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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.

buy tix offCelebrate Garba (Sharad Navratri) Workshop (Virtual)
Friday, Sept. 17, 6 p.m.
$7/$5 MCC district residents (fee is per device)

When people in the northwestern Indian state of Gujarat want to celebrate, the ecstatic dance, traditionally known as Garba, often provides the fuel. An essential component of wedding celebrations and of the nine-day, fall Hindu festival Navratri, Garba refers to both a style of Indian folk dance as well as the event at which the dance is performed. The dance is an intoxicating, high-energy dance
style marked by handclaps and twirls.

In advance of Navratri, join us to learn more about the dance and practice the steps. Feel free to wear a long, flared skirt, kurta top or other Indian clothing.

 

Mark your calendar now for other upcoming events in this series:

Celebrate Uttarayan/Makar Sankranti (Kite Festival) Workshop (Virtual)
Thursday, Jan. 13, 6 p.m.
$7/$5 MCC district residents (fee is per device)


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


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

 

Saturday, Sept. 18, 5 p.m.
McLean Central Park, 1468 Dolley Madison Blvd.
Free admission

Buckets N Boards is a high-energy comedy percussion show that is equal parts music and humor. The intricate beats, ridiculous songs, tap dancing and stunning synchronicity combined with the variety of instruments and found objects that they manipulate is unlike any other show. Running time: 90 minutes.

“Not only are they talented musically and have the most amazing clean sense of humor, but they appreciate their audience. My family and I can’t wait to have the chance to see them again. We hope it’s sooner than later.” — Audience Member

 

buy tix offSaturday & 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, “Can You Canoe?,”
“Through The Woods,” “Saddle Up” 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. They’ll share old favorites as well as brand new tunes from their latest album, “Songs for Singin'.” “So sing to the sunrise and sing to the moon,” the Brothers say. “Sing with your kids and sing with your neighbors. Sometimes it just takes singing a song with one another to remind us that we’re all family.” Running time: 60 minutes.


"The Okee Dokee Brothers are an absolute national treasure. These songs are just what the world needs right now." — Sarah Jackson, Minnesota Parent Magazine

 

buy tix offWednesday, Dec. 1, 7 p.m.
$30/$20 MCC district residents

We can finally reconnect… and no one brings people together like Damien Sneed. “Joy to the World” takes the listener through Damien Sneed’s original arrangements of gospel, jazz and classical favorites. As a multi-genre recording artist and instrumentalist,  Sneed is a pianist, vocalist, organist, composer, conductor, arranger, producer, and arts educator whose work spans multiple genres. If you missed our 2020 Martin Luther King Jr. concert, here’s your chance for a do-over. (Don’t you wish you could do that with all of 2020?)

“Damien is an extraordinarily talented, intelligent and well-rounded musician as well as a human being of depth and passion.” - Jessye Norman