- The definition of a command performance is something done by request, especially a play put on at the request of a leader such as a president or a king.
If the President of the United States asks a violinist to perform a concert at the White House, the concert performed is an example of a command performance.
command performance definition by Webster's New World
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a performance, as of a play, put on as for a ruler by command or request
command performance - Phrases/Idioms
An occasion that one is obliged to attend, as in My boss's invitations to dinner are always a command performance. This term originally (late 1800s) denoted a theatrical or musical performance presented at the behest of a sovereign or head of state. By the 1930s it was also used figuratively for any more or less obligatory occasion or performance.