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Weekend concerts launch Green Music Center

Thursday, September 27th, 2012 | Posted by

SSU President Ruben Armiñana in the Joan and Sanford I. Weill Hall in the Green Music Center (JOHN BURGESS / The Press Democrat)

This weekend marks the long-awaited Grand Opening of Sonoma State University’s Green Music Center. Musical line-ups include internationally acclaimed, 29-year old Chinese pianist Lang Lang and Grammy award-winning Alison Krauss.

View the stage from the terraced lawns or from within Weill Hall, lauded for its acoustic perfection. Lang Lang, who will launch the Inaugural Season Saturday night, met with SSU officials last year in the concert hall and spent more than an hour vetting the 53-foot-high room, according to Jeremy Hay’s recent Press Democrat article.


The complete weekend schedule:

Saturday, Sept. 29

Lang Lang at 7 p.m.
This pianist is known for his dynamic, virtuosic playing both as a soloist and with the world’s most prestigious orchestras.
Table seating outdoors: $55; Lawn seating: $20

Sunday, Sept. 30

Sunrise Choral Concert at 7 a.m.
Local choral ensembles and soloists play to the rising sun. Includes SSU Chamber Singers and Symphonic Chorus along with Cantiamo, the Santa Rosa Children’s Chorus and two regional high school choruses, as well as SSU faculty and Santa Rosa Symphony musicians.

Pre-concert music from 12-2 p.m.
Ensembles of the SSU Department of Music open with a brass fanfare. Enjoy an outdoor performance by SSU’s Symphonic Wind Ensemble in conjunction with the Santa Rosa Junior College Wind Ensemble.

Orchestral Opening Concert at 2 p.m.
The Santa Rosa Symphony celebrates their new residency in Weill Hall. Beethoven’s overture, Consecration of the House, opens the program. Don’t miss the world premiere of Petaluma composer Nolan Gasser, whose Sonoma Overture evokes the natural beauty and bounty of Sonoma County.
Table seating outdoors: $25; lawn seating is FREE
For tickets, call the Santa Rosa Symphony at 546-8742 or visit www.santarosasymphony.com

Alison Krauss and Union Station at 7:30 p.m.
An evening of acoustic bluegrass music with the winner of 27 Grammy Awards—the most of any female artist in history. Krauss and her band Union Station are well-known for their performance on the soundtrack of the Coen brother’s 2000 hit film, O’ Brother, Where Art Thou. $55 standard, $27.50 SSU students, $44 SSU faculty/staff

For information and tickets, call (866) 955-6040 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m. M-F and one hour prior to all concerts.

Sonoma State University Box Office is located on the first floor of the Student Union. On performance evenings (one hour prior to all concerts) the Green Music Center Box Office will be open, located on the first floor of the Music Education Hall, adjacent to the courtyard of Weill Hall. 1801 East Cotati Avenue, Rohnert Park.

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