Hello, I am Henry Sergienko – a main contact for The Internationals. Our team consists of the violinists, pianists, accordionists, cellists, guitarists, vocalists, harpists, saxophonists, bagpipers; also clowns, dancers, face painters.
For many years, we performed in Chicago land and beyond at the wedding ceremonies, receptions, corporate or private parties, festivals and the fund raisers. We cover wide variety of musical styles: Classical, Jazz, Standards, international(Italian, French, German, Indian Bollywood, Irish, Greek, Ukrainian, Latin, Klezmer, Russian etc) and can perform from solos to larger ensembles.
We will gladly work with you on a custom program for your special event!
We booked an accordion player for an Italian themed birthday party. Arkady from the Internationals was just perfect. Our goal was to create a the feel of Italian family birthday parties like my wife experienced growing up. The quote and booking process was seamless. Arkady was a true professional and provided just the experience we were trying to achieve.
We had Arkady play mostly Polish accordion pieces after dinner for my wife's 70th birthday, and he literally had guests dancing in the aisles! A wonderful and personable performer!
Our guests were delighted with the music and selections played.
Great! My guests enjoyed my party because of the live entertainment.
I asked Henry to help with arranging music for my proposal. He was very professional and helpful at each step of the process. The saxophonist, Stan, did a great job with the songs requested and played melodiously. My girlfriend was very impressed!
Thank a lot!
Right from the very beginning of me accepting their quote, they were in contact with me. They made sure that all of my questions were answered. Henry was very professional and very personable! I hired an accordionist, and Arkady was terrific! He even contacted me the morning of the event and asked if everything was good with my event! Arkady came a little earlier than his playing time and I Loved That! He walked around and visited with some of my family and friends to "get a feel" of the party! Once he started playing, everyone was joining in and clapping and singing and dancing! My dad, the 90th birthday boy, was dancing and singing with Arkady! Arkady walked around while playing, and everybody, both young and old, really enjoyed his playing! I am so glad that I decided to do this! Thank you, GigSalad, and Thank You to The Internationals!! Cheers!
I would like to share the experience for the Face Painting Service that was done by Vera. She came about 10 min before time to set up her equipment and used a really good paint. The picture was almost perfect even the next day (my daughter refused to wash it before sleep and kept it next day)! All Face Paintings were great, very bright and well made. Vera worked very fast but highly professional. I would highly recommend Vera's service to all sorts of parties - kids or even adults as we had couple adults with cool "tattoos". 5 stars. Thank you, Vera and Henry!
Last minute, they came through for my daughters wedding!
I was doing an upscale Sweetest Day Party with the theme of a classy Wild West Saloon. Since in these joints the Saloon Girls were on a mission to keep the patrons longer in the main hall, they needed to be very entertaining for them, so they could spend more money or gold dust on booze, gambling, and 'soiled doves' upstairs. Henry Sergienko has found me a perfect Saloon Gal Inna Perschanskaya. She was perfect at 'flirting' with the male guests and doing an almost impossible balancing act where the husbands were kept interested while their wives considered it as an innocent playing act. She was not confused with a slightly provocative outfit which we discussed and purchased among the other variants. Inna was the center of the party conducting her act and and conversing with the guests on a various topics. Everyone was giving me the compliments for months on that hit-party, and mentioning the actress.
It really did not fit well into our program.
Response from The Internationals:
Thank you for booking The Internationals and taking some time to leave feedback. It is our sincere apology that our service didn't meet your needs. We work with some of the best professionals on the market and take all our customers' requests seriously. We pay attention to each detail, review the contract with the clients and do our very best to exceed our clients' expectations. We have been in business for over a decade, and like to personally follow up with our clients after each event. We always strive to refine and improve our services. Unfortunately, without specific details about your experience, we cannot address your concerns.
I hired Henry's team for a birthday party and everything went perfectly. Customer service on point, our singer arrived on time, was professional and had an incredible voice. Would highly recommend this service to anyone looking to hire. Thanks guys!
Gosha was amazing!! He interacted with the children very well with jokes, puppets, and magic. He enlighten the room with joy and laughter.
Had an accordionist and violinist play at my weddings cocktail hour. Just trusted them on song selection. Everyone loved it as background music and the kids were dancing like crazy. Also probably the easiest part to plan for the entire wedding. Slam dunk.
We had a great experience with Michael. We would use him again.
Thank you so much for a great music. I would recommend Michael for a beautiful parties - from weddings to anniversaries.
Thank you so much for your professional services. We were really pleased with our violinist, Michael R. He was very professional and communicated with us frequently prior to the wedding to make sure all our needs were met. Highly recommend him. He made sure to play all the songs we requested and even added two that were not on his list..
Michael was beyond professional. He arrived 15 minutes early, was a delight to us and the crowd and everyone enjoyed his choice in music! He read the attitude of the room and tailored that to the songs he played. 10/10 would recommend The Internationals, and Michael!
We had Arkady play the accordian at our backyard Oktoberfest party this past weekend and he was a hit! The ambiance he created was wonderful, he was personable and the guests loved him! He also took requests graciously and mingled so well I forgot he wasn't a guest of ours. The whole experience was great, easy and straightforward.
My husband and I struggled to hold back our tears when we heard our song being played as we walked down the aisle. We couldn't be happier with the professionalism and ability to adapt to our Persian ceremony. I would absolutely recommend The Internationals a million times over!
Michael did a phenomenal job. He was very professional and played all the songs I asked for. I definitely recommend his services.
We had Michael come out to perform for our anniversary dinner. I asked for Italian music to bring back memories from our honeymoon in Italy. He was extremely talented and professional. The music was outstanding! We really enjoyed the experience and would definitely recommend this company to anyone!
He was prompt, knew exactly what I wanted played so nice! Gave me a dope suggestion of a second song friendly help me figure out how to be discreet they way we planned it I recommend Michael! Thanks a lot made the engagement so special
My proposal could not have gone any better than it did. Arkady was very professional and prepared thoroughly for the day. Both, him and Henry, communicated with me throughout the process to make sure that plans were perfect and that there would be no hiccups when my fiancé arrived for the proposal. The music was beautiful and Arkady mixed in my requests with some of his classics and the collaboration worked FLAWLESSLY. I was very impressed with these guys and will seek them out for future services. GREAT JOB GUYS!
Had the trio at my wedding and it was beautiful. We gave them short notice but they were very helpful and accommodating. We had some Indian tunes as well. Highly recommend!
Arkady was amazing! Upbeat, classic italian tunes and everyone singing along. Great time with him. We will definitely be hiring him again!
The Musical Christmas melodies played were a perfect touch to Our dinner party. Professional, talented, and the repertoire of music selections beyond my expectations. He even played my grandfathers violin that had not been played in years and was used in silent films. Thank you for making the event very memorable !
The two piece band (accordionist and violinist) were a nice addition to our line up of entertainment. They performed during the cocktail hour and during dinner. The whole process was easy. I signed a contract with a small deposit a few months before. They called to confirm two weeks before. They arrived an hour before their start time to set-up. When they played, they were good. They music was enjoyable. It was the perfect addition to the dancing music that followed dinner. I would hire them again.
Henry worked with me late into the night to book an accordion player and singer for my son's burial. Arkady and Kyle had only two days notice but performed the song, "Losing You" beautifully. It was a wonderful tribute to my son and was a nice moment during an extremely difficult time. We were also much later to cemetery than I thought we would be, but they were both very understanding. Thank you.
I can only give superlatives:
-- Arkady (of The Internationals) has a huge repertoire in the genre requested.
-- His performance was lively, and he sounded really good.
-- He interacted with the attendees well, and he was full of smiles.
-- He was on-time and he made simple setup requests with no demands.
In my experience booking programs/performers for libraries, this may have been the easiest. The Internationals delivered on every agreement and performed wonderfully. We booked them to play outdoors and despite winds and overcast skies, they performed happily and with no incident. I am extremely satisfied and would highly recommend Mr. Sergienko and his musicians!
Hired an accordion player. He knew how to play accordion which was great but he didn't really follow the instructions we detailed via email and phone call. He also bugged me so much about the payment I had to go get the check from the person that was instructed to pay him after his set. All the details were discussed so that was really frustrating.
Response from The Internationals:
Diana, thank you for submitting the review. I am so sorry there was an issue with one of my musicians, this is a rare incident for me to observe this since these professionals.
I have made the necessary corrections so that way there is more communication between the musician, customer and me before and after the set. Also, I will be more selective in choosing musicians for future events.
I could not have been any happier with my selection of The Internationals. Professional to the core, Henry made it so simple to book a performer for our Bastille Day celebration.
People in town are still talking about the fabulous music. I highly recommend working with The Internationals!
Excellent performance! We asked for some fun songs from the 1940's. My 91 year old mother was so surprised and she really enjoyed it.
Thank you for recommending Michael (accordionist) for my Dad's 65th Birthday Party. He arrived early, warmed up, and played some excellent music. My dad was up and dancing and soon the rest of the party guests joined in even little kids formed a circle. For one person that is quite a feat. Excellent experience with booking and communication as well. Definitely would recommend!
Last week , Mr.Michael ( violinist) performed during my son's first holy communion. I highly recommend him. He was great, on time, professional, and played beautifully. Thank you for making my event so special.
Nina made our party a success. Although it was an 80th birthday celebration, there were all ages, and she was able to play to all. It was like she was one of the family. We were very pleased and look forward to using her for future functions. I would recommend her for any party.
Very professional! Will definitely be booking again!
Henry was our contact person, and his communication was excellent. Anyone planning a wedding knows how important that it. The musicians (cello, violin, piano) were on-time (early, actually), played beautifully, looked professional, and were polite. They were reasonably priced as well. Highly recommended.
We hired a violinist and pianist through the Internationals and were very pleased with them. They arrived on time and were dressed professionally. We really enjoyed the music that they played and would definitely hire them again.
I had a violinist and a celloist play at my wedding and they were very professional. They had a big repotoire of songs and even played some that I requested.
Furthermore, there was no problem from the performers playing at out ceremony outside. They then traveled to the reception inside and did a great job and the throughout the 4 hours they pl ayed at our cocktail hour and dinner in which they sounded great and were very professional.
I would choose to have performers from the Internationals play for me anytime. The best thing was that we did not have to stress out about the music we told them what we wanted and they pulled it off flawlessly.
Igor was amazing! He showed up early, was professional and polite, and played beautifully. I also received plenty of communication throughout the planning process, making things very stress-free. We received so many compliments about how beautiful the wedding music was.
We worked with Henry and the Internationals for our annual Oktoberfest this year at the winery and were utterly charmed by them! Professional, kind and respectful. I look forward to having them back next year!
The violinist who came for my mom's wake did a great job----very moving indeed.
Arkady came out and played the accordion for our wedding during dinner/drinks and did a fantastic job. I got a lot of great feedback from our guest regarding how much they enjoyed the music. If you're looking for an accordion player, he's the guy to go with. Thanks again!
Musicians, Igor and Mikhail were an important part of my daughter's wedding ceremony. Almost two years later, reviewing video posted on this site, I would like to acknowledge high professionalism. Music played before and during ceremony deeply touched every person, including Groom and Bride. Special thank to Henry for the video. I definitely recommend "The Internationals" to my friends.
I invited "Internationals" to provide musical entertainment for my parents' 50th anniversary surprise celebration. Musicians were very professional, provided great music, were prompt and delivered their service at the highest level. They went far and beyond expectations. Would definitely recommend them for an event.
We were all very happy with the music selection and the player. I received a lot of compliments on his playing. Would recommend gig salad anytime.
Response from The Internationals:
Thank you, Barbara! It was a pleasure working with you.
What to Expect
You will get an experience professional musician, ensemble or band with extended repertoire.
Please view our video demos and concert recordings at www.chicago-musik.com/video
Our artists perform in a wide range of musical styles, including classical, jazz, blues, ethnic (Italian, French, German, Indian Bollywood, Greek, Russian, Latin, Klezmer, Ukrainian etc), American standards and more.
Our highly qualified musicians have all received formal education in the arts of music and entertainment. Over the years, they have been presenting their talent in USA and abroad.
We can also produce a children's clown variety show with comedy juggling, comedy magic, puppets, interactive games and more
We will gladly work with you to customize your special event, e.g. wedding ceremony and reception, corporate or private party, festival or fundraising.
Additional Booking Notes
The musicians can bring their own sound amplification or use one provided by a client. The piano players can either bring the electric keyboard or use the piano at the venue.
Upcoming Booked Events
|May 31, 2019 • 6:00pm - 8:00pm||Restaurant/Bar Event|
|June 02, 2019 • 3:00pm - 6:00pm||Birthday Party|
|June 08, 2019 • 8:00pm - 8:30pm||Birthday Party|
|June 29, 2019 • 5:30pm - 7:30pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|July 26, 2019 • 3:30pm - 4:30pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|October 13, 2019 • 5:15pm - 6:45pm||Wedding Ceremony|
Past Booked Events
|May 11, 2019 • 11:30am - 12:30pm||Children's Birthday Party|
|May 10, 2019 • 12:00pm - 12:45pm||Retirement Community Event|
|May 04, 2019 • 11:00am - 12:00pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|April 21, 2019 • 7:30am - 10:30am||Worship Service|
|April 12, 2019 • 8:00pm - 9:30pm||Birthday Party|
|March 09, 2019 • 5:00pm - 6:00pm||Birthday Party|
|February 23, 2019 • 5:30pm - 6:15pm||Birthday Party|
|February 09, 2019 • 6:30pm - 9:00pm||Dinner Party|
|January 27, 2019 • 3:00pm - 3:45pm||Birthday Party|
|January 22, 2019 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Personal Occasion|
|December 22, 2018 • 4:30pm - 5:15pm||Christmas Party|
|December 01, 2018 • 5:30pm - 7:00pm||Christmas Party|
|October 24, 2018 • 4:00pm - 6:30pm||Corporate Event|
|October 13, 2018 • 7:00pm - 8:30pm||Dinner Party|
|September 29, 2018 • 5:00pm - 9:00pm||House Party|
|August 24, 2018 • 4:00pm - 5:00pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|July 01, 2018 • 5:00pm - 6:00pm||Wedding Reception|
|April 28, 2018 • 4:30pm - 6:00pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|March 08, 2018 • 6:30pm - 8:00pm||Religious Celebration|
|October 14, 2017 • 7:30pm - 9:30pm||Birthday (Adult)|
|October 14, 2017 • 5:00pm - 8:00pm||Fundraiser|
|September 23, 2017 • 4:00pm - 5:30pm||House Party|
|September 02, 2017 • 5:00pm - 5:45pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|August 28, 2017 • 6:30pm - 7:00pm||Anniversary Party|
|July 19, 2017 • 12:30pm - 1:30pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|July 15, 2017 • 1:30pm - 3:00pm||Baby Shower|
|April 23, 2017 • 12:00pm - 1:00pm||Wedding Engagement|
|January 28, 2017 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm||Funeral/Memorial Service|
|December 25, 2016 • 6:00pm - 6:30pm||Holiday Party (Christmas)|
|November 13, 2016 • 10:00am - 11:00am||Retirement Party|
|October 15, 2016–October 16, 2016 • 11:00pm - 12:30am||Nonprofit Event|
|September 25, 2016 • 7:00pm - 7:30pm||Wedding Reception|
|August 13, 2016 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|July 16, 2016 • 5:00pm - 5:30pm||Birthday (Adult)|
|July 14, 2016 • 5:00pm - 8:00pm||Cultural Event|
|March 20, 2016 • 5:00pm - 8:00pm||Surprise|
|March 19, 2016||Wedding Ceremony|
|January 16, 2016||Birthday (Adult)|
|September 20, 2015||Fair|
|August 15, 2015||Religious Celebration|
|July 26, 2015||Wedding Reception|
|June 20, 2015||Retirement Party|
|May 03, 2013||Other|
The musicians of the Internationals can play from one set of 30 minutes to 4-5 sets of 45-55 minute each. They can present a special ethnic program, like Italian, French, German, Klezmer, Indian Bollywood, Russian, Ukrainian and so on, or have an international mix, like "Music From Around The World", which include famous American hits as well.
|Arkady||Accordion and Piano Player|
|Mikhail||Piano and Accordion Player|
|Arkady||Button Accordion Player|
|Mike||violinist and violist|
Influences & Inspiration
Famous Italian, French, American singers, ethnic folk groups, American jazz and blues.
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