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The Fenix

OCTOBER 13 & 14, 2023

But because being here means so much, and because 
all of the transient things that are here 
seem to need us…
They need us—us, the most transient. 
Once for each thing, just once. Once and no more. 
Just once for us too... But having been 
Earthly just this once, even though 
It was only once, seems irrevocable.”
          –Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926), set by Elizabeth Knudson

Who is this concert for?

  • those seeking peace at the end of a long day

  • Transient, earthly beings 


What will I know, and what will be new to me?

  • You might be familiar with the extended vocal techniques and surprising twist ending of Maja Ratke’s An Dismantled Ode to the Moral Value of Art from our 2021 video recording, or may have heard Sweet Honey in the Rock’s classic Wanting Memories.

  • You’ll be the first to hear the world premiere of a new commission from Leslie Uyeda on a haunting text by Patrick Lane, as well as two Canadian premieres: the simultaneously bold and soothing close[r] now, by Ayanna Woods, Chanticleer’s 2023 Composer-in-Residence, and Orphic Hymn, by the late Icelandic film composer Johann Johannson; the lulling harmonies of which will resonate deep in your soul.

  • While we’ve shared music of Meredith Monk and Shireen Abu-Khader in the past, you’ll hear new pieces, and we’ll introduce you to less familiar music by Edie Hill, Beverly McKiver, and Elizabeth Knudson.  


Why shouldn’t I miss this?

  • You’ll be surrounded, comforted, and held by the voices of musica intima in the beautiful and acoustically warm space of the Celebration Hall at Mountain View Cemetery.  The intimacy of singing meets the ambiance of the ubiquitous Candlelight Concert.  

  • Wordless soundscapes and meditations on brief phrases, alongside evocative poems meticulously set will guide you through this contemplative evening.

  • The performance will be approximately one hour with no intermission, and we invite you to join us for a glass of wine before or after the show.

You can download the program for The Fenix here.  


musica intima exists to create incredible moments—to share the power of music with our audiences, and invite them into our circle of sound. Your financial support of the ensemble’s professional performance, touring, recording, and community outreach initiatives remains invaluable. 

As with most not-for-profit arts organizations, ticket revenue only accounts for a small portion of our total budget. If you have been touched by musica intima’s performances, please consider a tax-deductible gift to the musica intima society. Your continued support of one of Canada’s musical gems is vital, allowing us to continue presenting world-class performances at home and abroad, and supporting generations of professional musicians. 

Thank you!

musica intima is a registered charitable organizaion #872525530RR0001

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