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April 5, 2012
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Anthony Maiello, conductor

With Broadway star and soprano Lisa Vroman

Saturday, April 21, 2012 at 8 p.m.


FAIRFAX, Va., March 13, 2012– Formed only a few years ago by Artistic Director and Conductor Anthony Maiello, this outstanding orchestra is fast becoming a local favorite. The American Festival Pops Orchestra (AFPO) returns to George Mason University’s Center for the Arts on Saturday, April 21, 2012 at 8 p.m. for a performance called “Broadway Lights.”The orchestra will be joined for the second time by Broadway star and soprano Lisa Vroman, hailed as a “musical and theatrical marvel” by the San Francisco Chronicle. This performance features selections from “Les Misérables,” “The Phantom of the Opera,” “Porgy and Bess,” “The Music Man” and other Broadway favorites. This performance is Family Friendly: tickets are half price for youth through grade 12 when accompanied by an adult. A pre-performance discussion, free to ticket holders, begins 45 minutes prior to the performance on the Center’s Grand Tier III. Pre-performance discussions are sponsored by the Friends of the Center for the Arts.

Known for its lively programming and repertoire, the AFPO treats audiences to a festive pops experience that pays homage to memorable American popular music that has been loved by generations. The orchestra presents Broadway hits, legendary film and television scores, light classics and patriotic anthems honoring our nation. Maiello brings together this exciting ensemble of 60 talented musicians from across the Washington, D.C. area, composed of George Mason University faculty and musicians from United States military ensembles and regional orchestras. The AFPO is also proud to include a select group of talented young artists from George Mason University’s School of Music.

Presently the associate director of development and recruitment in George Mason University’s School of Music, Anthony Maiello makes professional appearances both nationally and abroad conducting music festivals, adjudicating ensembles and presenting clinics, lectures and workshops. He conducted musical activities for the Gold Medal Ceremonies at the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, N.Y.; served as musical director for Music Festivals International; was selected as president of International Association of Jazz Educators – N.Y. State Chapter; and is a guest clinician for Yamaha Corporation and Warner Bros. Publications. Maiello also has served as associate conductor of the McLean Orchestra, McLean, Va.; was appointed an honorary conductor of the United States Navy Band, Washington, D.C.; and was a participant in the National Conducting Institute with Leonard Slatkin and the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C., to which he has lent his services as a cover conductor.

Lisa Vroman, a former student of Anthony Maiello, starred on Broadway as Christine Daae in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “The Phantom of the Opera,” and also garnered numerous Theater Critics Awards for the same role in the San Francisco production. Her body of work includes Rosabella in “The Most Happy Fella” opposite Paul Sorvino in the New York City Opera’s production; Lilli Vanessi in “Kiss Me, Kate” with Glimmerglass Opera; Lucy Brown in the American Conservatory Theater’s production of “The Threepenny Opera” with Bebe Neuwirth, Nancy Dussault and Anika Noni Rose; and Johanna in San Francisco Symphony’s Emmy Award-winning broadcast of “Sweeney Todd” in concert with Patti LuPone and George Hearn. With a repertoire ranging from Stravinsky to Broadway, Vroman has been a frequent guest soloist with theater, opera companies and orchestras across the globe, including the San Francisco, Philadelphia, Chicago, Atlanta, National, Florida, Santa Barbara, Hong Kong, Cleveland, Nashville, Pacific, Utah and Dallas symphony orchestras; the Boston Pops under Keith Lockhart; and Peter Nero and the Philly Pops. A recipient of a George London Competition Grant and a 1999 Minerva Award from Potsdam State University, Vroman received an undergraduate degree from the Crane School of Music, State University of New York at Potsdam, and an M.F.A. from Carnegie Mellon University.


Tickets for AMERICAN FESTIVAL POPS ORCHESTRA are $23, $38, $46. Family Friendly: youth through grade 12, half price when accompanied by an adult. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit The Center for the Arts complex is located on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123. Paid parking is located in the deck adjacent to the mainstage Concert Hall and FREE parking is located in university Lot K.  Visit


About Great Performances at Mason

Great Performances at Mason is a program of George Mason University's Center for the Arts, the professional presentation and production arm of the College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA). CVPA provides an academic environment in which the arts are explored as individual disciplines and interdisciplinary forms that strengthen one another. The college prepares students for careers as creators, performers, teachers, scholars, arts leaders and arts entrepreneurs. Understanding that an education in the arts is deepened by regular contact with the work of distinguished visiting artists, the Center for the Arts, the professional presentation and production arm of the college, welcomes a variety of professional and world-renowned artists, musicians and actors to its stage. Students have the opportunity to perform, create and exhibit their work in a wide variety of public venues including a 2,000-seat Concert Hall. CVPA is home to the Schools of Music, Dance and Art, the Department of Theater, as well as the Computer Game Design, Arts Management and Film and Video Studies programs.


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