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AMERICAN FESTIVAL POPS ORCHESTRA PRESENTS "HOLIDAY POPS: SONGS OF THE SEASON" IN FAIRFAX & MANASSAS

November 26, 2012
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AMERICAN FESTIVAL POPS ORCHESTRA

PRESENTS

“HOLIDAY POPS: SONGS OF THE SEASON”

ANTHONY MAIELLO, CONDUCTOR

AT THE HYLTON PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

Friday, Dec. 21, 2012 at 8 p.m.

AND GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR THE ARTS

Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012 at 8 p.m.

 

MANASSAS and FAIRFAX, Va., Nov. 26, 2012 – Northern Virginia’s own American Festival Pops Orchestra (AFPO) comes home for the holidays with a dazzling musical celebration that is sure to warm the hearts and brighten the Christmas spirits of young and old alike. Under the baton of its founder and artistic director, Anthony Maiello, the American Festival Pops Orchestra Holiday Brass Quintet will perform festive holiday favorites such as “The Holly and the Ivy,” “Jingle Bell Rock,” Leroy Anderson’s “Sleigh Ride” and “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas,” featuring special guest narration by Rick Davis, the executive director of the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas. The concerts will culminate with an audience sing-along of cherished Christmas carols.

AFPO presents “Holiday Pops: Songs of the Season” at the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas on Friday, Dec. 21, 2012 at 8 p.m. as part of its Hylton Presents season, sponsored by Prince William Hospital. Prince William County is the Hylton Presents Holiday Performances Sponsor for 2012-2013. A pre-performance discussion will begin 45 minutes prior to the performance in the Hylton Center’s Buchanan Partners Art Gallery.

AFPO also brings “Holiday Pops: Songs of the Season” to George Mason University’s Center for the Arts in Fairfax as part of its Great Performances at Mason season. A pre-performance discussion, free to ticketholders, will begin 45 minutes prior to the performance on the Center’s Grand Tier III and is sponsored by the Friends of the Center for the Arts.

The American Festival Pops Orchestra comprises more than 60 professional musicians from the greater Washington, D.C. area and includes members of United States military ensembles and regional symphonies, George Mason University music faculty and a select number of talented young musicians 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 the International Association of Jazz Educators – N.Y. State Chapter; and is a guest clinician for Yamaha Corporation and Warner Bros. Publications. Maiello has served as the associate conductor of the McLean Orchestra in McLean, Va., and was appointed an honorary conductor of the United States Navy Band. He was also a participant in the National Conducting Institute with Leonard Slatkin and the National Symphony Orchestra, to which he has lent his services as a cover conductor.

For more information about this performance and the American Festival Pops Orchestra, please visit afpo.gmu.edu. The American Festival Pops Orchestra will perform “Cinema Magic” at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts in Fairfax on Saturday, April 13, 2013 at 8 p.m. with guest composer Vincent Oppido leading a live film score recording, and guest artist Joe Robinson, former principal oboe with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. Please visit cfa.gmu.edu for more information.

 

The Hylton Performing Arts Center is pleased to recognize Prince William Hospital

as the 2012-2013 Hylton Presents Season Sponsor

 and Prince William County as the 2012-2013 Hylton Presents Holiday Performance Sponsor.

 

TICKETING INFORMATION FOR THE HYLTON PERFORMING ARTS CENTER:

Tickets for the AMERICAN FESTIVAL POPS ORCHESTRA are $32, $40 and $48. Family Friendly: youth through grade 12 half price when accompanied by an adult. Visit the box office (open Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.) or charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit HyltonCenter.org. The Hylton Performing Arts Center is located on George Mason University’s Prince William Campus at 10960 George Mason Circle, Manassas, Va., 20110. FREE parking is available in the lot next to the Hylton Center. For more information, please visit HyltonCenter.org. Like us on Facebook at Facebook.com/HyltonCenter and follow us on Twitter at @Hylton_PAC.

 

TICKETING INFORMATION FOR GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR THE ARTS:

Tickets for THE AMERICAN FESTIVAL POPS ORCHESTRA are $24, $40 and $48. Family Friendly: youth through grade 12 half price when accompanied by an adult. Visit the box office (open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.), charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit cfa.gmu.edu. The Center for the Arts complex is located on George Mason University’s Fairfax Campus at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123. Paid parking is located in the Mason Pond Parking Deck adjacent the Concert Hall and FREE parking is located in university Lot K. For more information, please visit cfa.gmu.edu. Like us on Facebook at Facebook.com/gmucfa and follow us on Twitter at @GMU_CFA.

 

About the Hylton Performing Arts Center

Dedicated to bringing a world-class performing arts venue to the Prince William region, the Hylton Performing Arts Center was born out of a partnership among Prince William County, George Mason University, the City of Manassas, the Commonwealth of Virginia and individuals and businesses in the private sector. Soaring more than nine stories and boasting a stunning mix of copper, glass and masonry, the 85,000-square foot center is home to two unparalleled performance venues for local arts groups and performers from around the world, as well as university-related activities. Modeled after the intimate European opera houses of the 19th century, Merchant Hall is a 1,123-seat multipurpose proscenium theater, which is encircled by 27 private boxes that rise three levels. The Gregory Family Theater is a flexible, 4,400-square foot space that can be configured for many different types of performances and events. In addition, the Didlake Grand Foyer, with its sweeping staircase, provides an ideal setting for community, corporate and social events. The Hylton Performing Arts Center, the only building of its kind in the area, is sure to quickly become the cultural hub of Prince William County and the surrounding communities and is a shining example of collaboration and commitment to the arts.

 

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.

 

About George Mason University

George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with global distinction in a range of academic fields. Located in Northern Virginia near Washington, D.C., Mason provides students access to diverse cultural experiences and the most sought-after internships and employers in the country. Mason offers strong undergraduate and graduate degree programs in engineering and information technology, organizational psychology, health care and visual and performing arts. With Mason professors conducting groundbreaking research in areas such as climate change, public policy and the biosciences, George Mason University is a leading example of the modern, public university. George Mason University – Where Innovation Is Tradition.