concert, in music, public performance of a group of musical compositions. Originally the word referred simply to a group of musicians playing together concerts by a solo performer are properly called recitals. The earliest recorded public concerts were organized by a London violinist, John Banister, in 1672. Many orchestral concerts were given in the 18th cent., and early in the 19th cent., which saw great development of concert life public concerts of chamber music were often given. In the American colonies, the first concert on record took place in Boston in 1731.

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