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Concert series makes return to Maple Grove

Renowned pianist to play in Kew Gardens

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Posted: Thursday, September 12, 2013 10:30 am | Updated: 10:17 am, Thu Sep 19, 2013.

The Friends of Maple Grove Cemetery announced the return of the Lhevinne Classical Concert Series in Kew Gardens on Sept. 21.

This year, the concert will feature pianist and chamber musician Steven Gaff, who made his concert debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

Gaff, who studied with Adele Marcus, Beveridge Webster and Herbert Stessin, was born in Chicago where he began his music training.

A string of scholarships led to him studying at the Julliard School where he received a bachelor’s degree as a Petschek scholarship award recipient, and a doctorate of musical arts from The Graduate School of CUNY.

He currently teaches music at Hunter College and The CUNY Macaulay Honors College.

There will be limited seating and tickets are $25 for general admission, $20 for seniors and $15 for members.

Checks are payable to Friends of Maple Grove Cemetery and online payment is available at: friendsofmaplegrove.org.

The program will be an hour long with a 10-minute intermission and also includes a pre-concert wine and cheese reception that will commence at 7:30 p.m.

The Lhevinne Classical Concert Series is named for world-class pianists Josef and Rosina Lhevinne, who are buried in Maple Grove Cemetery. After they immigrated to the U.S., they became teachers in 1924 at the Julliard School.

Some of their past students include Van Cliburn and Oscar-winning composer John Williams.

Free parking will be provided and the area is handicapped accessible.

The performance will begin promptly at 8 p.m. at Celebration Hall at The Center at Maple Grove, located at 127-15 Kew Gardens Rd.

For more information or to reserve seats, call the Friends of Maple Grove Cemetery at (347) 878-6641.

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