Music Center at Strathmore

Private Events at The Music Center

The Music Center is a stunning venue, with spaces perfect for the following types of events:


  • Weddings
  • Concerts with seating up to 1,976
  • Private parties and black-tie galas
  • Pre-concert and post-concert receptions
  • Product launches
  • Corporate meetings
  • Television broadcasts
  • Meetings, workshops, and training sessions


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 6-story glass wall in the Lockheed Martin Lobby overlooks a 16-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. Learn more about group sales here, or contact the Group Sales Manager at 301.581.5199 or at

Please note that the Bou Terrace area is undergoing an expansion project which may impact certain rental events. We’ll be happy to explore dates with you and assess any potential impact!


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 available at all levels
  • Marriott Concert Stage ~ 3,075 sq. feet
  • Downstage is 68' wide / Upstage is 56' wide
  • 50' deep at center line
  • Ticket Office with 3 service windows
  • Maestro Dressing Suite, 3 soloist dressing rooms
  • Green Room for artists and guests
  • 12 changing and warm-up rooms with lockers, showers, and restrooms
  • 2 production offices

Concert Hall Seating Charts (PDFs)

Strathmore Concert Hall
Wedding in the Music Center at Strathmore

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.


Kiss on the Music Center Stairs


  • Lockheed Martin Lobby (Orchestra level):
    Banquet seating ~ 230  
    Banquet seating with dance floor ~ 190
    Standing reception ~ 275
  • Outdoor Terrace (off the Lockheed Martin Lobby): 
    Banquet seating ~ 100 
    Standing reception ~ 150
  • Promenade Tier Lobby:
    Banquet seating ~ 100
    Standing reception ~ 150
  • Grand Tier Lobby:
    Banquet seating ~ 85  
    Standing 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 ~ 80 (including 6 seated at the built-in curved bar)
  • Stand-up reception ~ 100
  • Private coatroom and restrooms
  • Sound system with cassette, CD and DVD players & iPod outlet (microphone outlets available).


Comcast Circles lounge


Gazette Promenade

The Gazette Promenade and Café

(Included in Lobby Rental)

Serving as the “main street” of Strathmore, the Gazette Promenade leads to the Lockheed Martin Lobby areas and houses the 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
  • Standing reception ~ 540
  • EagleBank ATM


Orchestral Rehearsal Rooms

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. Please note Rehearsal room 402 is available for invite-only performances - not available for public, ticketed events.

Capacity and Amenities

  • 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
Rehearsal Room Strathmore 402 405


Music Center at Strathmore Wedding

Rental Rates & Policies

Rate Card - The Music Center at Strathmore (.pdf)
Application for C​oncert Hall Rentals (.pdf)
Technical Specifications for the Music Center (.pdf)
Application to Rent - Social Strathmore (.pdf) 


Rentals Office
301.581.5255  /

Ridgewells Catering
Jeff Wingate, General Manager
301.581.5220 /

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