 Palmer Center

Modern Comedy: "Betrayal 101"
Ancient Tragedy: Antigone, Creon, and Philotimo

Performed by TASIS High School Theater classes

17:30

Mongolian Yurt on the Green

Showing of the documentary film The Eagle Huntress

19:00 Palestra

Closing Concert

Featuring vocalists, instrumentalists, and dancers in collaboration with the Coro Lirico Lugano and the Opera Viva Orchestra; conducted by Andrea Cupia in conjunction with TASIS studio music teachers Jonathan Morris, Gloria de Piante Vicin, and Dessislava Deltcheva
Choral Directors: Samantha Forrest, Sarah Grove Locke, Melody Tibbits Zanecchia, and Tamara Schumacher
Dance Company Director: Julie Frazier-Smith





Exhibitions

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

Palestra

High School, Middle School, and Elementary School Art Exhibition

Ferit ┼×ahenk Fine Arts Center

Horst Dürrschmidt Gallery, Ground and first floor

Global Pop: An exhibition of graphic works by Helen Roowalla

Villa de Nobili

Photography by High School Students

Monticello

Ground and First Floor: An exhibition of photographs from the Global Service Program

Palmer Center

VF Gallery, Entrance

A Diary of Academic Travel in Venice: An exhibition of drawings, prints, and paintings by Martyn Dukes, Chair of Fine Art

For further information, please email simone.aeschliman@tasis.ch.

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