Welcome to Symphony by the Sea


The premier classical orchestra North of Boston

2016 - 2017: OUR 36th SEASON

Donald Palma, Music Director and Conductor


Symphony by the Sea's 36th season once again features classics as well as some special treats to enhance your listening experience. Our "classical" orchestra is different from the typical "symphony orchestra" in that it is configured in size more like the orchestras that date back to the time of the early symphonic masters, e.g. Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, allowing you to experience familiar classical compositions in the style that they were originally performed.


You will find the experience different from what you hear in concert halls with considerably larger ensembles. Our wonderful Music Director and Conductor, Donald Palma, has responded to your enthusiasm last season by arranging programs that once again will feature opera, less familiar classics and very familiar orchestral compositions. To enhance your listening, Maestro Palma will again offer brief commentary from the podium.


Once again, we invite you to greet old friends and make new ones while enjoying light refreshments during intermission. We look forward to seeing you and thank you for your continued support!

Symphony by the Sea receives support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council

Symphony by the Sea is an all-professional chamber orchestra performing classical symphonic music ranging from Baroque to Contemporary for audiences North of Boston.


The orchestra was founded by Royston Nash, conductor of the Cape Cod Symphony and former Music Director of London's D'Oyly Carte Opera Company, and a group of local and Boston area musicians desiring a professional but local alternative to community orchestras. The orchestra made its public debut at the Peabody Essex Museum in June 1981.


Since its inception, Symphony by the Sea has brought a standout array of soloists to the listening public, including such celebrated artists as Sarah Heaton, Pamela Frank, Stephanie Chase, Paula Robison, James Buswell, Frederick Moyer, Carol Wincenc and Augustin Hadelich, as well as outstanding members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Current Music Director Donald Palma served as a guest conductor several years ago.


In addition to regular subscription concerts, the orchestra has performed in various locations over the years, including Hammond Castle in Gloucester and the Museum of Our National Heritage in Lexington as well as Boston venues including Jordan Hall, Faneuil Hall, Old North Church and the Hynes Auditorium.


The orchestra is committed to introducing young people to the world of classical music. As part of an Education and Outreach service, classroom visits in schools and school concerts can be arranged. Our subscription series concerts have regularly featured emerging young stars of the music world.


New volunteers to Symphony by the Sea's staff and board of directors are always welcome. If you would like to play a role in the exciting cultural work of our organization, please contact us at info@symphonybythesea.org


Classical Concert Season

Tickets & Subscriptions


2015–2016 Classical Concert Season


All regular concert non-subscription tickets  - $35 each, student k-12, $10 each


Subscriptions for the Regular Season Concerts:


3 CONCERTS (save $15) - $90 total


2 CONCERTS (save $10) - $60 total


Please note: All tickets are for specific locations and dates.


Tickets may be purchased on this website or by using the subscription form (link below) until October 1, 2016. After October 1, 2016, tickets may only be purchased via the venue website (www.thecabot.org).


For questions regarding tickets please call 978-922-1248. For all concerts, tickets are on sale at the box office one hour before the concert, space permitting.


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Symphony by the Sea

PO Box 1425

Marblehead, MA 01945



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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

Symphony by the Sea is an all-professional chamber orchestra



Board of Directors


Beverly Clark, President

David Kasoff, Treasurer

Leslie Downie, Secretary

David Dugan

Catherine Bell Kempthorne

Roberta Neuman

Miriam Pollack

Don Puluse

Matt Sagal

Larry Salas

Sandy Sheckman






Advisory Board


Lyle Davidson

Rebecca Keneally

Bruce Lyskawa

Howard Rich

Sharon Rich

Paula Robison

The orchestra is committed to introducing young people to the world of classical music.

Donald Palma

Music Director & Conductor

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 UCSD, 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 NYC 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 UCSD 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 fifteen year old son, Miles.

Show your support for Symphony by the Sea

Sponsor Symphony by the Sea


Please show your support for Symphony by the Sea’s growing family of businesses and community organizations by using their services the next time you have a chance and thank them for supporting Symphony by the Sea. By recognizing the importance of music and the arts in our lives, these organizations have taken an important leadership role in the communities we serve.


If you're interested in sponsoring Symphony by the Sea during the 2013/2014 season or in advertising for the 2013/2014 season, please contact us by e-mail at: sales@symphonybythesea.org.

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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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