Green Music Center to Bring Music, Lectures, Speakers
Aim High—Reach Wide—Educate All
It is being planned and built with world-class acoustics in mind, in a setting rivaled by few others. The Donald & Maureen Green Music Center at Sonoma State University is under construction and already has the mark of a fine performance and education venue.
Several components make up the Center,
each of which will give audiences an experience unrivaled. Imagine a classical music performance of Bach’s Violin Concerto in E major as performed by the orchestra-in-residence (the award-winning Santa Rosa Symphony), jazz, world music, the latest country music awards-winner singing her heart out, world-renowned speakers on topics of the day, a new rock group or a conference or wedding. Each experience will be complemented with the setting of the beautiful wine country, the hills as a backdrop, warm quiet evenings and the expectation of greatness. This is the Green Music Center.
The 1,400 seat hall is modeled after the famed Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood in western Massachusetts, home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Sonoma’s concert hall, like Ozawa, has a back wall that opens to allow guests the option of experiencing performances from the hall or from the vast lawn just outside the doors. The three-tiered hall will feature variable acoustics, adjustable to the type of music performed¬ which makes it a “living” building. Students of all ages may experience lectures in the great hall. At the entrance to the facility is a courtyard which will feature trees, fountains and seating and leads to the lobby where guests will gather before and after performances to mingle.
Schroeder’s Recital Hall
Named by Jean Schulz, wife of the late Charles Schulz, creator of the Peanuts cartoon strip, Schroeder’s Recital Hall features seating for 250 in a cathedral-like building, tall and thin, designed to accentuate the melodic voice and instrument as they move throughout the hall. The walls have been constructed with no 90 degree angles to aid in the flow of sound and bring it to the ear of the listener in exactly the way it was intended to be heard. Schroeder’s Recital Hall may also be home to university classes or used for community speakers.
Music Education Building
Intended for use by Sonoma State University students and faculty, the Music Education Building features classrooms, ensemble rehearsal rooms, private music learning rooms, activities spaces, and faculty and administrative offices. The Music Department moves to the building this summer.
Featuring a restaurant with patio and lawn areas, meeting rooms and the Santa Rosa Symphony Founders’ Room, the Hospitality Center will complement activities that take place throughout the Green Music Center.
Curious about the Green Music Center?
Be among the ranks of the hundreds of people who have taken a 30 minute “Tuesday Tour.” No reservations needed; plan to meet on any Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. in the parking lot across from the Green Music Center near the corner of Petaluma Hill Road and Rohnert Park Expressway. Campus maps are available at http://www.sonoma.edu/university/maps.shtml Visit the website at http://greenmusiccenter.sonoma.edu to see the most recent photos of construction.