Eastman Theatre has more than fulfilled the promise of the inscription on its facade: "For the enrichment of community life." The magnificent 3,094-seat theatre was built as a center for music, dance, and silent film with orchestral and organ accompaniment.
Today, it is the primary concert hall for the Eastman School's larger ensembles, including its orchestras, wind and jazz ensembles, choral groups, and fully staged operatic productions.
The RPO has called Eastman Theatre home for 85 years and has inspired generations of community members with classical and popular music. The Orchestra has earned international renown for its high standard of artistic excellence, unique tradition of musical versatility, and deep commitment to education and community engagement.
Eastman serves as a cultural center and premier performance venue for the Rochester International Jazz Festival, Mercury Opera, and many highly acclaimed guest artists each year. Some of Rochester's most important events, including convocations and graduations, are held in the Theatre.