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Published on February 07, 2012

Concert to Benefit Music Therapy in DeKalb County and South Africa

February 7, 2012 

Transformation Through RhythmDeKalb County Hospice, DeKalb High School Rhythm Ensemble, and Northern Illinois University Percussion Studio and World Music are hosting a benefit concert, “Transformation Through Rhythm,” at DeKalb High School, March 26 at 7 p.m. in the school’s auditorium. 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 start 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. They offer therapeutic drumming circles to help these kids deal with their losses and the harshness around them, as many live in extremely impoverished conditions. Since they do not have drums or supplies to make them, they are seeking funds. 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.

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