The Alden at the McLean Community Center presents “The Pursuit of Happiness: Music for Social Wellbeing” with Calvin Earl at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 17, at the McLean Central Park Gazebo. This free concert performed by Earl, the honorary U.S. Spokesman for the African American Spiritual as a National Treasure, is appropriate for all ages. The park is located at 1468 Dolley Madison Blvd.
With music and storytelling, Earl will bring together members of the audience to engage and uplift the community’s shared humanity. Earl says the concert seeks to help people remember what they have in common and get reacquainted with their neighbors after the long COVID isolation. “Music at its core is meant to connect us to our common humanity and ignite the inner joy and love we all have within us,” he said.
Musical selections will be chosen from a diverse American musical lexicon, from spirituals to rock and roll, so there will be something for everyone to enjoy. “The goal of the concert is to allow audience members to experience music and feel like a community again. This can help them cope with the current endless volatile news cycles of painful circumstances around the world,” Earl said.
For more information, contact The Alden at 703-790-0123, TTY: 711 or visit the website, 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.
Financial Assistance Available. The Alden firmly believes that the arts are for everyone. If you’re a resident of the MCC tax district (Dranesville Small District 1A) and would benefit from financial assistance in purchasing tickets, please email Patron Services Manager Evelyn Hill at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn how to access free and reduced-price tickets to Alden-presented events.
ADA Accommodations. The Alden is ADA-compliant and will make arrangements for accommodations. For ADA accommodations, contact Patron Services Manager Evelyn Hill at email@example.com or call 571-296-8385. To request this information in an alternate format, call 703-790-0123, TTY: 711, or visit: www.aldentheatre.org.
The Robert Ames Alden Theatre is a cultural resource for the citizens of McLean that presents high-quality performances, lectures and educational programs for audiences of all ages. The Alden Theatre is ADA-compliant and will make arrangements for accommodations. To request this information in an alternate format, call 711.