symphony orchestra

noun

Definition of symphony orchestra

: a large orchestra of winds, strings, and percussion that plays symphonic works

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Synonyms for symphony orchestra

Synonyms

band, orchestra, philharmonic, symphony

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Examples of symphony orchestra in a Sentence

She's a member of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. plays oboe in the local symphony orchestra

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Why would a symphony orchestra, let alone one with a budget of only 10 million pounds ($13.5 million), take on a task that most opera houses fear? David Allen, New York Times, "A Critic’s First Orchestra Defines Britain’s Musical Soul," 15 June 2018 While American symphony orchestras face never-ending challenges on the business end, few major ensembles have taken it on the chin so badly yet fought their way back from virtual extinction so successfully as the Minnesota Orchestra. John Von Rhein, chicagotribune.com, "After a yearlong lockout, a revitalized Minnesota Orchestra hits the reset button," 23 Jan. 2018 In addition to hosting touring companies, the city’s symphony orchestra and opera and ballet companies all call it home. Richard Rubin, kansascity, "The New York Times came to KC and fell in love with the streetcar," 6 July 2018 In the 1970s and 1980s, symphony orchestras found that blind auditions resulted in more women being hired. Diya Khanna, The Seattle Times, "Would you hire me if you were blindfolded?," 20 Nov. 2018 In addition to hosting touring companies, the city’s symphony orchestra and opera and ballet companies all call it home. Richard Rubin, kansascity, "The New York Times came to KC and fell in love with the streetcar," 6 July 2018 The engine and exhaust has been tuned like a symphony orchestra—a sonorous roar punctuated by occasional percussive bursts. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, "1,160 miles in 11 days: A grand tour with the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio," 15 Aug. 2018 In addition to hosting touring companies, the city’s symphony orchestra and opera and ballet companies all call it home. Richard Rubin, kansascity, "The New York Times came to KC and fell in love with the streetcar," 6 July 2018 In addition to hosting touring companies, the city’s symphony orchestra and opera and ballet companies all call it home. Richard Rubin, kansascity, "The New York Times came to KC and fell in love with the streetcar," 6 July 2018

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First Known Use of symphony orchestra

circa 1881, in the meaning defined above

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symphony orchestra

noun

English Language Learners Definition of symphony orchestra

: a large orchestra of musicians who play classical music together and are led by a conductor

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