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Presenting the 2020 TASIS Christmas Service


Our TASIS Christmas celebration season of 2020 has been an extraordinary one to prepare for. 

While we cannot gather together as a community, and we cannot sing together, our remarkable and brave students and Performing Arts faculty, in collaboration with both internal and external community members, have come together—albeit virtually—to share their energy and talents to bring you a seasonal performance worthy of this special time of year.

We hope you enjoy the 2020 Virtual Christmas Service, and we wish you all a safe and very Happy Christmas!

Samantha Forrest
Performing Arts Department Chair


2020 TASIS Christmas Service Program

Welcoming Remarks (0:07)
Headmaster Christopher Nikoloff

“Silent Night” in German, Russian, Spanish, English (1:20)
Featured Soloists: Sarah Mesaric ’25, Sofya Rappoport ’22, Nina Mondin ’23, Lalita Strohmeyer ’24
Orchestra Directed by Samantha Forrest

Dance of the Sugarplum Fairies, Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker Suite” (4:57)
Performed by Grade 8 Students 

Trepak Dance, Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker Suite” (5:42)
Performed by Grade 7 Students

“Jingle Bells,” by James Pierpont (7:04)
Performed by Grade 8 Students
Directed by Angela Carota Dusing

“12 Days of Christmas,” Traditional (8:36)
Performed by Grade 8 Students
Directed by Angela Carota Dusing 

The First Noel/Pachelbel Canon, Arranged by Michael Clawson (14:18)
Instrumental Soloists: Antara Strohmeyer ’24 (Flute), Agnese Salvatico ’24 (Violin)
Directed by Angela Carota Dusing

“Joy To the World,” by George Frederick Handel, Arranged by David Forrest (17:50)
Performed by Combined Choirs
Orchestra Directed by Samantha Forrest 

“One Small Child,” by David Meece (19:13)
Performed and Arranged by the ES Choir
Directed by Melody Tibbits Zanecchia

“Coventry Carol,” by Martin Shaw (21:01)
Performed by the HS Choir with Jonathan Morris on Pianoforte
Directed by Samantha Forrest

The First Epistle of St. Paul the Apostle to the Corinthians, Verses from Chapter 13 (23:26)
Read by Lynn Fleming Aeschliman

Christmas at TASIS: Past and Present (25:30)
Music Collection by Vladimir Takinov

“Silent Night/Little Drummer Boy” Medley, Traditional (28:02)
Performed by HS Orchestra
Directed by Samantha Forrest

“Carol of the Bells,” by Mykola Leontovyč (29:46)
Performed by HS Guitar Trio

“O Holy Night,” by Adolphe-Charles Adam (31:33)
Featured Soloists: Teiva Jabbour ’22, Caroline Titland ’24
Pianoforte: Jonathan Morris

"Gloria," by Vivaldi (34:55)
Performed by Combined Choirs and Orchestra
Directed by Samantha Forrest

Benediction (37:44)
Delivered by Don Marco Dania

The 2020 Christmas Service video was edited by Milo Zanecchia ’08 and sound engineered by Alex Zanecchia ’02. 

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