Happy Holidays! We at the Green Music Center take this opportunity to look back on a year of compelling performances that celebrated the diversity of our communities and highlighted the ties that connect us all.

You might recall: We kicked off the year with the melodies of Ladysmith Black Mambazo, were dazzled by vocal diva Renée Fleming, went back to the 60's with stories and tunes from Peter and Paul of Peter, Paul, and Mary, celebrated Celtic culture with Dublin Irish Dance, and were awed by NEA Jazz Master and improvisational prowess Dianne Reeves.

Renée Fleming
February 3, 2018 

Summer started with a bang on Weill Hall + Lawn as Sonoma County Broadway superstars Transcendence Theatre celebrated the spirit of America at our 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular. We laughed with Green Music Center favorite Fluffy and came together as a community for Mariachi Champaña Nevin and the Santa Rosa Symphony. We yet again showed our Sonoma County resilience and collectively raised $190,000 for first responders at our Thicker Than Smoke: A Weekend for Fire Recovery Events Benefit, which featured country superstar Brad Paisley and accomplished writer, director, producer, and actress, Bonnie Hunt. The sun set on summer with just the right amount of funk, as we celebrated 50 years of Tower of Power!

Community Concert
July 29, 2018

Our 2018-19 Season programming renews our promise to provide our communities a place to witness artistic inspiration, to investigate the ideas of our time, and to create lasting imprints that linger long after you’ve left the performance. We spent a week with Las Cafeteras, bringing son jarocho music – their "vehicle to build bridges among cultures and communities” – to audiences throughout our communities. We were uplifted by the joyous vocals of Soweto Gospel Choir, entranced by the trove of Ukraine’s song cycles and legends with Kurbasy, inspired by legendary artist/activist Joan Baez, and moved by the vocals and 15 languages sung by Calmus in our first ever Loft performance in Weill Hall.

Most recently we celebrated the sounds of the season with Weill Hall alums Mariachi Reyna, rejoiced to the holiday classic Handel’s Messiah, delighted in the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus’ exceptional performance in support of Face 2 Face, AIDS services of Sonoma County, and finally we tapped our toes to saxophone favorite Dave Koz and Friends.

Las Cafeteras performing with Sonoma State University Mariachi Class
September 28, 2018

Our residency programs--which bring audiences and artists together on stages, in classrooms, and in our surrounding communities--took off this year. With visits of up to a week long and interactions with multiple communities on a variety of topics, artists from around the globe have enriched educational experiences, expanded creativity through arts-integrated learning, given insight into the big ideas of our time, and provided full-immersion into the colorful world of performing arts.

We hope the Green Music Center’s 2018 offerings presented you with something thought-provoking and dynamic!

To see a snapshot of our year in numbers, click here.