or·​ches·​tral | \ ȯr-ˈke-strəl How to pronounce orchestral (audio) \

Definition of orchestral

1 : of, relating to, or composed for an orchestra
2 : suggestive of an orchestra or its musical qualities

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orchestrally \ ȯr-​ˈke-​strə-​lē How to pronounce orchestrally (audio) \ adverb

Examples of orchestral in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Everything was brilliantly executed, but the concert gravitated toward the kind of standard-issue orchestral virtuosity that Honeck generally avoids. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, "The Pittsburgh Symphony’s Savage Precision," 3 Feb. 2020 Additionally, the China Institute is throwing a family festival on February 2, and featuring other programs including a paper lantern-making workshop, a cultural seminar, and an orchestral concert. Erika W. Smith, refinery29.com, "What The Year Of The Rat Means & How To Celebrate It," 27 Jan. 2020 Here, the modern concert hall, rimmed in blond wood, can pack in almost 800 for orchestral performances, chamber music, jazz, and modern dance almost every night of the week. Noah Kaufman, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Surprisingly Cool City Hiding in the Middle of Canadian Wine Country," 24 Jan. 2020 The chorus holds two main concerts a year in Winter and Spring, most often performing with orchestral accompaniment and guest soloists. Corey Dockser, BostonGlobe.com, "Shoestring theater, artwork, and chorus rehearsals," 30 Aug. 2019 This is your chance to hear orchestral show-stoppers like Porgy and Bess, Cuban Overture and American in Paris, with the pull-all-the-stops power of the Pops. Luann Gibbs, Cincinnati.com, "Things to do this week in Cincinnati: Jan. 27-Feb. 2," 27 Jan. 2020 Forward-looking keyboardists in the ’60s created orchestral sounds with the Mellotron, whose keys actually triggered reels of tape containing recordings of strings, horns, choirs, etc. Jim Allen, Popular Mechanics, "5 Music Inventions that Rocked the ’80s—and Every Decade After," 14 Jan. 2020 This music’s restlessness stood out, muted chords giving way to declamatory strings, great swaths of orchestral sound punctuated by bursts of percussion and startling pauses. Howard Reich, chicagotribune.com, "CSO review: Bernard Rands’ ‘DREAM’ in gripping world premiere," 30 Oct. 2019 The orchestral sounds of Sam Spence evoke images of troops preparing for battle, spaghetti Westerns or grand literary romances. SI.com, "A History of Football in 100 Objects," 28 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of orchestral

circa 1779, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of orchestral was circa 1779

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“Orchestral.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/orchestral. Accessed 23 Feb. 2020.

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