TASIS The American School in Switzerland is thrilled to announce its participation in an exciting new concert venture at Lugano’s magnificent Palazzo dei Congressi on the evening of Tuesday, May 15, beginning at 20:00.
This “Music Without Borders” gala event, which was conceived with the idea of combining “Town and Gown” forces to produce a tribute to the famous American composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein, will feature both professional and advanced student soloists from the Ticino region. TASIS vocalists, instrumentalists, and dancers will collaborate with renowned conductor Andrea Cupia (pictured below), the Lyric Choir of Lugano, the Opera ViVa Orchestra, and students from various local high schools in celebration of the centenary of Bernstein’s birth.
"The program will be a veritable smorgasbord of classic favorites, featuring composers and themes from both old and new worlds Italy, Russia, Armenia, Switzerland, Germany, France, and the USA," said TASIS High School Music Director Samantha Forrest, who will be directing the combined TASIS Choirs at the concert.
The first half of the musical program will consist of selections from Gioacchino Rossini’s William Tell Overture, “Moses in Egypt,” and “The Thieving Magpie” (Lyric Choir of Lugano); Aram Khachaturian’s “Adagio” from the ballet Spartacus (featuring piano soloist Yu Ying Chan ’18); Johann Sebastian Bach’s Concerto in G Minor, 1st Movement Allegro (featuring piano soloist Shu Ye ’18); Jules Massenet’s “Meditation” from the opera Thaïs (featuring violin soloist Hina Mitsuse ’18); and Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini (featuring piano soloist Jiwon Byeon ’18).
The second half will open with “There’s No Business Like Show Business” from Irving Berlin’s Annie Get Your Gun (featuring the cast from this year’s TASIS High School Spring Musical). This will be followed by West Side Story Concert Suite No. 2 and selected dances by Leonard Bernstein, which will feature vocal solos from TASIS alumni Claire Giulini PG’01, Marianna Barbieri ’16 and Zak Rahman ’17; seniors Ethan Fredericksen and Ivan Semashev; juniors Lauren Riba and Francis Accilien; sophomores Amela Buzi, Lyla Thompson, and Sergio Vinas; and freshmen Ella Abisi and Josip Biondic. The vocalists will be supported by TASIS orchestral musicians (Michelle McKay ’19 and Irene Lee ’19 on flute, Autumn Bachofen ’21 and Hina Mitsuse '18 on violin, and Tommaso Long ’18 on saxophone), the combined TASIS Choirs, the Lyric Choir of Lugano, and the Opera ViVa Orchestra. Professional dancers from the Milan Ballet Company and the newly formed TASIS Sweet November Dance Company will also be featured in the second half of the program.
The concert will be held in the Palazzo dei Congress Concert Hall.
The concert, which will run for approximately 90 minutes, is designed to open the 44th annual TASIS Spring Arts Festival and will provide TASIS students an opportunity to engage with the arts in a novel way.
“Our Founder, Mrs. Fleming, was an ardent advocate of the arts,” said TASIS Fine Arts Department Chair Martyn Dukes. “She sought to balance the pursuit of knowledge with a love of wisdom. She promoted the skills of lifelong learning, with an appreciation for beauty, and combined a challenging academic program with endless opportunities for artistic endeavor. The Music Without Borders concert is just one such opportunity to profit from this vision, and one more step towards the world TASIS prepares every student to join, beyond the school gates.”
The School has reserved 200 premium seats at the Palazzo dei Congressi for the performance, and tickets can be purchased at the door on the evening of the concert for CHF 20. Please register here to reserve seats in the TASIS section in advance. All pre-reserved seats must be paid for at the door upon arrival.