Compassionate Heart Productions was formed by Pamela Whitman in South Dakota in 1989 as a 501c3 organization. At the time, Pamela was the Principal Flutist of the South Dakota Symphony. Before joining the South Dakota Symphony, she took a trip to South Africa where she witnessed the horrors of apartheid. Pamela returned to the United States with the seed of an idea. She wanted to be part of the solution. In South Dakota, she interacted with Native American musicians and learned traditional Lakota music. A Native American friend introduced her to traditional prophecies of the four races of people (black, red, yellow and white) coming together for peace. Whitman resigned from the orchestra and dedicated her life to promoting peace and understanding between people. She moved to New Jersey and became the Principal Flutist with the Ocean City Pops, which has a summer performance season. This gave her the opportunity to continue with her orchestral career while devoting most of the year to the projects of Compassionate Heart Productions.
Whitman has produced and performed local, national and international programming for Compassionate Heart Productions in traditional and nontraditional venues for thirty-two years. From 1998 to 2003, Compassionate Heart Productions hosted an international cultural exchange program with the Himalayan Kingdom of Nepal. The program won rave reviews and Whitman was honored in an international award ceremony in Hollywood where she won an award for her humanitarian work as an artist.
Our founding mission was to use music performance to promote world peace and understanding between people of all races. For the first 14 years our project was an inter-cultural touring band called WorldColor. In 2003 we broadened our mission to include promoting compassion for all life. We expanded our programming to include Benefit Concerts for animals and programs about inner peace. We use music and often include other art forms such as literature, photography, painting and video. We want to use our programs to inspire people. Our message of peace includes recognizing the essential equality of all. Programs have included multiple musical genres and have been offered by diverse artists and to diverse populations. Our organization is the longstanding music for peace organization in the Cape May County.
We enjoy taking audiences with us to visit other cultures, where we perform concerts and hold annual retreats. This allows audience members to take part in the cultural exchange. Travel Packages serve as fundraising projects for our organization. The projects offer fresh forms of cultural exchange, which opens dialogue and understanding.
Visit World Heritage Sites and off-the-beaten-path adventures where you will be immersed in local culture.
Experience Love, Joy and the Spirit of Giving this Christmas!
Our Incan guide will provide the insider’s experience of Peru. Visit the stunning Machu Picchu and other important Incan archaeological sites. Enjoy live Christmas music, songs of the Andes and traditional dance from around Peru. Emphasis on music, dance, sacred art and fun!
A portion of each registration directly benefits the community in rural Ascope, Peru. Casa Cultura (House of Culture) is a community arts center for children and no-income senior citizens. Arts Programming is offered free to the public.
Help plan and decorate for a Christmas Eve concert and party for the children at Casa Cultura. Your registration will buy Christmas gifts for children in need. On Christmas Day, we will travel deep into the heart of Peru and give a Christmas party for children, many of whom do not even have shoes.
Recommended for an unforgettable experience: Bring a second suitcase of clothing or school supplies to donate. (Note: airlines will charge for extra luggage.) We will host a clothing giveaway as part of the Christmas party! Use your empty suitcase to bring home items you purchase on your trip as gifts for loved ones at home. We can store donation items in Lima until the Ascope portion of the tour.