Music Center at Strathmore

North Bethesda, MD Completed 2005
Project Highlights
  • 195,000 sf
  • 2000 seat Concert Hall
  • New Construction
  • In association with William Rawn Associates
  • Acoustician: Kirkegaard Associates
  • Theater Consultant: Theatre Projects Consultants
  • Award of Excellence, AIA Northern Virginia
  • Honor Award, AIA Maryland
  • Honor Award, AIA Boston
  • Merit Award, AIA Potomac Valley

A community of music.

A world-class venue and the largest of the Strathmore Hall Foundation performance venues, the Music Center at Strathmore provides a warm, embracing and acoustically-excellent space for the enjoyment of music, dance, and theater. The design team of G+P and William Rawn Associates created a form nestled into the hill and the site, providing a respite from the commercial bustle of nearby Rockville Pike.

The facility’s Concert Hall serves as a second home to the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and as a venue for a broad range of touring and community-based orchestral and choral groups. The interior of the Hall creates memorable spatial intimacy between audience and performer, remarkable for a space that seats 2000. The shoebox shape, wood interiors, and concealed adjustable acoustics create a world-class sound-space. Audience and chorus seating areas embrace the stage, and connect to side galleries and balconies, contributing to an intense sense of closeness. The interiors feature wood, bronze and warm lighting to make the Hall feel welcoming.

The activities in the Education Wing develop future generations of performers who may one day be on stage in the Hall. The light-filed, glass-encased structure exemplifies the sense of broad community involvement so vital to this building. The Education Wing features four expansive and dramatic rehearsal spaces and a host of other practice areas that connect to the Concert Hall. Education partners include City Dance and The Levine School of Music.