Bob Milne is considered to be the best ragtime/boogie-woogie pianist in the world and on Thursday, Aug. 23 he returns to Boothbay Harbor to perform at the Opera House.
Milne has been filmed, recorded and proclaimed a “National Treasure” by the Library of Congress and serves as an active Musical Ambassador for the United States Department of State. He has performed numerous times in Japan, including the Okinawan Islands and Hokkaido. He has also performed at the request of the State department for members of the Swiss Parliament at the U.S. Embassy in Berne.
Performing concerts since 1991, Milne plays worldwide every year. He teaches music history at various universities around the country, and is also the founder and director of the Frankenmuth Ragtime Festival in Michigan. Milne teaches music and music history at Florida/Atlantic University every winter for Lifelong Learning.
He is a popular at festivals and has appeared on stage at the Scott Joplin Ragtime Festival (Sedalia, Missouri), the Montreal Jazz Festival, the Eau Claire Ragtime Festival, Sacramento Ragtime Festive and others. He averages 250 performances annually.
Advance discounted tickets are $25 if purchased from the Opera House box office at 86 Townsend Avenue, Boothbay Harbor or by calling 633-5159. Regular tickets are $30 and available online at boothbayoperahouse.com and on the day of the performance. The doors open at 7 p.m., the music starts at 7:30.