38 MARCH/APRIL2015 | BETHESDAMAGAZINE.COM
SEE A WORLD-CLASS ORCHESTRA
A DISTINCT ENERGY fills The Music Center at
Strathmore each time the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
(BSO) takes the stage. As the lights dim and the audience
settles, the excitement and anticipation are replaced by
the sound of 80 musicians playing together in one of the
world’s preeminent orchestras.
When The Music Center at Strathmore opened in
2005, it became the second home of the BSO, a founding
partner and the resident orchestra. It was a first for any
orchestra in the country to have two major year-round
venues (the BSO’s other residence is Joseph Meyerhoff
Symphony Hall in Baltimore), and it helped put Strathmore on the map. “It made economic sense for them and
it made economic sense for us,” Strathmore CEO Eliot
Pfanstiehl says. “And it irrevocably married us.”
The orchestra performs more than 40 concerts annually at the music center. For local residents, that means
dozens of opportunities each year to experience the
internationally acclaimed ensemble in our own backyard.
“It’s a wonderful hall. It’s an intimate hall,” says Paul
Meecham, the BSO’s president and CEO. “There’s a real
connection to the audience.”
As the music center marks its 10th anniversary this
spring, a number of events are scheduled in March and April.
A standout is the BSO’s April 10 performance of Tchaikovsky’s 5th Symphony led by conductor Marin Alsop.
“There was doubt at the beginning,” Pfanstiehl says.
“Could you build this? Who would come? But 10 years
out, all the arguments are settled. The whole idea was a
long shot, but it worked. And this is only the beginning.”
The Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane,
North Bethesda; 301-581-5100; www.strathmore.org.
—Stephanie Siegel Burke