con·​cer·​to | \ kən-ˈcher-(ˌ)tō also -ˈchər- How to pronounce concerto (audio) \
plural concerti\ kən-​ˈcher-​(ˌ)tē How to pronounce concerti (audio) also  -​ˈchər-​ \ or concertos

Definition of concerto

: a piece for one or more soloists and orchestra with three contrasting movements a violin concerto

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The intensely eclectic program the Chicago Symphony Orchestra performed Thursday night in Orchestra Hall offered the distinct pleasure of featuring two ensemble members in concerto premieres. Howard Reich,, "CSO review: Orchestra's soloists step into the spotlight," 14 June 2019 In a black kimono-style jacket and simple black pants, Mälkki, along with the Latvian violinist Baiba Skride, walked onstage for the evening’s opening piece, the Tchaikovsky violin concerto. Maya Chung, The New York Review of Books, "When Women Take the Baton," 26 Mar. 2019 The composition breaks from the three-movement concerto model by expanding the traditional cadenza into its own movement. Jessica Rudman,, "HSO Plays A Superb Shostakovich Program To Two Standing Ovations," 5 May 2018 More than half of his 150-odd works—including his longest work for orchestra, concertos (or concertinos) for clarinet, flute, horn, violin, cello, and piano, as well as his only opera—were completed after his eighty-fifth birthday. Tim Page, The New York Review of Books, "Late Bloomer," 18 Apr. 2019 Opening with a series of quietly rippling piano chords and delicate accompaniment from the strings, the concerto, heard here in its debut recording, offers lucid evidence of the influence of Romanticism in Glass’s recent music. David Weininger,, "From Philip Glass to folk-inspired violin, sounds for the summer," 4 July 2018 That barnstorm preceded another, the festival-closer and one of her specialties: Ligeti’s dazzling concerto, a party that ended — in this version of the final cadenza — with the whole orchestra joining Ms. Kopatchinskaja in song. Zachary Woolfe, New York Times, "A Quirky Violinist and a Festival to Match," 11 June 2018 Two excellent reasons to hear this program: the SSO’s music director designate Thomas Dausgaard will conduct, and the concerto soloist is Garrick Ohlsson, one of today’s most reliably thrilling pianists. The Seattle Times, "Look Ahead: The hottest Seattle events for April 2019," 5 Apr. 2019 Where Tchaikovsky’s concerto dazzles with surface-level pyrotechnics, Mozart’s calls for more understated virtuosity. Joshua Barone, New York Times, "Review: Lang Lang, Classical Music’s Superstar, Returns Quietly," 8 July 2018

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First Known Use of concerto

1710, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for concerto

Italian, from concerto concert

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English Language Learners Definition of concerto

: a piece of music for one or more main instruments with an orchestra


con·​cer·​to | \ kən-ˈcher-tō How to pronounce concerto (audio) \
plural concertos

Kids Definition of concerto

: a musical composition usually in three parts for orchestra with one or more principal instruments

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