So here we were in Pienza, Italy, enjoying the town where Franco Zefferelli decided to film his version of Romeo and Juliette. We’d strolled through the town. We’d soaked up the vistas overlooking the Tuscan countryside. And, we’d just finished a fabulous lunch – Insalata Caprese and Pumpkin Ravioli – served in the warm September glow of an outdoor courtyard ristorante.
As we made our way back up the street, a literal chorus of voices drew is in their direction. And, there, just around the corner in the Cattedrale di Pienza, a choir of some 25 superb voices offered up their version of Ave Maria – four part harmonies echoing from every wall.
Plan what you will, but sometimes the accidental convergence of a fortunate happenstance is dropped right in front of you – yours for the enjoying. And, yes, for the record, it is more than possible to enjoy fine music with tears running down your cheeks.