COME SEE US IN CONCERT!
Welcome to our 2021-2022 season. Join us for this exciting series of concerts, featuring bold and adventurous programming, exciting guest artists, and the artistic excellence you've come to expect from musica intima.
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2021–22 SEASON PERFORMANCES
OCTOBER 22 & 24, 2021
miTV RELEASE: NOVEMBER 5, 2021
bridge of dreams
“Moon: pull down memory small-throated griefs, fly away.”
LORRI NEILSEN GLENN
Through music that explores the worlds our minds can create, and blurs the lines between dreams and reality, we’ll journey through the night and into the dawn. Together with organist Christina Hutten and cellist Jonathan Lo, the program will feature music of Canadians Tawnie Olson and Jocelyn Morlock, as well as contemporary choral music from around the world by Britta Byström, Jonathan Dove, Ann Boyd, and David Lang.
You can find the program for bridge of dreams here.
DECEMBER 18, 2021
“I ask you, cranes, to warm my child in your wings”
ANONYMOUS JAPANESE (8TH CENTURY)
In an honest musical exploration of motherhood, musica intima will journey through Mary’s story as we weave together spoken word and song from a largely female perspective. Local actor Rebecca deBoer will join us on stage for a program featuring music by composers such as Sherryl Sewepagaham and Hannah Kendall, paired with texts by a variety of writers including Mary Oliver and Luci Shaw. Celebrate Christmas with us in the scenic Christ Church Cathedral - part of our shared seasonal tradition.
You can find the program for Rosa Mystica here.
APRIL 9, 2022 | 7:30 PM
CHRIST CHURCH CATHEDRAL
towards the light
"Each seed, bursting, pushing its way
upward towards the light and air"
Taking inspiration from the natural world invoked in the journals of Emily Carr, at the heart of this program lies the world premiere of a new piece by Vancouver composer and folk artist Emily Millard, who will bring Carr’s words to life. Music by choral legends Veljo Tormis and Zoltan Kodaly will round out the program, alongside the voices of the next generation of choral composers such as Caroline Shaw, Dale Trumbore, and Pärt Uusberg.
After a successful first partnership last year, musica intima is thrilled to be sharing the stage with the Vancouver Youth Choir (VYC) once again. Our VYC mentorship program (thanks to the sponsorship of the Hamber Foundation and the Deux-Mille Foundation) gives a quartet of young singers the opportunity to learn from musica intima, and this year the entire Senior choir will perform with the ensemble at towards the light. Come hear the future of the choral arts in Canada.
The commissioning of Emily Millard was generously sponsored by the SOCAN Foundation.
You can find the program for Towards the Light here.
2021–22 OTHER EVENTS
DECEMBER 23, 2021
"And the bells were ringing out for Christmas day"
Pull up a chair and grab a glass - you’re invited to our rollicking kitchen party! Join musica intima for our annual favourite - a cozy evening featuring new arrangements of seasonal favourites by Joni Mitchell, The Chieftains, Dolly Parton, and more - this year with a folk twist! The band for this evening will be led by intima alumni/guitarist Andy Hillhouse, joined by his Mad Pudding colleague, harpist Amy Stephen, as well as fiddler Mark Sullivan, bassist Brent Gubbels, and percussionist Robin Layne. Ring in the festive season with musica intima!
FEBRUARY 26, 2022
where you go
UPDATE: Due to ongoing restrictions we have decided to pivot this project from live to digital.
“Don't make me leave you,
don't make me go.”
DAVID LANG, AFTER THE BOOK OF RUTH
In our first-ever dance + vocal arts collaboration, musica intima will be joined by Indigenous choreographer Olivia C. Davies, taking audiences on an immersive journey through love, friendship and devotion. The story will be told through the music of two innovative composers - contemporary minimalist David Lang and renaissance maverick Luca Marenzio. Featuring dance artists Kelly McInnes & Antonio Somera, and lighting designer Jono Kim. Filmed by Collide Entertainment.
MAY 27, 2022 | 7:30 PM
ST. JAMES' ANGLICAN CHURCH
For our final performance of the season, musica intima will be joined in Vancouver by composer/curator of Cree descent, Andrew Balfour. Balfour writes: “Nagamo (Sings) reimagines history and the concept of nation to nation respect and musical dialogue between the nations of the so-called New World and Old World. During the beginning of the 17th century, several Chiefs and esteemed Indigenous leaders journeyed to Europe in the hope of forging alliances. In many cases, they were treated as respected ambassadors. Nagamo explores the fantastical idea of what might have happened if the sharing of music, and the respect of culture had contrived, and how a different history might have played out.”
Revolving around Elizabethan choral music by Byrd, Tallis, and Gibbons, the concert will also feature the unique musical perspective of Balfour’s translations of these motets into First Nations languages. Compositions by Balfour himself will explore universal ideas of governance, diplomacy, and culture, as well as the challenges Indigenous peoples face today. Alongside this program, musica intima has commissioned visual artist Sonny Assu (Liǥwildaʼx̱w of the Kwakwaka’wakw Nations) whose new work will be exhibited at the performance.
Andrew Balfour's participation has been generously supported by our Production Sponsor, The Tuey Foundation.
Nagamo will be presented as part of St. James' Music Series at St. James' Anglican Church in Downtown Vancouver.
Poster art by Sonny Assu:
Making a b-line to HaidaBucks, Salmonberry Frap #ftw #starbucksFAIL #lol, 2016. Digital Intervention on an Emily Carr Painting (Yan, Q.C.I 1912). Archival Pigment Print. 33" x 22". Courtesy of the Artist and the Equinox Gallery.
MUSICA INTIMA ON THE ROAD
SUNSHINE COAST & VANCOUVER ISLAND
We're looking forward to connecting with communities across the province this year. Join us in:
Gibsons: High Beam Dreams | March 2, 2022 | Tickets
Powell River: Powell River Academy of Music | March 3, 2022 | Tickets
Campbell River: Rivercity Stage | March 4, 2022 | Tickets
Denman Island: Concerts Denman | March 5, 2022 | Tickets
Port Alberni: Alberni Classical Concerts | March 6, 2022 | Tickets
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