Strathmore – Suburban Culture, Urban Ambition

The new Strathmore Music Center in a Maryland suburb of Washington DC is an ambitious undertaking for a suburb. Benjamin Forgey writes that “the $100 million center is a traditional urban institution in a fast-changing suburban setting. It’ll contribute most significantly to the cultural life of its home county, of course, but, with the Baltimore Symphony treating it as a ‘second home,’ it’ll add choices for many music lovers in the metropolitan area. The architecture itself will be an attraction, eventually. In an age of prominent, in-your-face, innovative civic architecture, the center is a deceptive exception.”