A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to go on a tour of the new Green Music Center at Sonoma State University. The hall was not open yet so this was a great chance to see it before it was completely finished. Even unfinished it’s an awe inspiring concert hall. It’s like walking inside a fine musical instrument. The interior is constructed of 5 or 6 different kinds of wood, each chosen for their acoustic qualities. No detail was overlooked. The temporary folding chairs look out of place in this venue but they will soon be replace by seating being specially built for the hall.
There was a wonderful quartet playing there to demonstrate the acoustics of the hall. They played various pieces and even changed the hall settings (raising and lowering various curtains and panels) to change the sound of the hall and show its versatility. Very impressive! It will be nice having a world-class concert hall here in Sonoma County. I can’t wait to go to a real concert here though I’ll probably have to wait at least another year or two. While the concert hall itself is mostly done the lobby and other areas need to be finished (like the bathrooms which don’t exist yet).