America’s orchestras were originally ranked by budget, hence the term Big Five. But the money has shifted from East Coast to West. On current budget rankings, here are the new Big Five:
1 Los Angeles Philharmonic budget $117,813,629
2 Boston Symphony $88,543,401
3 Chicago Symphony $80,482,607
4 San Francisco Symphony $74,566,128
5 New York Philharmonic $73,256,773
Of the historic Big Five, Cleveland comes in 6th with $51,303,220 and Philadephia 7th with $45,366,875.