• Getting Here


    The Music Center at Strathmore
    5301 Tuckerman Lane
    North Bethesda, MD 20852


    Concert Parking

    Parking is located in the Grosvenor-Strathmore Metro garage off of Tuckerman Lane. Parking is complimentary for ticketed events in the Music Center's Concert Hall. At the end of each ticketed event in the Music Center's Concert Hall, the exit gates to the garage will be open for 30 minutes to exit the garage.

    Metro has eliminated live exit attendants. They have been replaced with a Customer Service Station in every parking exit lane with an intercom, video/camera connection and a credit card and Smartrip Card reader. This station will connect a patron with Metro’s Parking Operations Control Center. The parking barrier gates are opened and closed remotely from the POCC and customers can interact live with POCC Office Staff through the in-lane Customer Service Stations. If you leave before, or up to 90 minutes after this 30 minute period, you must show your ticket stub to the POCC Office Staff.

    To access the Music Center from the Grosvenor-Strathmore Metro garage, walk across the glass-enclosed sky bridge located on the 4th level.

    At non-performance times, Monday–Friday, parking in the garage is $5.10 and must be paid using a credit card or a Metro SmarTrip card, available for a one-time fee of $5 at all Metro Stations. Money can be added to this card for unlimited usage at the Grosvenor-Strathmore Metro station.

    Ticket Office Parking

    Daily until 5 pm there are designated 15-minute parking spots for ticket purchasers in the Mansion at Strathmore lot, entry off of 10701 Rockville Pike. There are also short-term meters along Tuckerman Lane as available. The ticket office opens at 10 am and is also open starting 120 minutes before a Music Center performance. It remains open until 30 minutes after the start of the show.

    Valet Parking

    Valet Parking is $15 per vehicle at all public Concert Hall performances. Valet drop off and pick up at the Circle Plaza entry to the Music Center at Strathmore at 5301 Tuckerman Lane.

    Public Transportation

    By Metro

    Strathmore is located adjacent to the Grosvenor-Strathmore Metro station, on the Red Line. When exiting the station, turn left along the pedestrian walkway. Strathmore is located across Tuckerman Lane and through the trees. You will see the mansion atop the hill. Follow the walkway to Strathmore's East side entrance.

    By Bus

    Strathmore is easily accessible by bus. We are serviced by the following routes. Please click here for specific route and time information for Ride-On and here for Metrobus.

    Route 6: To Wheaton Metro Station, Parkside and Rockspring Park
    Route 37: To Potomac (Potomac Community Center)-Tuckerman Lane
    Route 46: To Medical Center Metro Station and Montgomery College
    Route 96: To Montgomery Mall/Rock Spring Park-25¢ Fare

    Route: J5

  • Food & Drink

    Prelude Café at Strathmore

    Click here for this week’s menu!

    The Music Center at Strathmore welcomes a new food service team this season — Ridgewells Catering. Ridgewells will be offering a three-course prix fixe meal at $25 per person, in addition to à la carte dining.

    Please note there is limited seating in the Allegro Kitchen, and tables are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Allegro Kitchen opens two hours before each performance.

    Local Restaurants

    Seasons 52   |   1.1 miles away   |   American
    11414 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda, MD 20852

    Black Market Bistro   |   1.3 miles away   |   American
    4600 Waverly Avenue, Garrett Park, Maryland 20852

    Meritage   |   1.5 miles away   |   Mediterranean
    5701 Meinelli Road, North Bethesda, MD 20852

    Amina Thai   |   1.6 miles away   |   Thai
    5065 Nicholson Lane, Rockville MD 20852

    Oakville Grille & Wine Bar   |   1.8 miles away   |   American
    10257 Old Georgetown Road, Wildwood Shopping Center, Bethesda, MD

    Timpano's Italian Chophouse   |   1.9 miles away   |   Italian
    12021 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852

    Wildwood Kitchen   |   1.9 miles away   |   Mediterranean
    10223 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda, MD 20814

    El Patio   |   2.3 miles away   |   Argentinian
    5240 Randolph Road, Rockville, MD 20852

    Urban BBQ   |   2.3 miles away   |   BBQ
    2007 Chapman Avenue, Rockville, MD 20852

    Miller's Rockville Ale House   |   2.8 miles away   |   Sports Bar
    1471 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852

    Amalfi Ristorante Italiano   |   2.9 miles away   |   Italian
    12307 Wilkins Avenue, Rockville, MD 20852

    La Brasa   |   2.9 miles away   |   Latin
    12401 Parklawn Drive, Rockville, MD 20852

    Bethesda Curry Kitchen   |   3.1 miles away   |   Indian
    4860 Cordell Avenue, Bethesda, MD 20814

    4935 Bar and Kitchen   |   3.2 miles away   |   American
    4935 Cordell Avenue, Bethesda, MD 20814

    Guardado's   |   3.2 miles away   |   Spanish
    4918 Del Ray Avenue, Bethesda, MD 20814

    Mia's Pizza   |   3.2 miles away   |   Pizza
    4926 Cordell Avenue, Bethesda, MD 20814

    Union Jack's   |   3.2 miles away   |   Pub
    4915 Saint Elmo Avenue, Bethesda, MD 20814

    Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery   |   3.3 miles away   |   Brewery
    7900 Norfolk Avenue, Bethesda, MD 20814

    Lilit Café   |   3.5 miles away   |   Café
    7921 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda, MD 20814

    Jaleo   |   3.6 miles away   |   Tapas
    7271 Woodmont Avenue, Bethesda, MD 20814

    Mussel Bar and Grille   |   3.6 miles away   |   Bar and Grill
    7262 Woodmont Avenue, Bethesda, MD 20814

    Raku   |   3.6 miles away   |   Sushi
    7240 Woodmont Avenue, Bethesda, MD 20814

    Café Deluxe   |   3.7 miles away   |   American
    4910 Elm Street, Bethesda, MD 20814

    Nest Café   |   3.9 miles away   |   American
    4921 Bethesda Avenue, MD 20814

  • Tickets

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    Click here for our service fee and exchange policies.

    Purchasing Tickets Online

    There are no per ticket service fees for BSO at Strathmore purchases completed through BSOmusic.org. Orders for subscription packages are subject to a $12 per order processing fee. We do not charge fees for ticket delivery.

    Purchasing Tickets in Person

    The ticket office is open starting 120 minutes before a Music Center performance and remains open until 30 minutes after the start of the show.

    Daily hours of operation are:
    Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 10 am-5 pm
    Wednesday 10 am-9 pm
    Saturday 10 am-2 pm
    Sunday, Closed

    Ticket Office parking: Daily until 5 pm there are designated 15-minute parking spots for ticket purchasers in the Mansion at Strathmore lot (entry off of 10701 Rockville Pike) and at short-term meters along Tuckerman Lane.

    Purchasing Tickets By Phone


    Tue-Fri, 10 am-6 pm
    Sat-Sun, noon-5 pm
    Mon, Closed

    TTY via Maryland Relay for Maryland residents at 711 or out of state at 1.800.735.2258.

    Tickets purchased by phone are subject to $4 per ticket in service fees.

    Seating Chart

    Click here to view a Strathmore seating chart and plan your next visit to the BSO at Strathmore.

    Misplaced Tickets

    Should you misplace your tickets or forget to bring them to the performance, please go to the Ticket Office for replacement tickets.

    Ticket Donations

    Don't let your tickets go to waste! Please consider returning your unused ticket to the BSO at Strathmore for a tax-deductible donation. If you are unable to use your tickets, they can be returned by mail, fax, in person, or by calling the BSO Ticket Office before 5pm the day of the performance.

    Ticket Exchanges

    For individual ticket holders:
    Individual tickets can be exchanged within the same concert season for a processing fee of $5 per ticket. Individual ticket exchanges can be done by phone, fax, mail and in person at the Meyerhoff and Strathmore Ticket Offices. Online ticket exchanges are only available to subscribers. Exchanges into premium concerts, seating sections and pricing cannot be guaranteed and are subject to availability and additional fees. The BSO reserves the right to define a concert as premium based on demand. Some exclusions apply for group, student and special event sales.

    Exchanging in person:
    Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 10 am-5 pm
    Wednesday 10 am-9 pm
    Saturday 10 am-2 pm

    Exchanging by Mail:
    There is no fee for exchanging your tickets by mail.  Please send your tickets to the address below and include your name, daytime phone number, three alternate dates for a performance and payment by check. Mail to:

          BSO Ticket Office
          1212 Cathedral Street
          Baltimore, MD 21201

    Exchanging by Fax:
    Fax number: 410.783.8131. There is no fee for exchanging your tickets by fax. Include in the fax your name, daytime phone number, three alternate dates for a performance and payment by credit card.

    Exchanging by Phone:
    Please call the Ticket Office at 410.783.8000 during its hours of operation.

  • BSO Podcasts

    Explore the music before you arrive! The BSO now offers insights about our concert selections in a digital podcast format. Podcasts are presented by Classical WETA 90.9FM On-Air Hosts David Ginder and Marilyn Cooley, and WBJC 91.5FM Program Director Jonathan Palevsky.

    This Week's Podcasts:

    Dvořák's Cello Concerto
    Thursday, February 16, 8 pm: Meyerhoff
    Sunday, February 19, 3 pm: Strathmore

    Marin Alsop, conductor
    Johannes Moser, cello
    Barry F. Williams, narrator

    Jonathan Leshnoff: Dancin' Blue Crabs (BSO Centennial Celebration Commission, World Premiere)*
    Barber: Symphony No. 1 Listen NowPodcast Symbol
    Copland: Lincoln Portrait Listen NowPodcast Symbol
    Dvořák: Cello Concerto Listen NowPodcast Symbol

    Buy Tickets Event

    Off The Cuff:
    Dvořák's Cello Concerto
    Friday, February 17, 8:15 pm: Strathmore
    Saturday, February 18, 7 pm: Meyerhoff

    Marin Alsop, conductor
    Johannes Moser, cello

    Dvořák: Cello Concerto Listen NowPodcast Symbol

    Buy Tickets Event

    Visit BSOmusic.org/Podcasts to listen to our archives.

     Presented by: 
    Classical WETA red_horizWBJC

  • Backstage

    Backstage with the BSO at Strathmore

    The BSO’s impact in Montgomery County and the DC Metro area extends far beyond just concerts at the Music Center at Strathmore. “Backstage with the BSO at Strathmore” chronicles the many stories behind the scenes at the BSO’s second home and throughout the area, as shared by Jack Fishman, Vice President of External Affairs, BSO at Strathmore. 




    BSO in the Community

    From engaging our youngest BSO audience participants at Music Box concerts to performing at senior centers throughout Montgomery County, the BSO at Strathmore is sharing music and inspiring creative learning in the Montgomery County community. Read more!


  • Beginner's Guide

    Beginner’s Guide to the Symphony

    1. What should I wear? We’ll start off by saying, you can wear anything (almost) that you like when you come to a symphony concert. For those who enjoy getting spiffed up, a symphony concert is a great occasion to feel a bit fancy. However, if you feel more comfortable on the casual side, you won’t feel out of place. Most concert-goers dress in a range from business casual to cocktail attire. Formal dress such as evening gowns and tuxedos are generally only worn to special events like our annual Gala concert.

    2. What is classical music? For general purposes, classical music is typically used to describe art music produced or rooted in the traditions of Western music, including both liturgical (religious) and secular music from roughly the 11th century to the present day. Sub-categories of classical music include the Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic and Modern eras. The term ‘classical music’ actually did not appear until the early 19th century.

      For more information on the background of the term classical music, check out the BSO story "Do we need a new word for classical music".

    3. How early should I arrive? Doors to the lobby of the Meyerhoff generally open 75 minutes prior to the concert start time. Doors to the lobby of Strathmore generally open one hour prior to the concert start time. You can arrive early and enjoy a drink or small bite to eat, and relax in our lobby prior to the show. Or, you can also head to one of many exciting restaurants, cafes or bars in the area. We recommend arriving no later than 20 minutes before a show start time to ensure getting to your seat before the downbeat. Once the first piece begins, you will need to wait until a break to be let in so we recommend not cutting it too close! For a listing of places to eat and drink in the area, visit here!

    4. What if I arrive late? In order not to disturb other audience members who have already begun listening to the music, late seating breaks will take place after the first piece on the program or at intermission. If you arrive after the concert begins, you will be asked to wait outside of the hall doors in the lobby until a break in the program occurs.

    5. Can I use my cell phone? For the consideration of the musicians and your fellow audience members, please turn off your phone or other mobile devices during the performance. With all of modern life’s constant exposure to media and technology, think of this as a fun opportunity to shut off your phone for an hour at a time and live in the moment. Photography and video are not allowed during a performance, but taking pictures before and after the performance is strongly encouraged!

    6. Do I need to know any information about the music or composers before coming? You do not need to know any background information on the performers, composers or pieces ahead of time. Once you arrive, you will be given a program which gives notes on the elements of the concert. That being said, many people find that they are able to enjoy a performance in a deeper way with greater background knowledge on the program. If you would like to know more about a piece before attending a concert, you can check out the program notes in the current issue of Overture Magazine. For most classical subscription concerts, the BSO offers short podcasts previewing the music and composers for each performance. You can listen to these at BSOmusic.org/Podcasts.

    7. When should I clap? This can be a bit of a tricky question. On the one hand, we want to encourage everyone to show their enjoyment and appreciation whenever the moment strikes. On the other hand, there are certain pieces of music that are meant to be uninterrupted to display the nuance and full-effect of the music.

      It is traditional to hold applause until the end of each piece on the program. This can be a bit confusing, because some pieces contain several smaller sections, called movements, which often have a pause between them, sometimes sounding like the end of the piece. Our advice is, if you are not sure when to clap, don’t be a hero…read the room and follow the crowd to avoid any awkward applause moments.

    8. How long is the concert? Traditional performances last around 2 hours including a 15 minute intermission about halfway through. The BSO also offers an Off the Cuff series, which offers a more informal and paired down version of the traditional concert. Off the Cuff performances usually last around 1 hour and 15 minutes.

    9. What is a concertmaster? In an orchestra, the concertmaster is the leader of the first violin section. There are other section leaders within the various string sections, but they are all lead by the concertmaster. Any violin solo in an orchestral work is played by the concertmaster (except in the case of a concerto, in which case a guest soloist usually plays). The concertmaster sits to the conductor’s left, closest to the audience, in what is called the “first chair” or “first stand.” He or she makes decisions regarding bowing and other technical details of violin playing for the violins, and sometimes all of the string players. The concertmaster leads the orchestra in tuning before concerts and rehearsals.

    10. What is the role of the conductor? In the words of Marin Alsop: "I think that maybe people don’t really understand the role of the conductor. What does a conductor really do? It’s a little bit like being a director. What I do is study the creator’s words or the composer’s notes and I try to become the voice of the creator. Then I bring his or her work to life through the musicians. The analogy is sort of like actors bringing words to life. That’s really the basic role of the conductor: to be the messenger and the advocate for the composer, and to try to get that narrative across to the audience. "The goal for me is to always try to inspire and encourage people, and create the environment for musicians to be the best they can be. So it’s sort of like part coach, part captain. A lot of it is of course technical, because I’m speaking to them through gesture. But it’s a far more complex role than most people would just see by sitting there watching someone move their arms."

    11. How is the orchestra set-up?
      Orchestra Set Up
  • Overview

    Strathmore Interior

    A little more than a decade ago a group of visionary Maryland leaders had a transformational idea—to create a music center at Strathmore with the world-class Baltimore Symphony Orchestra as the founding partner and resident orchestra. With this new home, the BSO became the nation's only major orchestra committed to two year-round venues in different metropolitan areas.

    Now in our 11th season, Music Director Marin Alsop's powerful vision for the BSO at Strathmore continues to add to this legacy. We continue our commitment beyond our weekly evening concerts with a series of Sunday matinée performances, growing our Orchlab program in Montgomery County Title-I schools, and a new location in Silver Spring for Music Box concerts for young children.

    Marin Alsop"BSO at Strathmore concerts," says Marin Alsop, "capture the transformational power of music and aspires to offer a transcendental connection for people beyond their own worlds." In the extraordinary acoustics of Strathmore, you have come to expect this magical transformation in your own backyard on a weekly basis. Our musicians look forward to sharing great music with you this season. And thank you, in advance, for making it all possible.