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George Mason University’s Center for the Arts Presents American Festival Pops Orchestra “Lights, Camera, Action!” Anthony Maiello, conductor, and Norma Douglas Zimdahl, special guest artist, on Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014 at 8 p.m.

October 22, 2014
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George Mason University’s Center for the Arts


American Festival Pops Orchestra

“Lights, Camera, Action!”

Anthony Maiello, conductor

Norma Douglas Zimdahl, special guest artist

                                                             Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014 at 8 p.m.


FAIRFAX, Va., Oct. 22, 2014 – Northern Virginia’s own American Festival Pops Orchestra brings a collection of beloved songs from cinema, television and Broadway to George Mason University’s Center for the Arts in Fairfax on Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014 at 8 p.m. when this outstanding ensemble performs “Lights, Camera, Action!” under the baton of its founder and Artistic Director Maestro Anthony Maiello. 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.

Joining this group of superb musicians from the greater D.C. area onstage is special guest artist and piano soloist Norma Douglas Zimdahl,who has performed on radio, television and Broadway. Zimdahl will be accompanied by the American Festival Pops Orchestra in a performance of her composition “Norma’s Jazz Classic.” A piano prodigy at age 4, Zimdahl studied at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y. before launching a successful television and Broadway career. The program will also include a diverse musical offering from film score giants John Williams and Jerry Goldsmith to legendary composers Gershwin and Bernstein.

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 the orchestra’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).

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Program is subject to change.






Tickets for AMERICAN FESTIVAL POPS ORCHESTRA are $48, $41 and $29. Family Friendly: performance suitable for families with 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 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 and Instagram 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 Virginia’s largest public research university. Located near Washington, D.C., Mason enrolls more than 33,000 students from 130 countries and all 50 states. Mason has grown rapidly over the past half-century and is recognized for its innovation and entrepreneurship, remarkable diversity and commitment to accessibility. Mason is also one of the best values in higher education, producing graduates who lead all Virginia schools with the highest annual salaries.