The Universal Experience features Flutist Pamela Whitman leading her Playmates Quartet performing music to inspire Love, Joy, Peace, Grace and Fun.
The concert includes music spanning time, space and genre, including world music performed on Pamela’s ethnic flutes, much loved classical music and fresh jazz from Claude Bolling’s California Suite and rarely heard Second Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano.
The spirit of fun attracted the Playmates to the music of Claude Bolling, which can be heard throughout The Universal Experience. Versed in a variety of musical styles, the group offers an eclectic program with emotional themes that resonate throughout humanity. The feel-good concert has been described as chocolate chip cookies for the ears. The event is entirely nonfattening and guaranteed to uplift.
Scott J. Breiner has been seen playing the organ with his head. Seriously! He can also play all of the orchestral parts of “Afternoon of a Fawn” on the organ while Pamela just stands there playing the flute part. Scott is also a gifted pianist and choirmaster. He has been the Music Director at Grace Lutheran in Somers Point, New Jersey, since 2007. He serves as musical director and accompanist for choruses and musical theater groups in the Northeast. He is a member of the American Guild director and accompanist for choruses and musical theater groups in the Northeast. He is a member of the American Guild of Organists. He has served as guest conductor and guest organist with the Ocean City Pops Orchestra. In July, 2005, he became the director and one of the founders of the Cape Shore Chorale, a chorus consisting of sixty local singers based in Ocean City. Scott performs regularly at Atlantic City’s Convention Hall on the World’s Largest Pipe Organ.
Rich Kurtz is one of the most experienced bassists working today, having performed thousands of live and recorded appearances. He has performed with top artists such as Jackie Evancho, Ray Charles, George Benson, Luciano Pavarotti, Peter Cetera, Harry Connick Jr., Michael Feinstein, Andrea Bocelli and Shirley Bassey, appearing with Ms. Bassey at Carnegie Hall. Rich plays upright bass in Bay Atlantic Symphony and electric bass in many East Coast bands and recently toured France. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Performance and Education.
Jason Koenig plays drums and percussion in theatre, orchestral, chorale and small ensemble settings throughout South Jersey, Philadelphia, and New York City. His “beat” has included The Masterworks Choir and Orchestra, Grace Music and Arts Foundation, Cape Shore Chorale, and the historic Bucks County Playhouse Theater in New Hope, Pennsylvania.
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