, Newburyport, MA


October 11, 2012

A season of change

Symphony by the Sea turns more attention to Newburyport


The intent is to “foster a more informal and intimate experience,” according to board president Beverly Clark.

Sunday’s diverse selections include “Una furtiva lagrima,” Nemorino’s plaintive aria from Donizetti’s “The Elixir of Love,” the saucy “Quando m’en vo,” Musetta’s waltz from Puccini’s “La Boheme,” and the hauntingly beautiful “Intermezzo” from Mascagni’s “Cavalleria Rusticana.”

After the Thanksgiving family concert, the season at The Governor’s Academy resumes on Feb. 17, with a program called “Romance is in the Hall,” featuring works by nine composers, including Brahms, George Gershwin and Tchaikovsky.

The season will conclude next April 28, with “The Apotheosis of the Dance,” which Palma said was Richard Wagner’s description of Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony, composed in 1812, the finale of the performance.

“It releases an amazing amount of energy in a different way than musicians and the public had encountered before,” Palma said.

The April concert also highlights Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in in E Minor, with 22-year-old soloist Robyn Bollinger.

Bollinger, who made her debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra at 12, is a student at New England Conservatory in Boston. Palma, who is on the conservatory faculty, predicts a bright future for Bollinger.

“She is really spectacular, but she’s young,” he said. “She is going to be one of the major names on the concert scene.”

Entering his fifth season as Symphony by the Sea music director, Palma said his goal for the audience doesn’t change.

“I want them to go away satisfied,” he said, “and I want them to come back for more.”


Tickets are $35 for adults, $5 for students (grades kindergarten to 12); a three-concert subscription is $90, a two-concert subscription is $60. Tickets to the Nov. 23 family concert are $20 for adults; $10 for students.

Ticket purchases may be made online at or at The Book Rack on State Street in Newburyport.

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