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The Sound of Music: Reprises & Surprises!

mcleansymphonyconcertJoin the McLean Symphony on Saturday, June 4, 2016 at 7:30 pm for their concert "The Sound of Music: Reprises & Surprises" at the McLean Community Center.

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Amadeus Orchestra with Jessica Stecklein, May 17

b2ap3_thumbnail_Amadeus-Concerts-logo.jpgSoprano Jessica Stecklein returns to perform with the Amadeus Orchestra in concert.  A pre-concert lecture by Music Director A. Scott Wood will begin 45 minutes prior to the start of the concert. A reception will follow the concert, at which attendees may meet and chat with the performers and fellow music lovers.

Performance will include:
Weber: Overture to "Oberon"
Korngold: Marietta's Song from "Die Tote Stadt"
Brahms: Symphony No. 2

Location: Saint Luke Catholic Church, 7001 Georgetown Pike, McLean, VA 22101
When: Sunday, May 17, 2015 at 4:00 pm
Tickets are $30 and may be purchased at the door or online at http://www.amadeusconcerts.com.
Students 17 and under are admitted free of charge.

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Silent Comedy on the Civil War "Hands Up" Comes to The Alden, April 22

b2ap3_thumbnail_film-icon.jpgThe 1926 comedy on the Civil War "Hands Up," starring silent movie icon Raymond Griffith, is coming to The Alden for a single showing at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 22.

Griffith plays an elegant and clever Confederate spy trying to steal Yankee gold for the South, while also nonchalantly romancing two sisters on the opposing side. The film has one of the most eye-opening endings of any era, which was censored from some prints when it was originally released. Part of the Classics of the Silent Screen series at The Alden, the movie will be shown with the music of composer Ben Model and the commentary of film historian and preservationist Bruce Lawton. Movies are special 16mm editions.

Tickets are $12 for the general public, $8 for MCC district residents. The Alden is located inside the McLean Community Center at 1234 Ingleside Avenue.  For more information or to purchase tickets online, visit: www.aldentheatre.org or call 703-790-0123, TTY: 711.

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Amadeus Winds Concert and Pre-Performance Lecture, April 19

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Amadeus Winds
Sunday, April 19, 2015 at 4:00 pm
The Amadeus Winds will perform a concert that includes:

Mendelssohn: Nocture/Overture, opus 24
R. Strauss: Suite, opus 4
Mozart: Gran partita

A pre-concert lecture by Music Director A. Scott Wood will begin 45 minutes prior to the start of the concert. A reception will follow the concert, at which attendees may meet and chat with the performers and fellow music lovers.

Tickets are $30 and may be purchased at the door or online at http://www.amadeusconcerts.com. Students 17 and under are admitted free of charge.  Saint Luke Catholic Church, 7001 Georgetown Pike, McLean, VA 22101.

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"Call Me William: The Life and Loves of Willa Cather", April 19

The life ab2ap3_thumbnail_Alden-Willa-sitting.jpgnd times of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Willa Cather are explored in the show, "Call Me William: The Life and Loves of Willa Cather" by Prudence Wright Holmes. Holmes, who also stars in the production, will perform the show at The Alden in McLean at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 19

Actor and author Holmes' one-woman show is based on the life of Cather, who was a courageous pioneer of the LGBT community. Cather dared to

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International Innovative Dance Company Pilobolus to Perform at The Alden, April 17

b2ap3_thumbnail_alden-Pilobolus-AllIsNotLost_NadirahZakariya.jpgAward-winning, internationally recognized Pilobolus Dance Company will perform innovative, energetic and gravity-defying works at The Alden in McLean in April. The single performance will be at 8 p.m. on Friday, April 17.

Pilobolus, which takes its name from a barnyard fungus that propels its spores with extraordinary speed, accuracy and strength, was founded by a group of Dartmouth College students in 1971. Acclaimed for its mix

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March Madness Hits the Stage

Traveling Players Ensemble celebrates its own form of "March Madness" with a double bill of Hamlet and Alice in Wonderland at The Madeira School's Chapel Auditorium.

Featuring the talents of Traveling Players’ winter performance classes, this pairing of classic plays explores madness in all its forms, from the tragic to the sublime.

b2ap3_thumbnail_Ben-Stein-Lubrano-of-Bethesda-MD-as-Hamlet.jpg.jpgSunday, March 15 at 3:00 pm
The Madeira School
McLean, Virginia


For more information, visit www.travelingplayers.org or call 703-987-1712.


Image:Ben Stein-Lubrano of Bethesda, MD as Hamlet

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The Trocks Return to The Alden in McLean March 5

Tutus, Tights and Testosterone  Back by popular demand after three seasons, the dynamic and delightful ballet dancers in drag, Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte CarloLes Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo is celebrating its 40th anniversary season. It was founded in 1974 by a group of ballet enthusiasts for the purpose of presenting a playful, entertaining view of traditional, classical ballet in parody form and en travesty. “The Trocks” as they are affectionately known, quickly garnered a major critical essay by Arlene Croce in The New Yorker, and combined with reviews in The New York Times and The Village Voice, established the company as an artistic and popular success. At The Alden in McLean, the troupe will perform one night only on Thursday, Mar. 5, at 7:30 p.m. For more information or to purchase tickets online, visit: www.aldentheatre.org or call 703-790-0123, TTY: 711.  b2ap3_thumbnail_Alden-Theatre-Trocks-Don-Quixote03_20150302-182235_1.jpg

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Pink and Proud! Vital Theatre’s “Pinkalicious” at The Alden Feb. 14

Vital Theatre’s “Pinkalicious,” a musical adaptation of the book by Victoria and Elizabeth Kann, will come to The Alden in McLean for a single performance at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 14. Tickets are $20 for the general public and $15 for McLean tax district residents. The Alden is located inside the McLean Community Center, which is located at 1234 Ingleside Avenue.

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Amadeus Orchestra with the Silver-Garburg Piano Duo

b2ap3_thumbnail_amadeus-concerts-silvergarburg.jpgThe Amadeus Orchestra announces an upcoming classical music concert with the Silver-Garburg Piano Duo.  The performance will be held on Sunday, 28 September 2014 at 04:00 pm at Saint Luke's Catholic Church, 7001 Georgetown Pike, McLean, VA 22101.  For more information, visit http://amadeusconcerts.com/calendar/amadeus-orchestra-with-silver-garburg-piano-duo/.

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