Special Guest Conductor Leading Friday Performance At Messalonskee High School

Rob Poindexter

Updated 2 years ago

Fans of classical music are in for a treat tonight.A group of music teachers from across the state are putting on a performance in Oakland. They’ll be under the watchful eyes of a special guest conductor, Anthony Maiello, the professor of music at George Mason University.Teachers he’s conducting tonight say what makes Maiello unique is the fact he doesn’t conduct using sheet music, instead he memorizes the entire performance.At times during Friday’s rehearsal it was difficult to tell who was enjoying their time more, Maiello or the musicians who say they’re excited to bring what they learn back to their classrooms. “They elect to be here, there’s no pay involved,” Maiello said. “They do this on their own time, their own dime. They just come because they want to play with other musicians. They want to get better. They want to hear new literature. And they just want to make music together. So it’s a win, win, win situation all the way around.”The performance starts tonight (Friday, July 29) at 7:00 in the Performing Arts Center at Messalonskee High School.Admission is free, but donations are accepted.The performance is expected to last around 90 minutes with one intermission.


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