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The Holy Terror World Premiere tickets now on sale!

October 23, 2016

The Holy Terror World Premiere Performance Tickets Now on Sale!


The Holy Terror!

A True Story soon to be told through music


Tickets at $35 are now on sale at the museum store Tuesday - Sunday

or purchase online HERE.


Over the past six years the Custom House Maritime Museum and Newburyport Chamber Music Festival have collaborated on an innovative artistic medium: honoring history through music.  On November 5, 2016, our fourth collaborative production takes place, featuring the World Premiere performance of The Holy Terror.

Captain William Nichols Junr

Seldom mentioned in history books, Newburyport native, Captain William Nichols, Jr., was a naval hero in the War of 1812. A bold and daring privateer sea captain and son of a Revolutionary War Privateer Captain, he was know throughout Newburyport as the man without fear, while the British who faced him at sea called him The Holy Terror.

Through impeccable research, author G. William Freeman, Ed.D., a sixth generation descendent of Captain Nichols, brought this amazing and true story out from the shadows of history in a recently released biography.  Despite spending over half the war imprisoned by the British, Captain Nichols capture 28 British Prizes. After his capture in the privateer Decatur, Nichols was held in a cage personally constructed for him on the deck of a British frigate, deprived of communication with others for over a month; then held in chains on a prison-ship in Chatham Harbor, England, for a year and a half. In response to Nichols’ cruel and inhumane treatment, President James Madison ordered two British officers held in close confinement in the United States.  Nichols was eventually exchanged for these two officers.

The Holy Terror: Captain William Nichols - A True Story

Following his imprisonment, he continued his naval battles against the British, completing two additional successful cruises on the fast-sailing privateer Harpy. Nichols' story is one that rivals the tales of swashbuckling pirates and inspired the minds of the greatest fiction writers.  Now, his story becomes a musical performance.

Join us as Ensemble Epomeo (Diane Pascal-violin, David Yang-viola, Kenneth Woods-cello) performs this World Premiere by Adam Silverman with percussionist Samuel Solomon, along with works by Beethoven an Krasa.

Don't miss this very special evening on November 5th, 2016, at the Custom House Maritime Museum -- where, by Presidential appointment, where Captain Nichols served the United States of America as the Newburyport Collector of Customs.

Saturday, November 5th at 6:30 pm

Tickets at $35 are now on sale at the museum store Tuesday - Sunday

or purchase online HERE.


Ensemble Epomeo Performs at the Custom House Maritime Museum

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