Matthew Morrison of 'Glee' among guest artists this summer

10:49 PM, Jun 08, 2013

Singer/actor Matthew Morrison performs at 54 Below to celebrate his new album 'Where It All Began' at 54 Below on June 2, 2013 in New York City. (Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for Press Here)/


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Dance and the written wordThe Nazareth College Dance Festival is on a one-year hiatus, reorganizing to become a spring event, but different Rochester dance companies will be performing throughout the summer such as Bill Evans and Friends on June 22 and 23 at The College at Brockport’s Hartwell Hall. That concert is in conjunction with the International Conference on the Teaching of Somatics-Based Dance Technique and an intensive workshop led by Evans, who is on Brockport’s faculty.
Garrison Keillor will be at CMAC on Aug. 1, along with some favorite artists from his show.

Glee fans, get ready. Matthew Morrison is coming to the Eastman Theatre on July 20 for a show with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra.

Morrison’s new album released last week, Where it All Began, features standards from the American Songbook and is the first album released on 222 Records, the new studio backed by Adam Levine (lead singer of Maroon 5, which will close out the Darien Lake Performing Arts Center summer season on Sept. 4).

The big event for the summer, as it is every year, is the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival from June 21 to 29 with headliners including Pink Martini, Peter Frampton and Roger Hodgson. Hundreds of artists will perform throughout the festival in the East End.

Yet there are opportunities throughout the season in Rochester and the Finger Lakes to see a wide range of talent.

Although the RPO has a shortened summer season, it still is performing its Celebrate America concert at July 3 at Constellation Brands-Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center and a free concert downtown as part of the city of Rochester’s July Fourth celebration. A July 19 Philharmonics concert brings back Pittsford native and conductor Ward Stare, who received good reviews when he led the orchestra in February.

At concerts sprinkled throughout the summer is the Finger Lakes Chamber Music Festival, which features the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra and various guests. One of the concerts, on July 20, features Michael Riesman performing his arrangements of Philip Glass’ music from the films Dracula and The Hours.

Moved up a month to July 12 to 21 this year is the LakeMusic Festival in Canandaigua, run by Rochester native Edward Klorman, chair of the music theory program at Juilliard, and cellist Amy Sue Barston. The festival will feature Rochester favorite Jon Nakamatsu and RPO concertmaster Juliana Athayde.

From Aug. 8 to 31, the Rochester couple David Ying of the Ying Quartet and pianist Elinor Freer lead the Skaneateles Festival. The festival’s concerts will feature other Rochester favorites such as violinist Hilary Hahn. Other artists include Anonymous 4, pianist Donal Fox, violist Rebecca Albers and violinist Jeremy Mastrangelo.

The Gateways Music Festival, celebrating African-American classical musicians, is from Aug. 14 to 18, with concerts at venues including churches, Hochstein Performance Hall and the Eastman Theatre.

CMAC and Darien Lake Performing Arts Center have a full schedule of pop, country and classic rock concerts through September.