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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This is a reference camera POV of the world premiere of Anthem.

Meet the Composer


Anthem Press
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Composed and conducted by Shelly Palmer.
Performed by the London Symphony Orchestra.

Album Credits

  • Composer/Conductor: Shelly Palmer
  • Album Producer: Shelly Palmer
  • Orchestrations: Pete Levin
  • Music Preparation: Randall Eng
  • Recorded: Abbey Road Studios, London, UK
  • 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