Pianist Masanobu Ikemiya will share his “Music My Mother Loved” recital and commentary concert with the Midcoast Saturday, June 20, at 2 p.m. at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 33 Chestnut St.

The entertaining afternoon is a benefit for the Scottish Terrier Club New England’s Scottish Terrier Rescue. Tickets are $20, free for those younger than 12. A reception will follow.

The Classics to Ragtime program will include Liszt’s “Liebestraume (Dream of Love)”; Chopin’s “Rain Drop” Prelude in D-flat major Op. 28 No. 15, Etude in E minor Op. 25 No. 5, Etude in E major Op. 10 No. 3 and “Heroic” Polonaise in A flat Major, Op. 53; Ikemiya’s arrangement of Scott Joplin’s “The Entertainer” (1902), famous as the theme of the movie “Sting”; Ikemiya’s arrangement of Felix Arndt’s “Desecration, Rag Humoresque” (1914, based on Dvorak’ famous Humoresque); Debussy’s “Golliwogg’s Cake Walk” (1908); Julius Lenzberg’s “Operatic Rag” (1914); William Bolcom’s “Graceful Ghost Rag” (1971); and Gershwin’s famous “Rhapsody in Blue” (1924).

Ikemiya received world-wide attention for his many concerts throughout the former Soviet Union, Japan, Mexico, Argentina, Taiwan, Cambodia, Philippines, Bulgaria, El Salvador, Portugal, Brazil, Guam, Hawaii, India, Korea, Canada and throughout 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, for which he was artistic director for 24 years.

Familiar from appearances on public television and radio, Ikemiya developed an interest in American ragtime music while volunteering at a homeless shelter started by Mother Teresa in Harlem, New York City. He has made five ragtime CDs including the long-selling album,  "Ragtime Classics." 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.

Ikemiya has received an award from the United Nations for promoting world peace through music; and an Official Recognition Award from the Maine State Senate and the House of Representatives for his “contribution to the cultural life of the state,” among many honors. He has appeared in solo recitals at New York’s Lincoln Center and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C., and other venues. He and his wife Tomoko, MOFGA members who live in a passive solar house on Mount Desert Island, enjoy giving weekly volunteer concerts at various nursing homes, dementia day cares, hospice, jail, homeless shelters, etc.

The Scottish Terrier Club New England’s Scottish Terrier Rescue is a nonprofit organization that helps Scottish Terriers and Scottie Mixed Breeds who have been abused, abandoned, brought into rescue because an owner couldn't keep it or given up because they are sick. Members of STCNE Rescue take these wonderful dogs into their homes and foster them, getting them veterinary care, grooming, healthy food — anything and all that it takes to make these dogs healthy and whole again, ready for good and loving homes.

“Scotties” are misunderstood because of the "cute" factor, say fans of the breed. People tend to think of these dogs as little toys and forget they are terriers — smart, feisty and strong willed. Those who understand the Scottie soul will be rewarded with a lifetime of love, loyalty and the best friend they will ever have, say the benefit’s organizers. For more information about the beneficiary, visit stcne.org/rescue.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.