Hospices benefit from healing beats
DeKalb County Hospice and DeKalb High School will hold the second annual benefit concert, Transformation Through Rhythm, at 7 p.m. Feb. 27 in the DeKalb High School auditorium. The concert will include the DeKalb High School Percussion Ensemble, Northern Illinois University World Music ensembles and Harambee African Percussion Ensemble.
DeKalb County Hospice hopes to raise awareness of both the local and global need for music therapy, bringing diverse groups of people from the 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 at Knysna-Sedgefield Hospice in Knysna, South Africa. Knysna-Sedgefield Hospice’s Transformation Through Rhythm is a program for children ages 13 to 17 whose parents were in hospice care; many of these children are now orphans from AIDS. Therapeutic drumming circles help these kids deal with their losses and the harshness around them, as many live in extremely impoverished conditions.
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