WXXI celebrates the completion of the Eastman Theatre project with a TV special
By Norm Silverstein ~ Posted Fri, 12/03/2010 - 2:46pm
Before you get too caught up in the hectic holiday season, be sure to circle December 13th on your calendar. WXXI-TV will be presenting an updated version of our acclaimed documentary, Restoring a Masterpiece: Renovation of the Eastman Theatre. Since this program -- narrated by Philip Seymour Hoffman -- first aired in June, we have continued to capture footage of the ongoing construction of the Wolk Atrium, the Hatch Recital Hall, and the installation of a spectacular glass sculpture. With that, we will be presenting Restoring a Masterpiece: The Vision Realized on Monday, December 13 at 9 p.m., a special edition immediately following the 8 p.m. encore broadcast of Restoring a Masterpiece. This new 30-minute companion piece spotlights the completion of the recital hall, the atrium and the installation of the Blue and Gold Chandelier, a light reflecting glass sculpture commissioned for the atrium by world-renowned glass artist Dale Chihuly. The film also features new interviews with community leaders and individuals integral to the completion of the project.
The title for the companion piece, The Vision Realized, signifies George Eastman's original vision for the school and the theater space. When Eastman purchased the land to build the theater, the parcel of land next to the property was not for sale. In 1961 the University of Rochester acquired the piece of property, and Eastman's vision to extend the Eastman School and Theatre from Main Street to Swan Street was realized.
So, while I know how much running around we'll all be doing over the next several weeks, may I suggest you take an evening to relax and discover some things you've never known about one of Rochester's treasures -- and rediscover why WXXI will always be the home for exceptional local programming.