News that Rocks

Music hall may get Peanuts pianist name

One of the three main buildings comprising Sonoma State University’s new
performing arts center may be named for Schroeder, the precocious,
Beethoven-loving pianist of “Peanuts” fame.

Campus officials proposed naming the 250-seat recital hall for the cartoon
character because the widow of “Peanuts” creator Charles M. Schulz donated
$5 million toward the project, which will be part of the Donald and Maureen
Green Music Center, Sonoma State spokeswoman Susan Kashack said.

“I know Sparky would have enjoyed thinking about Schroeder’s connection to
such a grand hall and stage,” said Jean Schulz, referring to her late
husband by one of his nicknames.

Jean Schulz graduated from Sonoma State, and Charles Schulz lived in Sonoma
County for 42 years before he died in 2000.

California State University system trustees must approve the building’s
name, which they are expected to this week, according to Kashack.

Along with Schroeder’s Recital Hall, the $100 million Green Music Center
also will feature a 1,400-seat concert hall and a music education building,
Kashack said.

The facility is scheduled to open in the fall of 2009.

2 Responses to “News that Rocks”

  1. Wendy Says:

    Go Schroeder!

  2. LOUP Says:

    That is awesome! He was my favorite. Well him and the Great Pumpkin. *grins*

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