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March 11, 2013
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Anthony Maiello, conductor

Saturday, April 13, 2013 at 8 p.m.


FAIRFAX, Va., March 11, 2013 – Northern Virginia’s own American Festival Pops Orchestra (AFPO) returns to George Mason University’s Center for the Arts in Fairfax on Saturday, April 13,2013 at 8 p.m. for a night of enchanting music. Titled “Cinema Magic,” the sounds of beloved movie masterpieces performed at this concert are sure to strike a chord with audiences young and old. This performance is Family Friendly: tickets for youth grades 12 and under are half price 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 and is sponsored by the Friends of the Center for the Arts.

Under the baton of its founder and artistic director, Anthony Maiello, AFPOwill perform some of Hollywood’s most iconic tunes, including favorites from film giants John Williams, Hans Zimmer, Mark Shaiman and Jerry Goldsmith. The cinema-themed program for this performance includes “Over the Rainbow” from American classic “The Wizard of Oz,” “The Mission” theme song “Gabriel’s Oboe,” “The Gladiator” from modern tour-de-force “Gladiator” and the score from the infamous shower scene in “Psycho.” In addition, guest conductor and film score composer Vincent Oppido will lead the AFPO in a live film score demonstration.

AFPO is proud to welcome several guest artists, including Vincent Oppido, who completed his bachelor’s and master’s degrees through Mason’s School of Music. Oppido has composed and conducted music for such films and television shows as “Cloud Atlas,” “Family Guy,” “The Simpsons” and the 2013 Academy Awards broadcast. Soprano Kathryn Hearden, a professor of voice and associate director of Vocal Studies in Mason’s School of Music, has performed with the President’s Own Chamber Orchestra of the United States Marine Band, Choralis, Pershing’s Own U.S. Army Strings and Concert Artists of Baltimore, among others. Saxophonist Jim Carroll, the director of the Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra and the Jazz Studies program at Mason, has extensive experience in the music industry, including collaborations with Michael Jackson and Woody Herman and The Thundering Herd. Keyboardist Wade Beach, a professor in Mason’s School of Music, has performed across the globe with the United States Air Force Band jazz ensemble, The Airmen of Note. Emmy Award-winning oboist Joe Robinson has played in the New York Philharmonic – where he served as principal oboist for 27 years – and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and also serves as a guest artist with Mason’s School of Music. Renowned flugelhornist Dave Detwiler, president of the Virginia chapter of the International Association for Jazz Education, has performed with the National Symphony Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra and Barry Manilow.

A university professor in Mason’s School of Music, Maestro Anthony Maiello’s distinguished career includes professional appearances conducting orchestral ensembles and presenting workshops throughout the United States and abroad. He has served as conductor of the Gold Medal Ceremonies at the 1980 Winter Olympics; musical director for Music Festivals International; associate conductor of the McLean Orchestra in McLean, Va.; and 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. After AFPO’s inaugural season in 2009-2010, he was inducted into the Bands of America Hall of Fame in Indianapolis. Maiello is the author of “Conducting Nuances” (GIA Publications, Inc.) and “Conducting: A Hands-On-Approach” (Warner Bros./Alfred Publications).

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Tickets for AMERICAN FESTIVAL POPS ORCHESTRA are $24, $40 and $48. This performance is 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.) or charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit 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 Like us on Facebook at and follow us on Twitter at @GMU_CFA.


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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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