Mark your calendar: Piano Power

Posted Oct. 08, 2008, at 7:49 p.m.
Last modified March 20, 2011, at 3:25 a.m.

Schoodic Arts for All’s Jazz and Classical Concert Series wraps up this Friday, October 10, with a performance from award-winning pianist Masanobu Ikemiya. Ikemiya has lived in Maine for more than 35 years, initially arriving in the state to join the Zen Monastery in Surry as a monk. His true calling, however, was music, and in 1980 he founded the Arcady Music Festival, where he was artistic director for 24 years. Ikemiya has made countless appearances on public television, recorded 5 CDs and has played at some of the most prestigious institutions in the world, including Lincoln Center, the Smithsonian Institution and the United Nations, the latter of which awarded him a Peace Award for his services to peace through music. While his roots are in classical music, his main love is ragtime — the music of Scott Joplin in particular. At Friday’s concert, Ikemiya will play the music of Joplin and George Gershwin, along with selections from Chopin, Beethoven and Liszt. He will also show images from his long career, comment-ing between performances on his experiences traveling the world and playing music for people from many different cultures. The performance starts at 7 p.m. at Hammond Hall in Winter Harbor, and admission is $15 for adults, $7 for students and free for kids under 12. For more info, visit www.schoodicarts.org.

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