Intimate music coming to Oliver Nov 22

Ensemble_05_MediaDownloadPagesiteWhen Musica Intima performed at a recent choral competition, the following summed up the performance: “In a concert full of gorgeous choral moments, the most exquisite was by the 12 voice conductor-less choir, Music Intima. Its relaxed sonic purity…was breathtaking.”

Internationally renowned for their warm and engaging stage presence, Musica Intima’s small size allows for the flexibility and agility that makes them so exciting.

They will be performing Friday, November 22nd at 7:30 as part of the South Okanagan Concert Society’s annual series. The performance takes place at the temporary venue of Oliver Alliance Church where the acoustics are excellent for this size ensemble.

Four admission flex passes for only $60 are available at Beyond Bliss, Oliver, Imperial Office Pro, Osoyoos, or at the door. The pass is entirely flexible. One person can attend 4 concerts, 2 people can attend 2 concerts or 4 people can attend one concert with it. There is also a single entrance for $20. Students 17 and under are admitted free. For transport by van from Osoyoos call Maureen 250 495 7978.

Founded in 1992, the thing that 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.

This season Musica Intima’s program is entitled “Voices Rise”. Some exceptional music explores humankind’s connection to the natural world: “not just love for it but our need for it – our uneasy dependence.” Salish Song and Magic Songs are a tribute to the Earth’s power to heal and restore. These pieces remind us of the fundamental threads that link us to our natural surroundings.

The programme also reveals a wide variety of music from Dvorak’s “Goin’ Home” to traditional pieces like “Down to the River to Pray” and “Loch Lomond” and modern Billy Joel and Lennon-McCartney favourites.

Musica Intima has both a Canadian and an international presence. They have performed at the Polyfollia Festival in France, Cork International Choral Festival in Ireland and the World Symposium on Choral Music in Denmark. Frequently heard on national and international radio broadcasts, the ensemble has released seven commercial recordings. Their all-Canadian album “Into Light” (2010) won a Western Canadian Music Award for Classical Album.

Musica Intima has become a much loved and integral part of Vancouver’s cultural fabric and is sure to delight our local audience on Friday, November 22nd.

More information about the ensemble can be found at their website: