NIU, community to unite through music

Eric Johnson
Eric Johnson

Northern Illinois University choruses will join with those of DeKalb and Sycamore high schools, the DeKalb Festival Chorus, Penguin Project and Stagecoach Players for a concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7, in the Boutell Memorial Concert Hall.

The program, “Make Our Garden Grow,” was initiated by Professor Eric Johnson, NIU director of choral activities, as a free, Broadway-style music concert for the entire community to benefit the DeKalb County Community Gardens’ new Walnut Grove Farm project.

Goals of the event include:

  • Showcase the power of music to unite university and community forces to improve our world;
  • Celebrate the strengths of the musical culture of DeKalb and Sycamore communities;
  • Raise awareness of the needs of food instability and hunger in DeKalb County;
  • Highlight the amazing work of DCCG to feed and educate citizens of DeKalb County;
  • Raise funds to support the implementation of the Walnut Grove Farm – a place for those with special needs and those without, to come together in an integrated and nourishing environment for agriculture-and horticulture-based training and employment.

For more information, call (815) 753-7984 or email ejohnsn@niu.edu.

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