Infinite Rhythm Concert Benefits Brevard Children’s Chorus

By  //  February 5, 2013

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Performance Saturday Feb. 9 In Suntree

BREVARD COUNTY • SUNTREE, FLORIDA – Performing on a variety of percussion instruments, the members of Infinite Rhythm will lend their considerable talent to a benefit concert this weekend for the Brevard Children’s Chorus.

From left, Steve Chapin, Brian Slawson and Pat Bautz have Infinite Rhythm. The trio has performed six times at New York’s Lincoln Center and will play at a benefit concert for the Brevard Children’s Chorus on Feb. 9 at Suntree United Methodist Church in Suntree. (Image courtesy of Jonathan Chapin and the Meet the Artist Series, Lincoln Center)

The event will be at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9 at Suntree United Methodist Church, 7400 N. Wickham Road in Melbourne.

Well-known local timpanist Brian Slawson, along with 20-year drummer for Three Dog Night Pat Bautz, and the youngest of the musical Chapin brothers, Steve Chapin, will make an appearance fresh from engagements at New York’s Lincoln Center.

The energetic trio will play many of the same numbers from their six “Meet the Artist” series performances at Lincoln Center, to benefit the tuition program for the Brevard Children’s Chorus.

Since his scholarship studies at the Juilliard School, Grammy nominee Brian Slawson has appeared on NBC’s Tonight Show, Entertainment Tonight, the CBS Morning News and NPR’s, ‘All Things Considered.’ His critically acclaimed recordings have become favorites worldwide.

Brian has shared the stage with classical luminaries Leonard Bernstein and Aaron Copland, has recorded with pop icons from Marie Osmond to Stevie Ray Vaughan, and punctuated jokes for comedians Jerry Seinfeld, Eddie Murphy, Bill Maher and Don Rickles. He has performed on hundreds of popular national TV and radio jingles including spots for American Express, Budweiser, Exxon/Mobil, NABISCO, Coca-Cola, McDonald’s, Chevrolet, IBM and Chrysler, and wrote/produced the popular “Gotta go to Gatto’s!” jingle.

He is the voice of “Gusto the Bulldog” in Warner Bros. ‘Music Expressions’ series and a featured artist in McGraw-Hill’s ‘Spotlight on Music.’ His books are published by the world’s leader in drum methods, Alfred Publishing. Slawsongs, Brian’s multi media company, has created award-winning custom music for television, radio and feature films, with clients ranging from NASA to 20thCentury FOX, all while maintaining his duties as Principal Timpanist of the Brevard Symphony Orchestra.

Legendary vibraphonist Lionel Hampton described Brian Slawson as “one of the finest percussionists to come along in many years.” Modern Drummer magazine hails Brian as “a visionary, be it performer, producer or composer.”

Musician extraordinaire, Pat Bautz, is a prolific producer, engineer, songwriter and drummer. During his tenure as 20-year “time keeper” of the legendary rock band, Three Dog Night, he also has produced material for the band. In addition, he’s engineered/produced tracks for Freddy Fender, Mickey Gillie and Candles “Music Machine,” garnering two Dove Awards and a Grammy nomination as well as tracks for American Idol’s Michael Johns, theme music for NBC’s “The Wanted,” and the CW Network’s hit show,”Hellcats.”

The Brevard Children’s Chorus is an auditioned group of singers in grades 4 to 10 performing quality choral music. (Image courtesy Brevard Children’s Chorus)

Singer Steve Chapin is is best known as the youngest of the four Chapin brothers, which include the late Harry Chapin and Tom Chapin.

He is the uncle of Jen Chapin and The Chapin Sisters. He has toured nationally, including with his late brother and in a series of Harry Chapin tribute concerts, and has also produced his own CDs, including “The Chapin Family Christmas Collection”, and has worked as “a teacher, arranger, recording artist, commercial producer, singer, performer and songwriter.” He has recorded on albums of his brothers; most notably, Harry Chapin’s Greatest Stories Live album includes his performance of his song “Let Time Go Lightly”

Brevard Children’s Chorus Director, Joani Slawson wants adults to remember the joy of music-making from their own childhoods.

“Music has played a part in the lives of so many Brevard residents. We hope they will turn out to support the Children’s Chorus,” she said. “Proceeds from this benefit concert go directly to our scholarship program, so that every talented child who wants to be a part of the Children’s Chorus can feel the excitement of making music.”

The select group of students in the Brevard Children’s Chorus perform at venues and events throughout Brevard.

Recent performances include the Family Concert with the Brevard Symphony Orchestra at the King Center, a Viera holiday concert with the Indialantic Chamber Singers, Fall for the Arts in the Eau Gallie Arts District, a “flash mob” at the Melbourne Beach Public Library and more.

Tickets for the event are $10 for adults and $5 for students ages 10 to 17.  Children under 10 will be admitted for free.

Tickets may be purchased online at www.BrevardChildrensChorus.org or at the door. Call 321-432-2770 for more information. 


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