‘Come Together,’ celebrate John Lennon’s birthday at MIM Oct. 8

A view of John Lennon's piano that he composed “Imagine” on. It is currently in the MIM Artist's Gallery. (submitted photo)

A view of John Lennon’s piano that he composed “Imagine” on. It is currently in the MIM Artist’s Gallery. (submitted photo)

Celebrate “A Day in the Life” of legendary musician John Lennon at the Musical Instrument Museum on Saturday, Oct. 8.

Enjoy this special day with a Curator Talk, a film screening, a MIMQuiz, UK-themed menu items for purchase at Café Allegro, and other activities commemorating Lennon’s legacy of peace and love.

Not surprisingly, Mr. Lennon is associated with some of the world’s most valuable musical instruments, including the Steinway upright piano in MIM’s Artist Gallery, according to a press release.

Learn all about these instruments and other memorabilia from Dr. Rich Walter, MIM’s curator for United States/Canada, as he discusses the history and desirability of these items.

“The piano Lennon used to compose ‘Imagine’ is on display in MIM’s Artist Gallery,” said Dr. Walter in the release. “That’s not just a pretty song; it is music that is embraced, enacted, and shared as a worldview. MIM is proud to feature musical instruments that have generated such an impact and is excited to highlight John Lennon’s enduring appeal.”

A special screening of one of the hit musical comedy films that Mr. Lennon and the Beatles starred in from the 1960s will take place in the MIM Music Theater. Guests can also design their very own miniature origami piano and have a caricature of themselves drawn by She Draws You Caricatures.

Throughout the day, guests will be able to purchase books, CDs, and other gifts that commemorate Mr. Lennon and the Beatles at the museum store. They can also have their picture taken at MIM’s custom photo booth and test their musical talents on toe-tap pianos.

UK-themed menu items will be available for purchase at MIM’s award-winning Café Allegro. Enjoy “Imagine” vegetarian split-pea soup with “Model Z” spices; chicken and leek soup; “The Quarry Men” shepherd’s pie with lamb, vegetables, and mashed potatoes; and Liverpool roast beef with “Seven-Inch Vinyl” Yorkshire pudding, and “Soft Rock” gravy.

To end the day, guests can find out how much they really know about Mr. Lennon’s life and music in a team trivia MIMQuiz. Teams of four can put their Beatles knowledge to the test for a grand prize of a ten-dollar MIM gift card for each member of the winning team (up to a maximum of four people per team).

“John Lennon’s music, life, and death all continue to resonate in the collective consciousness of multiple generations,” said Dr. Walter in the release. “As a member of the Beatles and as a solo artist, he personally helped set a direction for popular music and culture while becoming one of the iconic personalities of the twentieth century.“

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