Green Music Center gets massive gift
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By Dave Williams  March 24, 2011 11:00 pm

Sonoma State University’s Green Music Center is $12 million closer to completion thanks to a gift from a gift from New York philanthropists Joan and Sanford Weill.

The gift also will enable the completion of the adjoining lawn and commons performance venues, the university announced Tuesday.

The donation by the Weills is the largest cash gift in the University's history and makes it possible to officially open the Joan and Sanford I. Weill Hall, Lawn and Commons for the 2012-2013 season with a grand opening celebration planned for Fall 2012.

 "We care deeply about the communities we live and work in," said Joan and Sandy Weill. "When we first toured the Green Music Center we were immediately inspired by the beauty, the acoustics and the wonderful potential for this spectacular arts venue."

Robert Cole, a well known arts presenter and conductor who led UC's Berkeley's Cal Performances for 23 years, has been appointed artistic consultant and will work with Jeff Langley, Artistic Director of the Green Music Center and Director of SSU's School of Performing Arts, to lead programming for the Center focusing on the finest international performing artists in a broad range of disciplines.

The Santa Rosa Symphony will be the Center's orchestra-in-residence. 

A handful of world-class artists have already commented on the Hall's exceptional sound during private visits to sample the acoustics including Lang Lang, Fred Hersch, Ruth Ann Swenson, Chanticleer and Lee Konitz.

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