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Spring Arts Festival

2022 TASIS Spring Arts Festival

Under the direction of TASIS Founder M. Crist Fleming, who was an ardent supporter of the arts, former faculty members Horst Dürrschmidt and Fernando Gonzales established the TASIS 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. “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,” explained Visual Arts Department Chair Martyn Dukes. “It gives us the opportunity to showcase, through performance and exhibition, the arts from across the Elementary, Middle, and High Schools. It involves virtually every TASIS student.”

Mr. Dukes, acting Performing Arts Department Chair Angela Carota Dusing, and the many talented students and teachers they work with were delighted to share their outstanding work with the TASIS community over the course of May 6–26. Look below to see what our students and faculty members produced at the 48th annual TASIS Spring Arts Festival!

2022 Arts Festival Events

Drum Studio Recital

MAY 6, SNACK BAR, 16:20

Students from Mr. Daniele Bagutti’s percussion studio opened the festival by performing in the Snack Bar. See video highlights and a link to a photo gallery below.




High School Band and Open Stage

MAY 6, SNACK BAR, 19:00

Students from Mr. Alessio Di Tonno’s guitar studio and Daniele Bagutti’s percussion studio performed contemporary music in the Snack Bar. See a link to a photo gallery below.



Middle School Musical: The Wizard of Oz

May 13–15, Palmer Cultural Center

This classic story chronicles the adventures of Dorothy Gale and her dog, Toto. When a tornado rips through their Kansas farm, Dorothy and Toto are carried away to the magical land of Oz, where they meet a Scarecrow who needs a brain, a Tinman who needs a heart, and a Cowardly Lion who needs some courage. Together they travel down the yellow-brick road, determined to ask the famed Wizard of Oz to fulfill their desires and to help send Dorothy and Toto back to their home in Kansas.  

A terrific cast and crew of Middle School students did an incredible job performing this L. Frank Baum masterpiece in the Palmer Cultural Center over the weekend of May 13–15. We were prohibited from filming the musical due to licensing rights, but please find a link to a photo gallery below.



Dance and Theater Student Showcase

May 17, Palmer Cultural Center, 19:00

Elementary, Middle, and High School students in theater and drama classes taught by Mr. Matthew Frazier-Smith and choreography workshops and dance classes led by Ms. Julie Frazier-Smith worked together to create original sketches and dances that they were excited to perform for the TASIS community. See a recording of the outstanding performance and a link to a photo gallery below.



Showcase Music Recital


Elementary School, Middle School, and High School students from the studios of Ms. Angela Perini (piano), Ms. Angela Carota Dusing (piano), Ms. Dessislava Deltcheva (violin), Mr. Lello Narcisi (flute), Mr. Alessio Di Tonno (guitar), Mr. Robert Gorick (tuba and clarinet), and Mr. Eugene Villanueva (voice) showcased their impressive talents in front of a live audience in the Palmer Cultural Center. See a recording of the full performance and a link to a photo gallery below.



Elementary School Conducting Workshop

MAY 20, PALESTRA, 8:30

Students in Ms. Melody Tibbits Zanecchia’s 5th-grade music classes participated in an Introduction to Conducting Workshop led by Maestro Andrea Cupia and conducted members of the Opera ViVa Orchestra. The repertoire included excerpts from famous works by Haydn, Saint-Saëns, and Bach and featured three High School student soloists: Caroline Titland ’24 (vocal), Isabela Martins Arruda 24 (piano), and Melis Kaya ’25 (piano). Click on the button below to see a photo gallery.



All-School Music Concert

May 22, Palestra, 17:00

High School, Middle School, and Elementary School student soloists and choristers performed a rich and varied program featuring selected instrumental and vocal works by Camille Saint-Saëns, César Cui, John Rutter, Heitor Villa-Lobos, and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The student musicians were directed by Maestro Andrea Cupia and members of the Opera ViVa Orchestra, in collaboration with TASIS Music Department teachers Mr. Daniele Bagutti, Ms. Dessislava Deltcheva, Mr. Eugene Villanueva, Mr. Robert Gorrick, Mr. Lello Narcisi, Ms. Angela Perini, Mr. Alessio di Tonno, Ms. Angela Carota Dusing, and Ms. Melody Tibbits Zanecchia. See a recording of the full performance and a link to a photo gallery below.



Visual Art Exhibition

MAY 18–22, Palestra

This year’s exhibition included a wide variety of artworks produced by Elementary School students (guided by Ms. Caroline Rossi); Middle School students (Ms. Simona Bellini and Ms. Brigit Hurst); High School students in the disciplines of drawing and painting (Mr. Martyn Dukes), photography (Mr. Frank Long), architecture and design (Mr. Mark Aeschliman), and ceramics (Ms. Hurst); and faculty artists. Click on the buttons below to see a photo gallery and a 3D scan of the full exhibition!




Elementary School Musical: The Jungle Book KIDS

May 25–26, Palmer Cultural Center

The jungle is jumpin' with jazz in this exciting adaptation of the classic Disney animated feature The Jungle Book. Join Mowgli, Baloo, King Louie, and the gang as they swing their way through madcap adventures and thwart the ferocious tiger, Shere Khan. Adapted especially for young performers, this musical includes a number of favorite Disney songs, including “The Bare Necessities” and “I Wanna Be Like You.” With colorful characters and a toe-tapping jungle rhythm, The Jungle Book KIDS is a huge crowd-pleaser for all ages!

An all-star cast and crew of Elementary School students did a wonderful job performing this classic tale in the Palmer Cultural Center on the evenings of May 25–26. We are not permitted to share a recording of the musical due to licensing rights, but please enjoy a photo gallery below.

Jungle Book KIDS

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