Matthew Morrison of 'Glee' performing with RPO in July

05:10 PM, May 03, 2013

Matthew Morrison of Glee will perform with the RPO in July. RPO (Photo provided by RPO)/

The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra announced a shorter summer season, yet one preserving most of its traditional summer concerts and featuring a pops concert with Glee star Matthew Morrison.

The summer season also will feature the RPO’s 90th Anniversary Celebration at 6 p.m. July 13 at the Riverside Convention Center downtown. The 1920s-themed gala will feature a performance by the RPO with principal pops conductor Jeff Tyzik. Tickets are $200. Call (585) 454-7311, ext. 268.

Other highlights:

July 3: Celebrate America with the RPO at 8 p.m. July 3 at Constellation Brands-Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center will feature Michael Butterman conducting. Tickets are $25 to $50 and available at (800) 745-3000 or at

July 4: Independence Day Concert, at about 9 p.m. downtown as part of the city of Rochester’s July 4 celebration.

July 5: Patriotic Celebration on July 5 at about 8:30 p.m. following the Red Wings game at Frontier Field. The concert is free, although patrons need to purchase tickets if they also want to see the game.

July 10: Wegmans Concerts by the Shore will be a free performance at 7:30 p.m. at Ontario Beach Park with Matthew Kraemer, associate conductor of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra.

July 11: Temple B’rith Kodesh Concert, an annual fundraiser at the synagogue, at 7:30 p.m. Call (585) 244-7060.

July 12: Summer Spectacular with Fireworks at 8:30 p.m. on the lawn of the State University College at Geneseo is an annual event. Kraemer will conduct.

July 18: Eastman Summer Conducting Institute concert features the RPO with various conductors. Tickets are $15 ($5 for students). Call (585) 454-2100 or go to

July 19: Summer Classics Special Concert at 8 p.m. at Eastman Theatre will feature conductor Ward Stare, a Pittsford native who was guest conductor in February.

July 20: Summer Pops Special Concert at 8 p.m. at Eastman Theatre will feature Morrison, who plays embattled Glee Club director Will Schuester on Fox TV’s Glee. Morrison also is a Tony-nominated Broadway star and will release a new album of classic standards in June called Where It All Began, the first release by Adam Levine’s new 222 Records.