In celebration of its 50th season, the Natchitoches-Northwestern Symphony Society Board of Directors recognized several individuals with Awards of Distinction to honor members who exemplify exception and continuous service to the organization. The names of honorees will be placed on a plaque that will hang permanently in Magale Recital Hall. The award winners were recognized during Sunday’s season-opening symphony concert at Northwestern State University, entitled “A New Birth of Freedom.” Recognized were, from left, Jim Bob Key; Loren Ford representing her father James A. Ford, Cynthia Brown representing her mother Martha C. Roberson, Richard Rose, Carol Williams representing her mother Margaret Adkins and Bill Brent, director of operations and special projects for the School of Creative and Performing Arts. Also honored was the late Joseph B. Carlucci. A reception honoring award recipients and celebrating the 50th year of the Symphony Society took place following the concert with entertainment provided by the Natchitoches Central High School Symphonic Orchestra.