“Joy to the World” and “A Klezmer Hanukkah” Bring Holiday Cheer to The Alden in December

The Alden Around Town, Art & Culture

The Alden at the McLean Community Center (MCC) in McLean is bringing holiday joy to its stage in December by offering a pair of holiday music concerts. “Joy to the World: A Christmas Musical Journey” with Damien Sneed, at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 1, offers a soulful mix of original and traditional Christmas music. Tickets are $30, $20 for MCC district residents. “A Klezmer Hanukkah” with Seth Kibel and the Kleztet, at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 11, features traditional klezmer music as well as jazz favorites. Tickets are $20, $15 for MCC district residents. The Alden is located at 1234 Ingleside Ave.

“Joy to the World: A Christmas Musical Journey” with Damien Sneed

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A multi-genre recording artist and instrumentalist, Damien Sneed is a pianist, vocalist, organist, composer, conductor, arranger, producer and arts educator whose work spans multiple genres. “Joy To the World: A Christmas Musical Journey” will take the audience through Sneed’s original arrangements of gospel, jazz and classical favorites.  The performance features a cast of 10 singers and musicians performing well-known holiday classics such as “Silent Night,” “This Christmas,” “O Come Emmanuel,” “Little Drummer Boy” and “The Christmas Song,” as well as excerpts from “The Messiah.” “Damien is an extraordinarily talented, intelligent and well-rounded musician as well as a human being of depth and passion.” – Jessye Norman.

“A Klezmer Hanukkah” with Seth Kibel and the Kleztet,

‘A Klezmer Hanukkah’ with Seth Kibel and the Kleztet

Hanukkah comes early this year, but Seth Kibel and the Kleztet keep the party going with festive klezmer tunes with a little jazz thrown in. Chag Sameach! Kibel is one of the Mid Atlantic’s premier woodwind specialists. Working with some of the best bands in klezmer, jazz and swing, he also wows audiences on saxophone, clarinet and flute. A featured performer with the Kleztet, Bay Jazz Project, Music Pilgrim Trio and The Natty Beaux, he has won 28 Washington Area Music Awards (Wammies), including “Best World Music Instrumentalist” and “Best Jazz Instrumentalist.”

Tickets are on sale now!

To purchase tickets or for more information, visit: www.aldentheatre.org or contact Patron Services Manager Evelyn Hill at evelyn.hill@fairfaxcounty.gov or 571-296-8385. TTY: 711.


About The Alden

Built in 1975, the 383-seat Robert Ames Alden Theatre, “The Alden,” is a cultural resource for the citizens of McLean and the Washington Metropolitan area that presents a full professional season of interdisciplinary and high-quality performances, lectures and educational programs for audiences of all ages. The Alden is ADA-compliant and will make arrangements for accommodations. To request this information in an alternate format, call 703-790-0123, TTY: 711, or visit: www.aldentheatre.org.