2017: A Year In Review


Dec 19, 2017 – SONOMA COUNTY, CA

As we wrap up 2017 here at the GMC, we look back on a year highlighted by the power of artistic expression in its many forms.

We took a journey with Arlo Guthrie, danced to the beat of Che Malambo, listened to the sultry vocals of Diana Krall, let loose to the funky New Orleans sounds of Trombone Shorty, had a barefoot blue jean night with Jake Owen, and laughed until it hurt with the always hilarious Fluffy.

As the fires in Sonoma and Napa were still burning, we came together as neighbors to draw strength from the comfort of music, offering free tickets to the Miró Quartet and HUDSON. Later, we celebrated the resilience of our community with two benefit concerts: For the Love of Sonoma Fire Relief Concert featuring the Counting Crows and The Santa Rosa Symphony Fire Relief Concert.

Most recently, we rang in the holidays with a three-show-weekend of spectacular holiday performances by Windham Hill, Cherish the Ladies, and Dave Koz.

We’ve enjoyed compiling the list below (in no particular order) of GMC 'Fun Facts' for 2017. Take a look, and realize that none of this is possible without your support! Thank you!

GMC 'Fun Facts' 

  1. Our July 4 Fireworks Spectacular had its highest attendance in 5 years and the highest attendance of all our shows this year

  2. We got a new Executive Director, Jacob Yarrow 
  3. We are the #1 purchaser of wine north of the Golden Gate
  4. Our on-site restuarant, Prelude, has a new Executive Sous Chef, Michael Lutz – come taste his creations at the next show you attend
  5. Bluegrass Festival 7/9/17
  6. Besides managers and the bartenders, Prelude is staffed only by full time Sonoma State students
  7. Our concert pianos recieve 25-30 full scale tunings a year – not including a multitude of touch-ups between the full tunings
  8. The Hamburg Steinway was the most selected concert piano of 2017 
  9. Pink Martini 8/25/17
  10. The Press Democrats annual event, Women in Conversation, was held at the GMC for the first time
  11. Schroeder Hall turned 4
  12. We were voted Best Outdoor Music Venue in the Bohemian Best of Poll
  13. We were voted Best Music Venue in the Press Democrat Best of Poll
  14. 76,388 tickets were distributed to events held at the Green Music Center
  15. 47,181 tickets were distributed to shows we programmed
  16. 4,151 students came to shows held at the Green Music Center
  17. We hosted our 5th Summer at the Green Annual Gala – the major fundraising event of the year that helps support our programming as well as amplify our outreach and education.  Thank you to our Board of Advisors and donors their continued support. 
  18. We worked with 38 different wineries to offer a wide selction of beverages that chaged throughout the year
  19. Our website was visited 362,426 times
  20. Taste of Sonoma – the wine event of the year – was held at the Green Music Center for the first time
  21. President Judy K. Sakakis' Investiture was held at the Green Music Center with a special perfomance dedicated to her by Hiroshima
  22. Not only was Common our first time presenting hip hop, but we saw an unprecedented involvement from our Arts Integration program 
  23. 22 classes a week are held in Schroeder Hall and 2 a week in Weill Hall
  24. We hosted 5 K-12 programs
  25.  We programmed and/or managed 53 events in Weill Hall and 32 in Schroeder Hall
  26. The Santa Rosa Symphony had 32 concerts in Weill Hall
  27. The Music Department held 18 events in Weill Hall and 35 in Schroeder Hall
  28. Commencement was held over 2 days with 6 ceremonies at the Green Music Center, for the first time
  29. We connected people through shared musical experiences by providing over 500 complimentary tickets to friends and neighbors affected by the fires
  30. We partnered with the Family Coppola and BottleRock Presents to host a fire relief benefit concert by Counting Crows and raised $230,000 for the North Bay Fire Relief Fun and NomaGives
  31. In association with our resident orchestra, the Santa Rosa Symphony, we presented a free community concert where the symphony collected donations for fire relief to the tune of $112,000 
  32. 75% of our patrons this year came from right here in Sonoma County!

    Disney's Choo Choo Soul with Genevieve! 4/15/17


    Miró Quartet 10/28/17


    Los Tigres Del Norte 9/23/17


    Arlo Guthrie 4/14/17


    Disney's Choo Choo Soul with Genevieve! 4/15/17


    Wishing you all the happiest of holidays and a wonderful 2018!