Concert Announcement: RPO Summer Season, including "Glee"'s Matthew Morrison

The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra announced its summer 2013 season this afternoon. The schedule includes a 1920's themed 90th anniversary concert, regional concerts in Inlet and Geneseo, and will be headlined by a Pops performance featuring Broadway star Matthew Morrison, best known for his leading role on the TV musical drama "Glee."

The full press release appears below.

Rochester, NY - The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) announces its summer season today, which kicks off on Wednesday, July 3at 8 p.m. atConstellation Brands-Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center (CMAC) withthe previously-announcedCelebrate America with the RPO*, and closes with a Summer Pops Special Concertfeaturing actor, dancer, singer/songwriter, musician and Glee star Matthew Morrison at Kodak Hall on Saturday, July 20 at 8 p.m. **

Between the chock-full season's opener and closer are nine other events, including a Summer Classics Special Concert: Ward Stare Conducts Mozart & Beethovenfeaturing the Rochester native returning to conduct the RPO at Kodak Hall on Friday, July 19at 8 p.m.***

A highlight of the 17-day season is certainly the RPO's 90th Anniversary Celebration on Saturday, July 13 at 6 p.m. at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center. The 1920s-themed evening will feature an RPO performance conducted by Principal Pops Conductor Jeff Tyzik, cocktails, dinner, dancing, and a live auction. Tickets are $200/person ($400/couple) and $1,500 for a table of eight. For individual/couple tickets, please call Michael Ciaccia at 585-454-7311 x268. To reserve a table of eight and learn about sponsorship opportunities, please call Brigid Ryan at 585-454-7311 x 243.

Free concerts include Thursday, July 4's Independence Day Concert at 9 p.m. on the Main Street Bridge in downtown Rochester (followed by fireworks at 10 p.m.), and Wegmans' Concerts by the Shore featuring the RPO on Wednesday, July 10 at 7:30 p.m. at Ontario Beach Park. Free with admission to the Red Wings game on Friday, July 5 isthe RPO'sPatriotic Celebration at Frontier Field at approximately 8:30 p.m., immediately following the game (with fireworks to follow concert).

The RPO heads out of town for An Evening with the Symphonyon Saturday, July 6 at 7:30 p.m. at Arrowhead Park in Inlet, NY. Tickets are $30 (concert only), $110 (concert and reception), with $10 lawn tickets available the night of the concert only, pending availability. For advance tickets, call 315-369-6983 or 315-357-5501. On Friday, July 12 at 8:30 p.m., the RPO presents Summer Spectacular with Fireworks (fireworks to follow concert) at SUNY Geneseo Athletic Field in Geneseo. Tickets are $10/$5 for students in advance, in person at the Eastman Theatre Box Office or at area Wegmans; by phone at (585) 454-2100; or online at; $12 and $6 the day of show at venue.

The annual Temple B'rith Kodesh Concert fundraiser on Thursday, July 11 at 7:30 p.m. (2131 Elmwood Ave.) will also feature the Rochester Philharmonic League Young Artist Auditions' Special Award Winner, Pittsford baritone Aaron Bigeleisen.For tickets, call 585-244-7060. Eastman School of Music's Eastman Summer Conducting Institute on Thursday, July 18 at 7:30 p.m. at Kodak Hall features the RPO with various conductors. Tickets are $15/$5 students (general admission), and are available at the Eastman Theatre Box Office or at area Wegmans; by phone at (585) 454-2100; or online at

RPO Summer Calendar:

Celebrate America with the RPO*: Wednesday, July 3; 8 PM; CMAC; Michael Butterman, cond.

Independence Day Concert: Thursday, July 4; 9 PM; Main St. Bridge; Michael Butterman, cond.

Patriotic Celebration: Friday, July 5; approx. 8:30 PM; Frontier Field; Michael Butterman, cond.

An Evening with the Symphony: Saturday, July 6; 7:30 PM; Inlet, NY; Michael Butterman, cond.

Wegmans' Concerts by the Shore: Wed., July 10; 7:30 PM; Ontario Beach Pk.; Matthew Kraemer, cond.

Temple B'rith Kodesh Concert: Thurs., July 11; 7:30 PM; B'rith Kodesh; Matthew Kraemer, cond.

Summer Spectacular with Fireworks: Fri., July 12; 8:30 PM; SUNY Geneseo; Matthew Kraemer, cond.

90th Anniversary Celebration: Saturday, July 13; 6 PM; Convention Center; Jeff Tyzik, cond.

Eastman Summer Conducting Institute: Thursday, July 18; 8 PM; Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre

Summer Classics Special Concert***: Friday, July 19; 8 PM; Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre

Summer Pops Special Concert**: Saturday, July 20; 8 PM; Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre

* Celebrate America with the RPO includes crowd-pleasing favorites such as "Stars and Stripes Forever" and the 1812 Overture, as well as iconic music by some of America's best-loved composers, including John Williams, Aaron Copland, George Gershwin and John Philip Sousa. Also featured is the Rochester Oratorio Society (Eric Townell, director) with Michael Butterman(The Louise and Henry Epstein Family Chair) conducting. The evening culminates with a spectacular fireworks display over the picturesque CMAC lawn. Tickets are $50 (table seats), $35-$20 (shell), and $15/free for children under 12 (lawn), and are available in person at the Blue Cross Arena Box Office, by phone at 800-745-3000 or 585-758-5330, or online at or

Tickets to both of the following concerts go on sale to the public on Monday, May 13 at 10 a.m. Current subscribers (either for 2012-13 or renewed for 2013-14) can take advantage of pre-sale beginning Monday, May 6 at 10 phone or in person only. Prices for both concerts range from $24 to $87 for box seats, and tickets are available in person at the Eastman Theatre Box Office (433 East Main Street) or at area Wegmans; by phone at (585) 454-2100; or online at

** Summer Pops Special Concert: Glee's Matthew Morrison. The Emmy, Tony and Golden Globe-nominated star may have come to national prominence through his role as the perpetually-optimistic high school teacher, Will Schuester, on Fox TV's Glee, but the Southern California native was turning heads years earlier on the Great White Way. After studying at Tisch School of The Arts in New York, Morrison made his Broadway debut in Footloose, followed by The Rocky Horror Picture Show. However, it was his role as Link Larkin in the original cast of Broadway's Hairspray that served as his breakthrough and led to Morrison being cast in the critically-acclaimed The Light in the Piazza, for which he garnered a Tony nomination. This June 4, Morrison releases a new album, Where it All Began, featuring a collection of classic standards produced by the legendary Phil Ramone - the first release from Adam Levine's new 222 Records. Morrison will sing with the Boston Pops in May and at Kennedy Center in November, but this will be his only area appearance. The program will feature standards, including Broadway and Hollywood favorites.

*** Summer Classics Special Concert: Ward StareConducts Mozart & Beethoven. The Pittsford native and current regular guest conductor of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra made his triumphant RPO conducting debut with February 2013's Rhapsody in Blue program. The summer program will feature classical favorites including Mozart's lyrical Clarinet Concerto featuring RPO Principal Clarinet Kenneth Grant, Beethoven's dramatic Seventh Symphony, and Wagner's Flying Dutchman Overture.