By Stefanie Donahue
Acclaimed pianist Bob Milne has entertained presidents, generals and dignitaries in the US and abroad and next month, he’ll play in Blaine for the third year in a row to raise money for the local public library.
Milne will return to perform ragtime, boogie-woogie piano tunes at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 16 at the Performing Arts Center, 975 H Street. The event is a benefit for the Friends of the Blaine Library.
Milne, 76, took up playing the piano in the mid-1960s and never looked back. Learning to play piano came naturally to him and he learned solely by ear. To this day, he never practices before a performance. In 2004, he was declared a National Treasure by the Library of Congress. He also served as a music ambassador for the US Department of State.
Debby Farmer, an ex–officio member Friends of the Blaine Library, said Milne’s performances always raise a significant amount of money for Friends of the Blaine Library, which is raising money to expand or rebuild Blaine’s 30-year-old library building. Last year, the event raised about $3,000 for the nonprofit, she said. “The guy is phenomenal,” Farmer said. “He’s worth seeing repeatedly.”
Tickets cost $15 for adults and $10 for students. To purchase them online, visit bit.ly/2odM6NO.