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Music hall named after 'Peanuts' character

Sept. 19, 2007 at 10:53 PM

ROHNERT PARK, Calif., Sept. 19 (UPI) -- A new music building planned at California's Sonoma State University will be named "Schroeder Recital Hall" after the piano-playing "Peanuts" character.

The name was chosen to honor a donation from Jean Schulz, the widow of the "Peanuts" comic strip creator Charles Schulz, The San Francisco Chronicle said Wednesday.

Construction on the three-building Donald and Maureen Green Music Center -- which is modeled after the home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra in western Massachusetts -- is about half complete.

Almost $10 million has been pledged so far in the campaign, but the goal is to raise at least $22.5 million in donations toward the $100 million project in Rohnert Park.

University officials said an unspecified chunk of the $10 million came from Jean Schulz.

She and her husband lived in nearby Santa Rosa for more than 30 years.

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