If you are not into classic music or have never attended a classical music concert, it can be hard to understand terms like symphony and orchestra. Let’s start by saying that every orchestra is not a symphony, but every symphony is an orchestra. Confused? In this post, we are sharing more on differences between symphony vs orchestra.
Knowing about orchestra
Orchestra is a broader word in many ways, which features an ensemble of musicians, with a big lineup of stresses. There is the chamber orchestra, which is small, and then, there is symphony orchestra, which has a huge number of musicians. In case of symphony orchestras, the number of musicians can be more than 100, while chamber orchestras have less than 50 musicians.
Knowing about symphony
Every symphony is an orchestra, with more than 100 different musicians, who are then divided into four categories, such as brass, percussion, woodwinds, and stings. As you may have guessed by the name, they are focused on symphonies, and hence the name “symphony orchestra”. To simplify things, if the orchestra is big enough or has a large ensemble of musicians to play a symphony, it is known as “symphony orchestra”. You may also hear of the term called “philharmonic”, which essentially is similar symphony orchestra.
Attending a symphony orchestra
Most venues sell tickets weeks and months in advance, so you can always choose to get seats that you like. On the day of the event, try and reach the place at least 30 minutes before the show time. Some venues do have symphony orchestra events, which can be quite educative. Make sure that you are dressed semi-formally, or as suggested. While there is no rule that you have to be entirely in formals to attend a symphony orchestra, the rules can vary. Another aspect to consider is about using your phone. Do not try and attend a call during the show, and if it is very important, you have to signal the usher. Do not ruin the experience for others.
Also, in case you are late for the show, wait for the ushers to guide you on when to step in, which is typically during a pause. There is nothing like enjoying a symphony orchestra with your family, but do not bring in kids below five years, who may have a tough time standing still. You can look up for shows online and book your seats.