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August 7, 2013
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FAIRFAX, Va., Aug. 7, 2013 – Northern Virginia’s very own pops orchestra presents a celebration of popular music of the 70’s and 80’s including the many eras of rock music, hit musicals, memorable movie and TV themes and more when the American Festival Pops Orchestra (AFPO) performs “Saturday Nite Fever” at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts in Fairfax on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013 at 8 p.m. A pre-performance discussion, free to ticketholders, 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.

A longstanding favorite at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts, this accomplished ensemble features 60 talented musicians from the greater Washington, D.C. area. Under the baton of founder and Artistic Director Anthony Maiello, AFPO performs an exciting program that includes tunes from such influential artists as The Beatles, Billy Joel, Michael Jackson and a rousing rendition of the Charlie Daniels Band’s hit “Devil Went Down to Georgia” performed by Pops Concertmaster, Peter Wilson. AFPO also revisits Broadway blockbuster numbers including Stephen Sondheim’s “Send in the Clowns”, musical selections from “Grease,” “Chicago” and Marvin Hamlisch’s “A Chorus Line”, as well as some of film's greatest musical moments from “James Bond” to “Rocky” to John Williams' iconic theme from “Star Wars.” Conductor Anthony Maiello leads this accomplished ensemble and welcomes George Mason University’s own Mike Nickens and his athletic band “The Green Machine” for a special guest appearance.

An associate director and university professor in George Mason University’s School of Music, Maestro Anthony Maiello makes professional appearances throughout the United States and abroad, conducting music festivals, adjudicating ensembles and presenting lectures, clinics and workshops. 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. In 2012, Maiello was awarded the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia “Signature Award” for promoting music in America and is a current nominee for a 2013 GRAMMY Music Educator Award. He is the author of “Conducting Nuances” (GIA Publications, Inc.) and “Conducting: A Hands-On-Approach” (Warner Bros./Alfred Publications).

            For more information about the American Festival Pops Orchestra and Maestro Anthony Maiello, please visit


Please Note: The American Festival Pops Orchestra will perform “Holiday Pops: Songs of the Season” at the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas on Friday, Dec. 13, 2013 at 8 p.m. and George Mason University’s Center for the Arts in Fairfax on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013 at 8 p.m. Please visit for more information about these performances.


Program subject to change.



Tickets for the AMERICAN FESTIVAL POPS ORCHESTRA are $48, $40 and $24. Family Friendly: performance suitable for families with young children. Youth Discount: tickets are half price for youth through grade 12. Visit the box office (open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) or charge by phone at888-945-2468 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.


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, Art and 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.


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