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    January 27, 2004    
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Santa Rosa Symphony Conductors' Gifts Bring Green Music Center
Within Reach; Project Goes Out for Construction Bids

Fundraising for the Green Music Center reached a critical milestone today with an additional $60,000 gift from Santa Rosa Symphony Conductor Laureate Corrick Brown and his wife Norma, and SRS Music Director Jeffrey Kahane and his wife Martha.

Reflecting the joint effort by the symphony and Sonoma State University to build the GMC, the combined gift topped off a flurry of year-end gifts and commitments that brought the campaign to the $39 million mark – the amount needed to begin construction.

“Finally, a world-class music center for our region is within reach,” said Corrick Brown, who also co-chairs the GMC capital campaign. “This will make Sonoma County a nationally known destination for performing arts. Norma and I are truly grateful to all those who have brought us this far.”

With the first phase of the capital campaign a success, SSU President Ruben Armiñana thanked the community and anticipated the next phase of fundraising. “We’re very grateful to everyone who has invested in this project and made it possible to go out for construction bids,” he said.

“We’re looking forward to launching the next phase of the GMC capital campaign, which will raise money to complete construction, including interior finishing and furnishings.”

Armiñana said he expects the University to decide on a contractor for construction of the Donald and Maureen Green Music Center in early April. That decision will be submitted to the California State University Board of Trustees for final approval in May, with construction expected to begin soon thereafter.

“Few communities in the country even dream of building a first-rate concert venue, let alone make it a reality,” said Donald Green, who with his wife Maureen contributed the initial $10 million to launch the music center project in 1997.

“I want to thank those who have helped us reach this pivotal point, and invite everyone’s continuing support as we complete this project in the coming years.”

The 1,400-seat Donald and Maureen Green Music Center, to be built on the Sonoma State campus, will provide a new home for the Santa Rosa Symphony as well as a world-class concert venue for visiting artists, SSU students and community musical groups.

Modeled after famed Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood, summer home to the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the concert hall will open to lawn seating in the summer, accommodating an additional 8,000 concert-goers. It is expected to draw visitors from throughout the Bay Area, as well as nationally.

University officials anticipate opening the new music center for the fall concert season of 2006.


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