The Grand Opening Schroeder Hall festivities include nearly a dozen free concerts on Saturday, August 23 and Sunday, August 24, which will showcase Schroeder Hall's many acoustical attributes, as well as talent from the campus, community, and beyond.
These event are free, but you must get a ticket at the Box Office ahead of time.
Schroeder Hall Grand Opening Events on August 23:
Featuring the Sonoma Bach Choir @ 11 am; Schroeder Hall
A performance by the Sonoma Bach Choir, led by music director Bob Worth and joined by organist David Parsons, kicks off the celebratory Schroeder Hall Grand Opening Weekend, with a program titled Let there be joy! Let there be thanks! Let there be music! featuring works by Bach, Beethoven, Byrd, and Monteverdi.
Featuring Faculty Jazz @ 2 pm; Schroeder Hall
Co-led by Doug Leibinger and George Marsh, the Sonoma State University Faculty Jazz Ensemble gathers together voluntarily for tuning listening skills and exploring ways to refine and inform improvisations together, whether through free improvisation or straight ahead jazz.
Featuring Jeffrey Kahane @ 4 pm; Schroeder Hall
Local piano legend Jeffrey Kahane makes his Schroeder Hall debut. Currently in his 17th season as Music Director of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Kahane is also Conductor Laureate of the Santa Rosa Symphony, and whether at the keyboard or on the podium, he has established an international reputation as a truly versatile artist.
Featuring James Christie @ 5:30 pm
Organist James David Christie of the Boston Symphony Orchestra performs the Inaugural Organ Recital on Schroeder Hall's exquisite Brombaugh Opus 9 organ.
Featuring A Tribute to Charlie Brown by David Benoit @ 8 pm
Since launching his first recording in 1977, David Benoit's expansive career as a contemporary jazz pianist and composer has included more than twenty-five solo recordings. For the celebratory Grand Opening Weekend of Schroeder Hall, he performs a special program: Tribute to Charlie Brown.
Schroeder Hall Grand Opening Events on August 24:
Featuring Faculty Recital @ 11 am; Schroeder Hall
Sonoma State University faculty are joined by guest musicians of the Santa Rosa Symphony for a program featuring works by Piazzolla, Eric Cabalo, Brahms, Granados and Damase.
Featuring the Trio Ariadne @ 1 pm; Schroeder Hall
Weill Hall's very own Artists-in-Residence, Trio Ariadne, perform a special program of selected works by Sonoma State University student composers, and a piece by Icelandic composer Daníel Bjarnason.
Featuring Student Vocal Recital @ 3 pm; Schroeder Hall
Alumni and students from the vocal studios of David Burnakus, Jane Erwin Hammett, Lynne Morrow and Ruth Ann Swenson perform in a wide-ranging program featuring pieces by Massenet, Ravel, Schubert, Sandoval, Grieg, Weill, Johnson, Niles, and Jennifer Thuman.
Featuring the Trio Navarro @ 5 pm; Schroeder Hall
Co-founded in 1992 by pianist Marilyn Thompson and cellist Jill Rachuy Brindel, Trio Navarro celebrates its 23rd season as chamber music artists-in-residence at Sonoma State University
Featuring A Brass, Organ and Voice Recital @ 7 pm; Schroeder Hall
Celebrated guest artists, Sonoma State University faculty, and Santa Rosa Symphony musicians come together for the capstone concert of the Schroeder Hall Grand Opening Weekend - a brass, organ, and vocal recital that showcases the superb acoustics of Schroeder Hall.