symphony orchestra


Definition of symphony orchestra

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

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She's a member of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. plays oboe in the local symphony orchestra
Recent Examples on the Web 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 What Honeck provides is a capital-I Interpretation, something notably lacking from most of those conducting Beethoven with full, modern-instrument symphony orchestras at the moment. New York Times, "The Ultimate Beethoven Symphony Collection," 27 Mar. 2020 Before the coronavirus pandemic prompted concert cancellations, Irina Tikhonova played the cello with local symphony orchestras. Elisha Anderson, Detroit Free Press, "Cello player performs on Royal Oak porch for neighbors amid stay-at-home order," 27 Mar. 2020 How does a major symphony orchestra create a concert season? Jay Przyborski, Dallas News, "Finding the right mix: How the Dallas Symphony fills out its season lineup," 6 Mar. 2020 Tour, which pairs singer Roger Daltrey and guitarist-songwriter Pete Townshend with a local symphony orchestra, offered a remarkably powerful and satisfying night of classics when the Who packed the BB&T Center with 20,000 fans in September. Ben Crandell,, "The Who returning to South Florida for concert at Hard Rock Live in Hollywood," 4 Dec. 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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“Symphony orchestra.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Oct. 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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