Highlights (for newcomers)
Journeys for piano and string orchestra
The 1812 Overture on the piano
Jeremiah Robs a Bank (2013), film by Michael Rose
2017 saw the premiere of my second film score: Toymaker, an animated short created by a team of Brown University students led by Nellie Robinson and Prof. Barbara Meier.
You can read about the production in the Brown Computer Science Department's journal Conduit.
Hello, I'm Ben.
I'm a native of the East Side of Providence, Rhode Island, now living just outside of the city. Originally homeschooled through high school, I graduated from Brown University in May 2012 having completed a double concentration in Computer Science and Classics. As of January 2015, I work full-time on the Brown Computer Science technical staff, doing sysadmin-y tasks and writing back-end code that hopefully makes things run more smoothly.
When not doing my day job, I am usually either performing, composing, or practicing.
I've given several solo recitals at the RISD Museum and at the Laurelmead Cooperative retirement community in Providence, at the William Hall Library in Cranston, and, sponsored by the Cogut Center for the Humanities, at Brown's Pembroke Hall, the Cogut headquarters. All of my concerts have featured my favorite works by Bach, Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin, Liszt, Tchaikovsky, Scriabin, Rachmaninoff, Medtner, and Bizet-Horowitz, and on occasion my own compositions and arrangements. In the fall of 2010 I performed one twenty-minute segment of Community MusicWorks' weekend-long Bach Marathon. My senior recitals I performed at the Cogut Center (April and May 2012), the program consisting of Liszt's B minor Sonata and Beethoven's Fifth Symphony transcribed by Liszt.
In the fall of 2009 I accompanied singers Kathryne Jennings and Fred Scheff in a joint voice recital in Rehoboth, Mass. During the summer of 2011 I worked with Kathryne Jennings and conductor Paul Phillips as rehearsal pianist for Opera Providence's production of Cosi fan Tutte. Since the spring of 2012 I have collaborated with Community MusicWorks players Jesse Holstein, EmmaLee Holmes-Hicks, Ealain McMullin, Minna Choi, and Lauren Latessa. In the fall of 2012 I performed with 'cellist Daniel Harp a handful of cello-and-piano sonatas by Beethoven, Debussy, and Barber, throwing in for good measure a sonata of my own that I had composed during the previous summer. I've played with several string and voice students in Brown's Applied Music Program, working with them over the course of a semester or two before our actual performances. I've also done extensive rehearsal and accompanying work with student groups Brown University Gilbert and Sullivan and Brown Opera Productions.
In March 2014 I organized the first of what I intend to be a series of programs consisting exclusively of my compositions, featuring local professional, student, and community instrumentalists. Besides writing concert music, I have dabbled in film and musical theater. In the spring of 2013 I composed and recorded the soundtrack to Jeremiah Robs A Bank, a half-hour film directed by Michael Rose, and in the fall of that year I wrote the music to Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horsemen, a twenty-minute musical for children with libretto by Phoebe Nir. I also write and perform solo piano transcriptions of standard orchestral repertoire.
Aside from music, computers and classics, my interests and hobbies include history, railroads (full-size and miniature), cartooning, and roleplaying games. I have been known to turn up at contradances.
You can usually reach me at:
ben [at] bennacar [dot] com