STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
The General Platoff Don Cossack Chorus website is a non-for-profit, historical and educational site dedicated to the memory of N.F. Kostrukoff and his General Platoff Don Cossack Chorus and dancers. The site consists of photos, history, and information about Kostrukoff, the chorus members, and the dancers. There are also recordings of the chorus that those who have never heard the chorus will be able to download for their personal pleasure.
We hope that the historical documents we present will help fill the void left when this world famous chorus was disbanded in 1972, after Kostrukoff suffered a heart attack.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
D.N. Ferensick was born in New Jersey in 1935. He has nine years private formal training in music composition, six of which were in New York with Dr. William Thomas Pollack at the New York College of Music and three years in Berlin, Germany, two with Professor Heinz Frederick Hartig and one with Professor Boris Blacher, who was the director of the Hochschule Für Musik. As a dancer, he toured four years with Kostrukoff’s General Platoff Don Cossack Chorus, then two years with Jaroff’s Don Cossack Chorus. After leaving Jaroff’s chorus, he worked as a stage actor in Vienna, Austria, acting in close to 125 performances of the play “Our Town” by Thornton Wilder. He could have continued in this profession, but decided to give it up and return to music composition. Until it ceased to exist, he was a registered Kuban Cossack at the All Cossacks American Stanitsa, which was headquartered at the Kuban Cossack House in Howell, New Jersey.
He currently resides in Jackson, New Jersey with his wife, Kyung Yong, and their daughter, Glafera (Georgina).
Without the encouragement, help, advice, and unfailing dedication to this project from my wife, Kyung Yong; our daughter, Glafera (Georgina); and my webmaster, AJ Heller, there would be no General Platoff Don Cossack website.
In addition, we would like to extend our gratitude and appreciation to the following individuals, bloggers, and web sites whose contributions have been enormously helpful in assembling this archive:
- Nicole Batchelor Regne
- Andrew Kotchoubey
- John Murawski from http://www.familywarletters.com/
- Siegfried Tiefenbeck, Germany
I just found your site tonight. I grew up listening to my father’s 78 rpm recordings of the Don Cossack Chorus (Jaroff) and still love the music. You’ve now introduced me to several more Cossack Choruses. I’ll find time later to explore your site more. As an aside, several years ago I attended a few concerts of the Yale Russian Chorus when they were in the San Francisco area and thought they were very good.
Hi, I have enjoyed reading this website, congratulations on it and the incredible detail on the chorus members, it is obviously a labour of love for you. I’m afraid I have nothing substantial to contribute (I will check my mum’s old pictures and documents, but I suspect there will be nothing there of relevance), except to say the reason I discovered it is because when I was I was an infant living in New York City, Mr and Mrs Kostrukoff were our landlords. They lived next door, (we lived on one floor of our building, and a Welsh man and his family lived on the other) and apparently I had long conversations with Mr Kostrukoff on the porch steps, – according to my mum, he spoke Russian and I (being less than three years old) spoke gibberish. 🙂 This would have been around 1958-59. I am Australian and now live in Melbourne Australia. Cheers.