Composer, Pianist and Co-founder of Mannheim Steamroller Coming to Benedictine College

Jackson and Almeda Berkey

The Music Department and the Kremmeter Series will sponsor a concert by Jackson Berkey on Tuesday, January 23, at 7:00 p.m. in O’Malley-McAllister Auditorium on the campus of Benedictine College in Atchison, Kan. Berkey is best known for his collaboration with Chip Davis to develop “Mannheim Steamroller,” resulting in 30 albums including their premiere work, the very popular Fresh Aire. He will perform original compositions for piano at the recital. The public is cordially invited to attend this free event.

Berkey is an accomplished pianist and composer. He began playing the piano at age 5. His mother learned to play the piano by ear, but insisted that Jackson receive the training she had not. As a result, he was quite an accomplished pianist by the time he entered high school. He has a graduate degree in piano from the Julliard School of Music and is currently a Steinway artist. His compositions cover a wide range of media, including many choral works, orchestral works, chamber ensembles and numerous solo piano pieces.

Berkey and his wife, Almeda, founded Nebraska’s professional chorale, Soli Deo Gloria Cantorum. Almeda formerly was the director of choral activities at the University of Nebraska. The couple will visit classes and work with students as part of their visit to campus.

Benedictine College

Founded in 1858, Benedictine College is a Catholic, Benedictine, residential, liberal arts college located on the bluffs above the Missouri River in Atchison, Kansas. The school is honored to have been named one of America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report, the best private college in Kansas by The Wall Street Journal, and one of the top Catholic colleges in the nation by First Things magazine and the Newman Guide. It prides itself on outstanding academics, extraordinary faith life, strong athletic programs, and an exceptional sense of community and belonging. Benedictine College is dedicated to transforming culture in America through its mission to educate men and women within a community of faith and scholarship.