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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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 The two-hour, intermission-free performance during which each concerto is identified by a signpost held up by a colorfully clad Lav Crnčević starts out intriguingly. Robert Greskovic, WSJ, "‘The Six Brandenburg Concertos’ Review: Falling Short of Bach," 5 Oct. 2018 Each concerto is preceded, almost as an overture, by a symphony: Haydn’s No. 74 and Johann Christian Bach’s in G minor. David Allen, New York Times, "5 Classical Music Concerts to See in N.Y.C. This Weekend," 17 May 2018 The imposing but open-hearted Brahms concerto hadn’t yet settled. David Patrick Stearns,, "Philadelphia Orchestra and Helene Grimaud gives a preview of the upcoming Israel tour," 11 May 2018 For all its wildness, the concerto in Trifonov's hands developed and hung together organically. Zachary Lewis,, "Cleveland Orchestra thrives under Russian musical influence, with Michael Tilson Thomas (review)," 9 Mar. 2018 Thousands of pages of manuscripts, including music from baroque operas to concertos for solo instruments, some of which had been copied as late as 2005, had survived. Nicholas Casey, New York Times, "Jesuit Legacy in the Bolivian Jungle: A Love of Baroque Music," 8 May 2018 Inspired by the Tristan legend, Messiaen’s riotous celebration of love is a loopy, visionary kind-of concerto for piano and the whistling ondes martenot: Think of a Chagall painting in sound. Zachary Woolfe, New York Times, "An Orchestra’s Ecstatic, Once-in-a-Lifetime Birthday Party," 27 Apr. 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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