The Festival Napa Valley has released a virtual performance of “Va, pensiero,” the chorus from Verdi’s “Nabucco.”
The performance is led by two alumni of the Festival’s Blackburn Music Academy, conductor Zach Salsburg-Frank and violinist Sienna Peck and features 126 past and present Festival Napa Valley musicians.
In a press release said Richard Walker, President & CEO of Festival Napa Valley said, “Although we will not have a summer season this year, our pioneering spirit is alive and well and we are creating innovative ways to continue to bring music to our audiences.”
The video features instrumentalists and singers from 26 states, eight countries, and five continents representing two dozen orchestras, ensembles, opera companies and music conservatories such as the Young People’s Chorus of New York City, Juilliard School, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, San Francisco Opera Orchestra, Toronto Symphony, and many more.
The video was created with every recording their part on a smartphone while following the virtual conductor. It is dedicated to the essential workers whose heroic efforts safeguard the health and safety of our communities.
Here is the performance: