New 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."

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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

Production Photos

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