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Schroeder Hall to open with free concerts

Friday, August 8th, 2014 | Posted by

 

(photo courtesy of SSU)

(photo courtesy of SSU)

Schroeder Hall, the gently curving stone building with a swooping roofline that sits on southern end of the Green Music Center, is set to open on the weekend of Aug 23-24. While students and concert attendees have stood in the shadows of this building since Weill Hall opened in 2012, this will be the first time the doors are open for the public.

To kick off the inaugural weekend, Schroeder Hall will host free concerts on Saturday, Aug 23 and Sunday, Aug 24.

During the school year the hall designed by BAR Architects of San Francisco will be used by students and faculty for classes, rehearsals, recitals and performances, and will be available for meetings, presentations and workshops.

The opening weekend events will include more than 100 artists performing in 10 concerts. While admission is free, advanced tickets are required. Tickets will be available to the public starting at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 12, at the SSU Box Office, at gmc.sonoma.edu or at (866) 955-6040.

Performances will include David Benoit with a Tribute to Charlie Brown, Trio Ariadne, SSU Faculty Jazz Ensemble, Jeffrey Kahane, the Sonoma Bach Choir, Trio Navarro and James David Christie. Performances will start at 11 a.m. each day and run into the evening.

(photo courtesy of SSU)

(photo courtesy of SSU)

Beginning in September, Schroeder Hall will feature performances by up-and-coming musicians along with guest artists. The “Sundays at Schroeder” series will feature 11 concerts between September 2014 and May 2015.

Along with curved walls and soaring ceilings, the 3,420-square-foot hall features a dedicated organ balcony that houses a 1,248-pipe Brombaugh Opus 9 organ, a 2005 gift from BJ and Bebe Cassin. It was temporarily housed in Saint Michael’s Cathedral in Rochester, New York, it could become an integral part of Schroeder Hall and the Green Music Center. The organ’s metal pipes range in size from 16 feet long to smaller than a pencil.

James David Christie of the Boston Symphony Orchestra will christen the organ over the free concert weekend.

For information, visit gmc.sonoma.edu.

 

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