• Directions & Parking


    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.

    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

  • Dining

    Prelude Café at Strathmore

    Click here for this week’s menu!

    Please note there is limited seating in the Prelude Café, and tables are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

    Local Restaurants

    Black Market Bistro

    4600 Waverly Avenue Garrett Park, Maryland 20852


    Reservations Suggested

    A Charming Bistro at the Victorian Style Post Office located in Garrett Park Maryland. Chef Dane Sewlall prepares modern American cuisine that features the freshest ingredients from local farmers. The dinner menu includes favorites like Cornmeal Crusted Oysters, Mussels, Herb Roasted Chicken, Italian Style Pizzas and more. Our delicious pastries and breads are made in house by Pastry Chef Jacquie Castaldo. Please join us Monday through Saturday for lunch, Sunday for brunch, and dinner each night beginning at 5PM. 


    Oakville Grille & Wine Bar

    10257 Old Georgetown Road Wildwood Shopping Center Bethesda, MD


    Reservations Suggested

    Located just minutes from Strathmore in Wildwood Shopping Center, Oakville Grille and Wine Bar was created with a vision of bringing a sample of the Oakville wine producing area of Napa, California to Bethesda.  Featuring contemporary American cuisine, our menu is both stylish and luxurious, complimented by a full array of more than 155 wines by the bottle, including a reserve bottle list and 20 wines by the glass - most of which are from the West Coast of the United States.


    Geppetto Restaurant

    10257 Old Georgetown Road Wildwood Shopping Center Bethesda, MD


    Located just minutes from Strathmore, Gepetto Restaurant is known for its house made pastas and pizza. Geppetto has been a Bethesda tradition since 1976.


    Timpano Italian Chophouse

    12021 Rockville Pike Rockville, MD 20852


    Reminiscent of the classic restaurants and clubs of Chicago and New York, Timpano Italian Chophouse revives the big city dining experience with big flavor steaks, chops, and pasta in a sophisticated setting while intimate torch songs and ballads play in the background.  Timpano offers a menu that marries the All-American flavor of char-grilled steaks with the classic bold Italian influences.  It's the perfect complement to an evening at Strathmore.


    Seasons 52

    11414 Rockville Pike North Bethesda, MD 20852


    Seasons 52 offers, as they put it, "seasonally-inspired dining choices expertly designed to excite and surprise the palate." Their extensive, award-winning wine list and friendly atmosphere make Seasons 52 an ideal pre- or post-concert dining option.  


    Chef Geoff's Rockville

    12256 Rockville Pike Rockville, MD


    The newest Chef Geoff's restaurant is the go-to destination on the Pike. Located across from Montrose Crossing, Chef Geoff's Rockville is the perfect spot for a business lunch or family dinner in a friendly and energetic atmosphere. Only minutes from the Strathmore, it's the perfect location for pre-concert dining. A three course Sunset Special is offered daily from 4:30-6:30pm for $19.95. Need a break from work? There is no better place than their newly renovated bar for all-day happy hour Monday and Tuesday. Have a case of the Mondays? They have the solution with ½ price bottles of wine every Monday. "We're excited to finally be a part of your neighborhood and hope that you will come join us soon. Cheers!" - Chef Geoff

  • Lectures & Events

    Classical Thursdays

    Music Notes Live! with Classical WETA’s David Ginder

    6:30 pm

    Promenade Level inside the Music Hall

    Enrich your concert experience with David Ginder’s insightful and witty 30-minute lecture on the evening’s concert program. This program is FREE to all ticket holders. No reservations are required.

    **PLEASE NOTE LOCATION CHANGE** Classical Thursday lectures have been moved to the Promenade Level inside the hall. Please arrive promptly and follow signs.

    Classical Saturdays

    Symphonic Explorations, presented with Levine Music

    7:00 pm

    Room 309 of the Music Center at Strathmore

    In partnership with Levine Music, the BSO offers stimulating, in-depth lectures for those interested in learning more about orchestral music and composers. Led by Melinda Baird, Chair of Piano at Levine Music, and Joel Friedman, Levine faculty lecturer, the classes explore the historical context of the night’s repertoire.

    This program is FREE to all ticket holders. Space is limited.

    Upcoming Symphonic Explorations:

    Strathmore Classical Saturdays
    Series A

    Hosted by Melinda Baird
    Strathmore Classical Saturdays
    Series B

    Hosted by Joel Friedman
    Rachmaninoff Symphony No. 1
    September 27, 2014

    Marin Alsop, conductor
    James Ehnes, violin

    Jennifer Higdon: blue cathedral (BSO Premiere)
    Korngold: Violin Concerto
    John Williams: Theme from Schindler’s List
    Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 1
    Bernstein & Beethoven
    November 22, 2014

    Marin Alsop, conductor
    Jennifer Johnson Cano, mezzo-soprano
    Baltimore Choral Arts Society

    Bernstein: Chichester Psalms
    Bernstein: Symphony No. 1, “Jeremiah”
    Beethoven: Symphony No. 7

    Beginning Feb. 1st, no reservation required.
    Handel’s Messiah
    December 6, 2014

    Edward Polochick, conductor
    Concert Artists of Baltimore Symphonic Chorale

    Handel: Messiah

    Beginning Feb. 1st, no reservation required
    Beethoven’s Ninth
    January 3, 2015

    Nicholas McGegan, conductor
    Klara Ek (TBD), soprano
    Mary Phillips, mezzo-soprano
    Thomas Cooley, tenor
    Andrew Foster-Williams, bass-baritone
    Baltimore Choral Arts Society

    Beethoven: King Stephen Overture
    Haydn: The Storm
    Beethoven: Opferlied
    Beethoven: Symphony No. 9, “Choral”

    Beginning Feb. 1st, no reservation required

    Mahler’s Third
    January 31, 2015

    Marin Alsop, conductor
    Jamie Barton, mezzo-soprano
    Baltimore Choral Arts Society Women’s Chorus
    Peabody Children’s Chorus

    Mahler: Symphony No. 3

    Beginning Feb. 1st, no reservation required

    **PLEASE NOTE** This lecture on January 31, 2015 will be led by Joel Friedman.

    Bruckner Symphony No. 8
    January 17, 2015

    Günther Herbig, conductor
    Alon Goldstein, piano

    Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 21
    Bruckner: Symphony No. 8

    Beginning Feb. 1st, no reservation required

    **PLEASE NOTE** This lecture on January 17, 2015 will be led by Melinda Baird.

    The Firebird Suite
    February 28, 2015

    Yan Pacal Tortelier, conductor
    Louis Lortie, piano

    Ravel (orch. Tortelier): Trio for Piano, Violin and Cello
    Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 23
    Stravinsky: The Firebird Suite

    Beginning Feb. 1st, no reservation required
    Shakespeare in Love & Simon Trpčeski
    March 7, 2015

    Cristian Macelaru, conductor
    Simon Trpčeski, piano

    Stravinsky: “Divertimento” from The Fairy’s Kiss
    Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 1
    Tchaikovsky: The Tempest, Fantasy-Overture
    Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet, Fantasy-Overture

    Beginning Feb. 1st, no reservation required
    Pictures at an Exhibition
    April 18, 2015

    Peter Oundjian, conductor
    Katherine Needleman, oboe

    Vaughan Williams: Oboe Concerto
    Mussorgsky (arr. Ravel): Pictures at an Exhibition

    Beginning Feb. 1st, no reservation required
    Debussy & Don Juan
    May 16, 2015

    Mario Venzago, conductor
    Oliver Schnyder, piano

    Schubert: Symphony No. 8, “Unfinished”
    Haydn: Harpsichord Concerto in D
    R. Strauss: Don Juan
    Debussy: La Mer

    Beginning Feb. 1st, no reservation required
    Strauss’ Last Four Songs
    May 23, 2015

    Markus Stenz, conductor
    Heidi Melton, soprano

    Weber: Der Freischütz Overture
    R. Strauss: Four Last Songs
    Schumann: Symphony No. 2

    Beginning Feb. 1st, no reservation required
    Beethoven’s Fifth
    June 6, 2015

    Christoph König, conductor
    Mischa Maisky, cello

    Sibelius: Symphony No. 7
    Shostakovich: Cello Concerto No. 1
    Beethoven: Symphony No. 5

    Beginning Feb. 1st, no reservation required


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    In the Community

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  • 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 60 minutes prior to each performance and through intermission.

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

    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


    Monday-Friday 10 am-6 pm
    Saturday-Sunday 12 pm-5 pm

    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.

    Purchasing Tickets by Fax

    Fax your order with credit card information to 410.783.8131.

    Please include your name, address, daytime and evening phone numbers, the performance date and time, the number of tickets and ticket prices.

    Purchasing Tickets by Mail

    Mail your order with credit card information or check to:

    BSO Ticket Office
    1212 Cathedral Street
    Baltimore, MD 21201.

    Please include your name, address, daytime and evening phone numbers, the performance date and time, the number of tickets and ticket prices. The BSO at Strathmore  does not charge any fees above the advertised cost of the ticket for performances in the Music Center at Strathmore when you purchase your ticket from the Strathmore Ticket Office or online at BSOmusic.org.

    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 subscribers only!

    Tickets must be exchanged by 5 pm on concert nights or 5 pm the evening prior for matinée performances.  If you exchange for a more expensive concert or seat location, we do ask that you pay the difference. No refunds are given if you exchange to a lower-priced concert or seat. There is no fee to exchange tickets by mail, fax or in person. Tickets exchanged by phone incur a $3 per ticket fee, payable at the time of the exchange.

    Tickets may only be exchanged for events taking place in the same season. There may be concerts with restrictions on exchanges.

    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:
    There is a $3 per ticket fee for exchanging your tickets by phone. Please call the Ticket Office at 410.783.8000 during its hours of operation.

  • History

    With the opening of the Music Center at Strathmore, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra became the only major American orchestra to have permanent, year-round homes in two metropolitan areas. As the centerpiece of Strathmore, the emergence of the Music Center has transformed the organization, an established presenter since 1983. The new location has allowed Strathmore to expand programming and its community outreach efforts to reach wider and more diverse audiences.

    Among the most significant buildings constructed in Montgomery County in many years, The Music Center at Strathmore redefined the character of the local arts community. Funding for the construction of the building was made possible through the support of the public, and its elected leaders at the State and County levels, with the Strathmore Hall Foundation responsible for day-to-day management of the facility. Additionally, hundreds of generous private and corporate donors stepped forward to help build, equip and sustain the operation of the Music Center, including $1 million donors: Comcast, Discovery Communications, Inc., The Gazette / The Washington Post / Post Newsweek Tech Media / Philip L. Graham Fund, J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation and Lockheed Martin.

    Designed by William Rawn Associates Architects, Inc. of Boston, and acousticians Kirkegaard Associates of Chicago, the intimate concert hall incorporates soft curvaceous lines to enhance the warmth and intimacy of the space. The flowing curved ceiling of the hall follows the form of the rising and falling exterior roof, and the high ceiling at the rear of the hall slopes down to a lower ceiling above the stage.

    Interior finishes of the concert hall include 24,000 square feet of maple wood floors, and 19,000 square feet of custom white birch wall paneling, with red birch details. Custom design details include 700 bronze mesh wall panels, 250 alabaster art glass light fixtures, and maple wood and aubergine velour seats. A sophisticated riser system optimizes stage conditions for the orchestra or chorus, and can be easily removed to accommodate many forms of other music or dance performance.

    The ceiling of the concert hall slopes up from the stage to its highest point over the audience, enhancing the acoustical quality of the space. Acoustical adjustments can be made to accommodate a wide range of programming—from a solo recital to full symphony orchestra to amplified music. Tunable sound-absorbing curtains behind the bronze grilling and banners in the ceiling can be deployed out of sight to dampen or enliven the sound. A mechanized canopy of 43 individually controlled acoustical reflector panels over the stage can be reconfigured to fine-tune clarity and reverberation.

  • 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.