BAR HARBOR — The Jesup Memorial Library welcomes internationally renowned pianist and peace activist Masanobu Ikemiya for “Music of Peace, Love & Joy: From Classics to Ragtime,” a piano recital with commentaries, on Sunday, Jan. 5 at 2 p.m. A slideshow will accompany the music.
The concert is free and open to all, though donations are always welcome.
Mr. Ikemiya has performed in solo recitals at New York’s Lincoln Center and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., and other venues, receiving worldwide attention for his many concerts and many honors for his activities promoting peace.
In 1980, he founded the Arcady Music Festival, of which he was the artistic director for 24 years.
Since 1995, he has toured frequently in Japan with members of the New York Philharmonic, and with the New York Ragtime Orchestra of which he is the conductor/founder. With the New York Philharmonic, he performed at the 50th Anniversary Gala Celebration at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, and received an award from the UN for promoting world peace through music.
Mr. Ikemiya was born in 1946 in China to a Japanese Christian missionary family, grew up in Kyoto and Kansas, and got his Bachelor of Music at Oberlin College and his Master of Music at Indiana University.
In 1972 he came to Maine to join the Zen Buddhist Monastery in Surry where he was a practicing monk for 10 years. He developed an interest in American ragtime music while volunteering at a homelesss shelter started by Mother Teresa in Harlem in New York City. Since then he has made five ragtime CD.
With the invitation from Peace & Justice Center of Eastern Maine, Mr. Ikemiya has honored the anniversaries of the bombing of Hiroshima by giving concerts in memory of victims and to promote peace. In recognition of his peacemaking efforts, he has been the recipient of numerous honors and awards.
He received an Official Recognition Award from the Maine State Senate and the House of Representatives for his “contribution to the cultural life of the state.”
Mr. Ikemiya and his wife Tomoko live in Bar Harbor where they enjoy a self-sustaining lifestyle with organic farming at their permaculture homestead and a passive solar house, hoping to leave as little a footprint on the earth as possible.
His concert at the Jesup is the first in the library’s 2014 season of music. For more information, or to inquire about giving a concert at the Jesup, contact Melinda Rice, Director of Marketing and Communications, at 207-288-4245 or firstname.lastname@example.org.