8 person vocal chamber ensemble
Internationally renowned for their warm and engaging stage presence, impeccable musicianship, and unique perspective on ensemble singing, musica intima has earned a reputation as Canada’s most exciting vocal ensemble.
But what makes musica intima truly unique is that the singers rehearse, perform and function as a collective. In rehearsal they self-direct, exchanging ideas freely while exploring their own musical creativity. In performance, they engage the audience with a spontaneity and directness all their own.
Founded in 1992, musica intima has become an integral part of Vancouver’s cultural fabric. In addition to an annual series of self-produced concerts, musica intima collaborates with other arts organizations and artists such as Coastal Sound Music Academy, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and Pacific Baroque Orchestra. The ensemble has also been involved in recording projects with artists as diverse as the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, composer Owen Underhill, and rock musician Matthew Good.
“the most exciting small choir in the land”
– John Fraser | National Post
A distinctly Canadian ensemble, musica intima regularly commissions and premieres works by Canada’s leading composers. The ensemble has graced the stages of some of Canada’s best known festivals and concert halls including BC Scene, Orford Festival, Festival Vancouver, Elora Festival, Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival, Festival de Lanaudière, Palais Montcalm, Domaine Forget International Festival, and Indian River Festival. Also an international presence, musica intima has performed twice at the American Choral Directors Association Conference, and has appeared at Polyfollia Festival in France, Cork International Choral Festival in Ireland, and the World Symposium on Choral Music in Denmark.
musica intima is frequently heard on national and international radio broadcasts and has released seven commercial recordings, five of which can be found on the ATMA Classique label. The ensemble’s all-Canadian album into light (2010) won a Western Canadian Music Award for Classical Album of the Year, garnered two Juno nominations, and received a 10-star review in BBC Music Magazine. Their most recent recording, 20, celebrates their 20th anniversary- acting as a “greatest hits” compilation for the ensemble.
“These singers make eye contact with their audience, creating an achingly intimate, holy moment in each performance. Their shows transform the venue into beauty’s own temple. Judge for yourself; this description isn’t hyperbole.” John Keillor | Georgia Straight
“Each voice in Vancouver’s youngest professional vocal ensemble is a hand-blown ornament streaked with gold.”
– Tara Wohlberg | Globe & Mail
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musica intima is represented by Agence Station bleue
Le Chant des Oyseaux – Clement Janequin [YouTube Video]
Saturday, September 21/13 Whitehorse YT
Presented by Whitehorse Concerts in Yukon Arts Centre
Sunday & Monday, September 22 & 13/13 Whitehorse YT
School shows and workshops in the community
Thursday, January 16/14 Vermilion AB
Presented by Vermilion Arts Council in Lakeland College Alumni Theatre
Friday, January 17/14 Fort Saskatchewan AB
School shows Presented by City of Fort Saskatchewan
Saturday, January 18/14 Fort Saskatchewan AB
Presented by City of Fort Saskatchewan in Shell Theatre
Sunday, January 19/14 Lacombe AB
Presented by Canadian University College in Canadian in Auditorium Theatre
Monday, January 27/14 Virden MB
Presented by Virden Arts Council in Aud Theatre
Tuesday, January 28/14 Brandon MB
Presented by ProSeries, Brandon University School of Music in Lorne Watson Recital Hall
Thursday, January 30/14 Estevan SK
Presented by Estevan Arts Council in St. Paul’s United Church
Friday, January 31/14 Rosthern SK
Presented by Station Arts Centre in the Station Arts Centre
Saturday, February 1/14 Yorkton SK
Presented by Yorkton Arts Council in Anne Portnuff Theatre
Sunday, February 2/14 Regina SK
Presented by Regina Musical Club in Riddell Centre, University of Regina
Tuesday, February 4/14 Brooks AB
Presented by Newell Concert Association in Griffin Park Theatre
Thursday, February 6/14 Consort AB
Presented by Neutral Hills Arts Alive in Consort School Fine Arts Theatre
Friday, February 7/14 Westlock AB
Presented by Westlock Cultural Arts Theatre Series in R.F. Staples High School
Sunday, February 9 & Monday, February 10/14 Regina SK
Clinicians and concert with Saskatchewan Choral Federation in Chorfest Saskatchewan
Performance dates and venues are subject to change. Schools shows, workshops & master classes may be scheduled in addition to these concerts. Please contact the local presenter to confirm performance details.