Sandy Weill Gives $12 Million to Finish California Concert Hall

Sanford “Sandy” Weill, former chairman of Citigroup Inc. (C), is donating $12 million to complete construction of a 1,400-seat concert hall and adjacent grounds at Sonoma State University in Rohnert Park, California.

The contribution for the Green Music Center is the largest cash gift in the history of Sonoma State and, in addition to the hall, will pay for a terraced lawn and a 10,000-capacity amphitheater, the school said today in an announcement. The complex will be named the Joan and Sanford I. Weill Hall, Lawn and Commons and is scheduled to open in September 2012.

“This could be one of the great destinations, a place that attracts world artists to Northern California,” Sandy Weill said in a telephone interview. He retired as Citigroup’s chief executive officer in 2003 and as chairman in 2006.

The Weills bought a home in Sonoma County in October and remain full-time residents of New York City. The gift is the couple’s first large donation in Northern California, said Michael Conway, Sandy Weill’s chief of staff. They have donated more than $100 million to New York’s Carnegie Hall, where Sandy Weill is chairman, and have given away more than $800 million in total, said the former Citigroup head.

To contact the reporter on this story: Dan Levy in San Francisco at

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Kara Wetzel at

Press spacebar to pause and continue. Press esc to stop.

Bloomberg reserves the right to remove comments but is under no obligation to do so, or to explain individual moderation decisions.

Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Disqus.