Review received on 4/17/2024

Wonderful Performance!

The Chicago Cossacks performed for our Multicultural Event this year, and our patrons loved them! The dancing and music was very authentic, and our patrons learned a lot about Ukrainian Culture as well. Thank you!

From: Jasmine Hosein

To: Gennady Sergienko

Fri, Mar 8 at 8:43 AM

Hi Gennady! 

Thank you for a wonderful performance! I thoroughly enjoyed it! 

Please feel free to use us as a reference in any future library bookings! 

Jasmine Hosein
Deerfield Public Library

Review received on 9/26/2023

Perfect, Joyous Program!

I hired the Chicago Cossacks to be the first of my new "Global Neighbors" series at the Park Ridge Public Library. They were a perfect all-in-one program: music, dance, and insightful instruction. The dancers changed costumes several times (to the amazement of our audience) and the musicians even changed their hats! Patrons greeted each other in Ukrainian, gave the group several standing ovations, and even cried for joy. It was everything I'd hoped for.

Review received on 8/30/2023

Beautiful Music and Lively Program

Chicago Cossacks were a fan favorite and we hand a long waitlist for this event. We will absolutely have them back.

Review received on 8/7/2023

A real crowd-pleaser

Our library hosted Chicago Cossacks over the weekend, and they were a real hit. Several attendees let us know how much they enjoyed the performance. Great quality music and dance.

Review received on 6/19/2023

Great presentation for the Wauconda Area Library

Wonderful presentation, the singer has an amazing voice, they explained every song and the dancers were great. Overall it was beautiful!

From: Levin-O'Leary, Faye 

To: Gennady Sergienko <>

Sent: Thursday, December 8, 2022 at 08:50:28 AM CST

Subject: Re: Programming with Indian Trails Library

Hi Gennady,

Thank you so much for joining us, the members and I all really enjoyed the performance! I thought it was really great, you were professional and knew what you were doing each step of the way, and you were also resourceful in figuring out how to arrange the available equipment. We got positive verbal feedback as the members left, and that was echoed in the surveys, several of which said they really enjoyed the performance.



Review received on 6/5/2022

Saved my wedding

This band literally saved my wedding. Everything was all messed up because the linens didn’t come in. When the band came on they had great costumes, everyone danced so much, they loved it. Zorbas was a huge hit and so was the Ukrainian wedding dance offs. Henry was amazing to work with. He always answered all my questions within hours. The band showed up early to let us use the mic. I can’t say how amazing the process was to book them. The music sounded so amazing and it was lively and fun for a wedding!

From: Sue Powell

To: 'Gennady Sergienko' <>

Sent: Tuesday, June 11, 2019, 10:33:42 AM CDT

Subject: RE: Friday event in Decatur

Hi Gennady!

You were all amazing – exactly what I had hoped for!  I will be happy to write a review.  It’s easy to give a five star rating.  We’ve had lots of great feedback from our audience.  In fact, I was out yesterday but came in today to find a note on my desk from a lady asking for your contact info. . . hopefully another gig.

Thanks to all of you.


From: Joe Popowitch

Date: 11/11/18 4:27 PM (GMT-06:00)

To: kievchgoman <>

Subject: RE: Indian Prairie Library Multicultural Fest Sat., Nov. 10


Thank you for performing at our Multicultural Fest. Your group is wonderful, and we were extremely pleased with the performance. Because of the nature of the event, we did not have the audience fill out performance evaluations, but I can give you feedback on what I observed.

First, we counted at least 56 people who stopped for some time to listen. This does not include all the people who may have enjoyed your music while entering and leaving the library. Our Meeting Room only holds about 100 people, so 56 under any circumstances is good attendance for one of our programs.

Other things I noticed:

We will definitely keep you in mind for future programs.

Have a great day!

Joe Popowitch

Indian Prairie Library

From: Barbara Goodman

Date: Wed, Apr 11, 2018 at 9:47 AM

Subject: From Gennady Sergienko (Chicago Cossacks)

To: Henry Sergienko <>

Hi Henry,

Thanks to YOU and your ensemble for an absolutely wonderful performance on Sunday.  As I'm sure you could tell, our full house of patrons truly enjoyed the performance. They offered rave reviews on their way out!

Here's some feedback for you: 

Chicago Cossacks recently gave an entertaining and delightful performance to an enthusiastic standing-room-only crowd at our library. People of all ages clapped and sang along during the performance and offered rave reviews after the show.

​Many thanks again for joining us!



Review received on 3-12-2018 at 3:51 pm (PDT)

Great folk music and performance!

They were on time and ready to go. They were professional, polite, and very entertaining. Very happy with the experience will definitely consider inviting them again.

From: Roz Topolski

Date: 11/6/17  10:19 AM  (GMT-06:00)

To: Gennady Sergienko <>

Subject: Re: from Gennady Sergienko (The Internationals and Chicago Cossacks)

Hi Henry,

The Internationals provided a wonderful performance for our audience of all ages. Very professional, talented, and engaging, their performance shared a delightful taste of many different cultures.



Alisa K. • October 15, 2017

Wedding Folk music and dancing performance

It's been almost a month since we had the pleasure of hosting the Cossacks at our wedding and we and our guests cannot stop raving at the quality, uniqueness and joy they provided us on our life changing day. Gennady is an absolute pleasure to 1. Do business with (incredibly responsive, flexible and professional) and 2. Have perform with his team at any occasion.

Many of my guests never knew about Ukrainian/Jewish folk music and had definitely never been taught to dance to it. Thank you all of the Cossack team for leaving every guest with smile and a few new dance moves :)

From: Jane E Auge

Date: 4/5/17 9:35 AM (GMT-06:00)

To: Gennady Sergienko <>

Subject: from Gennady Sergienko (Chicago Cossacks)

Hello Gennady,

We very much enjoyed your outstanding performance. Not only because of your phenomenal talent, but because of the educational aspects you shared with us on the various music and instruments you utilized. I am hope you enjoyed your time at the event! /.../ Again, thank you very much for coming to Platteville. I just finished reading through the surveys and our audience loved your performance.

Kind regards,


Talented Performers

Chicago Cossacks was a wonderful addition to our school's special event. They were on time and gave a great performance. I liked that performers tailored the songs to what we needed.

Klaus Boettcher

Hello Henry!

Yes, thank you. It was a wonderful evening. The music and singing really made the evening and added charm and spontaneity. I was afraid the keyboard would overpower the balalaika but I was wrong. It ended up sounding perfect. It was a special treat to hear the Yiddish songs and I was so happy you knew them.

Andrea and I will recommend you and Arkady. And will contact you for our next event.

Klaus and Andrea



'Gennady Sergienko'

Jan 10 at 10:15 AM

It was nice meeting you and the others last night as well. Your singer has a beautiful voice, the residents and I really enjoyed the performance.  I will keep you in mind for future performances.

Thanks again!


From: "Sorensen, Karen J"

Date: 10/3/16 10:20 AM (GMT-06:00)

To: Gennady Sergienko <>

Subject: RE: from Gennady Sergienko (Chicago Cossacks)

Hello Gennady,

  Thank you for asking for feedback regarding your September 30th Noon Concert at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside.  The following descriptive words apply to your performance:  energetic, musical, visually appealing, good rapport with the audience, etc.  It was a sincere pleasure to have you as part of our BMO Harris Noon Concert Series.

Best wishes and thank you to you and your fellow musicians!

Karen Sorensen

University of Wisconsin-Parkside

William Owen <>


Sunday, September 25, 2016 6:54 PM

I enjoyed the group’s performance at the Morton Arboretum (9/25/2016).

In a word, they were “sensational”! The musicianship was clear. I so enjoyed the performance!

And Ms. Bodansky’s voice echoes through my Being even now, hours later!

I could tell the folks had been trained well! Not to mention how much they loved the music!

(I was grateful for, if I may, Natasha’s reference to Van Cliburn on the final offering.)

They were skilled and excellent, Sir. Kindly pass this on to them!

From: "Acevedo, Juan"

Date: 8/31/16 12:46 PM

To: Gennady Sergienko

Subject: Re: Performer Information


Thank you for participating in the Wheeling Park District International Festival.  Your performance was truly amazing and we are very glad that you could be part of this special event. 

Please thank all of the performers, and everyone who made this possible.  I hope you enjoyed your time at the Wheeling Park District, and that you visit us soon as our guests.  

Juan Carlos Acevedo

Outreach Coordinator

Wheeling Park District

On Tuesday, August 30, 2016 1:35 AM, Rebecca Kohn wrote:


Thank you for the wonderful performance at the event.  Everyone who attended really enjoyed (especially the kids!).  We hope that as we continue the program we may be able to bring you guys back out for an encore in a few years.

Thank you again for your wonderful performance,

Rebecca Kohn

On Thursday, April 14, 2016 2:24 PM "Rose, Jeff" wrote:

Gennady –

Thanks for coming out yesterday, we very much enjoyed it.

Thank you for showing up and setting up in a timely manner. You and the group were professional and courteous. Our audience enjoyed the variety of songs and the whole show. So many people recalled memories of parents or loved ones who shared the music that you performed. Your music had a profound impact. All I heard was positive feedback from everyone who attended. Hopefully we can have you all back sometime soon.


Café Manager

JOSEPH PEKAREK (Chicago Accordion Club)


Gennady Sergienko

Hi Henry,


We enjoyed the Chicago Cossacks program - quite a few of our members made an extra effort to tell me how much they liked your performance.

 Best regards,


Roz Topolski 


Gennady Sergienko

Hi Henry - Thank you for a terrific performance at our library yesterday. Our patrons really enjoyed your music and dancing . Everyone had a wonderful afternoon.  I hope to have the opportunity to work together again.

Many thanks,


Roz Topolski

Public Programming and Events Coordinator

Vernon Area Public Library District

From Susan

Date: 10/17/15 8:57am

To Gennady Sergienko


The feed back for Friday was that people loved you. The music was lively and Natasha was very interesting, knowledgeable, beautiful, and has a outstanding voice.


My library patrons loved the Chicago Cossacks

The Chicago Cossacks performed at my library this past January to a PACKED room. The costumes were authentic and beautiful, and the music was simply amazing. Perfect group for a library concert. My patrons loved them and had nothing but wonderful things to say -- we will definitely be having them back!

From: sergey furmanov

Date:02/16/2015 10:53 PM

To: Gennady Sergienko <>

We invited Chicago Cossacks to play for the annual Russian Winter Festivals 2014 and 2015 in Des Plaines, IL, at the Russian Orthodox Church Protection Cathedral. Both times they delivered musical entertainment of the highest quality and genuine authenticity. Their professionalism in combination with warm personalities truly sets them aside among the bands that specialize in Slavic folk music. They are sure to please even the most refined listeners of folk music.

From: Courtney Tedrick

To: 'Gennady Sergienko' <>

Subject: RE: Concert at Wheaton Library on 1/11/15


Our patrons (and myself!) absolutely loved your performance, it was so wonderful. I will definitely write a glowing review for you on Gig Salad!

Many thanks!

Courtney Tedrick

Programming Librarian

Wheaton Public Library

Reviewer: Karen Bollman

Event Date: September 5th, 2014

Event Type: Ethnic Celebration

Event City: Palatine, IL

Services Provided: World Music

This is a Verified review.

Review submitted on 9-11-2014 at 11:16 am (PDT)

Total rating for this event: 5 out of 5

Client Comments

Cultural Fair

We were very pleased with the musical trio that performed for a community cultural fair. The Russian and Ukraine music and dance was excellent and there was audience participation.

On Tuesday, August 12, 2014 7:40 PM, Berniece Tobiaski <> wrote:




McHenry Senior Citzens Club

From: Helene Gidaspow

Date:06/12/2014 12:20 AM (GMT-06:00)

To: Gennady Sergienko

Subject: RE: Birthday Entertainment

Hi Gennady,

I want to thank you for the beautiful performance you and the Chicago Cossacks gave for my husband's 80th Birthday luncheon on June 1, 2014.  We had more then 30 guests and received many compliments on the entertainment.  The music was amazing and the presentation highly professional.

Thank you for making our party extra special.

It has been a pleasure working with you.


Helene Gidaspow

On Tuesday, April 8, 2014 2:29 PM, Sandra Iosue wrote:

Hello Gennady,

What a pleasure it was listening to The Chicago Cossacks. Our patrons enjoyed hearing the history of the songs and were entertained with your beautiful music. The singers voice was truly magical. The two dancers added fun to the program too.

Thank you for bringing your culture to the Lansing Public Library.


Sandra Iosue

Fiction And Beyond

Lansing Public Library


Date:04/04/2014 9:40 PM (GMT-06:00)


Subject: Wonderful Performance

Thank you for the wonderful performance at the Lansing Library this evening.  Everyone is so professional and SO talented!  I really enjoyed the variety of selections  and the combination of music and dance.  The costumes were beautiful, too.  I would encourage everyone to treat themselves to a performance of Chicago Cossacks.



On Thursday, April 3, 2014 9:53 AM, Kirstin Finneran wrote:

Greetings Gennady!

It was a pleasure to have you perform here at the Dundee Library. Your program was one of the most well attended we have had in several months. I just wanted to pass on the following email we received from a patron who attended:

“Just a note of THANKS for your hosting of the "Chicago Cossacks", last Saturday afternoon. Their performance was very enjoyable.Hope you can persuade them to come again.” Sevim

This is special, because we rarely get feedback via our website “comments” area.

Thanks so much for a great performance!


Kirstin Finneran

Public Relations & Marketing

Fox River Valley Public Library District

From: Sergey Furmanov

To: kievchgoman <>

Date:02/27/2014  12:11 AM

The musicianship of "Chicago Cossacks" raised the cultural bar of our annual parish fundraising event. People came for the food and crafts but stayed for the music. The musicians played with much love for the music and the audience felt it.  "Chicago Cossacks" really helped make the event a success.

From: Marc Duchon <>


Sent: Tuesday, August 27, 2013 11:09 PM

My name is Marc and I hired the "Chicago Cossacks" to perform as a surprise for my wife as a congratulations on her signing a new employment contract. It was on the spur of the moment and I think I only gave Henry 1 days notice maybe it was even the same day I can't remember but they graciously agreed and were early and very pleasant about the performance. It was very chaotic, a fault of mine, because I had initially asked them to set up outside the balcony, but then changed to have them come in the house. The entire situation was handled with an enormous amount of professionalism by the band. Once I had the situation figured out they were able to sneak into my sister in laws home without making a sound to alert my wife, I walked her out of the bedroom and they began to play, they were simply FANTASTIC!!!! The music was beautiful, the vocals were amazing and the price was so incredibly reasonable. I cannot tell you how happy you will be if you hire them for any event. From the authentic clothing to the wonderful music you will not be happier! I can't say enough wonderful things about the "Chicago Cossacks" and I'm looking forward to having them entertain us again in the near future. Thanks again "Chicago Cossacks"! You managed to turn just a regular night into a wonderful romantic evening that was exactly what both my wife and I needed!!


Marc D.

From: Jennifer Black

To: Gennady Sergienko <>

Sent: Monday, August 12, 2013 11:08 AM

Subject: RE: Greetings


At long last!

The Chicago Cossacks played to a standing room-only crowd at the Glenview Public Library. Their repertoire was beautifully selected, each song was presented with an educational and interesting cultural introduction…and the performance was a perfect combination of vocals, instrumentals, and dance. From small children to seniors, a Chicago Cossack performance promises to be a great treat for your audience.

Jennifer S. Black

Communications Director

Glenview Public Library

From: C. Freeman

To: Gennady Sergienko <>

Sent: Tuesday, July 16, 2013 6:50 PM

Subject: Re: concert Sunday, July 7

Hello Gennady,

Yes, I think the patrons enjoyed your concert very much. Our surveys ask people to rate their experience as excellent, above average, average, or below average. Thirty one people attended; 17 people filled in surveys: 12 rated your program as excellent; 5 as above average. In the comments section, people noted that they liked the diversity of the music and instruments, and that the singer and dancers were very good, and they liked the energy and variety of the program.

Thank you very much for a wonderful program!


From: Carmen Higgins

To: Gennady Sergienko <>

Sent: Wednesday, May 22, 2013 10:39 AM

Subject: Re: Performance at Westmont Public Library


Our  Marketing Coordinator, Kate Buckson, had this to say " They were excellent to work with, very understanding and well prepared. The music was wonderful! The audience loved it! They were clapping and singing along. The whole ambiance of the performance was really fantastic with the costumes and dancing and fun personalities of the performers. Everyone who attended had a great time." 

Sounds like it was a success!

Carmen Higgins

Outreach Coordinator

Westmont Public Library

From: Cindy Kline

To: Gennady Sergienko <>

Sent: Monday, January 28, 2013 1:38 PM

Subject: RE: Indian Prairie Public Library

Hi Gennady,


Thank you for enabling our patrons to enjoy such a special  afternoon!    You, Arkady, Natasha, Galina, and Natalya received  rave reviews from the audience.  Your performance played a wonderful part in our month long celebration of Eastern Europe and  l’ll  be happy to recommend The Chicago Cossacks to other libraries to consider for their programming needs.

Following are some of the comments from attendees:

“I am very appreciative to the library for the opportunity to introduce my son to Russian and Ukrainian culture.”

“What a wonderful presentation. “

“Great musicians, great dancers.”

“Outstanding, thank you!”

“Great show!”


Thank you, again!

 Cindy Kline

From: Rita Lopienski

To: Gennady Sergienko <>

Sent: Monday, November 19, 2012 9:49 AM

Subject: RE: Russian music entertainment for retirement community

They loved the program! Thanks so much, and I will highly recommend your group.


From: "Goluch, Crista"

To: Gennady Sergienko <>

Sent: Monday, November 5, 2012 10:15 AM

Subject: Re: Coming to the Rolling Meadows Library

Hi Gennady,

It was so nice to meet you and your wonderful musical group.  The patrons loved hearing the music and seeing the excellent dancers.

Thanks again for coming to Rolling Meadows Library.

Crista Goluch

Adult Program Coordinator

Rolling Meadows Library

From: "judiebey"


Sent: Friday, May 4, 2012 3:15 PM

Subject: Concert

Hello Gennady,

I received so many positive comments about your performance at our Borscht Bash.  It was the perfect finale for our very successful fund raiser.

Many people commented on the musicianship of the group.  Everyone loved the variety of the programming and the commentary.  We look forward to

hearing you again!


From: Joy

To: "" <>

Sent: Wednesday, March 21, 2012 1:03 PM

Subject: Entertainment Request

Hi Gennady,

We absolutely loved the music and entertainment.

Here is my testimonial for your website...

Incredible entertainment! Perfect for our school setting of 500 kids. Chicago Cossacks were authentic and educational about the culture, teaching the kids sayings and the origin of Cossacks.  With each toe-tapping song, I now understand what Barynya is! Thank you!!

-- Joy Bach, BFA Butterfield School

From: Phil Skeltis

To: 'Gennady Sergienko' <>

Sent: Monday, January 30, 2012 8:56 AM

Subject: RE: Palatine Public Library

Dear Mr. Sergienko,

Thank you so much for coming to our library!  Attendance was outstanding.  Looking at the feedback forms, all were Satisfied and Very Satisfied.  Written comments were as follows:

 “Bring them back!”

“Good quality and mix of Ukrainian and Russian music.”

“Excellent musicians.”

“The Singer had a really good rapport with the audience.”

Thanks so much again for a terrific concert.


 Phil Skeltis

Adult Programming Coordinator

Reference Librarian

From: "Buerger, Marci"

To: "" <>

Sent: Thursday, October 20, 2011 5:36 PM

Subject: Thank you: “Festival Night: Chicago Cossacks” on October 7, 2011.

Hi Henry,

Thank you for the performance  “Festival Night: Chicago Cossacks” on October 7, 2011.  This was a wonderful opportunity for the community to learn about Eastern European music and folk dancing. 

Of the 120 people in attendance for this program, twenty-eight people completed evaluations.  Attendees were asked the question "Did this presentation meet your expectations?" and asked to rate it on a scale of 0-10. An average score according to their responses was 9.3.  When attendees were asked the question "How effective was the performance?" an average score according to their responses was 9.4.  When attendees were asked the question "Would you recommend this program to a friend?", all but one respondent indicated that they would recommend this program to a friend.

Some of the comments included:



The staff and community want you to know how much they appreciate the time and effort that goes into the preparation, travel and presentation of this program.  Thank you again for being a part of our Library programming and for participating in our celebration of the cultures of Eastern Europe.


Marci K. Buerger

Adult Program Coordinator

Mount Prospect Public Library

From: Terri Campbell

To: 'Gennady Sergienko' <>

Sent: Monday, October 17, 2011 9:29 AM

Subject: RE: Chicago Cossacks/Concert, Sunday, October 9 at 2:00 pm

Our patrons very much enjoyed your lively  concert on Sunday, October 9 on Russian Music and Dance. Patrons made a point of asking to have your group back again. Your lead singer Natasha has the most incredible voice and did a wonderful job of explaining the history of the music between songs. The musicians and dancers also were very entertaining and talented.  We would very much enjoy having you back again next season! Thank you again for a most enjoyable concert.

 Terri Campbell

Community Services/Adult Programming

Prospect Heights Public Library

October 4, 2011

Hello Gennady,

Thank you so much, again, for the terrific program on Sunday.

This is what people wrote on their performance evaluation sheets:

Loved it!

Very entertaining.

The singer was great—her voice and explanations of the songs.

The entire group was terrific.

Great program!

I’ve always loved Russian music.

They were extremely good—a lot of humor.

I’d love to see this group come back!

Very fine: musical and cultural.

Beautiful costumes.

A lovely afternoon.


This was, indeed, a delightful program. I hope you and your group had a much fun as we did!



Program Coordinator

Woodridge Public Library

From: Kay Kohut

To: Gennady Sergienko <>

Sent: Monday, October 3, 2011 5:20 PM

Subject: Re: Chicago Cossacks performance

Hello Gennady, 

I can't tell you how much I enjoyed the performance. It was everything I wanted it to be, and more. The music is lively and beautiful. professionally performed. The singing is fantastic--what a vocal range she has! The dancers are beautifully colorful and--best of all--it appeared as if each of you was enjoying yourselves.

Thank you, thank you, thank you!


From: "" <>

To: "" <>

Sent: Thursday, September 8, 2011 6:34 PM

Subject: Re: from Gena Sergienko (Chicago Cossacks)

I am a local restaurant owner and for over a year I had a pleasure of working with Chicago Cossacks. Gennady Sergienko and Arkady Pevchik have performed at my place as a band and solo on several occasions and were absolutely loved by the public. The dynamic performance of Russian , Ukrainian, Jewish and All-American favorite songs takes turns with jokes and interaction with the ones in attendance and public is kept interested for the whole duration of the concert. It is not a rare picture when restaurant patrons would sing along and dance during performances.

I have enjoyed working with the band ,

Best wishes to you from Crepe Bistro staff, keep up the great work , and will be looking forward to work with you again in the future!

Dimitriy Bushmakin

Crepe Bistro

From: lvactivity

To: Gennady Sergienko <>

Sent: Thursday, September 1, 2011 9:18 AM

Subject: Re: Chicago Cossacks/Luther Village

I recently had the pleasure of welcoming the Chicago Cossacks to Luther Village for the first time.   Gennady and his group were greeted by a large audience (over 200) of extremely enthusiastic Senior Citizens. The music of the Russian mandolin, bass, and accordion filled the room with tunes both familiar and exotic.  The traditionally dressed dancers added an element of drama that will be long remembered.  Do I recommend the Russian Cossacks?  Absolutely!


Cathy Grabowski 

Activities Director

From: "" <>


Sent: Monday, August 29, 2011 5:52 PM

Subject: Re: Leisure Group Fish Boil

Dear Henry,

We enjoyed the music very much, our group loved the program.  We know he travels far but we appreciated his effort and his talent.  We would be happy to recommend his highly.

Many Thanks for your arranging the wonderful program for our 40 Seniors at Gloria Dei.


Janet and Harlan Bane

The Leisure Group

Gloria Dei Lutheran Church

Downers Grove, IL

From: Linda <>


Sent: Mon, June 27, 2011 9:09:27 PM

Subject: Re: From Gennady Sergienko (Chicago Cossacks)

Hi Gennady, The entertainers were greatly enjoyed by our Russian guests. They knew all the words to the songs! Thank you again for your help, and yes they were most professional. Sincerely

From: Cathy Korthals 

To: Gennady Sergienko <>

Sent: Mon, June 13, 2011 9:46:16 AM

Subject: RE: From Henry Sergienko (Chicago Cossacks)

I have put an enthusiastic review of your concert on our facebook page. I hope that this will get seen by all of our facebook friends.


We enjoyed your music and performance and would recommend booking your group to any who ask.


Thank you again for an enjoyable hour of music and entertainment,

Cathy Korthals

From: Chet Kondratowicz

To: Gennady Sergienko <>

Sent: Fri, March 11, 2011 4:07:23 PM

Subject: Re: Lewis University Gala performance

Dear Gennady,

I want you to know that I have gotten nothing but positive feedback from your appearance with the Chicago Cossacks Trio last Saturday for Russian Rhapsody, our annual fund raising dinner for the arts at Lewis University.  Everyone enjoyed the selections, the quality of the performance, and the friendly demeanor of each of the performers.  I certainly enjoyed working with you, appreciated your willingness to travel all that way on short notice and your easy adjustment to the changes in times that we had to make that evening.  Wonderfully cooperative.  You made my day. 


Thanks again,


From: "Schuster, Sally"

To: Gennady Sergienko <>

Sent: Thu, December 9, 2010 2:23:58 PM

Subject: RE: Chicago Cossacks in Addison Public Library

Hi Gennady,

At one of this year’s Sunday programs, a couple recommended that we have The Chicago Cossacks perform at the Addison Public Library. I was happy to say that we already had scheduled them for this year’s holiday open house. The quality of the program was exceptional. Several audience members told me how much they enjoyed the performance. When Natasha sang Coral Bells, the whole audience was mesmerized. Her beautiful voice is absolutely perfect for that song which would be recognizable when sung in any language. To the delight of the audience, Gennady and Arkady accompanied Natasha and played several instrumental pieces. I would certainly invite the Chicago Cossacks to perform again, but I would like to include the dancers.

Sally Schuster

From: Robert Schuettpelz

To: Gennady Sergienko <>

Sent: Mon, October 18, 2010 9:54:26 PM

Subject: Re: from Gennady Sergienko (Chicago Cossacks)

Dear Gennady,

Thank you so much for your great performance on Thursday.  I heard numerous times that people were very impressed with your music and dance.  It was exactly what we were looking for.

Thank you for changing things around at the last minute.  I am sure it was not easy but you did a wonderful job. 

I would be very happy to be a reference for you.  I would definitely recommend you to others.  Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help you out.

Best Wishes,


From: Judy Napier

To: Gennady Sergienko <>

Sent: Tue, September 21, 2010 9:23:10 AM

Subject: RE: from Gennady Sergienko (Chicago Cossacks)


We thoroughly enjoyed your performance and will recommend you to other libraries.  Your vocalist was wonderful as were the dancers and costumes.   I felt the audience was very engaged.

Judy Napier

Director of Popular Services

From: Elva Arreola

To: Gennady Sergienko <>

Sent: Fri, September 10, 2010 2:20:39 PM

Subject: Re: from Gennady Sergienko (Chicago Cossacks)


I just returned from a group of programmers meeting.  I gave information about your group and how everyone loved "meaning all ages" loved the dancers.

Best of Luck,

Elva Arreola

From: Jenny Collier

To: Gena Sergienko <>

Sent: Thu, July 15, 2010 8:19:13 PM

Subject: RE: from Gennady Sergienko (Chicago Cossacks)


I just wanted to let you know that our library patrons had nothing but good things to say about your performance.  When I asked a few of the children if they enjoyed it they gave me a little dance and yelled “yes!”

The truly wonderful part of the evening was that the children were enthralled, clapping along and enjoying the music even though they did not understand the language that the songs were sung in.  The parents enjoyed the cultural experience, many of them happy to be able to share something from their own heritage with their children.

The dancers were beautiful and graceful. The music was so uplifting and joyful.   The singing was amazing, and the unique instruments were lovely.  As a program planner it is so nice to be able to provide a unique experience that was so well received.

Thank you so much for sharing your gift of music, dance and old world ambiance with the readers at the Wood Dale Public Library.

Thank you!


From: Ann White

To: Gennady Sergienko <>

Sent: Mon, May 3, 2010 9:30:05 PM

Subject: Re: Borscht Bash - April 20

Dear Gennady,

On behalf of the Vladimir/Canterbury SIster City Association of Bloomington-Normal, Illinois I want to thank you for your April 20th performance at our annual Borscht Bash.  Your music captured the soul of Russia.  Those of us who have visited Russia felt as if we were there again.  The "Chicago Cossacks" trio provided a marvelous evening for us!  We were delighted with their fine musicianship, their exuberant spirit, and the variety in their selections.  We were all energized by their presence.   

Ann B. White and William L.  White, Bloomington/Normal, IL

Subject: The Chicago Cossacks in Decatur, IL

Date: Monday, July 23, 2007

To Whom It May Concern:

We were very pleased with the performance of The Chicago Cossacks at the “Taste Of The World” restaurant weekend in Decatur, Illinois recently. The group sounded great and the audience certainly enjoyed them. Decatur doesn’t have many opportunities to hear Russian-Slavic music, so the sounds of this wonderful trio brought a piece of the other side of the world to the people of Central Illinois. Everything went well. Gennady was very professional. I would use again if the right opportunity came along.


Diane Boyles

Entertainment Agent

Perfect Impressions Entertainment, Inc.

a Fred Puglia company

160 E. Main St. Suite 200 Decatur, IL USA 62523