overture overture  /ˈoʊ vər tʃər/


  1. (n) orchestral music played at the beginning of an opera or oratorio
  2. (n) something that serves as a preceding event or introduces what follows
  3. (n) a tentative suggestion designed to elicit the reactions of others


  1. His orchestral pieces were: the overture of The Secret of Suzanne, Ballet Suite from Sylvia, the Nutcracker Suite, the Blue Danube Waltz.
  2. A Hizballah spokesman rejected the overture, and on the streets today, opposition fighters viewed the government proposal with visceral disdain.
  3. It was an all-Bernstein program, and the composer had dedicated the overture to Rostropovich by way of acknowledging his arrival in Washington.


  1. New EDC System from Forte Offers Affordable Sophistication

    Forte Research Systems announced their newest product, an EDC system catering to researchers with tight budgets and a desire to get started quickly. (PRWeb June 18, 2013) Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/forte/overture-edc/prweb10843655.htm
    on June 18, 2013     Source: PRWeb

  2. Bach Dancing 'amp; Dynamite Society starts summer 2013 with a bang

    Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society presented âFollow Suitâ from its Deuces Are Wild series on Friday Night at Overture Center's Playhouse. This diverse program began with lighthearted commentary about the group's mission. Then colorfully dressed performers commanded the stage, displaying an impressive array of rich, jewel-toned pieces.
    on June 15, 2013     Source: Isthmus

  3. Extra weeks of Broadway boost Overture's 2012-13 sales

    "Jersey Boys" and "Wicked" made 2012-13 Overture Center's biggest season yet.
    on June 14, 2013     Source: The Capital Times


  1. "We'll take one step at a time. And, again, we'll maintain our bipartisanship and our fiscal soundness," Pelosi said. "And we'll talk to the president at the right time, when he makes an overture to do so, but not an overture that says, 'This...
    on Oct 14, 2007 By: Nancy Pelosi Source: Forbes

  2. "The signing of this agreement is a significant commitment by Overture to support the future of digital cinema," said Chuck Goldwater, President of AccessIT's Media Service Division. "We are proud of our growing partnership with the entire...
    on Sep 10, 2008 By: Barry Goldwater Source: StreetInsider.com (subscription)

  3. Speaking at a conference on Capitol Hill, Leverett said he was confident it was seen by Rice and then-Secretary of State Colin Powell but "the administration rejected the overture."
    on Feb 14, 2007 By: Flynt Leverett Source: Reuters

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