GMC summer season heavy on classical
Renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma to return
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By Natalie Gray  April 26, 2013 12:00 am

With the back walls of Weill Hall thrown open to the green, perfectly manicured lawn, the lineup for the summer season at Sonoma State University’s Green Music Center was announced on Monday, April 22.

“This building is about the future,” said Sandy Weill, chairman of the GMC Board of Advisers, “and the future is as bright as the sky is clear today.”

The sky was indeed clear and the day already so hot that opening speaker University President, Dr. Ruben Armiñana promised to be brief in his announcements so as to avoid too much direct contact with the sun. Armiñana was one of three speakers to talk about the quickly approaching summer season. Other speakers included Weill and Emmanuel Morlet, newly appointed artistic director of the GMC.

The season will premiere mostly classical, popular and unique shows throughout the summer, including the San Francisco Symphony in early August, the Russian National Orchestra in mid July and ending with a performance by Chris Botti in late August.

This summer will also see the return of world-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma, this time in company with Stuart Dunan, Edgar Meyer and Chris Thile, to perform Ma’s “Goat Rodeo Sessions.”

It is this performance Weill and SSU Vice President for Administration and Finance Larry Schlereth are most looking forward to seeing.

“I think he thinks this is one heck of a nice place,” said Weill of Ma’s return to the GMC. “He loves the area and he loves the wine. It’s going to be a popular and unique show.”

The summer season will officially begin with an Independence Day celebration on July 4. According to Armiñana, this celebration will include a concert and will be a place for families to come with their children to enjoy the day. Of course, the night and performance will conclude with a fireworks display. It is this show Armiñana believes will be most significant and perhaps notable for the season.

“It is really (about) feeling of small town USA,” said Armiñana. “About feeling pride, especially considering what all has happened (last) week, with the Boston bombing. I think it is very important to celebrate this country.”

According to Armiñana and Weill, the GMC is to take advantage of the summer warmth and clear skies by having every show open for both indoor and outdoor seating. Audiences will have the chance to purchase tickets to either sit on the lawn, on a table outside or inside the perfectly sound acoustic Weill Hall.

For more information regarding the lineup and ticket prices for the GMC summer season, go to gmc.sonoma.edu. 

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