2019-02-06 / Features

Beautiful Hand-Holding Music By The Beatles


Philipp Petkov on piano. Philipp Petkov on piano. Get ready for St. Michael’s Cemetery’s amazing annual Concert of Classics featuring beautiful hand-holding music by The Beatles (72-02 Astoria Blvd, E. Elmhurst) on Saturday, February 16, at 3 pm, free admission.

As reported by Jason D. Antos in the Queens Gazette last year (“The Classic Sounds of The Beatles, Schubert, Scott Joplin At St. Michael’s,” February 21, 2018), “More than 80 guests alternately meditated and rocked out to the rich sounds of violinist Olga Tourkina and pianist Philipp Petkov at St. Michael’s Cemetery’s annual classical music concert on Saturday Feb. 17. Held every year around Valentine’s Day, the event featured the talents of Tourkina and Petkov who performed many standards, including sonatas by Mozart, Schubert, Michael McLean, Scott Joplin and The Beatles.”

Last year they performed the Beatles’ hits Hey Jude, And I Love Her, All My Loving, Michelle, Yesterday, In My Life, Girl, Eight Days A Week, and I Will. Married couple Tourkina and Petkov will return this year, joined by two musical counterparts, making them a Fab Four for the occasion.


Olga Tourkina on violin amazed the audience with her rendition of The Beatles classic, Michelle, during St. Michael’s 2018 Classic Concert. Photos Jason D. Antos Olga Tourkina on violin amazed the audience with her rendition of The Beatles classic, Michelle, during St. Michael’s 2018 Classic Concert. Photos Jason D. Antos Antos noted that “In 2011, Tourkina was part of a violin duo that performed chamber concerts at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. Petkov performed in 2008 with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra as a soloist in the St. Petersburg Grand Hall.”

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