Natalie Raimondi will perform “You’re Only Old Once” at the Jesup Memorial Library on Aug. 15. PHOTO COURTESY OF THE JESUP

Raimondi to make jazz debut

BAR HARBOR — Natalie Raimondi, a longtime Bar Harbor resident, will stage her jazz debut, “You’re Only Old Once,” at the Jesup Memorial Library on Saturday, Aug. 15, at 7:30 p.m. The event will raise money for the library.

Raimondi says listening to jazz is a transformative experience, “you’re not self-conscious, it’s a liberating musical experience.” She says that jazz music affects people on so many different levels and that the music “reaches into your soul and lets you feel free.”

Raimondi is excited to make her Bar Harbor debut at the Jesup, which she says is like a second home to her. She says that the jazz she sings reminds her of the feeling she has in the Jesup, where the formal and informal mix together. “The formal is the beautiful architecture, and the informal are the nooks and crannies that you can get lost in.”

Raimondi and her husband, Matthew, founded and ran the Mount Desert Festival of Chamber Music for 50 years starting in 1963. The festival has become a summer institution drawing performers from around the globe. During that time, she also founded the Maine Theater Arts Festival to bring theater and other cultural offerings to the island and was a longstanding pianist and organist at the Union Church in Northeast Harbor.

Her not-so-secret first musical love and ambition was to be a pop singer, a dream she’s pursuing now to much acclaim. She made her Big Apple debut in “Better Late than Never” and since then has performed at cabarets in New York City and at special events on Mount Desert Island.

Tickets cost $20 each, and they will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. There will be a wine reception before the concert from 6:30-7:30 p.m. with heavy hors d’oeuvres; the concert will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Sponsors for the event include The First, Coston and McIsaac CPAs and A Slice of Eden.

Contact Melinda Rice, director of development and communications for the Jesup, at 288-4245, 801-8331 or [email protected].

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