Orchard Park Symphony Orchestra
Celebrating 75 Years of Beautiful Music — 1949 to 2024!
Entertaining Orchard Park and Beyond for 75 Years
In 1949, in the cozy confines of Parl Brooks’ living room on Clark Street in Orchard Park, a handful of intrepid musicians came together to lay the foundation of what would become the celebrated Orchard Park Symphony Orchestra. With the support of the Orchard Park Central School District’s adult education program, the fledgling ensemble welcomed its first conductor, the distinguished Joseph Wincenc.
The orchestra’s inaugural performance – an open rehearsal that brimmed with promise and potential – featured a remarkable soloist in Betty Smith (Mrs. George Smith), whose masterful interpretation of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 12 in A Major set the tone for the orchestra’s future artistic excellence. Today, as we reflect on our storied history, we are proud to carry forward the same spirit of passion, dedication, and artistic innovation that marked our humble beginnings.
It is with deep reverence for our founding members and the countless music lovers who have supported us along the way that we continue to flourish and grow, delivering unforgettable performances that inspire and delight audiences far and wide.
S. Shade Zajac, Conductor
Orchard Park High School Auditorium
Season passes for the 75th Anniversary Season can be purchased for …
- Adults: $75
- Seniors (65 and over): $55
Tickets can also be purchased for individual concerts …
- Adults: $20
- Seniors (65 and over): $15
- Students (with valid student ID or accompanied by ticket holder): Free
Single concert tickets are available at the door.