Originally Posted by mrskyline
No one should be surprised to see Rochester in the top 10. George Eastman (founder of Kodak) was a huge patron of music and that legacy continues today. The Rochester Philharmonic is one of the nation's finest orchestras and the Eastman School is one of the world's greatest music schools. Top music students from around the world come to study there and some stay. With the school's faculty living there, you literally have a concentration of some of the world's finest musicians there. Per capita I would also imagine that there are more school age children taking private music lessons in Rochester than in many other cities. This is a great creative advantage for Rochester, a metro of only around 1,000,000.
Yeah, all this creates a place with a good concentration of classical and studio musicians. Though this in no way, shape, or form creates a major music scene
in Rochester, NY -- and that's what this dumb list is supposed to be about.
And the claim that Rochester Philharmonic is one of the nation's finest orchestras is tenuous, as it can arguably share that description with around a hundred or so others. The nation's finest symphony orchestras are known to be the "Big Five": Chicago, Cleveland, Boston, NYC, and Philadelphia. Other high notables are DC, San Fran, Minneapolis, Pittsburgh, LA, Atlanta, Baltimore, NYC (Met), Detroit, and other big city symphonies.
An ex-girlfriend of mine was a cellist in NYC and I had to hear about this shit all the time.