The Alden in McLean happily reopens this fall with four musical performances that span classical, folk, Klezmer and gospel, and a 50th Anniversary performance by the acclaimed dance company Pilobolus. The center is located inside the McLean Community Center, which is located at 1234 Ingleside Ave.
MCC Executive Director Daniel Singh said, “We are excited to welcome back audiences to The Alden! As Performing Arts Director Sarah Schallern Treff, her staff and I curated this season’s shows, we were considering themes like “recovery,” “reimagining,” “reaffirming” and “reconnecting” with each other in the midst of a pandemic. We took the common beginning of these words— “re”—and looked at what the musical note re signifies in the solfege scale. The note re is about transitions, about returning or going towards something. From this context, re embodies the tension of our times—the venturing out into the world away from home base, the uncertainty of the future and the pull between the two. Keeping this framework in mind, this fall, we are offering several programs that are familiar and comforting, but we also have new directions for our patrons to explore with us. We hope you find both old and new communities at McLean Community Center—where our patrons are “The Center of It All.”
The Alden has several COVID-19 precautions in place. Everyone is required to wear masks inside the facility, theater capacity has been limited to allow for proper social distancing and hand sanitizing stations are readily available. A full explanation of The Alden’s COVID-19 precautions is available at www.aldentheatre.org.
The Okee Dokee Brothers
Saturday & Sunday, Oct. 16–17, 1 p.m. & 4 p.m.
$20/$15 MCC district residents
As the GRAMMY-winning Okee Dokee Brothers, Justin Lansing and Joe Mailander, have built a plaid-shirted national following with their outdoor adventure-themed albums, “Through The Woods,” “Can You Canoe?” and “Winterland.” But whether it’s indoors or out, the Okee Dokee Brothers believe that as long as folks are singing together there’s a glimpse of hope for our world.
“The Okee Dokee Brothers are an absolute national treasure. These songs are just what the world needs right now.” — Sarah Jackson, Minnesota Parent Magazine
The Borisevich Duo
Sunday, Oct. 24, 2 p.m.
$10/$5 MCC district residents
The Borisevich Duo, featuring pianist Margarita Loukachkina and violinist Nikita Borisevich, is an internationally acclaimed violin and piano duet, frequently performing across the United States and Europe.
Native American Fusion Music with D’DAT (Virtual Workshop)
Wednesday, Nov. 3, 7 p.m.
Free Admission. Registration is required.
Learn more about the composition process and culture before D’DAT’s performance in The Alden this January. D’DAT’s music mixes three American art forms—jazz, native southwest and hip-hop styles—to create a sound that is uniquely theirs. This is a great opportunity for musicians of all ages to learn directly from the artists and ask questions.
“Joy to the World: A Christmas Musical Journey” with Damien Sneed
Wednesday, Dec. 1, 7 p.m.
$30/$20 MCC district residents
Award-winning, 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” takes the listener through Damien Sneed’s original arrangements of gospel, jazz and classical favorites.
“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 Alexandria Kleztet
Saturday, Dec. 11, 7 p.m.
$20/$15 MCC district residents
Hanukkah comes early this year, but the Alexandria Kleztet keeps the party going with festive Klezmer tunes and a little jazz thrown in. Chag Sameach!
“[Alexandria Kleztet] exudes excellent musicianship and a joy of klezmer… the band manages to make klezmer swing.” – Ari Davidow
Pilobolus “Come to Your Senses”
Sunday, Nov. 7, 7:30 p.m.
$40/$30 MCC district residents
Pilobolus invites you to “Come to Your Senses!” Engage with childlike wonder in the miracle of your senses through both classic and brand-new repertory that begins by examining our biology and ends by utilizing the senses in a refreshing immersion in the biosphere.
“It’s as if we’re being given a fleeting glimpse of the inner workings of the universe.” — The New York Times
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The Alden will present more performances in the winter and spring centered on recovery, re-imagining, reaffirming, and reconnecting with each other. Visit the website for updates, www.aldentheatre.org.
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.
About McLean Community Center
The McLean Community Center, an agency of Fairfax County Government, is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination on the basis of disability in all programs, services and activities. We will provide reasonable accommodations upon request. To request special accommodations, call the Center 14 working days in advance of the event.
To request this information in an alternate format, call 711.