Season 5, Episode 3: Chickasaw Composer, Brandi Berry Benson and the Pa I Sha Story Put to Music

Listeners, before I share about today’s episode, I have a question for you. Will you be in Chicago, November 7th or 8th of 2023?

I’ll be singing Choctaw hymns and narrating at a Chickasaw concert – Pa I Sha - composed by none other than Chickasaw Composer, Violinist, and Artistic Director, Brandi Berry Benson!

Join us during Native American Heritage Month, on November 8th at 7:00pm at the Epiphany Center for the Arts. Tickets are just $20.

Brandi is also presenting Pa I Sha at no charge, at Upstairs Theater in Evanston Township High School on November 7th at 6:30pm.

You’ll love this episode in which Brandi shares about:

  • The Chickasaw flute and other period instruments utilized in the concert
  • The inspiration behind Pa I Sha – her 4th great grandmother’s story
  • Her ancestral history and stories
  • The mysteries surrounding James and Jonas Wolf and the Hyah Puk Tuklo clan – perhaps you can help!

Brandi and I met through a wonderful mutual friend, Chickasaw composer, Jerod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate. By the way, Shell Shaker: A Chickasaw Opera’s will now premier October 27th, 2024 in Oklahoma City!

Brandi, who is faculty of Northwestern and DePaul Universities and the Artistic Director of the Bach & Beethoven Experience (BBE), also teaches Baroque Performance Practice and Ornamentation and has released multiple albums. Check them out at and streaming platforms such as apple music, pandora, etc.!

  • Silver Linings
  • A Gaelic Summer
  • An Appalachian Summer
  • Chicago Stories

And her BBE Carols Album will be released in December…what a great Christmas gift or stocking stuffer!

Come and enjoy the beautiful work of Chickasaw Composer, Brandi Berry Benson, and happy upcoming holidays to all!

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