June 4, 2009

First Niagara Pavilion Goes Up Across from Eastman Theatre

Assembly began on Monday morning for the RPO’s new summer home at the First Niagara Center City Pavilion (see photos below). First, it will be used for Club Pass concerts during the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival June 12–20 and then it will stay up through the month of July.

Conveniently located diagonally across from the Eastman Theatre, the Pavilion will provide complete patron amenities including air-conditioning, seating for approximately 2,000, and concessions. Click here for a fact sheet with more information, including seating charts.

For four weekends beginning July 10 & 11 – plus one special mid-week concert of Beatlemania! – exceptional guest artists will join the RPO for Best of the Blues, classical masterpieces by Rachmaninoff and Tchaikovsky, the hits of Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd, and, closing out our summer pavilion concerts, your favorite Broadway classics. Click here for the full Summer Series information.

Monday morning - the beams have arrived and footings for the Pavilion are being set in place. (Click on photos for bigger image)

Tuesday - the footings have all been securely bolted into the pavement, and the facade of the Pavilion is going up, beam by beam.

By Wednesday, the structure is really taking shape, seen here from Chestnut street looking across to the Eastman Theatre.

One more section of the roof goes up and is locked into place.

A view of the Pavilion from the corner of East Main Street and Gibbs, in front of the YMCA.

And here's the view of the Pavilion from in front of the Eastman Theatre.

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