Hylton Performing Arts Center Presents American Festival Pops Orchestra

Posted: March 25, 2011 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: March 24, 2011 at 8:37 pm

By Jill Graziano Laiacona

The American Festival Pops Orchestra, an orchestra of Washington, D.C., area musicians, comes to the Hylton Performing Arts Center on Saturday, March 26, at 8 p.m. to present a selection of popular American music.

Performing favorites by such renowned composers as Duke Ellington, Cole Porter, Hoagy Carmichael, Leroy Anderson and John Williams, this big, powerful orchestra will fill Merchant Hall with the timeless music that everyone knows and loves.

Founder and artistic director Anthony Maiello assembled this orchestra of 60 talented musicians, and under his direction, they perform some of the most treasured music of the 20th century.

The program will feature:

  • Acclaimed violinist and American Festival Pops Orchestra Concertmaster Peter Wilson performing John Williams’ “Theme from Schindler’s List”
  • Soprano Kathryn Hearden, Mason associate director of vocal studies and artist-in-residence with Verge/The Contemporary Music Forum and at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, singing Cole Porter’s classic, “Night and Day”
  • Saxophonist Jim Carroll, artistic director of the Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra and director of instrumental studies at Mason, performing Hoagy Carmichael’s “Stardust”
  • Percussionist John Kilkenny, who serves on Mason’s faculty and is assistant director of Mason’s Potomac Arts Academy, performing Leroy Anderson’s pops concert staple, “The Typewriter”

Associate director of Mason’s School of Music, Maiello makes professional appearances both nationally and abroad conducting music festivals, adjudicating ensembles and presenting clinics, lectures and workshops.

He has served as associate conductor of the McLean Orchestra in McLean, Va., has been appointed an honorary conductor of the United States Navy Band in Washington, D.C., and was 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.

A discussion led by Dan DeVany of Classical WETA radio will be held one hour prior to the performance in the Hylton Center’s Buchanan Partners Art Gallery.

Novant Health is the Grand Opening Season Sponsor of Hylton Presents at the Hylton Performing Arts Center.

Tickets are $28, $36 and $44. They are half price for youth through grade 12 when the child is accompanied by an adult. Visit the box office, charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or see hyltoncenter.org.


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