Friday, June 13, 2014

Green Music Center

Joan & Sanford I. Weill Hall at SSU
Weill Hall and Lawn, on the Sonoma State Campus, is lauded as a world class performing arts complex. If left untransformed, the Hall has an indoor capacity of 1,400. Having opened in September of 2012, this state-of-the-art facility is mentioned among the top acoustical destinations on earth. The spectacular design and engineering was handled by three separate minds. Architect William Rawn, theatre consultant A. Pollock Friedlander, and acoustic specialist Lawrence Kirkegaard each braided their own mastery into a vibrant venue that elicits intimacy and sound. Modeled after the Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood, the back wall can be pulled back to reveal itself to a wonderful terraced lawn.

Interior View of Weill Hall at the Green Music Center
Each chair inside was crafted by the 200-year-old Fancher Chair Company and made of European steamed beech wood. They're more than beautiful; their acoustic neutrality means that sound is the same whether the seat is empty or occupied. Yeah. Also working for Weill Hall are the motorized fabric banners that can be adjusted and fine-tuned for the specific genre of music that will be played. Big money aside, this is a wonderful place meant to give all music the sound it deserves. There is a diverse calendar of events that take place at the Green Music Center.

Throughout the year, the collection of talent that performs there has something for everyone. Coming up in the near future is the 4th of July fireworks spectacular featuring the Santa Rosa Symphony, with guest vocalist. Patriotic standards will escort the pyrotechnics. Expect to hear classics.

4th of July at Weill Hall
Some of the great events transpiring at the Weill this year, that I'm interested in, are performances by The National Youth Orchestra, Tony Bennett, Elvis Costello and The Imposters, Ben Harper, Diana Ross, and many more. For the complete schedule, click here. One more reason this county is its own slice of paradise. Enjoy.


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