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There are several accepted arrangements for symphony orchestra seating; however, the first violins are always to the conductor's left and the percussion in the back of the orchestra. The position of the other instruments often varies depending on the conductor's preference and the acoustical qualities of the performance space.

Tuning - Just before the concert begins, the orchestra tunes to the note "A" that is initially provided by the principal oboe and then supervised by the concertmaster.

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“Music speaks what cannot be expressed, soothes the mind and gives it rest, heals the heart and makes it whole, flows from heaven to the soul.


Style periods of music

Medieval (c.14th-15th centuries),

Renaissance (c.15th to 16th centuries),

Baroque (c.17th to early-18th centuries),

Classical (c.18th to early-19th centuries),

Romantic (c.19th century),

Post-Romantic (late 19th to early 20th centuries),

20th Century and Contemporary (now meaning 21st century).


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Music soothes the soul.


tissue boxOver the past month I had a chance to attend a holiday pops concert. It has been a few years, to say the least. It was a wonderful experience for many reasons away from the beautiful music. The peacefulness of your surroundings without all the electronics that are usually beckoning you is a start. The visual of the conductor's "dance" as I will call it. The uniformity of the strokes as each section plays it's notes and lastly I also enjoys scanning the outfits to see the personal flair that each musician has added to their "uniform" of black and white.

Obviously during the performance it got my creative ideas flowing to write this. I wanted to know more. Thus the theme of today's page. One last tidbit of info for the need to know questions.

Philharmonic: A name used by many musical organizations; its literal meaning: "music-loving" (from the Greek, phil = "loving" and harmonic = "concerning music"). Symphony and philharmonic orchestra are often used interchangeably.

"Pops" Orchestra or Concert: "Pops" is short for popular. A pops concert usually features well-known "lighter" classical compositions as well as music from the theater, films, jazz, rock, etc. (often referred to as crossover repertoire).

Chamber Orchestra: A chamber orchestra is comprised of fewer players (approximately 20 to 40 instrumentalists) than a standard orchestra.

Hope this entices you to make a trip back to the music hall.

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