From a press relese:
Washington National Opera is bringing live performance to outdoor venues in its traveling Pop-Up Opera Truck mini-tour. Locations range from public parks to farmers markets and medical centers.
‘We are taking opera directly to the people in special outdoor surprise performances for our local communities,’ said Rob Ainsley, Director of the Cafritz Young Artists program. There has never been a more important time for the healing power of live music. While safety must remain our first priority, this is a way for us to continue to serve our community.’
In creating the pop-up opera truck experience, WNO collaborated with The Concert Truck, a Baltimore-based company founded by pianists Nick Luby and Susan Zhang. By converting a standard moving truck into a mobile concert venue, complete with stage, lights, sound, and an electric grand piano, The Concert Truck is worked with WNO to help deliver music to the greater DC area, especially during the trying circumstances of the ongoing pandemic.