Since the arrival of Chorus Master Donald Palumbo, the Met chorus now commands that same level of excellence as the orchestra.
The song will start as a skeleton sort of, and then we attack it much like an orchestra, getting all the parts to intertwine.
Finally... everyone signed off and said ‘OK, now we want to do this with an orchestra.’
Whether riding a horse, conducting an orchestra, or impersonating an officer, Williams packs in a manic number of characters.
orchestra seats cost $100; mezzanine is $75; and balcony, $50.
The execution was very precise, both on the part of the singers and of the orchestra.
The orchestra struck the first notes of a thrilling waltz, and presto!
The orchestra suddenly took up the waltz measure with a fresh impetus.
The orchestra had finished “Aloha Oe” and was preparing to go home.
As it has been remarked, Debussy's orchestra is here, with few exceptions, the orchestra of Mozart's day.
c.1600, "area in an ancient theater for the chorus," from Latin orchestra, from Greek orkhestra, semicircular space where the chorus of dancers performed, with suffix -tra denoting place + orkheisthai "to dance," intensive of erkhesthai "to go, come," from PIE *ergh- "to set in motion, stir up, raise" (cf. Sanskrit rghayati "trembles, rages, raves," rnoti "rises, moves," arnah "welling stream;" Old Persian rasatiy "he comes;" Greek ornynai "to rouse, start;" Latin oriri "to rise," origo "a beginning;" Gothic rinnan, Old English irnan "to flow, run"). In ancient Rome, it referred to the place in the theater reserved for senators and other dignitaries. Meaning "group of musicians performing at a concert, opera, etc." first recorded 1720; "part of theater in front of the stage" is from 1768.
A group of musicians who play together on a variety of instruments, which usually come from all four instrument families — brass, percussion, strings, and woodwinds. A typical symphony orchestra is made up of more than ninety musicians. Most orchestras, unlike chamber music groups, have more than one musician playing each musical part.