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Wagner's Nightmare

History’s most controversial composer—Richard Wagner—was a polemical genius whose legacy now seeks a klatch of like and open minds.

Wagner’s Nightmare is a new musical endeavor with a forthcoming album release by violist Daniel Orsen and pianist Pierre-Nicolas Colombat. Their recording project and live performances will both appreciate and “tease” classical music’s crazy uncle.

“It’s a cultural exploration,” says Colombat, “a Wagnerfahrt, if you will, that aims to roast Wagner while helping a modern audience appreciate his works and staggering legacy.”

Originally from Baltimore, Maryland, Pierre-Nicolas Colombat’s musical adventures have brought him to stages throughout North America and Europe. He has recently earned distinction as a collaborative artist through his participation in various international festivals and competitions. While his specializes in art song, his projects have included collaborations with mimes, actors, as well as extensive work in the duo-sonata repertoire. His recent commercial recordings have been heard on various American and Latvian radio stations. Branching off from the work of his doctoral dissertation, Colombat is particularly keen on developing new infrastructures and models for the distribution of music in the 21st century.

Boston-based violist Daniel Orsen performs regularly with the Phoenix Chamber Orchestra, the BSO, and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. Festival credits include Krzyzowa, Ravinia, and Verbier, and from 2019-2021 he ran his own chamber music series, Jamaica Plain Chamber Music. His debut recording of Schubert’s Arpeggione Sonata was released in 2020, and he is now embarking on his second recording project cum cultural exploration, Wagner’s Nightmare. He studied at the Oberlin Conservatory with Peter Slowik and the New England Conservatory with Kim Kashkashian.

$12 adv. - $15 at the door | 7pm doors - 8pm show

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