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Wednesday, June 5, 2024  ·  8:00 PM CDT

The Story of Pa I Sha

performed by The BBE

4545 N Lincoln Ave · The Myron R. Szold Music & Dance Hall · 773.728.6000

World Music Wednesdays

A weekly showcase of world music and dance featuring the best local and touring talent! Most shows are Wednesday nights at 8:00 PM.

Most World Music Wednesday concerts are free with a $10 suggested donation. TO GUARANTEE YOUR ENTRY MAKE YOUR RESERVATIONS IN ADVANCE EITHER ONLINE OR BY CALLING THE BOX OFFICE AT 773.728.6000. Reservations unclaimed 10 minutes before showtime will be released to waiting patrons.

As a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation, BBE Artistic Director Brandi Berry Benson grew up looking at the portrait of her 4th great grandmother Pa I Sha, a woman of immense strength who carried the Chickasaw reputation of "unconquered and unconquerable." This musical narrative, The Story of Pa I Sha, highlights four major stories about Brandi's Chickasaw ancestors using her original settings of stomp dances, traditional songs, and hymns from the Chickasaw and Choctaw Nations.

Performed by The BBE:
Rachael Youngman - vocalist and narrator (Choctaw)
Leighann Daihl Ragusa - Native American flute and traverso
Brandi Berry Benson - violin (Chickasaw)
Kiyoe Matsuura - viola
Erica Rubis - cello
Michaela Marchi - indigenous percussion (Isleta Pueblo)