Green Music Center Opens This Weekend at SSU

Concerts, hoopla, celebration after two decades of planning.


As the Donald and Maureen Green Music Center at Sonoma State University is opening after more than 20 years of planning.

The inaugural program at the Joan and Sanford I. Weill Hall inside the Green Music Center kicks off today, Sept. 29.

For information and to purchase tickets for upcoming shows, click here.

“With the opening of the Joan and Sanford I. Weill Hall, Sonoma State University has added a new and significant cultural dimension to this already vibrant community,” said Len Auerbach, founding principal of Auerbach Pollock Friedlander, which provided theatre design and consulting services to the new center.

The firm also collaborated with the design architect William Rawn Associates, architect of record AC Martin Partners, acoustician Kirkegaard Associates and Sonoma State University.

As the centerpiece of the facility, the 1,400-seat concert hall was designed to showcase music and the human voice as well as other performance programming.

The center also includes a music education hall, hospitality center and a recital hall still in construction. The hall was modeled after the Seji Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood, also designed by William Rawn, and features a rear wall that can be opened to provide viewing and listening from outdoor lawn seating for about 5,000 additional patrons.

The hall will be used for the university’s performance program, as a regular venue for the Santa Rosa Symphony, the Bach Choral Society and other Bay
Area orchestras. In addition to its formal acoustic environment, the hall provides unique flexibility for staging, variable acoustics, overhead rigging and support for a variety of popular performance events.

According to the Sonoma Index-Tribune, the Green Music Center is estimated to cost in excess of $145 million.

To read the article, click here.

Victor Kunkel September 30, 2012 at 03:59 PM
The cost of the fireworks was enough to feed a number of hungry families for a year. So, Mr. Democratic Governor (who signs anti-school legislation), how much did this cost the dwindling middle class? Was it beautiful? I'm sure it was; but c'mon.....
Active Thinker September 30, 2012 at 05:51 PM
All great point. $145 million dollars to just build. How much to run. Does this come out of other areas? The answers are yes. I bet it is wonderful but we have other issues to deal with at this point. Fireworks? Why? For a Music Center?
Reginald "Rex" Henderson September 30, 2012 at 08:05 PM
From the pictures I saw in the PD, it was a very well-heeled, hoity-toity event. The social event of the season! Me, I was enjoying the view over at Hooters!
Bill Fishman October 01, 2012 at 05:16 PM
Okay. So now Rohnert Park can boast BOTH a world class music venue AND the biggest casino in the greater Bay Area. Pretty Schitzzo! I'm picturing a really wild Saturday: Scarf up all afternoon at the Casino's "all-day-all-you-can-eat-brunch-buffet-with-bottomless-mimosas"; then take the free shuttle over to the Green Center for a sublime evening at the symphony; then shuttle back to the casino where you lose your ass at the blackjack tables, the strains of Beethoven's Sonata No. 8 still running through your brain! Pathetique!
David Keller October 03, 2012 at 02:48 AM
Thankfully, the NYTimes music critic reminds us that SSU will need to support and develop its music program for actual SSU students, not just flashy concert presentations for the wealthy. I was pleased to enjoy Alison Krauss/Union Station's performance on Sunday. It is a splendid hall, but it can't just be a trophy for its benefactors' egos. See the NYTimes review on this, with some very telling thoughts about SSU's commitments, and how fundraising for the project may well affect funding for other Sonoma County projects for years to come: Weill Hall at Sonoma State University http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/03/arts/music/weill-hall-at-sonoma-state-university.html?smid=fb-share


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