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University Circle suspends Wade Oval Wednesdays summer concert series

Wade Oval Wednesdays Concert series.
Posted at 6:49 AM, May 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-14 06:49:50-04

CLEVELAND — Summers won’t be the same in University Circle after organizers announced Thursday that the 2020 Wade Oval Wednesdays concert season has been suspended due to the ongoing concerns surrounding the coronavirus pandemic.

"This is not a decision we reached lightly," said Chris Ronayne, president of UCI, in a news release. "We know what this concert series means to the community. Our top priority is the safety and wellbeing of our concertgoers, vendors, and staff, who are like family. We're taking the best possible care of this family with the decision UCI made today."

University Circle Inc (UCI), the organizers behind the concert series, said it’s facing impending deadlines to secure bands, vendors, supplies and proper permits for WOW! to move forward.

"Large events like WOW! take months of planning and preparation," said Ronayne. "Decisions needed to be made, and there are still too many unknowns. It was a very tough call."

Instead of in-person concerts, UCI is exploring options for alter active ways to connect throughout the summer.

A University Circle-wide collaborative team is working on new ideas and some of the members include representatives from The Cleveland Museum of Art, The Cleveland Orchestra, the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, and Center for Arts-Inspired Learning. Additional details will be provided in the coming weeks.