Summer arts preview: Theater, music, exhibits and more

08:07 AM, Jun 09, 2013

Merry-Go-Round Playhouse is staging Singin' in the Rain, part of the Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival, through June 19. Provided photo/

Written By Catherine Roberts | Lead Local Editor/Life

Whether you’re in the mood for light fare or serious reflection, the Rochester and Finger Lakes region’s arts community is offering a lot this summer.

From a thought-provoking exhibit called “The Gender Show” at George Eastman House to a history of golf at Rochester Museum & Science Center, a new playtime Wegmans at The Strong museum and a summer of retro fun at Genesee Country Village & Museum, the area’s visual and hands-on organizations are definitely beckoning folks inside for a day.

The Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival is the music event of the summer. But great chamber music and Rochester favorites such as Jon Nakamatsu and Hilary Hahn will be among highlights of the summer’s classical music festivals in the area. And while the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra has cut back its summer season, there are plenty of chances to see it play a variety of music.

As far as plays go, the most serious options are comedies by absurdist Eugène Ionesco and Shakespeare, along with Rent. But let’s face it, summer is a time to escape, and some good musicals fit the bill. Besides, if you want more serious opera and theater, Glimmerglass and the Shaw Festival are day trips worth taking.

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