Pianist, peace activist performing at UMF

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AUGUSTA — Masanobu Ikemiya, classical pianist, ragtime aficionado, peace activist and organic farmer, will present “Classics to Ragtime” at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 7, at the University of Maine at Augusta’s Jewett Hall Auditorium.

The Concerts at Jewett Series is sponsored by the University of Maine at Augusta College of Arts and Sciences and UMA Senior College.

Masanobu, a classically trained pianist, became interested in ragtime while volunteering at a homeless shelter in Harlem, New York. Founder and leader of the New York Ragtime Orchestra, he has also toured with members of the New York Philharmonic.  He has been the recipient of an award from the United Nations for promoting world peace through music.

In Maine, Masanobu founded the Arcady Music Festival and was its artistic director for 24 years. He and his wife live on an organic farm on Mount Desert Island.

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In this return concert, Masanobu will treat the audience to both classical and ragtime music accompanied by commentary and visuals.

Tickets are $10, students $5, 12 & under free. They are available at Pat’s Pizza in Augusta, Dave’s Appliance in Winthrop  and at the door.

FMI: Call 621-3551, or email umasc@maine.edu, or visit concertsatjewett.com

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