What started out as means to keep teenagers off the streets by having them perform in original musical productions, has now resulted in a group of wonderfully talented and generous adult men and women who want to enhance and improve the lives of individuals in the greater Rochester area.
Their story begins in the 1970s and early ‘80s when The UPSTAIRS Agency served the youth of the 19th, 3rd and 11th wards with leisure time, art and cultural activities. One of the agency’s major programs was the original musicals produced by Sheila Walsh and that contained songs by local songwriter, Tony Falzano. These shows were written especially for these teenagers to perform that not only gave them the ‘theatre experience’ but also provided a sense of purpose, direction and accomplishment for these teens.
In 2012, Tony Falzano founded The Caring Music Group as a channel for his music and for the purpose of offering a benefit to local charitable groups.
And these once teenagers, now adults, have reunited with Tony and Sheila for this purpose. New cast and staff members have since joined the “group”. All share a vision of providing an uplifting, spirited and enjoyable evening of entertainment with Tony’s music that has audiences leaving the theatre humming the ‘song in their hearts’ and local beneficiaries with ‘money in their pockets’ for their greatly needed programs.
Since its first musical, performances have raised tens of thousands of dollars for local groups such as GEVA’s Educational Children’s Programs, the two remaining city parish schools, Holy Cross and St. John Neumann (St. Ambrose), along with Hope Hall, Moonshadow’s Spirit, Hearts For ALS NY, Begin Again Horse Rescue, St. Joseph's Neighborhood Center, and The Clover Center for Arts and Spirituality.
House concerts have been added as another means to share Tony’s music and serve smaller not-for-profit groups in the same way the cabarets do. Recent beneficiaries of the concert series has included, St. Peter’s Soup Kitchen, Hearts For ALS, NY, Begin Again Horse Rescue, St. Joseph's Neighborhood Center, and The Clover Center.
Current, upcoming cabarets and concerts can be found on the Events page, and on Facebook.
In the meantime, the staff is working diligently to secure partners for future endeavors.
You are invited to visit us regularly.
ALSO, Would you like to join the “group” and help us to GROW?
Send us a note on our Contact page, and tell us about you!