The United States isn’t really famous for its orchestras or its Classical music in particular, but this is still a country that has a lot of acclaimed orchestras that are capable of moving some of the most demanding music fans in the world emotionally. There are lots of local orchestras and symphonies in the United States that tend to be funded locally, or through generous benefactors. However, there are also symphonies and orchestras that have managed to truly stand out from the competition in the United States. These are the orchestras that people will travel all over the world to see, even if they would never have visited the United States for any other reason.
The Big Five Orchestras in the United States
There is a group of orchestras in the United States that have come to be known as the Big Five, and they are still known as the Big Five long after the term was first coined. These orchestras have been known as the Big Five since around the late 1950’s. It’s been more than half a century, and these orchestras are still known as the Big Five. The Big Five orchestras are as follows: the New York Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Cleveland Orchestra.
These orchestras have been distinguished by a few characteristics since the 1950’s and before the term ‘Big Five’ was coined. For one thing, these orchestras are obviously famous for the fact that they will produce some of the best classical music that people are going to hear anywhere. They have some of the highest standards for the quality of the musicianship that people anywhere can expect. There are also recording guarantees associated with these symphonies, so the people involved can be sure that they will be able to hear the music without necessarily having to show up for the shows themselves. The shows for the Big Five are going to be expensive at the best of times and hard to get to even for the people who are relatively local, which makes it that much more important for recordings to be possible in the case of the Big Five orchestras.
These are the orchestras that all concert musicians want to be able to work with, and with good reason. In addition to the fact that the concert musicians who work with them are going to be among the most famous concert musicians in the world, it is hard to beat the Big Five when it comes to the labor regulations. These are the orchestras that offer excellent wages and benefits, along with paid vacations in many cases. The people who work for these orchestras will get treated right. Many of them will earn more money than almost all other classical musicians, and they’re going to be able to really enjoy their time with the symphonies as well.
These orchestras treat their employees right, which is one of the reasons why they are able to produce such excellent music in the first place. Naturally, these two factors feed into each other very well. The orchestras are great, and they attract the best employees. They can pay their employees well because their employees are so talented and their shows sell so well. This positive feedback loop has created a situation in which these Big Five orchestras stay on top, and they have maintained excellent reputations for more than a century in some cases.
The New York Philharmonic dates back to 1842. The Cleveland Orchestra is the newest of the Big Five, and it dates back to 1918. The other three are from the late nineteenth century or the early twentieth century. They are all still going strong after all of these years.
The Enduring Reputation of the Big Five
The Big Five have all been around for a long time, and they’re not going away any time soon. These are some of the most popular orchestras in the world, and their reputation has been solidified over the years. People are going to have the time of their lives at all of their shows. The Big Five will be entertaining people for centuries longer.