May 07, 2008

$2.5. Million Challenge Grant For Innovation Hall at the Green Music Center

A $2.5 million challenge grant from an anonymous Sonoma County family has been made to the Green Music Center at Sonoma State University.

Contributions to the matching grant are doubled in value and go toward completing construction. The anonymous family is also supporting a local effort underway to secure the naming of the concert hall Innovation Hall in honor of Sonoma County's telecommunications industry. Donald Green and his wife Maureen, for whom the center is named, and others in the industry have been responsible for raising $5 million toward the $7 million opportunity to name the hall.

Sonoma State University has been successful in securing over $90 million from more than 1,400 local donors toward the $110 million project to date. The complex's buildings are now in various stages of completion. Naming rights to the Music Education Hall complex is still available and is valued at $5 million.

The complex hosts classrooms, rehearsal rooms, and offices for faculty and staff, who will be moving in during July. Classes will be offered for the first time in August.

The University is also working toward completing and opening the Hospitality Center next year, and furnishing the concert hall's and Schroeder's Recital Hall's interiors, which includes the construction and installation of chairs, restrooms and all patron amenties.

The concert hall is expected to be one of the finest in the country. Designed after the Seiji Osawa Hall at Tanglewood in Lenox, Massachusetts (home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra), the hall will seat 1,400 inside and host a terraced lawn of 3,000 or more outside.

Both halls are scheduled to open in 2010, pending continued success at fundraising.

Those interested in learning more about the Green Music Center and participating in the challenge grant should contact the University's Development Office at (707) 664-2712.

Jean Wasp
Media Relations Coordinator
University Affairs
(707) 664-2057