Italy with Friends!

One exciting piece of the Euro-trip puzzle is starting to fall into place. Our dear friends Brett and Teri, who joined us on our Thailand trip in 2015, will be joining us in Italy from Sept 21-29. We will pick them up in Milan, after attending a Benjamin Britten opera at La Scala, and head to Cinque Terre on the Mediterranean coast. From there, we will meet Brett’s extended family in Ascoli Piceno on the East Coast and then on to Venice. CT will be vacation related, hiking between the 5 towns that make up this region of the Med. coast. Venice will feature St Mark’s Cathedral, where Gabrieli introduced brass (as a split choir) into the church service. Until the late 16C, brass were prohibited from performing in churches and were considered haute (outdoor) instruments. They were effective playing tower music, literally, music performed from the tower in the center of town to call people to church or to town meetings. But inside the church, not so much. Gabrieli changed all that. I will have my trombone with me of course, so you never know. Maybe when no one is looking……


Author: euro916

I am a college professor in the music department of Utah State University. I will start my sabbatical on May 1, 2016 and plan to document the year's experiences in this blog. The sabbatical consists of musical endeavors in Europe/UK for 3 months, and half a semester as guest artist in a couple of California universities. Thanks for following!

One thought on “Italy with Friends!”

  1. I’m not a regular in church but when I’ve been there, I’ve heard organs, pianos, guitars, violins, flutes and drums, but never a trombone. I’d recommend going for it but if you do, could it be recorded on a cell phone?


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