Concert series aims to boost Bearcat morale during COVID-19

NEWS RELEASE: Bill Bangert, Public Information Officer  (Edited for Loveland Beacon by Chuck Gibson) 

CINCINNATI, OH (April 23, 2020) – Dr. Carl Fichtenbaum, professor at the UC Division of Infectious Diseases, is one of the leaders of the efforts by the University of Cincinnati and UC Health to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dr. Carl Fichtenbaum, professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases at the UC College of Medicine and a UC Health physician, and organizer of the concert series (Photo/Joseph Fuqua II/UC Creative + Brand)

At this time of stress and social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic, people throughout our own community, and all around the nation have found unique and creative ways to shine a light of goodness in the midst of darkness. Organizations and individuals have stepped up to honor and celebrate those working on the frontline, to support local businesses impacted by closure, to remember students and educators. From the restrictions of social-distancing, people have joined together in community to care for the most vulnerable. Dr. Fichtenbaum is also stepping up to connect people by organizing a group of College of Medicine physicians, residents and alumni to put on a concert series to be livestreamed on Facebook. The first event will be this Saturday, April 25, at 8 p.m. 


“It’s really important to stay connected and find a little happiness each day,” said Fichtenbaum. “Music is a great way to reach the hearts of people.”

He says his daughter came up with the name for the series — “Quarantunes: A Concert Series for UC & UC Health.”

In addition to Fichtenbaum, the series will feature Dr. Andy Wells, an internal medicine resident; Dr. Heather Christensen, assistant professor in the Department of Medical Education; Dr. Mark Eckman, director of General Internal Medicine; Dr. Albert Weisbrot, Dr. Greg Mecoli and Dr. Mark Mecoli, all UC alumni; and Dr. Daniel Hoffman and his wife, Marta Carron, an internal medicine resident.

Fichtenbaum says since March 23 when the State of Ohio issued an order to shelter in place, many people have been working hard to help the community weather the storm of the pandemic.

“A number of musicians got together to create a concert for those at the University of Cincinnati and UC Health to bring a little joy to our lives,” Fichtenbaum says. “As health care providers, we know it’s important to care for the mind, body and soul.”

Fichtenbaum will perform live, while other performances will be previously recorded. The concert, which is scheduled to last approximately one hour, can be accessed through this link. 

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