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The music is inspiring. The musician is extremely inspiring.

David Holzman will offer a solo concert and discuss his career as a hearing-impaired professional pianist at Maple Grove Cemetery in Kew Gardens on Saturday, March 3, at 4 p.m.

Romance will be the theme, and attendees can expect a mix of classical and religious pieces and masterworks by the 20th century composers. A wine-and-cheese reception with will follow.

Known for his passion and willingness to play intricate pieces, Holzman has performed around the world, including at the Schoenberg Festival in Vienna, the Holocaust Museum in Washington D.C., and the 92nd Street Y in Manhattan. The Queens native has received grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Aaron Copland Foundation, and the New Jersey Council on the Arts. His 2003 album, “Stefan Wolpe: Compositions for Piano,” garnered a Grammy nomination and an ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award. (In fact, the 68-year-old is considered the world’s foremost authority on Wolpe, an avant-garde, German-born composer from the 20th century.)

The Queens College graduate is also an active lecturer, essayist, and commentator who frequently contributes to periodicals that cover the music scene, such as Sonus and Pendragon Press. He’s an Adjunct Professor of Theory and Piano at LIU Post in Brookville, Long Island.

Not bad for a guy who lost all hearing in his left ear during childhood. Then over the following 30 years, he lost about half of his hearing in the right ear. Right now, Holzman has a cochlear implant in one ear and a hearing aide in the other.

He also has epilepsy. In 2010, he suffered a mild seizure during a performance. He took a short break and then resumed playing, but now informs that he can’t remember the second half of the concert.

This concert is presented as part of World Hearing Day.

Admission is free for those who RSVP to info@friendsofmaplegrove.org, but $5 for walk ins. The concert will take place at The Center at Maple Grove Cemetery, which is located at 127-15 Kew Gardens Rd.

Editor’s note: Maple Grove will host a literary event on the following day, March 4, at 1 p.m. Two Queens residents — non-fiction writer Kelly Jean Fitzsimmons and fictionist Vaughn Watson — will read from their latest works. Click here for more information.

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