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Green Music Center Website Debuts

We recently launched a new site for the Green Music Center, a world-class performing hall on the Sonoma State campus that has been more than a decade in development. The 1400-seat hall, modeled after the Seiji Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood, is acoustically designed to rival great venues such as Boston Symphony Hall and Vienna Musikvereinssaal.

About $120 million has been invested in the facility, including $62 million from private donations. Don and Maureen Green started the project with a $10 million donation in 1996. Former Citigroup CEO ‘Sandy’ Weill and his wife Joan donated $12 million near the end of the project, giving the hall its formal name of the Joan and Sanford I. Weill Hall.

The first concerts will be held in September, with a full lineup running through Spring 2013. Performers range from bluegrass artists Alison Krauss and Union Station and soprano Karina Gauvin to the San Francisco Symphony and the Santa Rosa Symphony. Tickets are on sale now, by the series only, with individual tickets available in July.

Yo-Yo Ma will be performing in January 2013, but if you don’t have tickets, it’s already too late: the concert sold out in less than three weeks when tickets went on sale in March.

About the Site

The website provides a variety of information for visitors, including details about the upcoming concerts and the ability to purchase tickets. The Webvanta database system organizes all the information about performers and performances, making it easy for music center staff to update the content while preserving the design.

Ginny Laughlin of Athena Design created the visual design and user interface, and worked in partnership with Webvanta to deliver the site.

Ryan Ernst, the Green Music Center’s director of marketing, commented, “When it came time for the Green Music Center to switch gears — from ongoing construction project, to up and coming performing arts venue in need of a sophisticated website — we turned to Webvanta. They took our ideas and suggestions, and created an end-product that is tailor-fit to our needs. The Webvanta team has worked incredibly hard to meet our often challenging deadlines, and they always do so with a pleasant disposition. They have helped us to establish a brand as we enter our Inaugural Season, in addition to creating a lovely website that meets all of our technical needs. We always prefer to support local businesses at the Green Music Center, but this time, it was really Webvanta who was supporting us!”

The Webvanta platform makes a great solution for performing arts halls, organizations, and any sort of music or theater venue. Here’s some other examples of Webvanta sites in this area:

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