Symphony by the Sea

Symphony by the Sea is the premier Professional Orchestra north of Boston


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.

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Symphony by the Sea is grateful to the Massachusetts Cultural Council
​for their advice and financial support.