TASIS is very proud of the approximately 200 students, staff, and alumni who performed, presented, or volunteered at Expo Milano 2015 on October 10. This dedicated group successfully executed more than 25 individual events–from Elementary School students presenting about Art and Science to a range of incredible musical performances–and proved that the TASIS community is extremely rich in talent and spirit.
On a day in which a record 272,785 people visited the Expo, it was special to see huge crowds gathered by the two Swiss Pavilion stages to watch performances from Jeanie Cunningham ’75, Ninah Mars ’05, Gabriel Sforza ’07, Olivia Rasini ’99, Melody Tibbits, and many others.
It felt like one big musical family had come together to have fun and to represent what TASIS stands for, which is open thinking, creative arts, and really good people with good hearts.
Cunningham, who wrote a beautiful song for Expo called “Change You Want to See,” was honored to represent her alma mater on the world stage. “Representing TASIS alongside alumni and other members of the community at the international Expo was one of the highlights of my life,” she said. “It felt like one big musical family had come together to have fun and to represent what TASIS stands for, which is open thinking, creative arts, and really good people with good hearts.”
TASIS students from all three divisions led the Parade of Flags and participated in musical, dance, and dramatic performances throughout the day. The Expo afforded them a rare opportunity to perform in front of broad audiences on an international stage.
I felt very excited and honored because I was representing TASIS in front of people from all over the world. It was amazing, and it was one of the best experiences of my life.
“Mrs. Fleming, the founder of TASIS, always said that she wanted her students to be leaders, not followers,” said Anna Savinova ’20. “This inspired me to take on a big challenge and participate in EXPO Milano 2015. I sang with the choir and joined the Parade of Flags. I felt very excited and honored because I was representing TASIS in front of people from all over the world. It was amazing, and it was one of the best experiences of my life.”
Students also delivered a number of educational presentations in the Pavilion’s conference room, paving the way for engaging talks from TASIS Master Architect David Mayernik, who provided an architectural history of the TASIS campus as part of a presentation centered on sustainable architecture and design, and former TASIS Board Member Riccardo Braglia, who spoke about his charity Nuovo Fiore, a non-profit organization that aids and encourages the education of young children in East Africa.
Much credit for the success of the day is due to the legion of volunteers and to TASIS Expo Milano Coordinators MJ Breton, Samantha Forrest, and Luca Ugolotti. In all, nearly 1000 members of the TASIS community visited the Swiss Pavilion, and Michael Herger, Expo Milano Event Manager, was very impressed with the School:
During this 184 days of operation we are hosting around 350 events inside the block and around 400 concerts sets on stage. The TASIS event yesterday was one of our biggest events during the Expo and we are very pleased that everything went fine and you left our pavilion with satisfaction.
I would like to share my personal compliments for the job you three did. If only every event partner was that perfectly organized! I wish you all the best for your future and the future of your school.
Margaux Mégevand, another member of the Expo Milano Event Team, also shared some glowing remarks:
I hope you had as much fun as we did. As you may know we had many “Ticino days” and you were the very last one! And I must say, I am very glad it ended on such a good note! Thank you again for your organization!
Congratulations to the students and alumni who performed!
Breton, who started planning for the Expo a full year ago, noted that it took a large and dedicated team to turn 12 months of planning into a reality. “It was such a great day, and we couldn’t have pulled it off without contributions from many, many people,” she said. “We are grateful to the Canton of Ticino for giving us this opportunity, to the Swiss Pavilion for being such a flexible partner, to all the amazing participants and volunteers for making our Pavilion come alive, to all the adult leaders for building excitement amongst the students and making things run so smoothly, to the Ticino cheerleaders for adding another element of enthusiasm, and to the entire TASIS community for supporting this once-in-a-lifetime experience.”