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.

Toymaker went on to win the music award in the student film category at the Athens Animfest 2018.

You can read about the production in the Brown Computer Science Department's journal Conduit.

New Video: The Blue Danube

Recorded at the Cogut Institute
Jul. 15th, 2019

July 2019
To the Moon and Beyond

In Celebration of
the 50th Anniversary
of the Apollo 11 Mission

Benjamin Nacar, pianist

Featuring works by Beethoven, Chopin, Debussy,
J. Strauss Jr., Dvořák, and Sousa/Horowitz

Sunday, July 7th, 2pm
at the RISD Museum
Thursday, July 11th, 12:30pm
at the Cogut Institute for the Humanities,
Brown University
Sunday, July 14th, 2pm
at the RISD Museum

All performances free admission
Main event page:

Note to everyone who keeps asking me for the score of my New World Symphony transcription

Fortunately, I did write it down right before the original performances, albeit rather hastily. The score in its present form is full of mistakes and badly in need of editing. I have been meaning to get it into proper shape and make it available. It just hasn't been very high on my priorities.

In addition, I'll be performing the slow movement as part of my July program, and coming back to it after five years there are a few passages that I'd do differently now. I'm reluctant to release the score until I've made up my mind on these passages, at which point I'd include each changed passage as an ossia.

Stay tuned!

Other Recent Videos:

Finale of Beethoven's Ninth

Recorded at the Cogut Institute
Dec. 18th, 2018

The Goldberg Variations

Compiled from live performances
at the RISD Museum
Sept. 16th and 23rd, 2018

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

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!

Recent (in reverse order)

May 2019

Poetry and Music at the Cogut Institute:
A Lecture-Concert
with Henry Majewski,
Prof. Emeritus of French Studies, Brown University,
and Benjamin Nacar, pianist

being a discourse on certain works of poetry, and the music they inspired, by
Victor Hugo and Franz Liszt,
Charles Baudelaire and Claude Debussy,
Marcel Proust and Reynaldo Hahn
with demonstratory readings and performance

Wednesday, May 8th, 12:30pm
Brown University's Cogut Institute for the Humanities

April 2019

3 Bs (Bach, Bartók, Brahms)
Matthew Slesinski, violin
Benjamin Nacar, piano

Johann Sebastian Bach:
Sonata no. 6 for Violin and Keyboard
Béla Bartók:
Rhapsody no. 1
Johannes Brahms:
Violin Concerto

Saturday, April 6th, 6:15pm
Grant Recital Hall, Brown University
Saturday, April 13th, 2pm
Sunday, April 14th, 2pm
RISD Museum Grand Gallery

December 2018
Ode to Joy

The Last Movement
of Beethoven's Ninth
on the piano

Piano Sonata no. 10 in C major, K. 330
Soirees de Vienne: Valse-Caprice no. 7
Symphony no. 9 in D minor:
Movement IV: Presto - Allegro assai

Monday, Dec. 10th, Cogut Institute
Saturday, Dec. 15th, RISD Museum
Sunday, Dec. 16th, RISD Museum

September 2018

Johann Sebastian Bach:
Goldberg Variations
Italian Concerto

Benjamin Nacar, piano

Sunday, Sept. 16th, RISD Museum
Friday, Sept. 21st, Cogut Institute
Sunday, Sept. 23rd, RISD Museum

April 27th-29th

The Spring 2018 Concert Series

Benjamin Nacar
Maya Ramchandran
Kenneth McPherson

Friday evening, April 27th, 7pm-8:30pm
Pembroke Hall, Brown University
Benjamin Nacar, piano
Works by Bach, Beethoven, Nacar, Brahms, Chopin

Saturday evening, April 28th, 7pm-9pm
Grant Recital Hall, Brown University
Maya Ramchandran, violin
Benjamin Nacar, piano
Transcriptions of works by Beethoven, Rachmaninoff

Sunday afternoon, April 29th, 2pm-3pm
Providence Public Library
Kenneth McPherson, vocals
Benjamin Nacar, piano
Selected songs by Tom Lehrer

All events free admission

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

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

Complete concert playlist

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