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1/20/22: The McLean Community Center and the Old Firehouse Center will open on time. All classes will be held as scheduled. Rentals and local, open meetings are not affected unless canceled by the Executive Director or the rental client.



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Sunday, Jan. 23, 4 p.m. - *This concert has been rescheduled to the Sunday Summer Concert Series. Ticket purchases will be refunded.
$15/$10 MCC district residents

D’DAT is a multicultural group that mixes the uniquely American musical traditions of the native southwest, jazz and hip-hop. National touring artist Def-i's intelligent, poetic lyrics and hip-hop style blends with the hard-driving instrumental fire of trumpet player Delbert Anderson, the deep funk of drummer Nicholas Lucero and the explorative and expanding groove of Mike McCluhan on bass. D’DAT combines it all to give audiences an experience like no other. This modern sound not only attracts listeners but also tells a story of cultural tradition. D’DAT has been featured on NPR, Yahoo, MIC.com, SiriusXM and TEDTalks.

"The swing of the Navajo Heartbeat and the improvisation of Navajo Chants." — Smithsonian Magazine



buy tix offChamber Music Series


Sunday, Feb. 13, 2 p.m.
$10/$5 MCC district residents

The Beau Soir Ensemble is a flute, viola and harp trio dedicated to the performance of standard and contemporary repertoire spanning a variety of genres. Founded by harpist Michelle Lundy in 2007, the group regularly performs at venues and acclaimed concert series in the Mid-Atlantic region, including the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage, Strathmore Mansion, The Alden and Harman Center for the Arts. The trio won the 2014 Montpelier Arts Recital Competition and frequently offers performances featuring world and local premiers by various exciting composers.

Sunday, March 27, 2 p.m.
$25/$15 MCC district residents.

Maybe you know her from 20 years on National Public Radio’s “Jazz Inspired” or as one of the world’s best stride pianists. But until you experience her brilliant combo of musicianship on the Great American Songbook, sultry vocals, comedic stories and interplay with her saxophonist/guitarist, you don’t really know Judy Carmichael. Plus, she’s John Eaton recommended!

“Her playing is masterly, and her linking material show her to be a raconteur in the Ustinov mold.” — BBC Radio

“astounding, flawless and captivating” — New York Times

The Alden’s “Celebrating Indian Festivals” Series
As part of The Alden’s Summer Concert series in 2022, we will be presenting Garba360, a South Asian social dance experience with live music. An essential component of the nine-day, fall Hindu festival Navratri, Garba is an intoxicating, high-energy folk dance style from the Indian state of Gujarat. This community event has been reimagined for all to participate in the fun any time of the year!

Leading up to this event, The Alden will provide virtual workshops to give context to this celebration and the culture that surrounds it. Because each Indian state has its own cultural traditions, it is impossible to take a “deep dive” into the culture of the whole country in just a few workshops, so we will be exploring some of the ways people from Gujarat mark the transition
of seasons.

These workshops are designed for families from all backgrounds to participate in together. We will all learn something, but because these workshops are celebratory events, they can be enjoyed by those who already have family traditions marking these events or those who have never participated in one of these events before. All workshop leaders are of Gujarati heritage and will share their culture with us from their own perspective.

Celebrate Chaitra Navratri (Spring Navratri) Workshop (Virtual)buy tix off
Tuesday, March 29, 6 p.m.
$7/$5 MCC district residents (fee is per device)


With the arrival of the Indian heat, comes the festival of Chaitra Navratri, a nine-day Hindu festival that marks the transition from spring to summer. The festivals of Navratri in general occur at times of seasonal change, with both Chaitra Navratri and Sharad Navratri (the one that occurs in the fall) happening when the length of the day and night are similar. Both are times of eating particular foods, fasting, and/or eating smaller quantities of food to support our bodies through seasonal changes. In the Hindu context, fasting does not necessarily mean no consumption of food. Often it is eating a special diet of food and fasting foods can be quite tasty. Join us in this Chaitra Navrati workshop to learn how to make a faraali (fasting compliant) Gujarati dish.


Mark your calendar now for the final event in this series:

Garba 360: Live Dance Instruction and Band! (In-Person)
Sunday, June 26, 5 p.m.
McLean Central Park, 1468 Dolley Madison Blvd.
Free admission


If you would like to purchase tickets at the box office please email Patron Services Manager Evelyn Hill at evelyn.hill@fairfaxcounty.gov to set up an appointment.


Two World-Premiere Operas
Friday, April 8, 7 p.m.

$25/$15 MCC district residents.

The world premieres of Brian Arreola and Anna Deeny Morales’ new opera “Zavala-Zavala” and an IN Series commission setting the poems of Gabriela Mistral in her original Spanish, as well as in the luminescent English translations by Langston Hughes. “Zavala-Zavala” tells a story of family separation and survival at the U.S.-Mexican border—inspired by true events—with artists Elizabeth Mondragon, Judy Yannini and Alex Alburqueque. Angel-Gil Ordóñez leads the orchestras of Georgetown University and members of the PostClassical Ensemble.

buy tix offChamber Music Series

Sunday, May 8, 2 p.m.

$10/$5 MCC district residents

Hidetaro Suzuki and Zeyda Ruga Suzuki comprise the violin and piano duo that has been performing in the musical centers of the world from New York, to Chicago, London, Paris, Russia and Tokyo, since the 1960s. The couple have been residents of McLean for the last 15 years and have performed at The Alden several times. They are resuming their engagements in the U.S. and Japan in the spring of 2022. 

Friday, May 13, 7 p.m.
$25/$15 MCC district residents.

When Lee Lessack and Johnny Rodgers played The Alden with “Simon and Garfunkel [Revisited],” y’all lost your minds. No need to keep begging, we’re bringing them back! Re-live James Taylor’s 1979 Central Park concert with the transcendent harmonies of Lee Lessack and Johnny Rodgers as they pay homage to the unique artistry and indelible music that was celebrated on that monumental night.

“Vocal romanticism of a high order.” — Billboard Magazine