- An example of the orchestra is the lowered section in front of the stage where musicians play during a Broadway musical.
- An example of an orchestra is a group of musicians playing string, wind brass and percussion instruments.
- in ancient Greek theaters, the semicircular space in front of the stage, used by the chorus
- in modern theaters, the space in front of and lower than the stage, where the musicians sitin full orchestra pit
- the section of seats on the main floor of a theater, esp. the front section
- the main floor of a theater
- a usually large group of musicians playing together; often, specif., symphony orchestra
- the instruments of such a group
Origin of orchestraClassical Latin ; from Classical Greek orch?stra ; from orcheisthai, to dance ; from Indo-European base an unverified form ergh-, extension of base an unverified form er-, swift movement, a raising from source Sanskrit an unverified form ?gh?yati, (he) rages, German arg, bad
- Music a. A large group of musicians who play together on various instruments, usually including strings, woodwinds, brass instruments, and percussion instruments.b. The instruments played by such a group.
- The area in a theater or concert hall where the musicians sit, immediately in front of and below the stage.
- a. The front section of seats nearest the stage in a theater.b. The entire main floor of a theater.
- A semicircular space in front of the stage used by the chorus in ancient Greek theaters.
Origin of orchestraLatin orch&emacron;stra, the space in front of the stage in Greek theaters where the chorus performed, from Greek orkh&emacron;stra, from orkheisthai, to dance.
- (music) A large group of musicians who play together on various instruments, usually including some from strings, woodwind, brass and/or percussion; the instruments played by such a group.
- A semicircular space in front of the stage used by the chorus in Ancient Greek and Hellenistic theatres.
- The area in a theatre or concert hall where the musicians sit, immediately in front of and below the stage, sometimes (also) used by other performers.
- In British English, "The orchestra are tuning up" is often used, implying the individual members. In the US, one would almost always hear "The orchestra is tuning up", implying a collective.