by eight musicians in the living room of Parl Brooks' home on Clark Street in Orchard Park. With the assistance of the Orchard Park Central School District's adult education program, the embryonic orchestra retained its first conductor, Joseph Wincenc. The first concert (actually an "open rehearsal") featured Betty Smith (Mrs. George Smith) as its first solo artist performing the second movement of Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 12 in A Major. Joseph Wincenc went on to conduct the Orchestra through its forty-fifth season. During the Wincenc years, the Orchestra flourished and grew, hosting such internationally known artists as Jung-Ja Kim, Charles Castleman, Eugene List, Carroll Glenn, Robert Freeman, Mary Kathleen Earnest, Carol Wincenc and countless others. At the end of the 45th season, Dr. Wincenc laid down his baton and associate conductor, William Staebell, picked up the beat and was appointed conductor and led the Orchestra until its forty-ninth season. The 50th season for the Orchard Park Symphony Orchestra opened under the musical direction of Dr. David Rudge, Professor of Orchestras and Opera at the State University of New York at Fredonia. Over his twenty year tenure as maestro, Dr. Rudge continued to develop the Orchestra's musical ability and enhance the Orchestra's tradition of exceptional quality, both in its musicianship and the solo artists, such as Cathy Cho, Peter Stumpf and Jeremy Denk, who have performed with the Orchestra. This, our 70th season, will feature guest directors Nicholas DelBello, John Maguda, Lynne Ruda, and S. Shade Zajac. Today the Orchestra numbers some seventy regular musicians and performs four regular season concerts. An active and dedicated Board of Directors and Women's Committee whose members volunteer their time and talent performing countless hours of behind-the-scenes work support the Orchestra.