There is only one way in the scenic Santa Cruz valley to experience breathtaking, soul enriching, world class arts performances - through the Santa Cruz Foundation for the Performing Arts - with its unique events steeped in rich, diverse cultural heritage. Please take some time to browse our site and learn more about our concert series and our exquisite performing arts venue, the Benderly - Kendall Opera House, in Santa Cruz County, Arizona.
Through the SCFPA Artist in Residence Program, gifted performers are invited to explore their talent, develop their performance skills, build their reputations and connect with other artists. SCFPA supports future generations of performers by offering these burgeoning musicians guest living quarters,and the use of the Benderly-Kendall Opera house for practice and public concerts.
In return, the artist in residence is expected to offer master classes, accept students and present several concerts during the performance season at the new Benderly-Kendall Opera House in Patagonia.
Originally from Nogales, Arizona, historical keyboardist and modern pianist Evan Kory has a vivid repertoire ranging from the renaissance and baroque to the present.
A recent graduate of The Juilliard School's historical performance program, Evan is passionate about exploring the vast keyboard repertoire of the last four centuries on the various keyboard instruments for which the music was composed.
Evan studied at the Manhattan School of Music for his bachelors and masters degrees and received his Doctor of Musical Arts in May 2017. His dissertation investigates performance practices in the piano works of Johannes Brahms through the historical recordings of Brahms’s students. Evan's primary teachers have been Phillip Kawin, Peter Sykes, Richard Egarr, and Béatrice Martin.
His first recording, a collection of J.S. Bach keyboard works was recorded by the Master Performers label in Australia. Evan is a former faculty member of the Interlochen Arts Academy and Camp in Michigan and is a board member of The Santa Cruz Foundation for the Performing Arts.
This year Evan is featured in no less than six of the scheduled performances. He will also be accompanying the Santa Cruz Singers for their winter and spring concerts and presenting occasional pre concert talks.
"I have missed quality live music for so long that I continue to be overwhelmed by the variety and quality of all concerts. Many, many thanks." John Walsh
"Special place, special music, perfect evening" Linda & Cliff Hirsch
"Excellent cultural event. You do such a great job in bringing culture to this area. Thank you." Horst & Hedy Kniesel
"Lovely to hear such a concert & so close to home” Barbara Bell
"The concert was a BIG success and very much enjoyed by everyone! I appreciated the way we are all getting to know each other better. You are doing a wonderful service for Santa Cruz County." Fran Cook
"Everyone loved the concert. Your work is such a glory for our area!" Mother Miriam