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Featured: Dvořák's New World Symphony, Liszt's Les Préludes

See Transcriptions page


The Complete Soundtrack for Jeremiah Robs A Bank (2013)

See main JRAB page

Now on YouTube

Homeric Rhapsody by Benjamin Nacar

featuring Maya Ramchandran, violin

See the original compositions page.

And don't miss:
the Sonata for Cello and Piano (2012)
with Daniel Harp, cello;
the selections from Haiku and Les Nuits de Paris (2012-2014)
with Matthew Slesinski, violin, and Shawn Tsutsui, cello;
and Journeys (2014)
with the Benjamin Nacar Ad-Hoc Orchestra
(EmmaLee Holmes-Hicks, Matthew Slesinski, Andrew Nixon,
Eimi Satoh, Grace Stokan, Ryan Roelke,
Kathryn Schulz, Shawn Tsutsui, and Anant Gharpure)
also at the above link.


Recent (in reverse order)

May 9th, 10th, 12th:
Opera According to Liszt

Transcriptions/Paraphrases of Verdi and Wagner

Benjamin Nacar, piano

Rigoletto paraphrase (Verdi-Liszt)
Miserere from Il Trovatore (Verdi-Liszt)
Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde (Wagner-Liszt)
Tannhäuser overture (Wagner-Liszt)

Saturday, May 9th, 2:00pm and
Sunday, May 10th, 2:00pm
RISD Museum

Tuesday, May 12th, 12:30pm
Brown's Cogut Center for the Humanities

May 1st:
Brown Wind Symphony concert

Featuring the world premiere of
the Bruin Overture
by Benjamin Nacar

The Brown University Wind Symphony
Matthew McGarrell, conductor

Friday, May 1st, 8:00pm
Salomon Center (Room 101) on the Main Green, Brown University
Free and open to the public

April 16th, 2015

with violinist Shawn LeSure in
Community MusicWorks' Sonata Series

RISD Museum

March 14-16th, 2015

Dreams of Homer: New Music by Ben Nacar

performed by Ben Nacar and Friends

Permanent link to this event: http://www.bennacar.com/events/march-2015-original-music/

Homeric Rhapsody
Freely after Books 1-4, 9, 16, 18-20, 22 and 24 of Homer's Iliad
Maya Ramchandran, violin; Benjamin Nacar, piano

Dodecatet
for string sextet plus wind quintet plus piano
I. Allegretto
II. Lento - Presto - Tempo I
III. Fuga. Allegro con brio
Natasha Bluth, flute; Isaac Suh, oboe;
Benjamin Wesner, clarinet; Zach Spector, bassoon;
Gail Clarke, horn; Benjamin Nacar, piano;
David Weinberger, Alex Hirsch, violin;
Tiffany Chen, Ryan Roelke, viola;
Shawn Tsutsui, Paula Li, violoncello

Saturday, March 14th, 2:00pm and
Sunday, March 15th, 2:00pm
RISD Museum

Monday, March 16th, 12:30pm
Brown's Cogut Center for the Humanities

December:
In the Spirit of the Season

Benjamin Nacar, piano

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Kyrie and Gloria from the Coronation Mass (arr. Benjamin Nacar)
Franz Schubert: Impromptu in B-flat major
Sergei Rachmaninov: Polka de W. R.
Franz Liszt: Consolations nos. 2 and 3
Johann Sebastian Bach: Toccata in C major (arr. Ferrucio Busoni)

Wednesday, December 10th, 12:30pm
Cogut Center for the Humanities, Pembroke Hall (Brown University)

Sunday, December 14th, 2:00pm and
Sunday, December 21st, 2:00pm
RISD Museum

October and November:
Bach, Chopin, Liszt

Benjamin Nacar, piano

Johann Sebastian Bach: Partita no. 6 in E minor
Frederic Chopin: Ballade no. 3 in A-flat; Ballade no. 4 in F minor
Franz Liszt: Les Preludes (arr. by Benjamin Nacar)

Friday, October 31st, 12:30pm
Cogut Center for the Humanities, Pembroke Hall (Brown University)

Sunday, November 2nd, 2:00pm and
Sunday, November 9th, 2:00pm
RISD Museum

The Week of Independence Day

Benjamin Nacar, piano

Permanent link to this event: http://www.bennacar.com/events/week-of-independence-day-2014/

Antonín Dvořák: Symphony no. 9, From The New World
(arr. by Benjamin Nacar)
John Philip Sousa: The Stars and Stripes Forever
(arr. by Vladimir Horowitz)

Sunday, June 29th, 2pm
RISD Museum

Wednesday, July 2nd, 12:30pm
Cogut Center for the Humanities, Pembroke Hall (Brown University)

Sunday, July 6th, 2pm
RISD Museum

The May Concerts

Benjamin Nacar, piano

Monday, May 5th, 12:30pm, at Brown's Cogut Center
Saturday, May 10th, and Sunday, May 11th, both 2:00pm, at the RISD Museum

Johann Sebastian Bach
French Suite no. 5

Ludwig van Beethoven (arr. Franz Liszt)
Symphony no. 6: Movement I

Richard Strauss
Fnf Klavierstcke

Franz Schubert (arr. Carl Tausig)
Marche Militaire

March 2014

The Last Three Beethoven Piano Sonatas at Providence College

Part of the PC Keyboard Festival

Sunday March 30th, 3pm
Ryan Concert Hall
Smith Center for the Arts
Providence College (Directions)

Sonatas nos. 30, 31 and 32 (Opp. 109, 110 and 111)
by Ludwig van Beethoven
Benjamin Nacar, piano

March 2014: Expedition
for Piano and Strings
by Ben Nacar

performed by Ben Nacar and Friends

Permanent link to this event: http://www.bennacar.com/events/march-2014-original-music/

Saturday, March 15th, 2pm
First Unitarian Church of Providence

Sunday, March 16th, 2pm
RISD Museum, Main Gallery

Program
Ben Nacar, pianist and composer

Sonata for Cello and Piano (2012)
with Lauren Latessa, cello

Haiku no. 4
with Matthew Slesinski, violin
Haiku no. 3
with Shawn Tsutsui, cello
Fifty-Three from Les Nuits de Paris
with Matthew Slesinski, violin; Shawn Tsutsui, cello

Journeys: A Tale of High Adventure
for Piano and String Orchestra

with
EmmaLee Holmes-Hicks, Matthew Slesinski,
Andrew Nixon, Eimi Satoh, violin;
Grace Stokan, Ryan Roelke, viola;
Kathryn Schulz, Shawn Tsutsui, cello;
Anant Gharpure, bass

Both concerts free and open to the public.

Saturday, January 25th, 4pm: Fundraiser for the Newport String Project

Emmanuel Church, Newport, RI

Stravinsky: Suite Italienne
Ealain McMullin, violin
Benjamin Nacar, piano

Brahms: Piano Trio no. 1
EmmaLee Holmes-Hicks, violin
Lauren Latessa, cello
Benjamin Nacar, piano

The Last Three Beethoven Piano Sonatas

(Beethoven turned 243 on December 16th)

Sonatas nos. 30, 31 and 32 (Opp. 109, 110 and 111)
by Ludwig van Beethoven
Benjamin Nacar, piano

Saturday, December 7th, 2pm
RISD Museum

Wednesday, December 11th, 12:30pm
Brown's Cogut Center for the Humanities, Pembroke Hall

Sunday, December 15th, 2pm
RISD Museum

Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman

a childrens' mini-musical
Phoebe Nir, librettist and director
Benjamin Nacar, composer, music director and accompanist
starring Richard Whitehead, Rihana President,
Jonathan Abrams, and Lucy Bates-Campbell

Two public performances Sunday, October 27th:

3pm
Providence Athenaeum

8pm
Crystal Room, Brown Alumnae Hall

The July Concerts

Orchestral Music On The Piano:
Beethoven's 5th Symphony (arr. Franz Liszt)
and Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture (arr. Benjamin Nacar)

Sunday, July 21th, 2pm
RISD Museum

Wednesday, July 17th, 12:30pm
Cogut Center for the Humanities, Pembroke Hall (Brown University)

Sunday, July 14th, 2pm
RISD Museum

Sunday, April 14th, 2:00pm
accompanying Ivy Alphonse-Leja and Rebecca Lichtin (both Brown University class of 2014)
in their Junior Voice Recital

Grant Recital Hall at Brown

Saturday, April 6th, 3:00pm (Fundraiser for the Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst, Mass.)
with violinist Jesse Holstein

UUSA Meetinghouse

Thursday, April 4th, 7:00pm
with violinists Minna Choi and Jesse Holstein

in Community MusicWorks' Sonata Series concert no. 6
RISD Museum

Monday, April 1st, 12:30pm
with violinist Jesse Holstein

hosted by Brown's Cogut Center for the Humanities (Pembroke Hall)