Virtual Shows CLE recently formed to help Northeast Ohio’s music
community and keep music lovers entertained during these
challenging times. The shows are being presented by the
nonprofit organization behind Brite Winter music and art
The College’s partnership with Virtual
Shows CLE follows the cancellation of the 2020 Tri-C JazzFest
due to uncertainties created by COVID-19.
Planning is also underway by Tri-C JazzFest for a larger virtual
concert later this summer featuring local musicians.
Details will be announced at a
later date. Visit
tri-cjazzfest.com for more information.
Both initiatives expand on the College’s commitment to bring
arts and culture programming to the community, with
Tri-C JazzFest rooted to its
mission to educate and nurture the future of jazz.
2020 Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland Canceled
Uncertainties created by the COVID-19 outbreak have led
to the cancellation of the 41st annual Tri-C JazzFest
Cleveland, presented by KeyBank. The event had been scheduled
for June 25-27 at Playhouse Square.
Too many unknowns regarding the spread of the virus, and when it
may subside enough for the state to lift restrictions on
large-group activities, forced the decision.
There’s hope, however, that the music won’t be completely
silenced. And hope was realized with Tri-C’s virtual
concert that occurred on April 26, 2020.
Planning is underway to present additional virtual concerts
featuring local musicians. Artists would be paid for
participation in the event, providing welcome income during a
time when most have lost paying gigs due to COVID-19.
“We see this as an opportunity to showcase Cleveland’s best
while giving jazz fans everywhere a special treat,” said
Terri Pontremoli, director of Tri-C JazzFest. “You can’t
beat the experience of live music in crowded concert halls and
clubs, but this is another way to sustain musicians and feed the
souls of our audience.”
Over the past four decades, Tri-C JazzFest has become a
cherished tradition for tens of thousands of music lovers. The
festival has grown into a destination event with ticketed shows
featuring top jazz acts and free outdoor performances
highlighting local talent.
At its heart, Tri-C JazzFest remains rooted to its mission to
educate and nurture the future of jazz. Events
throughout the year connect
students of all ages with jazz performers who bring the art form
to life. Many of the programs are free to expand community
access to the performing arts.
Refunds will be offered for those who purchased advance festival
passes for this year’s Tri-C JazzFest. Individual tickets had
yet to go on sale for the nine indoor shows featured in the 2020
tri-cjazzfest.com for more information.
Tri-C Loaning Ventilators to Hospitals to Aid COVID-19 Treatment
will loan eight ventilators to Northeast Ohio hospitals to help
treat the growing surge of COVID-19 patients struggling to
The devices will be distributed for use in intensive care units
at Cleveland Clinic, The MetroHealth System, St. Vincent
Charity Medical Center and University Hospitals.
An additional six College-owned ventilators, which are older,
may be loaned out once they undergo servicing to ensure they are
ready for patient use.
The equipment comes from College nursing and health career
training programs, where it is used for hands-on classroom and
lab instruction. Those face-to-face sessions are not currently
taking place given a shift to remote instruction to limit the
spread of COVID-19.
Ventilators help patients breathe and can mean the difference
between life and death for those fighting the respiratory
effects of the coronavirus. Equipment shortages have become an
international issue during this pandemic.
“Whatever resources the College has to offer will be provided,”
Tri-C President Alex Johnson said. “It’s up to all of us
to work together to fight COVID-19 and protect the people who
make Cleveland the community we love.”
In addition to making the ventilators available, the College
recently donated hundreds of boxes of respiratory masks, gloves
and other protective equipment to health professionals working
on the front lines of the outbreak.
Tri-C is part of a large contingent of community colleges across
the nation offering supplies to aid local health care efforts.