symphony orchestra


Definition of symphony orchestra

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

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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
Recent Examples on the Web It’s not an anomaly for a symphony orchestra and an opera company to share a music director. Los Angeles Times, "Gustavo Dudamel is Paris Opera’s next music director. What does this mean for L.A.?," 16 Apr. 2021 Moreover, The Shell will be the first permanent, year-round bayside concert venue in the nation that is operated by a symphony orchestra. George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego Symphony fine-tunes The Shell, its new $85 million bayside venue, and prepares to launch concerts," 2 Apr. 2021 The Northern Virginia Community College campus in Annandale, Va., is home to a thriving symphony orchestra, open to students and members of the community. New York Times, "Pantyhose and Trash Bags: How Music Programs Are Surviving in the Pandemic," 2 Dec. 2020 The first was a profile of the flutist Demarre McGill, who had performed a concerto with the local symphony orchestra. New York Times, "A Flutist Steps Into the Solo Spotlight," 13 Oct. 2020 Streaming a solo performance or a quartet is one thing; convening a full symphony orchestra or the cast of a Broadway musical is another. Arkansas Online, "OPINION: A workable option for musicians," 9 Aug. 2020 Prominent German conductors of American symphony orchestras were dismissed from their posts and locked up. The Economist, "The classical musicians who were enlisted in the cold war," 12 Dec. 2019 These days, 20 years is a long tenure for the music director of a symphony orchestra. Tim Diovanni, Dallas News, "The final bow: Miguel Harth-Bedoya’s lasting legacy at the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra," 7 May 2020 The more players-in-front-of-audience approach to concert performance would only become predominant in the 18th century, with the rise of the symphony orchestra. Joseph P. Cermatori, New York Times, "At the Armory, Monteverdi’s ‘Vespers’ Are Newly Immersive," 13 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of symphony orchestra

circa 1881, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of symphony orchestra was circa 1881

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22 Apr 2021

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“Symphony orchestra.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Apr. 2021.

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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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