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Saturday, March 24, 2 p.m.
The Old Firehouse, 1440 Chain Bridge Rd.
Free admission

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Wagner’s Ring Cycle is the Mount Everest of the opera world… just ask the stagehands! Follow the San Francisco Opera stagehands as they rehearse for the four-opera, 17-hour event, including the choreographed movement of large set pieces depicting underwater scenes, a ring of fire and a two-ton, smoke-belching, articulated dragon head.


Spring Break Quote-Along Movie
Friday, March 30, 7 p.m.
The Old Firehouse, 1440 Chain Bridge Rd.
Admission and popcorn are free. Bring your own non-alcholic beverage. Prop bags are $5 each. Supplies are limited and advance purchase at is recommended. Click here to purchase your prop bag.

Board game turned classic movie turned awesome quote-along! Even if you’ve never seen “Clue” before, Tim Curry, Madeline Kahn and the gang will have you dying with laughter, but if you’re one of us who quotes it all the time, you can’t miss this. Don your best secret identity, select your room, but leave your lead pipes and ropes at home. (Don’t worry—you can purchase prop bags, so you won’t be empty-handed.)

btn buy ticketsFriday, April 13, 8 p.m.
The Old Firehouse, 1440 Chain Bridge Rd.
$20/$14 MCC tax district residents

GRAMMY nominated Christylez Bacon is a dynamic member of the hip-hop movement, bringing innovation to an art form already known for mixing urban musical styles. His programs combine human beat box, rap and rhyming with storytelling and interactive call and response. He blends traditional elements of musical styles from jazz, go-go, hip-hop and more.

For ADA seating, please contact evelyn.hill@fairfaxcounty.gov or call 571-296-8385

Join The Alden and master artist Kofi Dennis at the Old Firehouse for an introductory to djembe drumming skills and improvisation. Included in this class is a chance to put your new skills to the test playing as a group in a community drum circle. This class is designed for children age eight and older and we recommended that families participate together.

8+ years
1 lesson @ 1 hr, 30 mins, $15/$10 for MCC tax district residents. $7 each additional person/$5 MCC district residents. Fee includes admission and drum rental for the event.
3053.318          F, 4/27          7-8:30 p.m.

* Any patron who registered for the March 2 class and cannot attend on the rescheduled date can get a refund by calling the registrar at 703-744-9365, no later than Friday, April 6.

btn buy ticketsOpening Night of the Washington National Opera’s
“The Barber of Seville” by Gioachino Rossini
Saturday, April 28, 7 p.m.
$435/$335 MCC tax district residents.*

Figaro, Figaro, Figaro! Rossini’s effervescent comedy sweeps onto the Kennedy Center stage with some of the hottest talent around. Your Alden staff hosts for the evening have opera experience both onstage and off. We’ll enjoy a three-course dinner at The Roof Terrace (alcoholic beverages not included) with special guest artists from the Washington National Opera. Please note that while formal attire is not required, because this performance is opening night, guests are welcome to wear their finest or most creative clothing.

* Includes round-trip transportation from McLean, a ticket to “The Barber of Seville” in the orchestra section of the Kennedy Center Opera House, dinner, non-alcoholic beverages and an intimate conversation with members of the Washington National Opera musical staff. Registration deadline is Thursday, March 22.

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4:30 p.m., Dolley Madison Library — Meet Sarah Schallern, The Alden’s Performing Arts Director, and Jennifer Garrett, The Alden’s Technical Director, to board private transportation to the Kennedy Center.

4:35 p.m.
— Off we go to the Kennedy Center! During the journey we’ll get to know one another, and Jennifer and Sarah will tell you a little about their backgrounds, what they do at The Alden, and give you some insight into “The Barber of Seville” and what it’s like working on an opera. Jennifer has worked on operas in technical capacities and Sarah is a former opera singer and stage director.

5 p.m.
— The group arrives at the Kennedy Center’s Rooftop Terrace Restaurant for a fine meal and excellent company. Guests from the Washington National Opera’s musical staff and young artists program will join us, give you even more information about WNO, “Barber,” and what it’s like to be a professional musician.

6:30 p.m.
— We will wrap up dinner, enjoy the view of the tidal basin from the iconic Kennedy Center terrace, and make our way down to the opera house for the performance.

6:50 p.m.
— Our group will gather in front of President Kennedy’s bust to admire the well-heeled crowd before taking our seats in the orchestra section.

7-10 p.m.
— Performance of “The Barber of Seville.” There will be at least one intermission.

10:20 p.m.
— We’ll board the coach back to McLean. Jennifer and Sarah will lead a post-performance discussion on our way.

10:50 p.m.
— Return to Dolley Madison Library.

Sunday, June 3, 5 p.m.
McLean Central Park, 1468 Dolley Madison Blvd.
Free admission

For ages 3+. Tim Kubart and the Space Cadets are helping us welcome summer back to McLean! Their Grammy Award-Winning album, Home, weaves together childhood memories with textured pop tunes which is sure to turn the gazebo into a dance party. When he’s not touring, you can catch Tim every weekday morning on NBC Universal’s Sprout Channel in the only live morning show for preschoolers or as the “tambourine guy” with Postmodern Jukebox!

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