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The Orchard Park Symphony is welcoming a special guest for its season-opening performance tonight. The famed flutist Carol Wincenc -- whose father, Joseph Wincenc, was the concertmaster for the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and founded the Orchard Park Symphony -- will be performing Lukas Foss' "Renaissance Concerto."

Wincenc performed that concerto a few years ago with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, with Foss in attendance. It includes a harpsichord, soaring melody lines and creative percussion. At one point, Wincenc beat rhythms on her flute. The piece is that unorthodox and that creative.

The concert will be conducted by David Rudge, celebrating his 10th year as the orchestra's music director. The program also includes music from Handel's "Water Music" and "Music for the Royal Fireworks," as well as Smetana's "The Moldau." The Buffalo Sabres' own Doug Allen will open the concert by singing "The Star Spangled Banner."

It all takes place at 7:30 tonight in the Joseph Wincenc Auditorium, 60 S. Lincoln St., Orchard Park.

Season tickets, which include an upcoming appearance by violinist Mark O'Connor, are $45. Admission to this single concert is $12 at the door, seniors $9. For information, call 474-5843.

-- Mary Kunz Goldman

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