For Rochesterians who love the arts, September is one of the best months of the year. It’s the month when new seasons begin for most of the art institutions around town, and there is more great music, theater and dance on display than any one person could hope to enjoy.
The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra opened its 95th season Tuesday with Itzhak Perlman in front of a packed Eastman Theatre audience that showed its appreciation with three ovations. The openings continue over the next week: the Pops Series kicks off tonight with A cELLAbration: The Music of Ella & More, and the Philharmonic Series begins Thursday with Grieg’s Piano Concerto and Cinderella.
Geva Theatre Center began its season last week with one of the hottest names in theater: Lin-Manuel Miranda. In The Heights runs through Oct. 8. Rochester Broadway Theatre League opens later this month with another big name. School of Rock, with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, runs Sept. 30 through Oct. 7.
Of course, this week also sees an event that epitomizes the convergence of the end of summer and the beginning of arts season. The KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival started Thursday and runs through Sept. 23 with hundreds of shows in a wide variety of disciplines sprawling across the center city and beyond.
And those are just the most prominent of the local arts institutions. There are many others throughout the city, county and region putting on wonderful shows, often with relatively inexpensive tickets.
George Eastman knew the importance of the arts when he was building the company that came to define Rochester. While Eastman Kodak Co. has declined over the years, the artistic spirit of Rochester has not.
As long as Rochester has a vibrant arts scene, it will continue to be a place where people want to live, work and raise a family. Kudos to all of the organizations that play a role in enriching our lives through the arts.