Nick Palmer

NICK PALMER is one of America’s most acclaimed symphony, Pops and crossover conductors. His impressive career includes recording several CD’s with the London Philharmonic at the legendary Abbey Road Studios and guest conducting orchestras in Europe, Mexico, South America and throughout the USA. He is currently music director of the North Charleston Pops (SC), Lafayette Symphony (IN) and Evening Under the Stars Festival Orchestra (MA).


"Conductor Nick Palmer, who has participated in the two previous volumes of Toccata’s Rosner orchestral series, does far more than just read the notes. He and the London Philharmonic Orchestra give fully invested and intense readings of everything here"

Henry Fogel, May/June 2019, Fanfare


"Nick Palmer conducts the London Philharmonic Orchestra with precision and sensitivity. The sound quality is vibrant and live-sounding. This is an important recording, which I recommend strongly." Myron Silberstein; May/June 2019, Fanfare


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Pops Programs

Shaken Not Stirred: The Music of Bond…James Bond and beyond


Nick Palmer, Conductor
Thomas Pandolfi, piano
Vocalist TBA



Jones/Clinton        Theme from Austin Powers
Gounod                  Funeral March of a Marionette (Alfred Hitchcock theme)
Schifrin/Custer     Mission Impossible Theme
Barry                      Theme from You Only Live Twice, vocalist-TBA

Mancini                  The Pink Panther   
Proctor                   The James Bond Piano Concerto, Thomas Pandolfi, piano


Barry                Theme from From Russia with Love
Addinsell          The Warsaw Concerto (from Dangerous Moonlight), Thomas Pandolfi, Pianist
Webber/Pandolfi   Phantom Phantasy (Medley from Phantom of the Opera), Thomas Pandolfi, solo Pianist
Newman           Theme from Skyfall, Vocalist-TBA
Arr. Custer       James Bond, Themes from 007


Star Wars, Sci-Fi, and John Williams


R. Strauss        Also Sprach Zarathustra Fanfare
Williams           Harry's Wondrous World from Harry Potter
Djawadi           Game of Thrones
Shore/Whitney        Symphonic Suite from Lord of the Rings
Howard/Longfield    Hunger Games
Williams           Flight to Neverland from Hook
Elfman/Wasson         Music from Spider-man
Williams        Jurassic Park  
Williams        Raiders of the Lost Ark March


Williams/O’Loughlin    Star Wars #7: The Force Awakens
Arr. Custer        Star Trek Through the Years
Williams        Selections from the Star Wars Suite
                            Yoda’s Theme
                            Princess Leia’s Theme
                            Main Title
Williams-E.T.:     Adventures on Earth




Country Legends


Vocalists Rachel Potter and Patrick Thomas



Act I


Magnificent Seven (orchestra)

*Sally Gooden  (Both + fiddle solo)

Crazy (Rachel)

Georgia On My Mind (Patrick alone)

*Coal Miner's Daughter (Rachel + country band)

Hoedown from Rodeo (orchestra)

*Friends In Low Places (Patrick)

Harper Valley PTA (Rachel)

*Johnny Cash Medley:  (Both)

  Folsom Prison Blues, Jackson, Ring of Fire

*Son of a Preacher Man (Both)




Act II


Wild, Wild West  (orchestra)

*Kenny Rogers Medley (Both) 

*Jolene (Rachel)

*On the Road Again, Always On My Mind (Both)

*Billy Ray Cyrus: Achy Breaky Heart  (Patrick + country band)

I Will Always Love You  (Rachel)

*The Devil Went Down to Georgia  (Patrick)

Breathe (Both)

*9 to 5  (Both)



*God Bless The U.S.A. (Both)                   

* indicates backup singers


Select Pops Programs


That’s Entertainment – featuring music of Judy Garland and movie classics, Kaitlyn Lusk – vocalist


Glorious Gershwin – featuring Richard Glazier piano and multimedia


Mancini Magic - featuring great classics of the legendary Henry Mancini


Broadway Rocks - featuring rock ‘n’ roll from the Broadway stage


Cirque de la Symphonie - classical, pops, and holiday shows


Big Band Blast and Great Movies, Grand Piano - featuring pianist and comedian Rich Ridenour


The Great American Soulbook – starring vocalist Melinda Doolittle


Carpenters Remembered – starring Michele Brett


Music of John Denver – starring Jim Curry


Songs and Stories of Neil Diamond – starring Jack Wright


Select Hybrid Programs


We love the 80s – music from 1680, 1780, 1880, and 1980


Shredding with the symphony – heavy-metal meets classical starring Rachel Pine


The Planets - music from Star Wars and Holst the planets, footage from NASA


Love Stories - Music from opera, ballet and movies


Nick Palmer


Nick Palmer has been widely recognized for his compelling performances, visionary leadership and emotional connection to audiences and is regarded as one of the most talented symphonic and Pops conductors on the scene today.

Maestro Palmer — Music Director of the Lafayette Symphony in Indiana (LSO), the North Charleston POPS! in South Carolina  (NCP), the Evening Under the Stars Music Festival in Massachusetts, and Principal Pops Conductor of the Altoona Symphony in Pennsylvania—was a recipient of the Helen M. Thompson Award from the League of American Orchestras as the nation’s most outstanding young music director.

Under Palmer’s direction, the LSO and NCP have experienced increased ticket sales, dynamic and creative programming, a marked development in educational programs, and dramatic artistic growth. Dick Jaeger commented in the Journal & Courier “without trepidation this reviewer is ready to state that the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra and conductor are setting the bar higher and higher for other regional orchestras around the state and Midwest”.

A native of Hingham, Massachusetts, Palmer graduated cum laude from Harvard University and received his Masters and Doctoral degrees in Orchestral Conducting from the New England Conservatory of Music and the University of Iowa, respectively. He also has studied at the Juilliard School, Pierre Monteux Domaine School, Aspen Music School, the Festival at Sandpoint, and the Academia Chigiana in Italy, where he was a student of Franco Ferrara and Carlo Maria Giulini.

Former Music Director of:

Owensboro Symphony
Altoona Symphony
Dubuque Symphony
Clinton Symphony
Nashville Ballet
Heartland Ballet


Orchestras Conducted:

London Philharmonic
Detroit Symphony
Nashville Symphony
Santa Barbara Symphony
Tucson Symphony
Boulder Philharmonic
Virginia Symphony
Chicago Sinfonietta
Louisville Orchestra
Naples Philharmonic
Salt Lake Symphony
Huntsville Symphony
Springfield (MA) Symphony
Greenville Symphony
Jacksonville Symphony
West Bohemia Symphony
National Orchestra of Bolivia
Sofia Symphony
Sinaloa (OSSLA)
Monterrey (UANL) Symphony
Milano Classico Orchestra
Medellín (EAFIT) Symphony
Lausanne Symphony
Brevard Philharmonic
Dearborn Symphony


Ballets and Opera Companies:

Heartland Ballet
Nashville Ballet
Idaho Falls Ballet
Boston Summer Opera
Harvard University Opera
Goldovsky Opera Company
Chicago Light Opera Works
Jacksonville Opera
Kentucky Opera
U. of Kentucky Opera Theatre