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Our Last Concerts

posted Jul 20, 2011, 12:29 PM by Jen Hayes   [ updated Jul 20, 2011, 1:00 PM ]
Campanae Mundi's Final Concert
From Ristorante David, Campanae Mundi went on to our first concert of the day at Chiesa di Santa Maria Assunta in Gavinana. This gorgeous church was built in the 9th century, and after finishing our concert to a standing ovation we had a chance to see the 15th century organ this church is home to! Our own Kendra even had the opportunity to play - a rare opportunity, and a memory she's said will stay with her her entire life.

We packed our equipment to move on to our next performance in Pistoia. As we set up in the 12th century Chiesa di San Bartolomeo in Pantano, we couldn’t help but be struck by the history we’ve been able to witness and be a part of on our trip through Tuscany. This last church was solemnly quiet even as we set up, and ancient frescos still adorning the walls gazed down on us. 

Lightening the mood, we trooped down to dinner, bells in hand, with friends Federico and Leonardo. We shared antipasti, pizza, and our best memories of our trip - then Leonardo stood to present us each with a gift. Small ceramic bells - a craft Pistoia is known for - were each hand painted with our initials. Through a flurry of thank yous and grazies, we finished our meal and stepped out into the cooler evening air. Time for our last piazza mob - or, after such a great dinner, a pizza mob! We rang through our peals and Beethoven’s Ode to Joy throughout the streets of Pistoia before a final round in front of the church.

Collecting ourselves, we entered the church and performed our final concert of the trip. Emotions ran high and there were even some tears as our last notes faded away. It is fitting that even as our trip has ended I still have the change ringing and melody of Metanoia running through my head, a piece that focuses on the themes of change and transformation. This trip has changed and transformed us all to be better ringers, to have had the opportunity to witness the rich history and culture of Tuscany, and even to be a part of the centuries of music-making in such beautiful settings.

Until next time,
Campanae Mundi