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Jean Oelrich
Director of Marketing & Communications
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Pacific Symphony adds "Glee's" award-winning Matthew Morrison for Valentine's Day Concert featuring Broadway hits

September 27, 2013

Pacific Symphony announces today that Matthew Morrison—of “Glee” fame—has replaced Burt Bacharach, who was originally slated to perform during the 2013-14 Pops season but has cancelled due to a scheduling conflict. The multi-talented Morrison, best known for his popular role as Will Schuester on “Glee,” brings an award-winning Broadway resumé to the stage for this exciting Valentine’s Day spectacular, led by Principal Pops Conductor Richard Kaufman, on Feb. 13-15, 2014, at 8 p.m., in the Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. A graduate of the Orange County School of the Arts, Morrison returns to his Southern California roots for this special evening of show tunes and jazz standards. Tickets are $35-$150. For more information or to purchase tickets, call (714) 755-5799 or visit

“It's always exciting when a world-class performer joins our orchestra for the first time on our Pops series,”says Maestro Kaufman. “This coming February, I am thrilled that the multi-talented Matthew Morrison will make hisPacific Symphony debut in an evening of unforgettable music from Broadway. With his starring role in ‘Glee,’ Matthew has become a welcome visitor in homes around the world. I know that our audiences will love getting to know Matthew up close and personal as they experience his tremendous talent. It's going to be, without a doubt, a ‘gleeful’ Valentine’s weekend at Pacific Symphony!

The Emmy, Tony and Golden Globe-nominated star may have come to national prominence through his role as a perpetually optimistic high-school teacher on Fox TV’s “Glee,” but the Orange County native was turning heads earlieron the Great White Way. After studying musical theater, vocal performance and dance at Tisch School of the Arts in New York, Morrison made his debut on Broadway in “Footloose,” followed by “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.” However, it was his first role as Link Larkin in the original Broadway production, “Hairspray,” that served as his breakthrough and led Morrison to be cast in the critically acclaimed “The Light in the Piazza.” His portrayal of young lover Fabrizio Naccarelli garnered him a Tony nomination for best performance by a featured actor in a musical. He subsequently received a Drama Desk nomination for outstanding actor in the off-Broadway musical “10 MillionMiles” and reprised the role of Lieutenant Cable in Lincoln Center’s Tony-nominated production of “South Pacific”

Morrison’s new album, “Where is all Began,” is a collection of standards, many first made famous in Broadway musicals. The singer is the first artist signed to 222-Records, the new label started by Adam Levine, the leader of the multi-platinum group Maroon 5 and coach on NBC’s “The Voice.”

The Symphony first announced its exciting 2013-14 Pops series—celebrating the orchestra’s 35th anniversary season—last spring. In addition to Morrison’s performance, the line-up includes six other concerts showcasing big names, top talent and a plethora of awe-inspiring music. Led for the 23rd year by acclaimed Maestro Kaufman, the lighter side of the Symphony opens in November with the return of Broadway sensation Michael Cavanaugh, performing the iconic music of Elton John. Then, audiences share the spirit of the holidays with two-time Grammy Award-winner LeAnn Rimes as she performs some of her biggest hits and music from her Christmas album.

Also adding a buzz to the season is Pink Martini, returning to deliver magical ballads, syncopated tangos, spitfire ditties and dreamy love songs. Not to mention…five-time Grammy Award-winner Michael McDonald is expected torock the house; and, back by popular demand, Cirque de la Symphonie is sure to mesmerize audiences with astonishing acrobatics synched to live music by the orchestra. Finally, folk-rock stars from the legendary group America revisit musical favorites from the ’70s.

The Symphony’s Pops series receives support from American Airlines, The Westin South Coast Plaza, K-Earth 101 and PBS SoCal.