MUSICA INTIMA RETURNS TO COAST – The Coast Reporter – October 30, 2009

The 12-member choir musica intima makes its eagerly anticipated return to the Coast Recital Society on Sunday afternoon, November 1st, at the Raven’s Cry Theatre, Sechelt. The concert begins at 2:30 p.m. preceded by a Pre-Concert Chat at 1:30 p.m.

Founded in 1992, the ensemble has become an integral part of Vancouver’s cultural fabric, collaborating regularly with local organizations including the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Pacific Baroque Orchestra, and Vancouver New Music. Although the choir spells its name in lower-case letters, everything about their performances is bold and capital. Internationally renowned for performances and recordings that sparkle with vivid insight and vibrant musicality, musica intima is recognized for their warm and engaging stage presence, impeccable musicianship, and unique perspective on ensemble singing.

What makes musica intima truly unique is that they rehearse and perform without a conductor. In rehearsal, they exchange ideas freely while exploring their own musical creativity. In performance, they engage the audience with a spontaneity and freshness all their own. Critics rave about the choir’s exquisite sound, superb choral discipline and extraordinary varied programmes.

The repertoire for this Coast Recital Society concert centers on the theme of voyages: an exploration of musical images of travel from a time when the world seemed much larger than it does today. The program journeys from Renaissance Italy and Elizabethan England to contemporary Finland, Norway, Estonia, Poland, and Canada, including music by Monteverdi, Veljo Tormis, Henryk Gorecki as well as more popular selections such as Shenandoah and Goin’ Home. At the centre of this concert is Leonardo Dreams of His Flying Machine by American composer Eric Whitacre, inspired by Leonardo Da Vinci’s dream of building a flying machine.