Grand Weekend Staged for Opening of 250-Seat Schroeder Hall at SSU's Green Music Center

Cathedral-Inspired Architecture Highlighted By 1,248-Pipe Brombaugh Opus 9 Organ

Inaugural Concert with Pianist David Benoit Honors Jean Schulz, Aug. 22

Two Days of Free Community Concerts, Aug. 23, 24 Features Jeffrey Kahane Concert, Christening of the Organ by James David Christie (Boston Symphony Orchestra) and Soprano Ruth Ann Swenson

"Sundays at Schroeder" Concert Series To Begin in September Featuring Celebrated Guest Artists in an Intimate Setting

SSU Music Department Year-Round Classes and Concerts Set in Schroeder Hall

schroeder.jpegThe much-anticipated opening of Schroeder Hall at the Green Music Center at Sonoma State University has been announced with a grand weekend of events in late August.

The venue, a 250-seat cathedral-like recital hall, has been designed to specifically accentuate instruments, organ, and voice in a small, intimate setting. The hall will also house a 1,248-pipe Brombaugh Opus 9 organ.

The opening weekend includes a private inaugural concert by pianist David Benoit honoring Schroeder's main philanthropist Jean Schulz on Aug. 22. Free community concerts are scheduled on Aug. 23 and 24 featuring Jeffery Kahane and Ruth Ann Swenson.

"Championed for nearly 20 years by donors far and wide -- including Donald and Maureen Green, Jean Schulz, and Joan and Sanford Weill -- the opening of Schroeder Hall represents a 'coming full circle' for the Green Music Center," said SSU President Ruben Armiñana. "We are all tremendously pleased that the dream of this recital hall is at long last becoming reality."

"To step through the doors of Schroeder Hall is to embark on an exploration of the arts
-- a musical journey," said Green Music Center Co-Executive Director Zarin Mehta.

"This hall will be the epicenter of music education on a daily basis, and a place to
showcase the diverse talents of Sonoma State University's exceptional students and
faculty, in addition to beloved artists from a wide range of genres. The importance of
Schroeder Hall to our campus and community cannot be overstated."

Schroeder Hall's gently-curved stone exterior and distinctive, swooping roofline
punctuate the south perimeter of the Green Music Center (GMC) grounds. Thousands of
concertgoers have dined and danced in its shadow since the opening of Joan and
Sanford I. Weill Hall and Lawn in 2012, and students have strode past its doors to
classes in the Music Education Hall.

For nearly 20 years, a dedicated group of founding donors and visionaries has championed the conception, construction and completion of this landmark building for SSU.

Opening Weekend

The inaugural performance in Schroeder Hall will take place Friday, Aug. 22
with a private concert by pianist David Benoit to honor Jean Schulz. Schulz is a chief
philanthropist and local leader who, in 2007, named the building in recognition of her late
husband, cartoonist Charles Schulz, known for his piano-playing Peanuts character,
Schroeder. The leadership and support of Schulz is celebrated by Benoit's program
for the evening, "Tribute to Charlie Brown."

The Grand Opening festivities continue throughout the weekend, with nearly a dozen
free concerts on Saturday, Aug. 23 and Sunday, Aug. 24 which will
showcase Schroeder Hall's many acoustical attributes, as well as talent from the
campus, community and beyond.

Focal points of the weekend include a concert by pianist Jeffrey Kahane, Santa Rosa
Symphony (SRS) Conductor Laureate and current Artistic Director of the Los Angeles
Chamber Orchestra; recitals by SSU students and faculty; and a christening of the hall's
Brombaugh Opus 9 organ by James David Christie of the Boston Symphony Orchestra,
joined by soprano Ruth Ann Swenson, conductor Julian Wachner, and members of the

"Sundays at Schroeder" Concert Series

Beginning in September 2014, the hall will feature presentations by up-and-coming
musicians and celebrated guest artists through an ongoing series entitled, "Sundays at
Schroeder." An exploration of musical genres, the concert series will launch with a
performance by pianist Juho Pohjonen, and continue through May 2015. The 11-concert
lineup will include intimate performances by singer Storm Large, of Pink Martini fame;
Galician bagpiper Cristina Pato; jazz vocalist Mary Stallings; and violinist Ray Chen.

Sonoma State University Music Department

Throughout the year, Schroeder Hall will be home to the students and faculty of the SSU
Music Department, who will utilize the space for classes, rehearsals, recitals and

The hall will also be used as an expanded classroom for the 9000-student university,
becoming one of the largest academic spaces on the 269-acre campus. Additionally,
Schroeder Hall will be another venue for student life and co-curricular programming on
the campus, serving as an additional space for meetings, presentations, and workshops
organized annually by student groups.

organ.pngBrombaugh Opus 9 organ

Designed by BAR Architects of San Francisco, the 3,420 square-foot Schroeder Hall is notable for its curved architecture, soaring ceilings, and dedicated organ balcony where a 1,248-pipe Brombaugh Opus 9 organ will live. Constructed of red oak, with accents of
rare woods, the organ's metal pipes range in size from 16 feet long to some smaller than
a pencil.

The organ --a gift to the University by donors BJ and Bebe Cassin in 2005-- has been
temporarily housed at Saint Michael's Cathedral in Rochester, New York. There, students and faculty of the nearby Eastman School of Music organ department have kept the instrument in use.

Ticket and Box Office Information

Ticket information and additional programming details for the grand opening weekend of
Schroeder Hall can be found at for more details. Tickets to the "Sundays at Schroeder" concert series will be available on Tuesday, July 15 in conjunction with the single ticket on-sale for the 2014-15 MasterCard Performance Series in Weill Hall.


Melissa Sanders
Senior Director, Communications
Green Music Center

Jessica Anderson
Associate Director, Communications
Green Music Center

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