The up-and-coming husband and wife duo of Olga Turkina, violin, and Philipp Petkov, piano, performed to a jam-packed crowd at the All Souls Chapel.
Together, they performed both romantic classical songs as well as a medley of hits from the Beatles.
But besides good music, each guest also helped out the community by bringing in at least one canned food item. The concert ran in conjunction with Council member Costa Constantinides’ office, who are currently hosting a food drive.
The canned food collected at the event went to various local pantries to help those in need.
With about 130 people showing up to the concert, Ed Horn, head of community relations at St. Michael’s, estimated each guest to have brought about 6 to 15 cans of food.
“Each year the event gets bigger, so it’s nicer, but unfortunately, there seems to always be a bigger and bigger need,” Horn said. “St. Michaels wanted to say thanks to the community who responded so well to the food drive and to the needs of its fellow citizens."
St. Michael’s next big musical event is in May, when they’ll host the 15th annual Scott Joplin concert.
Joplin, a pianist and composer best known for his ragtime compositions, is actually buried at the cemetery. The concert and free barbecue sees about 500-1000 guests.
Often, the concert is visited by Vince Giordana and the Nighthawks, a brassy band who perform in venues across the city such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The band specializes in jazz style music from the 1920s and 1930s. Their music has also been featured on shows such as “Boardwalk Empire.”
If you’d still like to donate canned food, you can head drop off the items at Constantinides’ office at 31-09 Newtown Avenue, Suite 209 in Astoria.