Thursday, October 7, 2010

When: 16th of October from 7:30 to 10:30 PM
Where: Campus Center

Ticket Reservation:
Students: 3 Euros
All others: 6 Euros

Part 1: The DKMS and Bone Marrow Transplants

What is Piano to Forte and what can I expect from going there?

Piano to Forte is a
Benefitconcert. The benefit is for the German Bone Marrow Transplant association ( The DKMS helps finding matching donors for patients with Leukemia or Autoimmune diseases. This is often times very hard because on average only 1 person within a million can be a suitable bone marrow donor. The concert aims at raising awareness about the topic and hopes to convince you to become a potential bone marrow donor.

The evening will have about 18 music performances, each between 2 and 10 minutes. Most of the performers are Jacobs students, but there are also three external guests. Ingo for example will play the Chinese Qin in cooperation with Plamen who will improvise on the piano and add effects with the computer. The performances are sorted by loudness! We'll start with the most silent piece and increase the volume until reaching the rock stars. After the intermission, we'll decrease the volume again until reaching almost total silence again. The evening aims at making the performances as diverse and interesting as possible. Scroll further down to find a list of all the performances!

Information on Bone-Marrow Transplants

1. What is a Bone-Marrow transplant?
Leukemia for instance is a disease in which pre-mature white blood cells (that make up your immune system) turn into cancer cells. This already happens at their production site: The bone marrow. In order to kill the cancer cells you can treat the patient with a chemotherapy (Highly toxic agents). Most of the time, doctors don't succeed in killing all cancer cells.
If normal treatment is ineffective, it is time for stage 2:
The Bone-Marrow transplant.

What doctors do is they replace your bone-marrow with the bone-marrow of a matching donor. The "match" part is really important. If the cells of your donor differ too much from your own, your body will reject the donor cells and the new bone-marrow cannot grow. The chance of finding a matching donor is one to a million which is why large databases are needed to find a suitable donor.

How does the procedure go?
It is actually very simple. Bone-Marrow transplants do not involve the removal of any bones or large operations! The donor can follow two procedures:
One commonly used technique is to attach the donor to a dialysis machine that filters the stem cells out of the blood system. 2 needles and you're done!
Another technique is to poke a needle into your pelvic bone and harvest the stem cells directly at their production site (under general anesthetics of course!) The patient is treated with strong medicine to kill the remaining cancerous bone-marrow. Then, the new bone-marrow is inserted via a vain into the blood stream. The cool thing is that the cells find their way into the bones without any help!

After some time, the stem cells will perform all tasks that the bone marrow normally does: Production of red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets. Another great thing about this procedure is that the new bone-marrow can recognize and destroy the old infected bone-marrow! This is why bone marrow treatment is so successful compared to a chemotherapy!

What about the donor !?!
The donor will be just fine! The stem cells will regrow and fully replenish the stem cell reservoir within a month. The donor can already return to his normal life just one day after the donation!

Donor registration
People hear about blood and organ donations all the time but one rarely runs across the chance of registering as a potential bone marrow donor. But why should you register anyways?! Think of your potential impact you could have one somebodies life. You could be that ONE person he or she was looking for. The solution to defeat a vicious disease.
You would be saving somebodies life! And all you'd have to do is stay in the hospital for 1-3 days and give something that grows back again within a month.

The registration procedure is also very simple (No German Bureaucracy!). You'll get a cotton swab via post with which you take some saliva samples from the inner side of your cheek. You send it back and you are done!

Further information
I will talk about my experiences as a bone-marrow receiver before the performances. You will get a unique chance of seeing the world through the eyes of a patient.

Part 2: Musical Performances

Names: Pablo Ochoa and Silviu Oprea
Title: "Music of the night" by Sir George Lloyd Webber
Instruments: Vocals and Singing

Names: "The minorities": Gürol Gezer and Christopher Kausch
Title: "Desire" by Ryan Adams
Instruments: Acoustic Guitar, Cello and Vocals

Names: J-Cappella
Title: "I got Rhythm" by George Gershwin
Instruments: Choir
Names: Pablo Ochoa
Title: -- Guitar Tapping --
Instruments: Acoustic Guitar

Names: Rene Balderas
Title: "Para Hes" by Rene Balderas
Instruments: Piano

Names: Ingo and Plamen Dimitrov
Title: -- Improvisation ---
Instruments: Qin and Piano

Names: Tapiwa Mubeda
Title: Own Composition
Instruments: Guitar and Singing
Names: Frank Richter, Fabian Rußmann, Oliver Barnstedt, Jasmin Schädler
Title: "Swanee" by George Gershwin
Instruments: 3 Clarinets and a bass

Names: Xu Shi, Rene Balderas, Ebru Uzun, Christopher Kausch
Title: Own Composition
Instruments: 2 Violins, Viola, Cello

Names: Feven Beruk
Title: "I heard the Churbells ringing" by Aretha Franklin
Instruments: Guitar and Singing

Names: Ognyan Seizov
Title: -- Bass solo -- Piano Improvisation --
Instruments: Bass and Piano

Names: Lars Karlsson, Ebru Uzun, Michael Henein, Kasyoka Kilonzo
Title: "Feeling good" by the Muse
Instruments: 2 Guitars, 2 Vocals, drums

Names: Jan Pleser
Title: "Just a boy" by Angus and Julia Stone
Instruments: Guitar and Singing

Names: Asmit Joshi
Title: "Stand by Me" by John Lennon
Instruments: Guitar and Singing

Names: Germaine Kickert
Title: Kauksisches Tanzlied
Instruments: Accordion

Names: Sidrit Hafizi
Title: "Dolores" by "Emile Waldteufel"
Instruments: Piano

Names: Aiste Baleisyte and Philipp Herzberg
Title: "Halleluja"
Instruments: Piano and Vocals

Names: Tatsiana Fralova
Title: "Passacaglia" by George Handel
Instruments: Piano

Names: Sebastian Herzberg and Kilian Raiser
Title: -- Own Composition --
Instruments: Acoustic Guitar and Singing

Names: Gerd und Karin Schulz
Title: "Lean on me" by Bill Withers
Instruments: Piano, Saxophone, Trumpet, Vocals


Names: Pablo Ochoa
Title: "Flowing River" by Pablo Ochoa
Instruments: Piano

Ticket Reservation:

Students: 3 Euros
All others: 6 Euros

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