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Transformation Through Rhythm promotes unity

The eighth annual Transformation Through Rhythm benefit concert will take place Feb. 24 at the Egyptian Theatre in DeKalb.
The eighth annual Transformation Through Rhythm benefit concert will take place Feb. 24 at the Egyptian Theatre in DeKalb.

DeKALB – Experience the power of music to promote healing, unity and community at the eighth annual Transformation Through Rhythm Concert will be held at the Egyptian Theatre in DeKalb at 2 p.m. Feb. 24.

This event will feature the DeKalb High School Percussion Ensemble, the Northern Illinois University Percussion Ensemble and the Harambee African Percussion Ensemble, involving more than 60 performers. The concert is free, but donations are appreciated.

Produced by Northwestern Medicine Hospice DeKalb, 100 percent of the proceeds will benefit its sister hospice in Knysna, South Africa. Since 2004, Northwestern Medicine Hospice has been a part of Global Partners in Care, a national organization that links U.S. hospices with Sub-Saharan African hospices, to assist with funds, skills and knowledge.

“Knysna hospice serves a very impoverished population which has been hit heavily by the AIDS epidemic," Jennifer Conley, a music therapist and licensed professional counselor at Northwestern Medicine Hospice DeKalb, said in a news release. "In the past years our donations have been utilized to buy food for their hospice patients and families”.

The concert will open with a welcome letter and brief video from Knysna, South Africa, as well as comments from a representative from Global Partners in Care.

“Transformation Through Rhythm is much more than a concert," Greg Beyer, professor and head of Percussion Studies at NIU, said in the release. "It is our commitment to take care of one another, using our words, deeds and resources, every day, every year.”

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