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Sonoma Gets A World-Class Concert Hall

Lisa Trottier | September 17, 2012 | Lifestyle Story Culture Music

The Main Attraction

The 1,400-seat Weill Hall is inspired by the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s summer home in western Massachusetts.

The Setting

When the architect swooned over the site, Sonoma State president Ruben ArmiƱana had to break the news that the university didn’t own it. Luckily, a sale was quickly inked.

The Acoustics

A mix of steamed beech, maple, and Douglas fir offers a superrich sound to rival that of venues in Boston and Vienna.

The Bargain Seats

The ones behind the stage have a top-down view of the musicians. The balcony is a few bucks more, but comes with a sweeping vista.

The Back Wall

A sliding door the size of a movie palace screen opens onto a terraced patio and lawn. BYO blanket and wine.

The Lawn

Bask while you can; after opening weekend, outdoor seating is closed till next summer.

The Intermission

Grab a drink at Prelude (not shown), the onsite restaurant helmed by exec chef Eric Malvestiti.

The Inaugural Weekend

If you can’t see superstar pianist Lang Lang on September 29, try for a free outdoor spot to hear Alison Krauss or the Santa Rosa Symphony the following day.

The Next Phase

Plans include an adjacent concert pavilion big enough to seat 10,000.

Read more about the Green Music Center.



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