Nestled in the picturesque foothills of Northern California’s esteemed wine country, the Green Music Center (GMC) is a focal point for arts in the Northern San Francisco Bay Area, presenting year-round programming of premiere classical, contemporary, jazz, chamber and world music artists in concert. The GMC campus includes the 1,400-seat Weill Hall, the intimate 240-seat Schroeder Hall, as well as the highly unique summertime concert-going experience of Weill Hall + Lawn.
The crown jewel of the Green Music Center is undoubtedly Joan and Sanford I. Weill Hall, which opened in September 2012 and is considered one of the most acoustically superb concert venues in the world. Designed by architect William Rawn, theatre consultant Auerbach Pollock Friedlander, and acoustician Lawrence Kirkegaard, Weill Hall was designed to replicate the intimacy and acoustics of both Vienna’s Musikverein and Symphony Hall in Boston.
The 1,400 handcrafted seats in Weill Hall were built by the 200-year-old Fancher Chair Company. Made of European steamed beech wood, the chairs feature an open back designed for acoustic-neutrality whether the seat is occupied or empty. Seating in Weill Hall is divided amongst a raked orchestra floor, second floor choral circle, including a choir loft behind the stage, and the third floor balcony boasting spectacular views of the Sonoma Mountains through large windows on the north and east walls. The variable acoustics of the hall are achieved through the use of motorized fabric banners on the east and west walls. By adjusting these banners, the hall can be fine-tuned for the specific genre of music being performed - from a single vocalist to a full orchestra setting.
Weill Hall is aesthetically modeled after Seiji Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood, including a back wall that can be fully opened onto the beautifully landscaped and terraced Weill Lawn. Patrons seated on Weill Lawn are offered a number of distinct experiences including the a full-service gourmet meal on the dining terrace, table seating, or lawn seating where purchased food or picnics can be enjoyed. Summer performances in Weill Hall + Lawn at the Green Music Center typically feature enhanced popular, jazz, country, Broadway and world music programming.