Seat restoration effort eyed for Rochester Opera House

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Project to include upholstered chairs in some front sections. (Courtesy photo)

ROCHESTER - Taking in a play or watching a concert at The Rochester Opera House is going to get a little more comfortable for everyone and a lot more comfortable for a few others.

Plans are currently in place to restore all 375 seats in the orchestra, which comprises all ground-floor seating, ROH Executive Director Anthony Ejarque said today.

Ejarque said the seats will all be repaired and refurbished as needed plus new hardware used to attach them to the floor will be installed.

In addition, several sections up near the stage will be upgraded with upholstered seats designed for comfort, he said.

The ongoing project will begin in January and is hoped to be completed within a couple of years.

"This will be an ongoing process with maybe 20 or 30 seats done at a time," he said.

The ROH is seeking grant funding to help pay for the new seating, with other funding being sought through donations that can be made on the Rochester Opera House website at

Opera house patrons can also have an individual seat named for them, which would entail a plaque with their name on it on the seat. For more details regarding seat naming call the Opera House at 332-2211.

Meanwhile, Ejarque said this summer is an especially exciting time for Rochester's famed Opera House, with summer theater returning after a long hiatus and a rock supergoup hitting the stage next month.

The raucous, ribald musical "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" begins in just 10 days and will run till Aug. 5. The vaudevillian classic is presented by PerSeverance Productions.

And Blues Traveler, which had seen its play date postponed, will hit the Rochester Opera House stage on Aug. 15.

The Rochester Voice also learned recently that a very famous broadway musical is coming to Rochester. The show is as yet unnamed but we can tell you this: It takes place on a Greek island. Hmmmmm.

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