symphony orchestra


Definition of symphony orchestra 

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

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Synonyms for symphony orchestra


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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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, New York Times, "The Perfect Way to Explore Modern Kansas City? A Streetcar, Believe It or Not," 4 July 2018 There are some telling differences between the two searches, which can be traced back to the different roles filled by a music director in a symphony orchestra or an opera company. Joshua Kosman, San Francisco Chronicle, "SF Opera, Symphony seek conductors who can carry musical vision into future," 14 Jan. 2018 Some symphony orchestras have separate foundations that manage their endowments., "Record symphony gift," 14 Jan. 2018 The result is not only a new entry point for those unaware of or wanting a refresher on the Beach Boys, but a historical achievement: America’s Band meeting the world’s most prestigious symphony orchestra. Morgan Enos, Billboard, "The Beach Boys Reflect on Their Royal Philharmonic Collaboration: 'It's Like a Punctuation Mark on an Entire Career'," 8 June 2018 Welter is untested in the big leagues of U.S. symphony orchestras and, indeed, has never played with a full-sized professional orchestra, let alone as a principal. John Von Rhein,, "CSO hires new principal oboe, Willliam Welter, one of its youngest first chairs ever," 26 June 2018 The city’s former industrial prominence means there’s still a symphony orchestra, an impressive art museum, ample parkland, and blocks of stately Victorians that are good candidates for restoration. Ben Austen, The New Republic, "How one American city chose to tackle crime, combat racism, and reckon with the legacy of police brutality," 21 June 2018 In an extremely rare public flare-up in the outwardly genteel world of major symphony orchestras, conductor Gennady Rozhdestvensky has pulled out of the entire run of four concerts he was scheduled to conduct with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Vivien Schweitzer,, "Gennady Rozhdestvensky, 87, prolific conductor," 18 June 2018

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First Known Use of symphony orchestra

circa 1881, in the meaning defined above

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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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