TONIGHT: An Evening of Amazing Music!

Thursday, March 31, 2022 at 8 pm EDT

How to Watch: The virtual event will be presented via webstream from this page so bookmark

The College extends an open invitation to all to enjoy a free webstream event, “Tune It Up: A Concert To Raise Awareness of Colorectal Cancer,” on Thursday, March 31, 2022 at 8 pm Eastern Daylight Time.

Do not miss artists Hilary Hahn, Rufus Wainwright, Tim Reynolds, and Ben Folds in a program that includes rock singer/songwriter Ben Kweller and operatic baritone Will Liverman along with a performance by The Knights with violinist Gil Shaham in a special evening program!

So many artists from an incredible array of musical genres have donated their time and performances to support colorectal cancer awareness including the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. See a list of all the featured performers below.

For the second year, Dr. Benjamin Levy of the ACG Public Relations Committee has invited musical guests for this virtual event that aims to bring together the ACG community and focus attention on colorectal cancer screening. ACG’s goal is to tap the connection and energy that music creates to shine a light on the importance of colorectal cancer screening and prevention!



Rufus Wainwright

Tim Reynolds
Solo Acoustic Guitarist

Hilary Hahn

Ben Folds
Rock Singer/Songwriter

Aoife O’Donovan

Ben Kweller
Rock Singer/Songwriter

The Knights, ft. Conductor Eric Jacobsen
& Violinist Gil Shaham

Will Liverman
Operatic Baritone

Dave Douglas
Jazz Trumpeter

Kerry Ellis
West End/Broadway Singer

Karen Gomyo

John Morris Russell
Conductor, Cincinnati Pops

Maddie Poppe

Ari Hest

Carter Faith
Country Singer/Songwriter

Shaun Munday

Toby Lightman

K.F. Jacques
Hip-Hop Singer

Sarah Willis
French Horn – Berlin Philharmonic

Willie Jones, III
Jazz Percussionist

Oran Etkin
Jazz Clarinetist

Hailey Whitters
Country Singer/Songwriter

Allie Moss

David Broza

John D’earth
Jazz Trumpeter

Cincinnati Pops

Toronto Symphony Orchestra

In addition to the concert, the evening will include Special Appearances by:

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

Jamie Bernstein – Leonard Bernstein’s daughter who is an author, narrator (has presented the New York Philharmonic’s live national radio broadcasts), and filmmaker

Emily Swallow – Actress, The Armorer in “The Mandalorian”

Stephanie Drake – Actress, Meredith in “Mad Men”

Full List of Performers

Rufus Wainwright – GRAMMY® Award Nominated Singer/Songwriter

Tim Reynolds – Solo Acoustic Guitarist, Dave Matthews Collaborator

Hilary Hahn – Three-Time GRAMMY® Award Winning Violinist

Ben Folds – Rock Singer/Songwriter and Artistic Advisor to the National Symphony Orchestra

Ben Kweller – Rock Singer/Songwriter

Aoife O’Donovan – GRAMMY® Award Winning Folk Singer, performing with Eric and Colin Jacobsen

Cincinnati Pops – Featuring GRAMMY® Award Nominated Orchestra and Conductor John Morris Russell

The Knights – Performing with violinist Gil Shaham

Will Liverman – Just starred in “Fire Shut Up In My Bones” by Terence Blanchard, the first opera ever performed at the Metropolitan Opera written by a Black composer. Will’s “Dreams of a New Day” album is a 2022 Grammy Award Nominee for Best Classical Solo Vocal Album

Dave Douglas – 13-time Jazz Trumpet Player of the Year in DownBeat Magazine, performing with saxophonist Joe Lovano, drummer Joey Baron, pianist Lawrence Fields, and bassist Linda May Han Oh

Kerry Ellis – West End/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”

Haley Whitters – Country singer who has written songs for Little Big Town, Alan Jackson, and has written with Lori McKena. GRAMMY® Award Nominated Songwriter for “A Beautiful Noise,” her collaboration with Brandi Carlile, Alicia Keys, and Brandy Clark

Karen Gomyo – Violinist who recently premiered John Adams’ Chamber Concerto with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra

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

Maddie Poppe – Singer/Songwriter who won “American Idol” Season #16

John D’earth – Jazz/Rock Trumpeter and Director of Jazz Performance at the University of Virginia who has performed/recorded with the Dave Matthews Band and helped with string orchestrations on DMB’s album “Before These Crowded Streets”

Willie Jones III – Jazz percussionist and adjunct professor at Northwestern who has played with vibist Milt Jackson, Sonny Rollins, Wynton Marsalis, The Dizzy Gillepsie All-Star Big Band, Bill Charlap, Michael Brecker, Herbie Hancock, and is featured on Arturo Sandoval’s Grammy-award winning album Hot House

David Broza – Internationally renowned Israeli singer-songwriter, recognized for his dynamic guitar performances and humanitarian efforts. His signature sound brings together the influence of Spanish flamenco, American folk, rock and roll, and poetry. 

Angela Brower – Hailed by the New York Times for her “plush, full sound, yet also youthful brightness”, American mezzo-soprano Angela Brower is one of the most sought-after lyric mezzo-sopranos of her generation. A former member of the Bayerische Staatsoper ensemble, and alumna of their studio, she continues to bring her compelling artistry and musicianship to the world’s leading opera houses and concert venues.  

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

Sarah WillisFrench Horn player and member of the Berlin Philharmonic

Toronto Symphony Orchestra – GRAMMY® Award Winning Orchestra

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

Allie Moss – Singer/Songwriter who performs guitar and sings in Ingrid Michaelson’s band

Oran Etkin – Grammy nominated Jazz Clarinetist

Another Michael – Rock Band from Philadelphia 

Floatie – Rock Band from Chicago

Carter Faith – Country Singer/Songwriter 

Katie Pruitt – Alternative country/rock singer-songwriter based in Nashville

Samantha Clarke – Australian/British soprano vocalist

Shaun Munday – Bassist who has performed with John Mayer, The Wailers (Bob Marley’s band), and Mary Wilson of The Supremes

Mathilda Edge – Soprano at Lyric Opera of Chicago

Davis Senior High School Baroque Ensemble – Students from Davis Senior High School in Davis, CA, with guest violinist Ronald Hsu, MD, FACG, ACG’s Governor for Northern California

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

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, is a board-certified Gastroenterologist at the University of Chicago. His clinical projects focus on health care disparities and the development of colon cancer screening campaigns. Previously as Division Head of Gastroenterology at Mount Sinai Hospital, Dr. Levy organized a Gastroenterology clinic for refugees resettling in Chicago. Dr. Levy is a member of ACG’s Public Relations Committee and FDA-Related Matters Committee.

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 recently served as co-chair of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Soundpost Series.


Special Thanks

Ms. Katie Couric 

The Noise Company

Greenleaf Music

Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Copenhagen, Denmark

Philharmonic Society of Orange County
Rishi Productions

PianoForte Chicago

Samir A. Shah, MD, FACG, ACG President 

David A. Greenwald, 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 

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! 

Learn More

Listen to the 2021 Tune It Up Recording

How to Watch

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

Listen to the 2021 Tune It Up Concert with Rock Musicians Rufus Wainwright, Lisa Loeb, Tim Reynolds and Others Performed for this Free Virtual Concert for Colorectal Cancer Awareness

Last year, the American College of Gastroenterology was proud to host a webstream event, “Tune It Up: A Concert To Raise Awareness of Colorectal Cancer,” on Wednesday, March 31, 2021 featuring dynamic performances by a talented collective of musicians. You can still enjoy the recording!

The virtual concert organized by Dr. Benjamin Levy of the ACG Public Relations Committee 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