Green Music Center’s Opening Night Gala Features Luminary Pianist

Classical music enthusiasts were treated to a magical night in wine country. Champagne flowed and music filled Green Music Center’s Weill Hall in celebration of their fourth season. The October 3rd event was made unforgettable, thanks to the World-famous Chinese pianist Lang Lang – heralded by The New York Times as the “hottest artist on the classical music planet.”

“I cannot think of a more exciting performer to open Weill Hall’s fourth season than the exceedingly talented pianist Lang Lang,” said Gala Co-Chair Joan Weill. “Lang Lang’s recital paired with our elegant Season Opening Gala makes for a fitting start to what I know will be an exceptional season of world-class performances in Weill Hall.” Joan H. Weill currently serves as Vice-Chair of the Weill Hall and the Green Music Center Board of Advisors, and is known for her support of cultural, philanthropic and civic efforts.

33 year old, Lang Lang’s program featured his signature interpretations of Bach’s Concerto Italiano, Tchaikovsky’s The Seasons and Chopin’s Scherzos Nos. 1–4 for solo piano. This performance marked Lang Lang’s third appearance at the Green Music Center—he also performed at Weill Hall’s grand opening in 2012 and again in recital in 2013.

Following the performance, hundreds of gala guests enjoyed an elegant Asian contemporary-themed gala benefit dinner in a tented pavilion. From the performance to the food to the décor— opening night was truly memorable,” said Gala Co-Chair Alice Chiang.

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Saturday, October 17, 7:30 pm; Weill Hall
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About Green Music Center
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 region, with its spectacular 1400-seat Weill Hall, an acoustically exceptional venue with a modular rear wall that opens to terraced lawn seating, providing picturesque views of the surrounding countryside. A program of Sonoma State University, the GMC presents year-round programming of top classical, contemporary, jazz and world music artists and is home to the Santa Rosa Symphony.


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