Performances by Almeda & Jackson Berkey


Orion Ensemble

Sunday, November 27, 2022

Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Sunday, December 4, 2022

The Orion Ensemble's 30th anniversary season continues with a world premiere and an earlier work written for the ensemble by Jackson Berkey and noteworthy quartets by Amon and Brahms. Welcoming frequent guest violist Stephen Boe, Orion performs the program at three venues: Nichols Concert Hall in Evanston (November 27), PianoForte Studios in Chicago (November 30) and New England Congregational Church in Aurora (December 4). The Chicago and Evanston performances also will be available via livestream.

The livestreams from Chicago and Evanston will be available free (donations are welcome at on Orion's YouTube channel, which will also host a recording of the performance for a limited time.

Faculty Concert: Nadine & Friends #5

University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Sunday, April 7, 2019 4:30 pm

Bezanson Recital Hall, Free Concert

Nadine Shank, piano and Jackson Berkey (Mannheim Steamroller co-founder/arranger), piano. With Estela Olevsky, piano; Cobus du Toit, flute; Jonathan Hulting-Cohen & Nick Suosso, saxophone Music by Jackson Berkey, Erwin Schulhoff, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Samuel Barber & Jun Nagao Includes Berkey's Nocturnes No. 11, 19, 22 and his Suite for Two Pianos

St. Cecilia Cathedral

Omaha, Nebraska

Friday, November 30, 2018 7:30 pm
Sunday, December 2, 2018 2:00 pm

Christmas at the Cathedral

The Omaha Symphonic Chorus, with the Omaha Symphony Orchestra and guests River City Ringers, Nebraska Wesleyan University Choir, Lincoln Boys Choir, organist Michael Emmerich and American Midwest Ballet, present the annual celebration of the season, featuring Jackson Berkey's "O magnum mysterium." The Symphonic Chorus, under the direction of Dr. Greg Zielke, commissioned this piece, and will also perform music by Eric Whitacre, John Tavener, Ola Gjeilo and others.

Come, Follow Me!

An Easter celebration for Choir, Organ, Piano, Percussion

Detroit, Michigan

Sunday, April 22, 2018 10:30 am

Jefferson Avenue Chancel Choir
Almeda Berkey • Conductor, Lyricist
Jackson Berkey • Pianist, Composer
Stephen Warner • Organist, Choirmaster

Sunday April 22, 2018 • 10:30 am
Jefferson Avenue Presbyterian Church
8625 East Jefferson Avenue, Detroit, Michigan

St. Cecilia Cathedral

Omaha, Nebraska

Friday, December 1, 2017 8:00 pm
Sunday, December 3, 2017 2:00 pm

Christmas at the Cathedral

The Omaha Symphonic Chorus, with the Omaha Symphony Chamber Orchestra and Nebraska Wesleyan Chorus, presents their annual celebration of the season, featuring the world premiere of Jackson Berkey's "O magnum mysterium." The Symphonic Chorus, under the direction of Dr. Greg Zielke, has commissioned this new piece.

Peru State College Homecoming Concert
Jindra Fine Arts Band Room
Peru, Nebraska

Thursday, October 26, 2017 7:00 pm

The Peru State College Choir and the Womenís Choir, both under the direction of Matthew Hill, will present two works by Nebraska composer Jackson Berkey: "View Me, Lord, a Work of Thine" and "Certain Am I."

Friday LIVE! Arts Magazine
The Mill Coffee & Tea
800 P St.
Lincoln, Nebraska

Friday, October 13, 2017 10:00 am

Jackson Berkey and Matt Hill discuss the Peru State College Homecoming Concert, which will feature two of Jackson Berkeyís choral works: "View Me, Lord, a Work of Thine" and "Certain Am I."

You can listen statewide on NET Radio or stream online at the NET website starting at 9:05 a.m. To find more information, click here:

If you miss the broadcast, you can listen to it when they post the archive; look for Friday LIVE On Demand.

Trinity United Methodist Church

100 South Blake Avenue
Sequim, Washington

Sunday, September 24, 2017 10:00 am (Pacific Time)

Traditional Service

Includes a new instrumental version of Jackson Berkey's "Homage to Thomas Campion" (View Me, Lord, a Work of Thine) for flute and piano; Carlos Xavier, flute, Jackson Berkey, piano. The Trinity Singers meet Almeda Berkey as she conducts them singing Jackson's arrangement of "Amazing Grace".

Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Palm Sunday, April 9, 2017 10:00 am
Traditional Service includes Jackson Berkey's “Hosanna!" from the “Come, Follow Me” Cantata

Palm Sunday, April 9, 2017 12 Noon

Music of the Passion
The worship services continue with music by the Hennepin Chambers Singers and orchestra. The concert opens with a short mass by Mozart and continues with the Minnesota premiere of “Crux fidelis” by Jackson Berkey for choir and handbells. The focal work is on Jesus’ words from the cross, as set by the 17th century composer Heinrich Schütz for 8 soloists, a choir, and an orchestra. Together, this musical worship service will enrich your Holy Week experience and deepen your Easter morning.The concert also will be live-streamed at

Nebraska Music Teachers
Thursday, October 13, 2016 12:30 pm

Nebraska Music Teachers 2016 State Conference Opening Ceremony
Jackson Berkey's "Piano Concerto" performed by Anne Madison and Yulia Kalashnikova
Milo Bail Ballroom, University of Nebraska at Omaha

Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church

Sunday, October 16, 2016 10:00 am
Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church 100th Anniversary Celebration
World premiere of Jackson Berkey's "A Sanctuary for The Word"
Hennepin Avenue Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Parrish Art Museum

Friday, October 28, 2016 6:00 pm
Salon Series: Pianist Nadejda Vlaeva
Program includes selections from Jackson Berkey's "Cape May Preludes"
Parrish Art Museum, Water Mill, New York

"The Day of Hope" Concert

Saturday, December 3, 2016 7:30 pm
"The Day of Hope" Concert by the Cantores Celestes Women's Choir
Featuring Jackson Berkey's "Cantate 2000"
Runnymede United Church, Toronto, Canada

World premiere of "Good Christian Men, Rejoice!"

Sunday, December 11, 2016 10:30 am
World premiere of "Good Christian Men, Rejoice!" arrangement by Jackson Berkey
Saint Paul Methodist Sanctuary Choir; Lincoln Boys Choir Concert Choir
Saint Paul United Methodist Church
1144 M Street, Lincoln Nebraska

Prior 2016 Performances

Orion Ensemble
March 13, 2016 Geneva, IL
March 20, 2016 Evanston, IL
March 23, 2016 Chicago, IL

"American Landscape"
Features Berkey, Sowash, Dvorak

The Orion Ensemble, winner of the prestigious Chamber Music America/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming, continues its 2015-16 season with a program highlighting American composers, "American Landscape," showcasing its esteemed ensemble musicians: clarinetist Kathy Pirtle, violinist Florentina Ramniceanu, cellist Judy Stone and pianist Diana Schmück. Performances take place at First Baptist Church of Geneva March 13; the Music Institute of Chicago's Nichols Concert Hall in Evanston March 20; and the PianoForte Studios in downtown Chicago March 23.

After premiering Jackson Berkey's "Homage to Percy Bysshe Shelley'' for the season's opening concert program in the fall, Orion performs his "Earth Voices" for clarinet, violin, cello and piano (1994), a work of haunting beauty and swaying rhythms, tantalizing the listener with mystical utterances. Berkey originally composed the piece as a song cycle for soprano, clarinet, cello and piano, then reworked it as an instrumental chamber piece, which he dedicated to The Orion Ensemble. "Earth Voices" strives to express in sound the beauties of nature and Mother Earth using the nuanced tones of each instrument.

Rick Sowash's "Anecdotes and Reflections: A Portrait of America" for clarinet, violin, cello and piano (1988-89) is a work of pointed rhythms and fanciful melodies, with a masterful blending of the four instruments. Orion performs two movements from this work that run the gamut of musical influences, from spirituals to Sousa-style marches, from Dixieland to Eastern European/Klezmer music.

One of Dvorák's finest chamber works, his Trio in E Minor, Op. 90 for violin, cello and piano (Dumky) was written in 1891 and featured in his 40-concert farewell tour before he took over leadership of the National Conservatory of Music of America in New York City. In classical works, the term "Dumky" means music that traverses many emotional expressions; from triumphant to melancholy, the music can change in an instant. In the opening of this work, cello and piano play a mystical duet, giving way to a yearning violin solo that in turn begins a round between the players as we are then swept away to the equally enchanting main theme.

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International Music Syndicate Studio
April 8 & 9, 2016
Colorado Springs, Colorado

Almeda & Jackson will be traveling to Colorado for a two-day event celebrating Jackson’s newest “24 Nocturnes” recording.  Bulgarian concert pianist Nadejda Vlaeva will be performing Berkey compositions, and other special guests will attend.  Please contact Phil Erklen at IMS for information,  (888) 960-6518.