What is a Concertino?

As a part of InConcert, a composer will be writing a concertino to be performed by the Cochran Wrenn Duo with the Marlborough High School Wind Ensemble. But what exactly is a concertino?

A concertino is a musical composition for a solo instrument or solo instruments accompanied by an orchestra or band. When performing a concertino, the soloists usually stand in front of the band or orchestra near the conductor.

If you have heard of a concerto, you may be wondering what the difference is between a concerto and a concertino. A concertino is just a shorter version of the concerto.