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Sonoma Gets A World-Class Concert Hall
Lisa Trottier | Photo: David Wakely | September 17, 2012
Starting this weekend, the best musicians in the world will be lining up to visit Rohnert Park, of all places. The new Green Music Center, on the Sonoma State campus, is that amazing. Here’s a sneak peek.
The Main Attraction
The 1,400-seat Weill Hall is inspired by the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s summer home in western Massachusetts.
When the architect swooned over the site, Sonoma State president Ruben Armiñana had to break the news that the university didn’t own it. Luckily, a sale was quickly inked.
A mix of steamed beech, maple, and Douglas fir offers a superrich sound to rival that of venues in Boston and Vienna.
The Bargain Seats
The ones behind the stage have a top-down view of the musicians. The balcony is a few bucks more, but comes with a sweeping vista.
The Back Wall
A sliding door the size of a movie palace screen opens onto a terraced patio and lawn. BYO blanket and wine.
Bask while you can; after opening weekend, outdoor seating is closed till next summer.
Grab a drink at Prelude (not shown), the onsite restaurant helmed by exec chef Eric Malvestiti.
The Inaugural Weekend
If you can’t see superstar pianist Lang Lang on September 29, try for a free outdoor spot to hear Alison Krauss or the Santa Rosa Symphony the following day.
The Next Phase
Plans include an adjacent concert pavilion big enough to seat 10,000.
Read more about the Green Music Center.