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AMERICAN FESTIVAL POPS ORCHESTRA PRESENTS “HOLIDAY POPS: SONGS OF THE SEASON” AT THE HYLTON PERFORMING ARTS CENTER IN MANASSAS Friday, Dec. 13, 2013 at 8 p.m. AND GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR THE ARTS IN FAIRFAX Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013 at 8 p.m.

October 30, 2013
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AMERICAN FESTIVAL POPS ORCHESTRA

PRESENTS

“HOLIDAY POPS: SONGS OF THE SEASON”

AT THE HYLTON PERFORMING ARTS CENTER IN MANASSAS

Friday, Dec. 13, 2013 at 8 p.m.

AND GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR THE ARTS IN FAIRFAX

Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013 at 8 p.m.

 

FAIRFAX, Va., Oct. 30, 2013 – The sheer joy of the Christmas season is captured in these two delightful concerts by Northern Virginia’s own American Festival Pops Orchestra, which presents “Holiday Pops: Songs of the Season” at two performing arts venues in the greater Washington, D.C. area this winter. These spectacular performances are filled with cherished Christmas carols, holiday tunes, guest artists, a traditional sing-along and much more to get Northern Virginia audiences into the Christmas spirit.

The American Festival Pops Orchestra (AFPO)appears at the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas on Friday, Dec. 13, 2013 at 8 p.m., as a part of the 2013-2014 Hylton Presents season, which is sponsored by Novant Health. A pre-performance discussion, free to ticketholders, will be held 45 minutes prior to the performance in the Hylton Center’s Buchanan Partners Art Gallery.

The ensemble also performs at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts in Fairfax on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013 at 8 p.m. as a part of the Center’s 2013-2014 Great Performances at Mason season. A pre-performance discussion, free to ticketholders, will be held 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.

This jubilant concert features the American Festival Pops Orchestra performing such favorites as “Christmas Festival” by Leroy Anderson, “Carol of the Bells,” Irving Berlin’s “I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm,” “Blue Christmas” and an entertaining twist on the holiday classic, “The Nutcracker Suite,” with selections performed in both traditional (Tchaikovsky) and jazz stylings (Duke Ellington). The orchestra is also pleased to present the Hylton Center’s Executive Director Rick Davis performing a narration of “T’was the Night Before Christmas” during both concerts.

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 was a 2013 GRAMMY Music Educator Award nominee. 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 afpo.gmu.edu.

 

Program is subject to change.

 

Novant Health is the 2013-2014 Hylton Presents Season Sponsor

at the Hylton Performing Arts Center

 

TICKETS FOR GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR THE ARTS:

Tickets for AMERICAN FESTIVAL POPS ORCHESTRA’S “HOLIDAY POPS: SONGS OF THE SEASON” are $50, $42 and $25. 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 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.

 

TICKETS FOR THE HYLTON PERFORMING ARTS CENTER:

Tickets for AMERICAN FESTIVAL POPS ORCHESTRA’S “HOLIDAY POPS: SONGS OF THE SEASON” are $50, $42 and $34. 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. and 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.

 

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 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 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.