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Give me the beat: March 26 concert to benefit music therapy in DeKalb County, South Africa

March 7, 2012

Transformation Through Rhythm: Supporting Music Therapy Around the WorldThe DeKalb High School Percussion Ensemble, the DeKalb County Hospice and the world music program at NIU are hosting a benefit concert, “Transformation Through Rhythm,” at 7 p.m. Monday, March 26, in the auditorium at DeKalb High School.

DeKalb County Hospice hopes to raise awareness of both the local and global need for music therapy, bringing diverse groups of people from our community together through music, while giving young adults an opportunity to be of service by sharing their talents.

Admission to the concert is free, and donations are appreciated.

Proceeds from this special performance will help support DeKalb County Hospice’s music therapy program, which is largely funded through donations and grants, and will help support a therapeutic drumming program in South Africa.

DeKalb County Hospice’s sister hospice, Knysna Hospice in Knysna, South Africa, has begun a new initiative called Transformation Through Rhythm, a newly developed program for children ages 13 to 17 whose parents were in hospice care, and many of whom are now orphans from AIDS.

Knysna offers therapeutic drumming circles to help these teens deal with their losses and the harshness around them, as many live in extremely impoverished conditions. Because they do not have sufficient drums or supplies to make them, they are seeking funds.

The program will involve performances of a variety of percussion ensembles from the community including DeKalb High School Percussion Ensemble, Harambee Children’s African Percussion Ensemble, NIU Afro-Pop Ensemble, NIU Pastiche Steel Ensemble, NIU Bau-House Berimbau Ensemble and NIU Percussion Ensemble.

This event is sponsored in part by WNIU/WNIJ.

For more information about the Transformation Through Rhythm concert, call DeKalb County Hospice at (815) 756-3000.