This morning I arrived in the Piazza Duomo in Amalfi to find a group of American students assembling themselves on the steps of the church for a concert. Curious as I was to find out where this group had come from, I had only a short time to run some errands and get to the food shops before they closed for lunch. About ten minutes later, the beautiful voices of the choir filled the side streets and drew me back to the piazza. The director of the choir made an announcement about their next piece, emphasizing Minnesota twice. The last place I lived in America before coming to Italy was in the lovely Twin Cities in Minnesota, where I received a Master of Arts in Art History degree from the University of St. Thomas. (But, no, I don’t want to talk about the winter!) I asked a woman near me if she knew where the group was from, and imagine my surprise to learn I was listening to the Rosemount High School choir from just outside Minneapolis, Minnesota performing in Amalfi, Italy. It was one of those lovely “small world” moments. The choir is on a spring break tour of Italy, which already took them to Rome to perform in St. Peter’s Basilica. What an incredible experience for these students!
Here is a little snippet of the choir: