Enjoy a Recording of a Concert of Rock, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Broadway, and Classical Music

Webstreamed on Weds. March 31, 2021

Rock Musicians Rufus Wainwright, Lisa Loeb, Tim Reynolds and Others Performed for this Free Virtual Concert for Colorectal Cancer Awareness

The American College of Gastroenterology was proud to host a free webstream event, “Tune It Up: A Concert To Raise Awareness of Colorectal Cancer,” on Wednesday, March 31, 2021 at 8 pm EDT featuring dynamic performances by a talented collective of musicians.

The virtual concert included messages from celebrity cancer advocate Katie Couric and performances by notable stars such as GRAMMY® Award winning singer/songwriter Lisa Loeb, along with a group of musicians from a wide range of genres who all donated their time and performances to support colorectal cancer awareness efforts.

ACG’s goal was to tap the connection and energy that music creates to shine a light on the importance of colorectal cancer screening and prevention.

“Tune It Up Concert” Promotional Video by Leann Toomey

How to Watch

Click on the Vimeo viewer above to watch the webstream concert.

Special Appearances

Katie Couric – Cancer Advocate, Co-Founder of Stand Up To Cancer, former Anchor of NBC’s “The Today Show” and CBS “Evening News”

Fred Child – Commentator and Host for “Live From Lincoln Center” plus Host of American Public Media’s “Performance Today”  


Rufus Wainwright – GRAMMY® Award Nominated Singer/Songwriter/Composer
Lisa Loeb – GRAMMY® Award Winning Singer/Songwriter

Dave Matthews Collaborator

Tim Reynolds – Solo Acoustic Guitar

Kermit Ruffins – New Orleans Jazz Trumpeter
Hilary Hahn – Three-Time GRAMMY® Award Winning Violinist 
Kerry Ellis – Broadway Singer


Rufus Wainwright – GRAMMY® Award Nominated Singer/Songwriter

Lisa Loeb – GRAMMY® Award Winning Singer/Songwriter and founder of the Camp Lisa Foundation, which sends underserved kids to summer camp

Tim Reynolds – Solo Acoustic Guitar

Kermit Ruffins – New Orleans Jazz Trumpeter

Hilary Hahn – Three-Time GRAMMY® Award Winning Violinist

Ari Hest – GRAMMY® Award Nominated Singer/Songwriter known for his duets album with Judy Collins

Maddie PoppeSinger/Songwriter who won “American Idol” Season #16

Aoife O’Donovan – GRAMMY® Award Winning Folk Singer will perform with Cellist Eric Jacobsen and Violinist Colin Jacobsen (both from The Knights and Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble)

Kerry Ellis – Broadway Singer who appeared as First British Elphaba in London’s West End “Wicked,” original cast of Queen’s “We Will Rock You,” “Miss Saigon,” and as Fantine in “Les Miserables”

Toby Lightman Singer/Songwriter whose single “My Sweet Song” was featured in the movie P.S., I Love You

Rachael SageSinger/Songwriter and Record Producer who founded the Indie label MPress Records 

Ariel Quartet – Faculty Quartet-in-Residence at the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music

Oran Etkin – Voted #1 Rising Star Clarinetist in DownBeat Magazine‘s 2016 Critics Poll whose music was included in a GRAMMY® Award Winning anti-bullying compilation album

K.F. Jacques – Hip-Hop Artist, Singer and Songwriter who combines hip-hop with opera

D-Composed – Chicago-based string quartet that honors Black creativity and culture

John D’earth – Jazz Trumpeter and Director of Jazz Performance at the University of Virginia and Bassist Pete Spaar of the University of Virginia Jazz Faculty

Joachim Horsley – Pianist/Composer/Arranger who orchestrated Ben Folds’ Piano Concerto and recently orchestrated ABC’s Live Version of the Little Mermaid featuring Queen Latifah

Shanice Aaron – Classical Pianist and Isaiah Day, Modern Dance Student at Juilliard

The Gold Souls – Bringing the driving grooves of funk, the rich textures of soul, and the compelling storytelling of the blues

Ruby Velle & the Soulphonics – Her first single, “Fighter” appeared on HBO and the trailer for “On the Basis of Sex” about Ruth Bader Ginsburg taking up a case of sex-based discrimination. Her song “Go Get It” debuted on Showtime’s “Shameless”

Hamish Anderson – Guitarist/Singer/Songwriter who recently opened on international tours with Gary Clark Jr. and George Thorogood. “You Give Me Something” is featured on Spotify’s Modern Blues Rock Playlist

Jennifer Kosharsky – Mezzo-Soprano in Chicago

Weiwen Ma – Classical Pianist in Chicago who won a Bronze Medal at the First Chinese International Piano Competition

Elizabeth Wendel – Urology Resident at Emory University and Rock Singer

The Beacons – Band of ACG Gastroenterologists Daniel J. Pambianco, MD, FACG; Samir A. Shah, MD, FACG; Costas H. Kefalas, MD, MMM, FACG; Patrick E. Young, MD, FACG and John R. Saltzman, MD, FACG performing John Lennon’s “Imagine”

Special Message from Katie Couric

A Message from Katie Couric to Colorectal Cancer Screening Champions and ACG

Concert Director: Benjamin Levy, MD

Benjamin Levy, MD

Benjamin Levy, MD is a board-certified Gastroenterologist in Chicago. As Division Head of Gastroenterology at Mount Sinai Hospital, Schwab Rehabilitation Hospital, and Holy Cross Hospital, Dr. Levy founded a Gastroenterology clinic for refugees resettling in Chicago. In addition, Dr. Levy is Head of GI Education for residents and medical students. His clinical projects focus on health care disparities and the development of colon cancer screening campaigns. Dr. Levy is a member of ACG’s Public Relations Committee and FDA-Related Matters Committees.

During the COVID-19 Pandemic, Dr. Levy started an international health education campaign named “Concerts & Cocktails” that teamed up musicians with physicians and nurses on the front lines. Dr. Levy was subsequently selected to be a TEDx speaker@TEDxWrigleyville – “Humanity: An Inside View of the Pandemic.” An avid cellist, Dr. Levy is co-chair of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Soundpost series.

Special Thanks

Ms. Katie Couric 

Fred Child, Host “Live From Lincoln Center” and “Performance Today” 

David A. Greenwald, MD, FACG, ACG President 

Mark B. Pochapin, MD, FACG, ACG Past President 

Irving M. Pike, MD, FACG, ACG Past President 

Tauseef Ali, MD, FACG, Chair ACG Public Relations Committee 

ACG Public Relations Committee 

Ciara Hopkinson, Katie Couric Media 

About Colorectal Cancer Screening

In the United States, colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer, yet it is one of the most preventable types of cancer. It is highly treatable and is often curable when caught early. Even during COVID-19, colorectal cancer screening is essential and should not be delayed.

Screening colonoscopy can find growths in the colon called polyps so they can be removed before they turn into colorectal cancer. During the pandemic, patients are urged to not put off needed health care, especially preventive tests.

The most common symptom of early colon and rectal cancers is NO symptom, so it is important to get screened. No matter what your age, never ignore new or worrying bowel symptoms.

ACG’s message for March Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month: You can prevent colorectal cancer. Don’t let COVID-19 stop you! 

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