Upcoming Events

Saturday, April 15, 2023 7:00 pm

What’s Home: Creative Listening Across Differences

418 Project, 155 River St S, Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Featuring a commissioned work by Ben Dorfan.

Monday, April 17, 2023 7:30

April in Santa Cruz Festival: Eric Huebner

Featuring works by Roger Reynolds, Matthew Schumaker, Leah Muir, Ben Carson, Ohal Grietzer, and Ben Dorfan.

Sunday, April 30 3:00 pm

San Francisco Contemporary Music Players perform works by James Gordon Williams, Rodrigo Barriga, Michael Fleming, Ben Dorfan, and others at The Lab in SF: 2948 16th Street.

Saturday, May 20 7:30 pm & Sunday, May 21, 3:00 pm

Santa Cruz Chamber Players: Concert 6

Christ Lutheran Church, 10707 Soquel Dr, Aptos, CA 95003

Reimagining Schubert: Piano, Voice, and Clarinet

Music by Franz Schubert, Ivan Rosenblum, and Ben Dorfan

Ivan Rosenblum, Concert Director, Composer, and Piano
Ben Dorfan, Composer and Piano
Diane Syrcle, Mezzo-Soprano
Erica Horn, Clarinet
Ward Willats, Actor
Andrew Davids, Actor

Schubert would have certainly enjoyed this program’s “Re-imagining:” a mezzo replacing the usual tenor; a clarinet replacing the now-obsolete “arpeggione” instrument; two contemporary compositions inspired by Schubert pieces; comic relief with Ivan’s new satiric song imagining a reincarnated Schubert living as a Santa Cruz busker; a theatrical Prologue of sibling shenanigans at the piano; a newly composed piece by Ben Dorfan for all four musicians; and finally, Ivan’s promise not to tamper with two of Schubert’s piano pieces — but you never know!

Past Events

Saturday, March 11, 2023 7:30 pm

NewMusicWorks: Listening To The Land

Guest Composer: Raven Chacon (Pulitzer Prize in Music, 2022)
Michael McGushin, Conductor

Featuring world premieres by Michael McGushin and Ben Dorfan
6:30pm Pre-concert discussion with Raven Chacon and Ben Dorfan moderated by Phil Collins.

February 26, 2023 4:00 pm

Celebrate Piano Ensemble

–> featuring a performance of Ben Dorfan’s two-piano piece Puzzle Riffs–with Kumi Uyeda and Ben Dorfan, pianos.

Peace United Church of Christ, 900 High St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060.

Saturday, January 21, 2023 4:00 pm

Ben Dorfan DMA Recital


Roy Malan, violin
Kumi Uyeda, piano
Isaac Pastor-Chermak, cello
Scott Siler, vibraphone
Tony Gennaro, marimba

and a special guest performance by Ms. Moon, Yang-sook, 25-string Gayageum.

April 2 & 3, 2022

Santa Cruz Chamber Players Concert 5: The Hero’s Journey

Ben Dorfan, Concert Director and piano; Jeff Gallagher, clarinet and narration;

Shannon Delaney D’Antonio, violin; Kristin Garbeff, cello.

Music by Beethoven, Prokofiev, Stravinsky, Lili Boulanger, Ben Dorfan

7:30 pm Saturday, April 2 + 3 pm Sunday, April 3, 2022

Tickets & Info: scchamberplayers.org

October 16, 2021

Jeff Gallagher and Ben Dorfan Duo.

December 6, 7 & 8, 2019

Cabrillo Symphonic Chorus — Music for the Feast of Christmas

Cheryl Anderson, director

Ben Dorfan, piano accompanist

Friday, Dec. 6, 8:00pm
Saturday, Dec. 7, 8:00pm
Sunday, Dec. 8, 4:00pm

Holy Cross Church — 210 High Street, Santa Cruz, CA

Saturday September 21, 2019

Join us at Pebble Beach’s Church in the Forest for a concert featuring a West Coast Premiere by composer Scott Ordway, choral gems performed by Pacific Collegiate School’s Callista Chorale, as well as American classics by Gershwin, Arlen et al.

Solmaaz Adeli and friends

Ben Dorfan, piano accompanist

When: 4 pm Saturday September 21
Where: Church in the Forest, Pebble Beach, CA

Friday September 20, 2019

In-home concert at an intimate venue celebrating AMERICANA. Featuring performers Solmaaz Adeli, Jeff Gallagher, and Ben Dorfan, with Santa Cruz native composer Scott Ordway.

When: 7 pm Friday, September 20
Where: Westside Residence by Lighthouse Field

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