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Application to Rent the Music Center at Strathmore (.pdf)

Rentals Office
(301) 581-5255

Catering Director
(301) 581-5225

The stunning Music Center at Strathmore is an ideal location for concerts, corporate meetings, product launches, television broadcasts, black-tie galas, fundraising events, and private parties. The building takes its cues from the rolling hills and park-like setting with a softly undulating roof that appears to merge into the steep hills of the Strathmore property.

With its soaring glass walls and windows throughout, beautiful natural light fills interior spaces of the Music Center, and the accents of natural wood make the spaces warm and inviting. A six-story glass wall in the Lockheed Martin Lobby overlooks an 11-acre site of greenery.

Parking and access couldn’t be easier with the adjacent Grosvenor-Strathmore Metro garage connected to the Music Center via an enclosed pedestrian Carlton R. Sickles Memorial Sky Bridge. State of the art building automation and security systems and on-site staff ensure safe and secure events for your guests.

Special discounted group ticket packages for performances in the Music Center may be available in conjunction with rentals. Click here for group sales information, or contact the Group Sales Manager at (301) 581-5199 or at:

Several spaces are available for rent for private functions and concerts:

Concert Hall
Designed by William Rawn Associates Architects, Inc, acousticians Kirkegaard Associates and Theatre Project Consultants—the same team that designed the Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood – the Concert Hall features state-of-the-art adjustable acoustics making it pitch perfect for non-amplified events and tunable for amplified pop, folk, jazz, blues and world music. A sprung dance floor and wide-hinged wing doors make the space wonderful for dance.

With stained white birch and bronze metal grillage walls, maple floors, clear maple and aubergine velour seats and red birch accents, the Concert Hall is visually stunning while feeling warm and inviting at the same time.

Capacity and Amenities:

  • 1,976 seats
  • Accessible Seating is available at all levels
  • Marriott Concert Stage ~ 3,075 square feet
  • Downstage is 68 feet wide
    • Upstage is 56 feet wide
    • 50 feet deep at center line
    • Ticket Office with three service windows
  • Maestro Dressing Suite and three soloist dressing rooms
  • Green Room for artists and guests
  • Twelve changing and warm-up rooms with lockers, showers and restroom facilities
  • Two production offices

Lockheed Martin Lobby
The soaring 65 foot high fritted glass curtain wall in the Lockheed Martin Lobby looks out onto green wetlands by day and reflects light in the evenings to form a beautiful intricate pattern. Serving as the main entry point to the Concert Hall on the Orchestra level, there are two other adjoining lobby areas at the Promenade and Grand Tier levels which overlook this magnificent space. Doors at the Orchestra level open up to an adjacent Outdoor Terrace, which may be tented for private events. Natural stained maple and moss-colored carpeting bring warmth to the space, while two-story high torchieres accent the sweeping roofline. Striking built-in bars with granite countertops serve the Orchestra and Grand Tier Levels, with three additional portable bars available for additional service.


  • Lockheed Martin Lobby (Orchestra level):
    Banquet seating ~ 250
    Stand-up reception ~ 300
  • Outdoor Terrace (off the Lockheed Martin Lobby):
    Banquet seating ~ 100
    Stand-up reception ~ 150
  • Promenade Tier Lobby:
    Banquet seating ~ 100
    Stand-up reception ~ 150
  • Grand Tier Lobby:
    Banquet seating ~ 85
    Stand-up reception ~ 130
    Note: The Grand Tier Lobby level does overlook the lower lobbies, however, it must be accessed by separate interior staircases that do not immediately connect to the Orchestra and Promenade Lobby levels.

Comcast Circles Lounge
Immediately adjacent to the Lockheed Martin Lobby, this private reception room is perfect for intimate gatherings. The curved shape of the room reflects the arc of the roofline, and the warmth of the wood and moss green carpeting from Lockheed Martin Lobby carry through into the Lounge. A curved glass outer wall has doors which open to the Outdoor Terrace. Normally outfitted with a mix of comfortable couches and small cocktail tables, the space may be used as is, or transformed to a banquet-style reception area. A private curved bar with granite countertops services the Comcast Circles Lounge.

Capacity and Amenities:

  • Banquet seating ~ 92 (including 6 seated at the built-in curved bar)
  • Stand-up reception ~ 128
  • Private coatroom and restrooms
  • Sound system with cassette, CD and DVD players (microphone outlets available).
  • Music from performances in the Concert Hall can be piped in.

The Gazette Promenade and Prelude Café
Serving as the “main street” of Strathmore, the Gazette Promenade leads to the Lockheed Martin Lobby areas and houses the Prelude Café . The 700-foot-long covered arcade gracefully curves along the west side of the building. The bright and sunny space features cream colored tile floors and outer walls made of floor to ceiling fritted glass, literally inviting the outside in. Doors open onto an outside patio that can be used for additional seating.

Capacity and Amenities:

  • Banquet seating ~ 400
  • Stand-up reception ~ 540
  • Capital One ATM

Orchestral Rehearsal Room
This dramatic two-story high rehearsal room features beautiful tongue and groove hardwood floors, colorfully painted walls with tan fabric wrapped acoustic panels, and unique dramatic lighting fixtures. 22 foot high windows bathe the rooms in light while accenting the curved ceilings.

Capacity and Amenities:

Orchestral Rehearsal Room

  • Seated or Standing Reception ~ 116
  • 2309 square feet, 58’ x 36’
  • Electrically operated window shades
  • 26 foot white board on one wall
  • Acoustical Curtains
  • Double sound lock doors

Restaurant Associates is the exclusive caterer of Strathmore. Having earned a reputation for uncompromising quality, Catering by Restaurant Associates is proud to be the exclusive caterer at some of the nation's most spectacular settings including cultural centers and world-class museums and is excited to include Strathmore on its roster of landmark locations. From an elegant three-course affair to lively assortment of tapas and cocktails, Catering by Restaurant Associates can custom design a menu to impress and delight your guests. Adaptable to suit many needs and tastes, Catering by Restaurant Associates will custom-design the menu for your dream event, including kosher requirements, international cuisine or other specialty dining requests.

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