Anthony Maiello Conducts American Festival Pops Orchestra at Center for the Arts

Posted: September 23, 2010 at 1:02 am, Last Updated: September 22, 2010 at 4:40 pm

On Saturday, Oct. 9, at 8 p.m., the American Festival Pops Orchestra  (AFPO) will return to the Center for the Arts to perform a delightful program called “Salutes!” featuring well-known pieces by such composers as John Williams, George Gershwin, Duke Ellington and Marvin Hamlisch.

“The American Festival Pops Orchestra celebrates our country’s rich and diverse cultural heritage through the popular tunes we all know and love,” says Anthony Maiello, the orchestra’s artistic director and conductor.

“From Broadway to Hollywood, from homespun to chorus line, this is America’s music played by some of Washington’s most talented artists.”

Maiello, who is also the AFPO’s founder, brought together this fantastic ensemble of 60 talented musicians from across the Washington, D.C., area. The orchestra includes Mason faculty, as well as musicians from  U.S. military ensembles and regional orchestras. The AFPO is also proud to include a select group of talented young artists from Mason’s School of Music.

Maiello, who is director of instrumental studies and a professor of music at Mason, teaches graduate and undergraduate conducting; jazz theory and arranging; and advanced sight-singing.

From 1996 to 2009, he conducted the George Mason University Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra.

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 associate conductor of the McLean Orchestra, McLean, Va.; has been appointed an honorary conductor of the United States Navy Band; and was a participant in the National Conducting Institute with Leonard Slatkin and the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C., to which he lends his services as a cover conductor.

This performance is family friendly and tickets are half price for youth through grade 12 when the child is accompanied by an adult. A discussion, free to ticket holders, begins 45 minutes prior to the performance on the Center’s Grand Tier. Pre-performance discussions are sponsored by the Friends of the Center for the Arts.

Tickets are $46, $38 and $23. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit

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