Elm Street Congregational Church in Bucksport will have a “Classics to Ragtime” concert on Saturday, Jan. 21 at 2 p.m. to benefit Hospice of Hancock County. A snow date of Sunday, Jan. 22 at 2 p.m. is set in case of inclement weather. Weather cancellations for the church may be viewed on channels 2 (WLBZ) and 5 (WABI).

The concert will feature Masanobu Ikemiya, who resides in Bar Harbor, as the musician for the evening. Admission is $10 per person, and may be paid at the door.

Ikemiya was born in China to a Japanese Christian missionary family and he grew up in Kyoto and Kansas and was educated at Oberlin College and Indiana University and has received world-wide attention for his many concerts throughout many countries, as well as in Canada and the United States.

In 1972 he came to Maine to join the Zen Buddhist Monastery in Surry where he was a practicing monk for 10 years. In 1980, he founded the Arcady Music Festival, which he was the artistic director of for 24 years.

Ikemiya developed an interest in American ragtime music while volunteering at a homeless shelter started by Mother Teresa in Harlem, N.Y. He has made five ragtime CD’s and was nominated for a Grammy Award for the album, “Ragtime Classics.” Ikemiya has appeared in solo recitals at New York’s Lincoln Center and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., and other venues.

Ikemiya has received an award from the Maine State Senate for his “contribution to the cultural life of the state.”

He has stated that he and his wife Tomoko are presently trying to simplify their lives. They are enjoying a self-sustaining lifestyle with organic farming at their permaculture homestead with a passive solar house on Mount Desert Island. Both of them are trained Hospice volunteers, and are enjoying serving various local charity organizations, including weekly performances at area nursing homes, dementia day care centers, jails and hospitals.