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This time, he's Mr. Morrison

Actor who plays idealistic music teacher on 'Glee' will leave his character behind at Segerstrom symphony show.

February 06, 2014|By Rhea Mahbubani
  • Matthew Morrison, equally popular for his Broadway roles and portrayal of Will Schuester on Fox Network's TV show "Glee," will perform with the Pacific Symphony at Segerstrom Center for the Arts from Feb. 13 to 15.
Matthew Morrison, equally popular for his Broadway roles… (Podwall Entertainment )

Matthew Morrison is nothing like Will Schuester.

The 35-year-old actor susses out people and their true intentions, while the William McKinley High School teacher on Fox's TV show "Glee" is a hopeless optimist.

Both look for the good in people — or try to, at least — but Morrison is, by his own admission, a realist who quickly realizes when he's being steered wrongly.

Come Feb. 13, the Broadway, film and television performer, who splits his time between Los Angeles and New York City, plans to be himself to the hilt.

Morrison will partner with the Pacific Symphony — which he considers one of the premiere orchestras on the West Coast — for the first time. "Valentine's Day with Matthew Morrison" will run at the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall until Feb. 15.

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The festivities will begin the first night at 5:30 p.m. with "A Valentine Prelude," hosted by the Pacific Symphony League at the Center Club. The fund-raiser and dinner, featuring entertainment by the Orange County School of the Arts performance troupe Montage!, will benefit the symphony's music education programs.

For Morrison, teaming with a 60-piece full-bodied orchestra is simultaneously terrifying and empowering.

There's a very real chance of messing up, he admitted, drawing comfort from the knowledge that a "big army" could catch him if he were to fall (metaphorically, of course).

Singing is synonymous with vulnerability, he finds — and therapy.

"Sometimes, a song that I've sung a million times before will trigger something different in me depending on what I'm going through that day," Morrison said. "But you never know until you're actually singing that it's going to hit you that way."

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Born in Fort Ord, Morrison spent most of his youth in Cypress. He wears the fact that he is a Los Alamitos High School and Orange County School of the Arts graduate with pride.

"I've been wanting to do this for a long time because it's a homecoming show for me," he said. "Of all the shows I've done in the world, there's only a few venues I really wanted to play, and this is definitely one of them. I'm excited because it's going to be a chance for all my friends and family to come see me, as well as people who were [my] mentors."

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