Upstage Lung Cancer

Using performing arts to raise awareness and funding for lung cancer research

April 5, 2018

In Love with Gershwin and Cole Porter

  • Listen to I Got Rhythm
    (Hildy Grossman, Follen Angels)
  • Mosesian Center for the Arts
    321 Arsenal St Suite 2, Watertown, MA 02472
  • 7:30 Showtime

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The Follen Angels, international jazz and cabaret recording artists, take center stage with their renowned show celebrating the music of iconic Gershwin and Cole Porter. The Angels pull out all of the stops to feature the much-loved songs by two of the most cherished composers of the 20th Century.

Guest Singers: Unisons all-male contemporary a cappella group from Northeastern U who perform from campus to Boston’s Symphony Hall.

Guest Speakers are Jacob Sands, MD of Dana-Farber and a guest speaker from Addario Lung Cancer
Foundation’s Young Lung Genome Project.

An Opportunity drawing, open cash bar, and tasty nibbles round out a perfect Spring concert at the
Mosesian Center for the Arts, Watertown, MA.


Our Past Performances

Upstage Lung Cancer has been staging performances since 2008. Below are some of our recent past productions.


From Bench to Broadway
Songs Where the Science Is

Performed December 7, 2017

Last year’s musical salute to Broadway’s best focused on innovation in arts and science. In addition, we bestowed our “FAN AWARD” on someone who has shown exceptional leadership in the fight for a cure. To round out the evening’s entertainment, there was a silent auction and post-concert reception.

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A Breath of Fresh Air
A concert to benefit lung cancer research in memory of John H. Kornblith

Performed June 25th

We enjoyed an afternoon of live music from Golden Oldies to the 60s, a performance of Indian dance, sumptuous hors d’oeuvres and lavish libations.

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The Sensational ‘60’s
Classic Rock & Roll Lives On

Performed April 27, 2017

The Sensational ’60’s was an upbeat evening of classic tunes. WBZ’s Jordan Rich emceed an outstanding musical evening featuring The Follen AngelsInternational Cabaret, jazz, and classic pop recording artists. This inspirational night of music also featured the delightful a Cappella group, Custom Blend, and the NU Downbeats from Northeastern University, who helped strike a chord to raise awareness of the changing face of lung cancer.

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Ella Fitzgerald
Celebrating the 1st Lady of Song

Performed October 25, 2016

It was an extraordinary evening of music featuring Boston’s most outstanding musical entertainers Brian De Lorenzo, Hildy Grossman, Paula Markowicz, John King and Davron Monroe.
Joyce Kulhawik, Emcee, Emmy-Award winning A&E Critic; Lisa Rafferty, Director; Tim Evans, Music Director; Russell Garrett, Choreographer; and Francine Jacobson, MD, MPH, Guest Speaker.

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To Upstage Lung Cancer

Performed May 20, 2016

An inspirational evening of music where we struck a chord to raise awareness of the changing face of lung cancer. Featured:

  • The doctor musicians of the Longwood Symphony Orchestra’s Brass Quintet
  • The Bo and Bill Winiker  Jazz Trio
  • Peking and the Mystics, a Capella group
  • Linda Marks, Singer/Songwriter & Dave Birkin (Sax) with young singer, Claire McFarland
  • Hildy Grossman, of The Follen Angels with Greg Woodsbie (keyboard)
  • Northern Lights, young a Capella singers

Popular WBZ radio host, Jordan Rich, emcee, joined guest speakers Dr. Deborah Morosini,  leading pathologist and sister of the late Dana Reeve, and K.C. Oakley of Jill’s Legacy for an unforgettable night of song. The evening also featured an Opportunity Drawing which included a 50/50 drawing, 2 Red Sox tickets, and gift certificates from Boston restaurants. Our partners are the Addario Lung Cancer Foundation and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Concert proceeds supported the ALCMI Young Lung Genome Project.

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High Hopes cast

High Hopes
Celebrating Sinatra’s Centennial

Performed November 10, 2015

Renowned vocalists and media personalities from around New England gathered in Boston to celebrate the music of the “chairman of the board”, Frank Sinatra, on the eve of his 100th birthday. Joyce Kulhawik, was joined onstage by Leigh Barrett, Brian De Lorenzo, Hildy Grossman, John F. King, Paula Markowicz, and Scott Wahle. With Lisa Rafferty (director), Catherine Stornetta (music director), and Michelle Hayes (choreographer).

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Upstage Lung Cancer Sing Out 2015

SING OUT! Youth Music Festival
A Coast-to-Coast Effort Using Music to Fight Lung Cancer

Performed March 22, 2015

Talented young musicians used their breath and voices to deliver a message that ANYONE CAN GET LUNG CANCER, regardless of age. The program included three a cappella groups: Testostertones, Note-a-fy and Perfect Pitch; as well as The Unity Gospel Choir of Northeastern University and Sociedad Latina Youth Leaders of Boston. The Emcee for the event was WBZ radio personality, Jordan Rich. In addition, Deborah Morosini, MD, Hildy Grossman and Jim Swaim joined Wendy Covell and special guests.

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Dean Martin and the Rat Pack cast

“Everybody Loves Somebody Sometime”
Celebrates the music of Dean Martin and the Rat Pack

Performed October 28, 2014

Dean Martin died of lung cancer in 1995, but in this performance, we celebrated his wit and love of life through his music. Joyce Kulhawik, emcee, joined our talented cast: Leigh Barrett, Brian De Lorenzo, Hildy Grossman, Paula Markowicz, and Scott Wahle. With Lisa Rafferty (director), Timothy Evans (music director), and Ilyse Robbins (choreographer).

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