Choral Christmas: the nice and naughty sides

November 22, 2016Choral Christmas: the nice and naughty sides
Professional vocal ensemble, musica intima, sings traditional and crossover favourites

Vancouver, BC | The JUNO Award-nominated vocal ensemble—musica intima—will perform four holiday concerts this season, with sounds ranging from traditional choral to blues-jazz-folk inspired performances that feature guest instrumentalists and new arrangements. Performances are on December 13, 16, 17 and 20.

"This year, we're stretching our interpretation of the holiday season, with repertoire that gives audiences an opportunity to hear the breadth and range of our vocalists through pieces that sit on the outskirts of traditional Christmas music in a new show," says Joanna Dundas, Artistic Manager of musica intima. “We’re also performing three traditional Christmas concerts, which are long-time audience favourites.”

In Joy to the World!, musica intima performs a traditional Christmas concert, featuring organist and alumni founding member Michael Murray, as well as ensemble member Katherine Evans playing trumpet for certain pieces. Among the works that will be performed are Canadian Christmas pieces by Owen Underhill, Healey Willan, and Matthew Emery; compositions for ensemble and organ by Patrick Hadley and William Mathias; and audience sing-along carols including “Hark! the Herald Angels Sing,” “O Come All Ye Faithful,” and of course “Joy to the World.”

In Ding Dong, musica intima performs popular, grumpy and humourous seasonal tunes that span a century. This blues-jazz-folk inspired show features new musica intima arrangements of “Men of Snow” (Ingrid Michaelson), “Winter Song” (Sara Bareilles/Ingrid Michaelson), “Rebel Jesus” (Jackson Browne), and “Silent Night/A Christmas Card From A Hooker In Minneapolis” (Tom Waits). The ensemble will be accompanied by guest musicians Sharon Minemoto on piano, Darren Radtke on bass, and Nino DiPasquale on drums.

Performance Dates

Joy to the World! A traditional Christmas concert

Ding Dong: A bluesy-jazzy-folksy relaxed Christmas concert

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About musica intima
Nominated for three JUNO awards, the Vancouver-based conductorless vocal ensemble has released seven commercial recordings. musica intima’s album clear (1999) was named one of the 30 best Canadian classical recordings ever by CBC. The ensemble’s album into light (2010) received a 10-star review in BBC Music Magazine. The ensemble's latest release is its first-ever collaboration album: Thirst (2015).

Allison Murray
Communications Manager | musica intima