The space in a theater between the stage and the audience; -- originally appropriated by the Greeks to the chorus and its evolutions, afterward by the Romans to persons of distinction, and by the moderns to a band of instrumental musicians. Now commonly called orchestra pit, to distinguish it from the section of the main floor occupied by spectators.
The space in the main floor of a theater in which the audience sits; also, the forward spectator section of the main floor, in distinction from the parterre, which is the rear section of the main floor.
The place in any public hall appropriated to a band of instrumental musicians.
Loosely: A band of instrumental musicians performing in a theater, concert hall, or other place of public amusement.
Strictly: A band suitable for the performance of symphonies, overtures, etc., as well as for the accompaniment of operas, oratorios, cantatas, masses, and the like, or of vocal and instrumental solos.
A band composed, for the largest part, of players of the various viol instruments, many of each kind, together with a proper complement of wind instruments of wood and brass; -- as distinguished from a military or street band of players on wind instruments, and from an assemblage of solo players for the rendering of concerted pieces, such as septets, octets, and the like.
The instruments employed by a full band, collectively; as, an orchestra of forty stringed instruments, with proper complement of wind instruments.
in ancient Greek, "dancing place"; circular dancing area for the chorus in the Greek theater ( image); the area between the skene and the slope where the spectators sat.
Not just a group of musicians; orchestra can also mean the seating area immediately behind the orchestra pit. And, by the way, if you're buying a ticket in a British theatre, forget about the orchestra seats. Ask for a seat in "the stalls".
in classical Greek theater, a semicircular area used mostly for dancing by the chorus.
A performing group of diverse instruments; in Western art music, an ensemble of multiple string parts with various woodwind, brass, and percussion instruments. The full forces of the nineteenth-century orchestra are heard in this example. Example: Grieg, Homage March Real Audio: 28K | 56K | About this album
A mixed group of instrumentalists for the performance of symphonic, operatic, and other works. The orchestra grew from the time of Mozart through Beethoven, Berlioz, Wagner, Verdi, Puccini and Richard Strauss so that today an opera orchestra can consist of as many as 90 players. The Opera Pacific orchestra generally numbers between 55 and 65 musicians.
a group of instrumentalists divided into four sections: brass, percussion, strings, woodwinds and led by a conductor
a group of musicians organized to perform ensemble music
a large musical ensemble consisting of string, woodwind, brass, and percussion instruments
Jewish prisoners forced to play music while other Jews were being led to the gas chambers.
The group of instrumentalists or musicians who, led by the conductor, accompany the singers.
Flat circular area where the actors and chorus performed in a Greek theatre. The first stone theatre ever built, and the birthplace of Greek tragedy, was the theatre of Dionysus, which was cut into the southern cliff face of the Acropolis.
(1) In the ancient Greek or Roman theatre, the circular (in Rome, semicircular) ground-level acting area in front of the stagehouse, or skene. It was used primarily by the chorus. (2) In modern theatre buildings, the main ground-level section of the audience, which usually slopes upward at the rear. Distinct from the mezzanine and balconies and ordinarily containing the more expensive seats.
a musical organization consisting of a group of instrumentalists including string players
seating on the main floor in a theater
a group of musicians who play music together
a group of musicians with a common-meeting ground of agreement
a large group of musicians that play classical music together as a group
a large group or band of musicians who play music
a musical ensemble used mostoften in classical music
the playing area in an ancient Greek theater
Originally the circular dancing floor of a Greek theater, later becoming a semicircular area in front of the stage in a Roman theater.
a company or band of instrumental performers.
A large group of musicians performing with string, brass, woodwind and percussion instruments.
a large group of musical instruments
Size varies, but an orchestra is usually large, consisting of brass (trumpet, trombone, French horn), string players (violin, viola, cello), woodwinds (flutes, clarinet), percussion (drums), and a pianist. The orchestra is most appropriate for a large, formal reception.
A large group of musicians made up of string, brass, woodwind, and percussion instruments.
A performing group of diverse instruments; in Western art music, an ensemble of multiple string parts with various woodwind, brass and percussion instruments. Example: Grieg, "Homage March" Real Audio: 28k | 56k | About this album The full forces of the nineteenth century orchestra are heard in this example.
The circular area which functioned as a stage for action in Greek theater. In the Roman theater, scene structures and built up stages were created for the action, and the circular orchestra was thus truncated to a semi-circular area.
the flat, semicircular space in front of the stage of a theatre
In modern times, this is the term which signifies a wide variety of instrumental ensembles.
a large group of musicians representing all 4 families of instruments
A group of musicians led by the conductor who accompany the singers.
The group of musicians which accompany a staged presentation.
A relatively large group of instrumental players;
Seats that are located on the ground floor of the theatre (or, the same level as the orchestra pit). They are usually good-to-excellent seats, as the stage is in full view and all of the action can be seen. Because of their location, orchestra seats are usually the most popular - and the most expensive - seats in the house.
(1) A group of musicians who play instrumental selections (2) The portion of the auditorium on the main floor that is closest to the musicians and the acting area.
A group of musicians, under the direction of the conductor and concertmaster, who play various musical instruments to provide the musical accompaniment for the actors
'dancing floor'; the area in front of the skenê where the chorus danced and where, as a rule, it remained during the course of the play
the flat open space in front of the stage in a Greek theater, originally the place where dancers performed [orchestra
An orchestra is an instrumental ensemble, usually fairly large with string, brass, woodwind sections, and possibly a percussion section as well. The term orchestra derives from the name for the area in front of an ancient Greek stage reserved for the Greek chorus. The orchestra grew by accretion throughout the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, but changed very little in composition during the course of the twentieth century.