chamber orchestra


: a small orchestra usually with one player for each part

Examples of chamber orchestra in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web On the first Friday of the month, the museum hosts live music performances from chamber orchestras and jazz ensembles (from 6 p.m.). Ingrid K. Williams, New York Times, 27 Apr. 2023 The Handel selections, accompanied by a pocket-size chamber orchestra, were characteristically vibrant, which was all the more haunting in the concert’s context. Globe Staff,, 2 June 2023 Enter Email Sign Up The festival started with a small chamber orchestra that used to play on Melody Island in Lake Winnipesaukee, and grew into an event that, for the past three years, has taken place at the Silver Center for the Arts at Plymouth State University. Amanda Gokee,, 11 July 2023 With a chamber orchestra’s reduced string sections — and with a conductor with little experience of the hall — both solos and ensembles of winds and brasses were sometimes too prominent in balances. Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, 21 June 2023 This could be a chamber orchestra, a string quartet, a solo piano, a brass band. Michael Andor Brodeur, Washington Post, 28 Apr. 2023 Joshua Bell, the Grammy-winning violinist, was tapped to perform, along with Penn Masala, a South Asian a cappella group founded by students at the University of Pennsylvania, and the U.S. Marine Band chamber orchestra. Peter Baker, New York Times, 22 June 2023 The Chorus will be joined by a quartet of professional soloists as well as a professional chamber orchestra. Katia Parks, Baltimore Sun, 12 May 2023 Conductor and harpsichordist Avi Stein led the Opera Lafayette chamber orchestra with grace and vigor — offering a churn of brisk thirds and fifths to simulate the storm, and charging the dances with infectious, buoyant energy. Michael Andor Brodeur, Washington Post, 4 May 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1880, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of chamber orchestra was in 1880

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“Chamber orchestra.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2023.

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