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Orchestras are comprised of instruments from four different sections:
An orchestra is a group of musicians playing different musical instruments under the direction of a conductor. It can be large or small, depending on the pieces that are performed.
The National Arts Centre Orchestra specializes in
the music of the Classical Period.
There are 50 full-time musicians and 10 regular additional musicians in the NAC Orchestra.
That is only about one half the number of instruments in the full-sized Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal symphony orchestras. The NAC Orchestra uses additional musicians and instruments (like the piccolo, trombone, tuba, various percussion instruments, etc.) for pieces requiring a larger orchestra.