AnthemNew York, NY — The opening of the Parsons Dance Company at City Center on May 5, 1998 launched Shelly Palmer’s spectacular score “Anthem” which clearly emerged as the highlight of the evening. The celebrity audience included Michael J. Fox, star of “Spin City” (Palmer composes and produces the music for the show), his lovely wife, Tracy Pollan, Alan Ruck, Lee Radziwill, Caroline Bessette Kennedy, Herb Ross, Marge Champion, Wendy Wasserstein and Rex Reed.

A tremendous amount of press coverage applauded Shelly’s magnificent symphonic composition including New York Post columnist Clive Barnes’ who wrote, “Anthem, beautifully danced and set to a rousing score by Shelly Palmer …” and Newsday columnist Valerie Gladstone’s comment “The commissioned score beats Titanic for sheer sweeping drama.”

Massive media attention also included a star-studded review of the evening’s magic and festivities following the performance at the Supper Club in the Daily News’ Rush & Molloy, Women’s Wear Daily, and New York Post’s Neal Travis who sums it up simply by saying that two-time ASCAP award-winning “… composer Shelly Palmer is on a roll.”

Composed and conducted by Shelly Palmer. Performed by the London Symphony Orchestra.
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Album Credits

Composer/Conductor: Shelly Palmer
Album Producer: Shelly Palmer
Orchestrations: Pete Levin
Music Preparation: Randall Eng
Recorded: Abbey Road Studios
London, England Recording Engineer: Jonathan Allen
Mastering Engineer: Bob Ludwig
Mastered: Gateway Sound
Photos: Lois Greenfield
Friends who shared their knowledge, their time and can never be adequately thanked: Alan Meyerson, Jessy Levy, Jay Chattaway, Lynn Keller, Kevin Fox, Corey Folta, Mark Gallay & Jason Diamond

London Symphony Orchestra Principals List

Conductor: Shelly Palmer
Concertmaster: Marcia Crayford
First Violin: Lennie MacKenzie
Second Violin: Warwick Hill
Viola: Paul Silverthorne
Cello: Moray Welsh
Double Bass: Colin Paris
Flute: Paul Edmund-Jones
Oboe: Kiren Moore
Clarinet: Tim Lines
Bassoon: Bob Bourton
French Horn: Dave Pyatt
Trumpet: Maurice Murphy
Trombone: Ian Bousfield
Tuba: Patrick Harrild
Percussion: Simon Carrington
Timpani: Kurt Goedicke
Harp: Karen Vaughn
Piano: John Alley
Librarian: Graham Chambers
Contractor: Sue Mallet

Music Production

Shelly Palmer conducts the London Symphony Orchestra performing his original composition Anthem at Abbey Road Studios, London, England April 14, 1998