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 The All-National Honor Ensembles consist of a concert band, symphony orchestra, mixed choir, jazz ensemble, guitar ensemble, and modern band. Denise Coffey,, "KHS Student Earns All-National Choir Seat," 4 Nov. 2019 Corea’s stylistic versatility has seen him expertly perform with an array of jazz giants and symphony orchestras, as well as everyone from classical piano superstar Lang Lang and Cat Stevens to the rock band Foo Fighters and banjo marvel Béla Fleck. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Keyboard legend Chick Corea and rising star Gerald Clayton discuss their music and mutual admiration society," 29 Sep. 2019 The plaza will feature festival gathering places, a great lawn, fountains, an amphitheater equipped to host a symphony orchestra, a play area, an outdoor ice skating rink, nature areas and a cafe. Kaitlin Lange, Indianapolis Star, "Election 2019: Libertarian challenger is taking on Westfield Mayor Andy Cook," 17 Oct. 2019 Joining the union officials were a handful of musicians from the symphony orchestra, who played a few songs. Jeff Barker,, "Demonstrators protest Johns Hopkins Hospital suing poor patients," 20 July 2019 The concert band and symphony orchestra will have 119 and 121 instrumentalists, respectively. Denise Coffey,, "KHS Student Earns All-National Choir Seat," 4 Nov. 2019 If Pangaud’s kitchen was a jazz band of many voices, Lameloise’s was a symphony orchestra performing high-fidelity versions of the classic repertoire. Adam Shatz, The New Yorker, "My Life as a Child Chef," 18 Nov. 2019 The singers, who both visited Connecticut theaters on solo tours, will be backed by a symphony orchestra. Christopher Arnott,, "Kelli O’Hara, Matthew Morrison team up for cabaret act at Jorgensen," 7 Nov. 2019 Imagine if your immune system was a symphony orchestra lead by a conductor. Sun Pharmaceuticals, WIRED, "IL-23: The Master Regulator Behind Plaque Psoriasis," 30 Oct. 2019

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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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15 Feb 2020

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“Symphony orchestra.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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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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