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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 all the talented students and teachers who comprise their departments are delighted to share their outstanding work with the TASIS community over the course of May 6–26. See the full schedule of events below, and please note that video recordings and photo gallery links for many of the events will be added to this page as they become available.

We hope you enjoy the 48th annual TASIS Spring Arts Festival!

Festival Schedule


Visual Art Exhibition

Palestra and Şahenk Fine Arts Center (Horst Dürrschmidt Gallery)

This year’s exhibition will include 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. Guests are encouraged to stop by the Palestra and the Horst Dürrschmidt Gallery to view the excellent work.



Showcase Music Recital


High School, Middle School, and Elementary 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) will perform for a live audience in the Palmer Cultural Center. Guests are welcome to attend this recital and do not need to reserve seats in advance.



Elementary School Conducting Workshop


Students in Ms. Melody Tibbits Zanecchia’s Grade 5 music classes will be instructed by Maestro Andrea Cupia for an Introduction to Conducting Workshop that will feature Grade 5 students conducting members of the Opera ViVa Orchestra. The repertoire will include excerpts from famous works by Haydn, Saint-Saëns, and Bach and will feature two High School student soloists: Caroline Titland ’24 (vocal) and Isabela Aruda ’24 (piano). Guests are welcome to attend this workshop and do not need to reserve seats in advance.



All-School Music Concert

Palestra, 17:00

High School, Middle School, and Elementary School student soloists and choristers will perform 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. They will be 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. Guests are welcome to attend this concert and do not need to reserve seats in advance.



Elementary School Musical: The Jungle Book KIDS

Palmer Cultural Center, 19:00

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 that toe-tapping jungle rhythm, The Jungle Book KIDS is sure to be a crowd-pleaser for all ages!

Please note that we are prohibited from filming this musical due to licensing rights but will be able to share photos afterward.


Read More about Elementary School Musical: The Jungle Book KIDS


Past Events

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.




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.



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.



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.




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