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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And all that’s left to be heard are Lars Ulrich’s drums thundering over the precise acoustic work of the large symphony orchestra that surrounds the four men. Jim Harrington, The Mercury News, "Metallica: An exclusive behind-the-scenes look at S&M2 concerts," 4 Sep. 2019 Each date of the series — a precursor to a major world tour planned for 2020 — will feature Smalls in concert accompanied live by an all-star band as well as a full symphony orchestra and other special guests live via satellite. Jordan Runtagh,, "'Gimme Some (More) Money': Spinal Tap Bass Legend Derek Smalls Releases Hilarious New Music Video," 3 Sep. 2019 The Dallas and Fort Worth symphony orchestras have announced additional concerts for the 2019-20 season. Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, "Dallas, FW symphony orchestras add concerts, most in alternate venues, to 2019-20 schedules," 13 Aug. 2019 Along the way, this genre-leaping innovator has collaborated with everyone from Miles Davis, Lang Lang, Joni Mitchell and Thundercat to Carlos Santana, Pink, former San Diego sitar great Anoushka Shankar and various symphony orchestras. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Herbie Hancock talks music, Buddhism, new album with Kendrick Lamar, Wayne Shorter," 11 Aug. 2019 The evening program started with a 6 p.m. concert by the Police Department at the kiosk, followed by a symphony orchestra and entertainment program through the evening. Scott Harrison, Los Angeles Times, "From the Archives: Dancers celebrate the founding of Los Angeles," 25 July 2019 Detroit public school graduates also filled the ranks of major symphony orchestras all over the country during the second half of the 20th Century. Mark Stryker, Detroit Free Press, "'Jazz from Detroit': Exclusive excerpt from new book about city's remarkable jazz legacy," 30 June 2019 Founded in 2009 by musicians who had met in a Dutch street symphony orchestra, the Dudok studied with the Alban Berg Quartet in Cologne, Germany, and the Quatuor Danel’s Marc Danel at the Netherlands String Quartet Academy. Alan Artner,, "NU Winter Chamber Music Festival opens with refined debut from Dudok Kwartet," 13 Jan. 2018 Brahms was a mostly large-scale composer who presided over a continuing growth of the size of the symphony orchestra. Daniel Gelernter, National Review, "‘Bach to the Future’: Concert to Make One Feel Lucky to Live in New York," 8 June 2019

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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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