Building Our Future

We are pleased to announce the completion of the Bernard Family Foundation Pavilion. This new, long awaited expansion of the Music Center adds an escalator and 5,000 square feet of glass-enclosed space to our home. 

By enclosing the Music Center’s Bou Terrace, The Bernard Family Foundation Pavilion doubles the number of patrons who can be seated and served in the Music Center café. The soaring, circular Pavilion includes a skylight and sliding glass walls that can open to the outside. It also expands meeting and reception capacity for pre- and post-show events, civic meetings, and preconcert educational lectures.

The Bernard Family Foundation Pavilion also incorporates an escalator connecting the Promenade entry level and the lower Orchestra level, better serving our patrons with mobility issues and easing congestion pre- and post-performance. 

“We’re ecstatic that we’re able to offer our patrons a wonderful new dining space, an escalator for increased accessibility, and a customer experience as exceptional as the concert hall itself,” says Monica Jeffries Hazangeles, Strathmore’s President and CEO.

The State of Maryland invested $7 million in the project. Strathmore Board of Directors member Cathy Bernard helped launch private sector giving with a generous $1 million gift. A local businesswoman and philanthropist, Bernard named the new addition The Bernard Family Foundation Pavilion. Additional support for the capital campaign came from local individuals and corporations.

We look forward to seeing you soon at the Music Center and invite you to explore this new space. The Pavilion builds on the beauty of the Music Center while adding necessary improvements and upgraded amenities.

Escalator Timelapse Video


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