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Celebration of the Arts!

Celebration of the Arts!

The annual Celebration of the Arts/A Taste of Jesuit extravaganza on Sunday (April 23) was the first to feature the new Antinori Center for the Arts! 

As always, it was a phenomenal showcase of Jesuit's artistic talent. Jesuit's award-winning thespians, under the direction of Richard Miller, opened Celebration of the Arts by performing several captivating scenes in the Student Commons, including a performance of the school's first-ever Top Honors recipient at the State Thespian Festival, a scene from "The Bold, the Young, and the Murdered" by the Ensemble Acting quintet of Diego Garcia '25, Kai Gibron '24, Aedan Gregory '24, David Miranda '25, and James Slack '24.

That was followed by the traditional student music concert that energized the Commons. Directed by Nina Wegmann, Jesuit musicians performed classics such as "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" by Queen as well as the theme from Mission: Impossible and the big band classic "Sing Sing Sing" popularized by The Benny Goodman Orchestra.

After the music concert, the scene shifted into the Antinori Center and Shembekar Auditorium, where Jesuit's art department head, Kevin Ball, announced the Juried Art Show recipients. Congratulations to all of art show winners, most notably Best in Show honoree Patrick Hyde '24, and AP Art Portfolio winners Simon Wills '24 (Photography & Design) and Lance Hager '23 (Painting & Drawing). Click here to view all of the sensational winning artwork from the Juried Art Show, and click here to view the names of the winners in each category. For photos from Celebration of the Arts/A Taste of Jesuit, go to Jesuit's main Facebook page, Jesuit High School of Tampa. For a 100+ images photo slideshow, click here and scroll down.

In addition, during the event the school unveiled an extraordinary triptych inside the lobby of the Antinori Center. The breathtaking trio of paintings, titled “The Jesuit Order and the Arts,” is comprised of historic figures and great artists connected to the Society of Jesus from the 16th through 21st centuries. School president Fr. Richard C. Hermes, S.J. explained many of the incredible details - depictions of Jesuit High School musicians and thespians are alongside the likes of Jesuit-educated Alfred Hitchcock, composer Ennio Morricone, and St. Ignatius of Loyola and his companions - and introduced the artist, Raul Berzosa. Making his first visit to the U.S., Berzosa, expressed gratitude to Jesuit. His work in Jesuit's Chapel of the Holy Cross - all of the remarkable chapel paintings were done by Berzosa - was his first major work to cross the Atlantic, and this visit to Jesuit was his first time traveling to the States. Click here for more about the triptych and some amazing photos.

Thank you to the food vendors who provided the delicious fare for A Taste of Jesuit! Buddy Brew, Catering by the Family, PDQ,  MC Ice, and Jesuit's parent clubs - the Dads' Club  and Mothers' Club.