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Old 12-05-2018, 01:59 PM
 
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What are some metro areas that you know of that have less than 500,000 people and that have at least two of the following; an opera, orchestra, live theater and/or ballet?
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Old 12-05-2018, 02:22 PM
 
Location: New York NY
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Asheville NC, has both a ballet and a symphony orchestra, though I've never been to either. Presume that they offer only part-time seasons.

Also the area in the Berkshires is probably under 500,000 and has tons of theater, opera, classical music in Pittsfield, Great Barrington, Williamstown, and probably a few other places nearby. Again, I'd guess that most of these offerings are dudring summer tourist season, but not all.
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Old 12-05-2018, 03:01 PM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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Colorado Springs has a local Philharmonic that regularly performs both in The Pikes Peak Center as well as throughout the city during summer months. There also was a recently opening of a large performing arts center with several stages, regular theater groups as well as the ability to host traveling shows. City population is around 450k.

https://csphilharmonic.org/
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An hour up the road in Denver, ballet and opera can be found regularly.
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Old 12-05-2018, 03:13 PM
 
Location: Williamsburg, VA
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Williamsburg has an opera company, a few different theatrical groups, and an orchestra. Ballet troops visit for performances; we just saw The Nutcracker here, performed by a troop from Richmond. Population is 15,031.
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Old 12-05-2018, 07:01 PM
 
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An example of an area that came to mind when creating the thread: https://binghamtonphilharmonic.org

https://www.tricitiesopera.com

Any others?
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Old 12-05-2018, 07:27 PM
 
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I think Midland-Odessa, Texas has orchestra and live theater.
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Old 12-06-2018, 08:23 PM
 
Location: Beautiful and sanitary DC
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Mountain cities tend to punch above their weight in these types of rankings.

Ashland, Ore. and Staunton, Va. are both known for Shakespearean theater. The latter (population <25,000) is near Charlottesville, which has a professional ballet and orchestra, and also has an annual chamber music festival.
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Old 12-06-2018, 09:14 PM
 
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Santa Fe, NM has an Opera company.

Annapolis, MD has an Opera company and a Symphony. But you must consider it's close to 2 large metropolitan areas.
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Old 12-06-2018, 10:29 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, NC, formerly DC and Phila
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Sarasota, Florida has an orchestra, ballet, theatre, and several performing arts venues:

https://www.visitsarasota.com/theater-performing-arts
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Old 12-09-2018, 12:08 AM
 
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Rochester, New York has Geva Theatre for performing arts and the Eastman Theatre plays host to the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. 75 miles to the west-southwest, Buffalo has live performing arts at the historic Shea's Theatre and nearby Kleinhan's Music Hall is home to the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra.
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