A guide to re­gional venues

Of­fer­ings, bud­gets, ca­pac­i­ties.

The Washington Post Sunday - - ARTS & STYLE - — Com­piled by Erin Wil­liams, Winyan Soo Hoo and Michael Cotterman

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IN­DE­PEN­DENTS

1 Strath­more North Bethesda, strath­more.org 301-581-5100 Opened: 2005 (Mu­sic Cen­ter) An­nual op­er­at­ing bud­get: $8 mil­lion The­aters: 2 Seat­ing ca­pac­ity: Mu­sic Cen­ter, 1,976; Man­sion, 110 Av­er­age per­cent­age of tick­ets sold: Not avail­able Res­i­dent com­pa­nies: 6 Per­for­mances in 2010: 185 Cost to rent fa­cil­i­ties: $13,000 to $28,000 per per­for­mance, depend­ing on pro­duc­tion re­quire­ments Up­com­ing high­lights: Friedrich Klein­hapl and An­dreas Woyke, cello/pi­ano (the Man­sion, Jan. 20); Brian Ganz, Chopin recital (Jan. 22); Tango Fire Com­pany of Buenos Aires (Jan. 25) Sum­mary: The doyenne of the re­gion’s per­form­ing arts cen­ters be­gan as a small space in the Man­sion at Strath­more be­fore pulling off the con­struc­tion of a ma­jor new con­cert hall that’s one of the best in the area. Phone Num­ber: (301) 581-5200 2 Hyl­ton Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter Manas­sas, hyl­ton­cen­ter.org 703-993-7759 Opened: 2010 An­nual op­er­at­ing bud­get: $2 mil­lion The­aters: 2, plus foyer used for per­for­mances Seat­ing ca­pac­ity: Mer­chant Hall, 1,121; Gre­gory Fam­ily Theater, 270; Did­lake Grand Foyer, 300-500 Av­er­age per­cent­age of tick­ets sold: 80 Res­i­dent com­pa­nies: 11 Per­for­mances in 2010: 125 (hall opened in May) Cost to rent fa­cil­i­ties: $6,000 to $10,000, depend­ing on re­quire­ments Up­com­ing high­lights: Fair­fax Sym­phony (Jan. 16); Anna & Friends (cham­ber mu­sic, Jan. 23); Dai­ley & Vin­cent (blue­grass, Jan. 29) Sum­mary: Built with funds from the city, county and state, the Hyl­ton opened in 2010. It is ad­min­is­tered by Ge­orge Ma­son Uni­ver­sity but in­de­pen­dent in its pro­gram­ming. 3 Montpelier Arts Cen­ter Lau­rel, arts.pg­parks.com 301-377-7800 Opened: 1979 An­nual op­er­at­ing bud­get: Not avail­able; part of the Mary­landNa­tional Cap­i­tal Park and Plan­ning Com­mis­sion Depart­ment of Parks and Recre­ation The­aters: 1 Seat­ing ca­pac­ity: 120 Av­er­age per­cent­age of tick­ets sold: 100 Res­i­dent com­pa­nies: None Per­for­mances in 2010: 31 Cost to rent: Gen­er­ally does not rent Up­com­ing high­lights: Buck­wheat Zy­deco (May 13); Wailin’ Jen­nys (April 1); Lafayette Gilchrist ( jazz pi­anist, March 18) Sum­mary: The Montpelier Arts Cen­ter of­fers ex­hi­bi­tions, classes, per­for­mances and res­i­den­cies.

4 Publick Play­house Chev­erly, arts.pg­parks.com 301-277-1712 Opened: 1977 (ren­o­va­tion of old theater; ren­o­vated again in 1984 and 2006) An­nual op­er­at­ing bud­get: Not avail­able; part of Mary­land-Na­tional Cap­i­tal Park and Plan­ning Com­mis­sion Depart­ment of Parks and Recre­ation The­aters: 1 Seat­ing ca­pac­ity: 494 Av­er­age per­cent­age of tick­ets sold: Not avail­able Per­for­mances in 2010: 2009-10 sea­son (Septem­ber-July) 136 to­tal; 87 pro­duc­tions Cost to rent: Charges hourly, depend­ing on county or­ga­ni­za­tion vs. non-county Up­com­ing high­lights: Lula Washington Dance The­atre (Feb. 16-17); Praise litur­gi­cal dance show (Feb. 27); Bal­let Folk­lorico Mex­ico (May 2) Sum­mary: Since 1977, this for­mer art deco movie theater has been op­er­at­ing as a cen­ter for a range of per­for­mances, classes and events, in­clud­ing chil­dren’s theater, films and arts work­shops. 5 Work­house Arts Cen­ter Lor­ton, work­house­arts.org 703-495-0001 Opened: 2008 An­nual op­er­at­ing bud­get: $4.7 mil­lion for arts cen­ter, $750,000 for premier theater The­aters: Mul­ti­ple venues with seat­ing for up to 300; new 300-seat theater is sched­uled to open in late 2011 Seat­ing ca­pac­ity: 50 to 300 Av­er­age per­cent­age of tick­ets sold: 65 Res­i­dent com­pa­nies: 1 Num­ber of per­for­mances in 2010: More than 100 Cost to rent: Not avail­able Up­com­ing high­lights: Open­ing of event cen­ter and theater in 2011 Sum­mary: This for­mer cor­rec­tional fa­cil­ity now pro­vides vis­ual and per­form­ing arts stu­dio ex­hi­bi­tion space, ed­u­ca­tion pro­grams and a home for more than 150 lo­cal artists. 6 Black­Rock Cen­ter for the Arts Ger­man­town, black­rock­cen­ter.org 301-528-2260 Opened: 2002 An­nual op­er­at­ing bud­get: $1.2 mil­lion The­aters: 3 Seat­ing ca­pac­ity: Main­stage Theater, 210; Stu­dio Theater, 150; out­door stage, 500-600 Tick­ets sold: 5,313 tick­ets to 44 shows Res­i­dent com­pa­nies: None, but it part­ners with the Art League of Ger­man­town and Up­county Theater Per­for­mances in 2009-10: 43, plus seven out­door con­certs Cost to rent: $1,600 to $2,000 to rent Main­stage Up­com­ing high­lights: Chuck Redd (Feb. 12); Mar­got MacDonald (Feb. 17); Deanna Bog­art (March 5) Sum­mary: This fa­cil­ity came into be­ing as a com­mu­nity ini­tia­tive of peo­ple anx­ious for a per­form­ing arts cen­ter in their own town.

7 Ar­ti­sphere Ar­ling­ton, ar­ling­tonarts.org 703-228-1850 Opened: Oc­to­ber An­nual op­er­at­ing bud­get: $3 mil­lion The­aters: 5 Seat­ing ca­pac­ity: Ball­room: 450 (used for stand­ing au­di­ences and danc­ing); Bijou Theater, 30; Black Box, 150; Dome Theater, 220; Spec­trum Theater, 389 Av­er­age per­cent­age of tick­ets sold: Not avail­able Res­i­dent com­pa­nies: 6 Per­for­mances in 2010: In its first three months, pre­sented 99 pro­grams Cost to rent: $875 to $15,000 for pri­vate events Up­com­ing high­lights: Ur­ban Arias (con­tem­po­rary mini-op­eras, Jan. 14); Na­tional Cham­ber En­sem­ble (Jan. 29); Dar Wil­liams and the Ibis Cham­ber Mu­sic So­ci­ety (Jan. 30) Sum­mary: The for­mer New­seum build­ing has be­come “a space for peo­ple and art to col­lide” with four per­for­mance spa­ces, three vis­ual art gal­leries, a ball­room and a town hall with free Wi-Fi.

8 Wolf Trap Vi­enna, wolf­trap.org 703-255-1900 Opened: 1971 An­nual op­er­at­ing bud­get: $29 mil­lion The­aters: 3 Seat­ing ca­pac­ity: Fi­lene Cen­ter, 3,868 in-house, 3,160 lawn; Barns at Wolf Trap, 382; Chil­dren’s Theater-in-the-Woods, about 800 Av­er­age per­cent­age of tick­ets sold: Not avail­able Res­i­dent com­pa­nies: 1 (also serves as sum­mer home to the NSO) Per­for­mances in 2010: Nearly 300 (mostly in the sum­mer) Cost to rent: Does not rent Up­com­ing high­lights: In­ter­na­tional Gui­tar Night (Jan. 13); Pe­abody Trio (Jan. 14); Chicago City Lim­its (Jan. 20-21) Sum­mary: “Amer­ica’s na­tional park for the per­form­ing arts” of­fers sum­mer shows in the open-air Fi­lene Cen­ter and year-round per­for­mances in the Barns. 9 Gilden­horn/Speis­man Cen­ter for the Arts at the JCC of Greater Washington Rockville, jc­cgw.org 301-881-0100 Opened: 1969 An­nual op­er­at­ing bud­get: $750,000 The­aters: 1 Seat­ing ca­pac­ity: 290 Av­er­age per­cent­age of tick­ets sold: Not avail­able Res­i­dent com­pa­nies: One, plus sev­eral oth­ers who “con­sider us home” Per­for­mances in 2010: 188 Cost to rent: Varies, depend­ing on group and fa­cil­ity Up­com­ing high­lights: Clare­mont Pi­ano Trio (March 13); Orli Sha­ham (April 10); Me­na­hem Pressler (May 15) Sum­mary: Small theater presents a range of in-house pro­gram­ming. 10 Bowie Cen­ter for the Per­form­ing Arts Bowie, bowiecen­ter.org 301-805-6880 Opened: 2004 An­nual op­er­at­ing bud­get: $480,000 The­aters: 2 Seat­ing ca­pac­ity: Main Hall, 800; Recital Hall, up to 125 Av­er­age per­cent­age of tick­ets sold: Not avail­able Res­i­dent com­pa­nies: None Per­for­mances in 2010: Not avail­able Cost to rent: $200 to $425 per hour, depend­ing on non­profit sta­tus of group Up­com­ing high­lights: Mary­land Opera So­ci­ety (Jan. 5); U.S. Navy Con­cert Band (Jan. 14) Sum­mary: In­struc­tional fa­cil­ity for all forms of the per­form­ing arts, op­er­ated by the county’s pub­lic schools, the city, the state park and plan­ning com­mis­sion. 11 Wein­berg Cen­ter for the Arts Fred­er­ick, wein­berg­cen­ter.org 301-228-2828 Opened: 1978 An­nual op­er­at­ing bud­get: $1.3 mil­lion The­aters: 1 Seat­ing ca­pac­ity: 1,143 Av­er­age per­cent­age of tick­ets sold: Not avail­able Res­i­dent com­pa­nies: None, but eight lo­cal groups use it Per­for­mances in 2010: 150 events Oc­to­ber-June), plus 10 in sum­mer Cost to rent: $2,500 for non­profit groups; $3,500 for com­mer­cial Up­com­ing high­lights: Sec­ond City Live (Jan. 22); Bal­ti­more Sym­phony Or­ches­tra (Feb. 4); Han­del Happy Hour (Feb. 24) Sum­mary: Orig­i­nally an art deco movie theater and still boast­ing its orig­i­nal Wurl­itzer or­gan, this non­profit cen­ter in Fred­er­ick presents a range of events from standup com­edy to the Bal­ti­more Sym­phony Or­ches­tra.

CAM­PUSES

12 Clarice Smith Cen­ter Uni­ver­sity of Mary­land at Col­lege Park, clarice­smith­cen­ter.umd.edu 301-405-2787 Opened: 2001 An­nual op­er­at­ing bud­get: $6 mil­lion The­aters: 6 Seat­ing ca­pac­ity: Dekel­boum Con­cert Hall, 1,100; Gilden­horn Recital Hall, 300; Kay Theater, 650; Ko­god Theater, 200; Cafritz Foun­da­tion Theater, 100; Dance Theater, 180 Av­er­age per­cent­age of tick­ets sold: Not avail­able Res­i­dent com­pa­nies: Stu­dent en­sem­bles and or­ga­ni­za­tions of UMd. Per­for­mances in 2010: 280 Cost to rent: Dekel­boum Con­cert Hall, $3,200; non­profit groups pay $2,750; U-Md. de­part­ments and reg­is­tered or­ga­ni­za­tions pay $1,600 Up­com­ing high­lights: Chore­og­ra­phers’ Show­case (Jan. 29); Siti Com­pany, “Ra­dio Mac­beth” (Feb. 4); New York Fes­ti­val of Song (Feb.12); U-Md. Wind Or­ches­tra, “Torn Can­vases” (Feb. 18) Sum­mary: In ad­di­tion to show­cas­ing stu­dent groups, col­lab­o­rates with U-Md. in bring­ing in con­tem­po­rary and cut­ting-edge en­sem­bles from across the coun­try: Lau­rie An­der­son, the Bang on a Can All-Stars, the Kronos Quar­tet. 13 Ge­orge Ma­son Uni­ver­sity Cen­ter for the Arts Fair­fax, cfa.gmu.edu 703-993-8888 Opened: 1990 An­nual op­er­at­ing bud­get: $5 mil­lion The­aters: 1 Seat­ing ca­pac­ity: 1934 Av­er­age per­cent­age of tick­ets sold: 74 Res­i­dent com­pa­nies: 4 Per­for­mances in 2010: About 250, 200 of which are tick­eted Cost to rent: $3,000 to $4,000, plus ad­di­tional ex­penses depend­ing on the size of the pro­duc­tion Up­com­ing high­lights: Deutsche Staat­sphil­har­monie (Jan. 29); Mark Mor­ris Dance Group (Feb. 4-5); Vir­ginia Opera, “The Valkyrie” (Feb. 18, 20) Sum­mary: Of­fers a mix­ture of GMU fac­ulty and stu­dent per­for­mances and an ar­ray of na­tional and in­ter­na­tional per­form­ers, in­clud­ing Euro­pean orches­tras. 14 Rachel M. Sch­lesinger Con­cert Hall and Arts Cen­ter North­ern Vir­ginia Com­mu­nity Col­lege, Alexan­dria, schlesinger­center.com 703-845-6156

Opened: 2001 An­nual op­er­at­ing bud­get: $325,000 The­aters: 1 Seat­ing ca­pac­ity: 941 Av­er­age per­cent­age of tick­ets sold: Not avail­able. Res­i­dent com­pa­nies: 5 Per­for­mances in 2010: 64 Cost to rent: De­pends upon tax sta­tus and amount of time needed for the event Up­com­ing high­lights: Amer­i­can Bal­alaika Sym­phony (Jan. 15); U.S. Ma­rine Band (al­most weekly); Alexan­dria Sym­phony Or­ches­tra (Feb. 12)

Sum­mary: Still rel­a­tively lit­tle­known, but in­creas­ingly used by Washington groups, this hall sits near the in­ter­sec­tion of Alexan­dria, Fair­fax and Ar­ling­ton. 15 Cul­tural Arts Cen­ter at Sil­ver Spring Mont­gomery Col­lege, Takoma Park/ Sil­ver Spring cam­pus, mont­gomerycol­lege.edu/cac 240-567-1300 Opened: 2009 An­nual op­er­at­ing bud­get: $200,000 The­aters: 2 Seat­ing ca­pac­ity: Theater 1, 500; Theater 2,116 Tick­ets sold: 150 per­for­mances in the large theater with an av­er­age au­di­ence of 250 Res­i­dent com­pa­nies: None Per­for­mances in 2010: 150 Cost to rent: $1,400 to $2,500 for the larger theater Up­com­ing high­lights: Na­tive Amer­i­can Con­tem­po­rary Songs (Feb. 11); Ci­tyDance En­sem­ble (Feb. 25-27); Tether (play, Feb. 18-March 30) Sum­mary: This gleam­ing new fa­cil­ity in Sil­ver Spring of­fers theater, world mu­sic, chil­dren’s events, and fac­ulty and stu­dent per­for­mances. 16 Richard J. Ernst Com­mu­nity Cul­tural Cen­ter North­ern Vir­ginia Com­mu­nity Col­lege, An­nan­dale cam­pus, nvcc.edu 703-323-3000 Opened: 1991 An­nual op­er­at­ing bud­get: $600,000 The­aters: 1 Seat­ing ca­pac­ity: 525 Av­er­age per­cent­age of tick­ets sold: Not avail­able (clients sell tick­ets to their shows) Res­i­dent com­pa­nies: None Per­for­mances in 2010: 50-plus Cost to rent: Not avail­able Up­com­ing high­lights: En­core The­atri­cal Arts Project (April 2-3); Vir­ginia Bal­let (May 14-15); Dancin’ Un­lim­ited (Jan. 28-30) Sum­mary: Less known and more mod­est than the Sch­lesinger Con­cert Hall at NVCC’s Alexan­dria cam­pus, the Ernst Cen­ter is an­other af­ford­able home for some of the re­gion’s smaller groups. 17 Robert E. Par­illa Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter Mont­gomery Col­lege, Rockville, mont­gomerycol­lege.edu/PAC 240-567-5301 Opened: 1984 An­nual op­er­at­ing bud­get: $1,385,000 Seat­ing ca­pac­ity: 509 Tick­ets sold: Pro­fes­sional se­ries per­for­mances al­most al­ways sell out; stu­dent shows run the gamut Res­i­dent com­pa­nies: None Per­for­mances in 2010: 145 Cost to rent: Not avail­able Up­com­ing high­lights: In­scape plays Co­p­land and Bar­ber (Feb. 4); Stars of the Bol­shoi (March 9); Orques­tra de Gui­tar­ras de Barcelona (April 19) Sum­mary: The older of Mont­gomery Col­lege’s two per­form­ing arts cen­ters of­fers a num­ber of per­for­mances by in­ter­na­tional and na­tional per­form­ers.

SOURCES: The per­form­ing arts cen­ters

Gilden­horn/ Speis­man Cen­ter for the Arts, Rockville

When the 17 cen­ters opened to the pub­lic:

Black out­line in­di­cates the venue is lo­cated on a col­lege cam­pus

8,200 To­tal seats

2,500

900

300

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