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Welcome to Symphony by the Sea


The premier classical orchestra North of Boston

2018 - 2019: OUR 38th SEASON

Donald Palma, Music Director and Conductor


Symphony by the Sea is the premier Professional Orchestra north of Boston. Established in 1981 by the late Royston Nash, former Music Director of London's D'Oyly Carte Opera Company, it provided a group of talented professional musicians a local alternative to community orchestras.


Symphony by the Sea presented its inaugural concert at the Peabody Essex Museum in June 1981. The Symphony by the Sea experience is different from the large orchestra experience. This Chamber Orchestra has its own special niche poised to present nuanced performances in its venue at Beverly’s beautifully restored, historic Cabot Theater, a perfect match for an ensemble of typically 35 to 40 musicians.


Under the baton of Music Director and Conductor Donald Palma, Symphony by the Sea will continue an established tradition of presenting a wide range of classics from Baroque to Contemporary.


Following the enthusiasm generated by last season’s programming, Symphony by the Sea is pleased to offer a 2018 – 2019 season of four exciting and varied concerts.  Maestro Palma, who services on the faculty of Boston’s New England Conservatory  and the Yale College of Music, will open the season with Fantasia:  Music from the Movies followed by the ever-popular An Afternoon at the Opera.  The third concert, Glorious Vienna, will feature the final symphonies of Schubert and Mozart plus a Hayden Concerto.  The season concludes with Broadway classics paired with Beethoven’s life-affirming Fifth Symphony, a rousing season finale!


For over 38 years, Symphony by the Sea has brought an outstanding array of soloists to its stage including such celebrated artists as Pamela Frank, Stephanie Chase and Paula Robison, as well as members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. To our credit, our subscription series concerts have regularly featured emerging young artists such as  Stefan Jackiw and Augustin Hadelich, who have gone on to headline performances at Carnegie Hall, Boston’s Symphony Hall and Tanglewood Music Festival to name a few notable venues.


Symphony by the Sea is committed to introducing young people to the world of classical music. As part of an Education and Outreach Initiative, classroom visits and school concerts can be arranged. Our Cabot concerts are also family friendly.


Symphony by the Sea is in the process of expanding its Board, its reach and its outreach. As a not-for-profit organization run entirely by volunteers to support professional musicians, Symphony by the Sea would value the gift of the your time, your expertise and your financial support.


If you would like to play a role in the exciting cultural work of our organization, please contact us at

Symphony by the Sea receives support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

The Cabot Theater


The Cabot is located at 286 Cabot Street in Beverly. There is ample parking in the neighborhood. For more information, please click on The Cabot photo below

Classical Concert Season

2018 - 2019 Schedule



Board of Directors


Steve Hahn, President

Sharon Rich, Vice President

David Kasoff, Treasurer

Dewitt Brown, Secretary

Gail Doyle

Beverly Clark

Leslie Downie

David Dugan

Catherine Bell Kempthorne

Roberta Neuman

Miriam Pollack

Don Puluse

Matt Sagal

Sandy Sheckman

Advisory Board


Lyle Davidson

Rebecca Keneally

Bruce Lyskawa

Howard Rich

Paula Robison

John Mahoney

Susan Egan

About our music director and conductor


Donald Palma has an active career as conductor, performer and educator.


From 2004 to 2008 he was Director of Orchestras at the New England Conservatory and continues at that institution as Director of the NEC Chamber Orchestra. With the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, Don received the ASCAP/Chamber Music America Award for Adventurous Programming twice during his tenure as Music Director. He has made three critically acclaimed recordings of American music with the Odense Symphony in Denmark, featuring works of Elliott Carter, Stephen Jaffe and Peter Lieberson. The Lieberson CD was nominated for a Grammy award in 2006.


A founding member of the world famous Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Don has toured the globe and recorded over 50 CDs for Deutsche Grammophon including the Grammy award winning “Shadow Dances” featuring works of Igor Stravinsky. He has appeared at the Casals Festival in Puerto Rico, conducting a staged and televised production of Stravinsky’'s “L’Histoire du Soldat” and was part of the George Crumb 70th birthday celebration conducting “Ancient Voices of Children” at Lincoln Center.


A dedicated educator, Don has conducted at the Toho School in Tokyo, the Juilliard School, the Connecticut All-State Orchestra, and SUNY Purchase, and has been a guest lecturer at UC San Diego. He is also on the faculty of the Yale School of Music and has given master classes all over the globe.


A native of New York City, Don was educated at the Juilliard School and joined Leopold Stokowski’'s American Symphony Orchestra at the age of 19. At 22 he joined the Los Angeles Philharmonic but soon returned to New York City to rejoin the recently formed Orpheus and Speculum Musicae, which then won the coveted Naumburg Award. He was principal bass of the National Arts Centre Orchestra under Trevor Pinnock and played principal bass for Leonard Bernstein for his recording of West Side Story. Don also joined the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra for their recording of the complete Wagner Ring Cycle under James Levine and was a featured artist on Kathleen Battle’'s CD “Grace”.


Don has performed with the Emerson, the Juilliard and the Borromeo Quartets, Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society, Da Camera Chamber Music Society and has appeared in recitals with Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Jean-Pierre Rampal and Jan De Gaetani. During the 2009-10 season, he conducted concerts in New York and Boston celebrating the 100th birthday of Elliott Carter, toured Europe with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and recorded with pop icon, Sting, in New York City.


Recently Don has performed with the New York Philharmonic, performed at Jazz at Lincoln Center with Brazilian star, Ivan Lins, appeared in Carnegie Hall and Central Park with Orpheus, and recorded with Jazz legend Wayne Shorter. He also presents three programs annually with his NEC Chamber Orchestra. This past May he was Guest Lecturer and Conductor at UC San Diego.


Don maintains a busy schedule of conducting, performing and teaching throughout the northeast and worldwide. He resides in Newton, Massachusetts with his wife, Maira, and son, Miles.

Donald Palma

Music Director & Conductor

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Symphony by the Sea needs your support


When you give to Symphony by the Sea, you support the orchestra's mission - to sustain an orchestra of the highest artistic standards that enriches, entertains and educates diverse audiences in a wide variety of settings. Your participation demonstrates your belief that a professional orchestra is an integral part of the fabric of our community. Whether on the stage of our concert halls or in the classrooms of the schools in Essex County, Symphony by the Sea brings beauty and learning into our lives.


A donation to Symphony by the Sea guarantees the continued excellence of our orchestra. Led by our acclaimed Conductor and Music Director, Donald Palma, Symphony by the Sea will build on its tradition of fine performances. Under Don's guidance, our orchestra-your orchestra-will continue to be one of the finest orchestras north of Boston.


To continue at this level of excellence and to grow, Symphony by the Sea needs your support.


Symphony by the Sea relies on private donations to make our orchestra's concert season and community outreach possible. Ticket sales alone do not cover the costs of running an organization with a world-class conductor and music director and thirty-five professional musicians. It falls to you, our audience and benefactors, to support the music you love to hear.


Your thoughtful generosity is greatly appreciated.

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PO Box 1425

Marblehead, MA 01945


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Sunday, October 14, 2018, The Cabot Theater, Beverly, 3:00PM

Some of the most memorable and fantastic film scores performed by the orchestra from Hitchcock’s Psycho, Disney’s Fantasia, Tornatore’s Cinema Paradiso, Spielberg’s Schindler’s List and many more.




Sunday, November 18, 2018, The Cabot Theater, Beverly, 3:00PM

Operatic and Orchestral Highlights from the most beloved operas by Verdi, Puccini, Mozart, Rossini and Bizet.  A vocal and orchestral feast not to be missed!




Sunday, March 10, 2019, The Cabot Theater, Beverly, 3:00PM

A music lovers dream featuring Schubert’s hauntingly beautiful “unfinished” Symphony No.8 and Mozart’s glorious “Jupiter” Symphony, both final symphonies by these towering giants of the Late Classical and Early Romantic periods.  Plus a surprise soloist in a Haydn concerto!




Sunday, May 5, 2019, The Cabot Theater, Beverly, 3:00PM

Genius comes in all forms.  Broadway composers, for almost 100 years, have created unforgettable melodies that have seeped into our shared consciousness.  Join us for classics by Stephen Sondheim, Richard Rodgers, Andrew Lloyd-Webber and others.  Beethoven tried his hand in a dozen theater works but his unparalleled genius shines through his absolute music.  Among these works, his Fifth Symphony stands out as a powerful testament to the spirit of mankind and perhaps the most universally recognizable work in history.  A rousing season finale!




























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