The public is invited to a new kind of musical experience at Sonoma State University when the doors of Schroeder Hall at the Green Music Center open to the public on August 23. Complementing the airy grandeur of Joan and Sanford I. Weill Hall, Schroeder’s intimate, 250-seat interior will bring every musical vibration and overtone into relief.
Come join the two-day, nonstop celebration with performances by jazz pianist David Benoit, the musical heir to original Peanuts composer Vince Guaraldi; classical pianist Jeffrey Kahane, conductor laureate of Santa Rosa Symphony and music director of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra; and Ruth Ann Swenson, Metropolitan Opera soprano and SSU voice instructor.
Guest organists will perform on the hall’s centerpiece Brombaugh Organ including James David Christie, organist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Oberlin Conservatory; and Julian Wachner, director of music at New York’s historic Trinity Wall Street church.
Music students will be featured in several performances in collaboration with studio faculty members. Additional artists include the Music Department chamber artists in residence Trio Navarro; Weill Hall artists in residence Trio Ariadne; and the Sonoma Bach Choir.
And a new work will receive its premiere – “Stood the Seraphim” for organ and brass choir by composer and Music Department chair Brian S. Wilson.
Tickets are free but required for admission. Ticketing details and a complete schedule will be released in late July.
Schroeder Hall is adjacent to Music Education Hall on the southern end of the Green Music Center complex. Parking is available in Lots O, L, M, and N.