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Journeys for piano and string orchestra

The 1812 Overture on the piano

Jeremiah Robs a Bank (2013), film by Michael Rose

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February 2018



Benjamin Nacar, piano

Book I: Feb. 3 & Feb. 4
Book II: Feb. 24 & Feb. 25
All performances 2-4pm
Main Gallery, RISD Museum

Entrances on 20 North Main St.
and 224 Benefit St.
Providence, RI

NOTE: Museum admission is free on Sundays, so the performances of the 4th and the 25th are completely free and open to the public. The Saturday performances - the 3rd and the 24th - are free with regular Museum admission. See the Museum website for details.

Note to everyone who has asked me over the last three years for the score of my 1812 Overture transcription

It's here.

I had planned to make the score publicly available as a sort of Guy Fawkes Day treat, but I ran into unexpected complications and had to delay its release.

As of December 31st, 2016, the score can be found at IMSLP (you'll have to click on the "Arrangements and Transcriptions" tab and scroll down). Note that, unlike my other scores to date, the 1812 Overture transcription is licensed Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial.

Also, from now on, I'll be posting new scores (transcriptions and original music) at IMSLP, but I'll keep linking to them from here.

Stay tuned for further announcements, and happy 2017!

Most Recent Videos:
The Halloween 2016 Concert!

Live recordings of:

The Bach-Busoni Toccata in D minor,
one of the Medtner Fairy Tales,
Dukas' The Sorcerer's Apprentice as arranged by Benjamin Nacar,
the Chopin Barcarolle,
and Ravel's La Valse

Complete concert playlist

Event page

And don't miss

Homeric Rhapsody (2015)
featuring Maya Ramchandran, violin;
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)
at the original compositions page

Recent (in reverse order)

December 2017

The Christmastime Concerts

Ludwig van Beethoven:
Piano Sonata no. 31 in A-flat major, Op. 110
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart:
Coronation Mass, K. 317 (arr. Benjamin Nacar)

Monday, December 4th, 12:30pm
Cogut Institute for the Humanities, Pembroke Hall Saturday, December 16th, 2:00pm
Sunday, December 17th, 2:00pm
RISD Museum

November 2017

Mozart at the Chopin Club

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Violin Concerto no. 5 in A major
Cadenzas and orchestral reduction by Benjamin Nacar
Irene Tang, violin; Benjamin Nacar, piano
Sunday, November 12th, 2:00pm
The Music Mansion

April 2017

Spring Concert

April 14th, 2017

featuring music by J. S. Bach and Ben Nacar
performed by Ben Nacar and Friends

Johann Sebastian Bach
Keyboard Concerto no. 1 in D minor
Benjamin Nacar
Journeys (2014)

Benjamin Nacar, piano
and the Spritzig Quartet:
Irene Tang, Hannah Lam, violins;
Dharsan Chandrakumar, viola; Melanie Ambler, violoncello

Friday, April 14th, 7:00pm
Brown's Cogut Center for the Humanities, Pembroke Hall

Event page

October 2016

The Halloween Concerts

Sunday, October 30th, 2:00pm (Children's Concert)
Providence Public Library

Monday, October 31st, 12:30pm
Brown's Cogut Center for the Humanities, Pembroke Hall

Event page

Ken and Ben present
Our Favorite Songs by Tom Lehrer

with actor-singer Ken McPherson

Tuesday, October 18th, 7:00pm
Providence Art Club
Registration required

Event page

April 2016

Bach, Ravel, Strauss

Jesse Holstein, violin; Benjamin Nacar, piano

Johann Sebastian Bach:
Sonata for Violin and Keyboard in F minor
Maurice Ravel:
Richard Strauss:
Sonata for Violin and Piano in E-flat

Saturday, April 2nd, 2:00pm (Fundraiser for the Fred Kelley Memorial Scholarship)
UUSA Meetinghouse, Amherst, MA

Sunday, April 3rd, 3:00pm (Fundraiser for the Fred Kelley Memorial Scholarship)
Bell St. Chapel, Providence, RI

Wednesday, April 13th, 12:30pm
Cogut Center, Brown University, Providence, RI

Sunday, April 17th, 2pm
Main Gallery, RISD Museum, Providence, RI

February 2016

Community MusicWorks' Sonata Series

with violinist Kate Outterbridge
and violist Hannah Ross

Violin Sonata no. 7 in C minor
by Ludwig van Beethoven
Lachrymae, op. 48
by Benjamin Britten

Thursday, February 18th, 7pm
RISD Museum

December 2015

The Hammerklavier Sonata
by Ludwig van Beethoven

Recital with introductory talk by
Benjamin Nacar, piano

Saturday, December 5th, 2pm
RISD Museum

Wednesday, December 9th, 12:30pm
Brown's Cogut Center for the Humanities

Sunday, December 20th, 2pm
RISD Museum

November 2015

An evening of Music and Film

presented by
Temple Emanu-El, Providence

Screening of The Return of the Violin
followed by a performance of
Johannes Brahms' Violin Concerto, movements 2 and 3
Maya Ramchandran, violin
Benjamin Nacar, piano

Event poster

Saturday, November 21st, 7:30pm
Temple Emanu-El

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, 2015:
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:

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

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