Ubunzima – April 17, 2010

The Vocal Music of
Priaulx Rainier


Greek Epigrams
Dance of the Rain
Cycle for Declamation
Prayers from the Ark
Vision & Prayer


William George, tenor
Rachel Iwaasa, piano
Michael Strutt, guitar
Christopher Bagan, piano

Saturday, April 17, 2010 @ 8pm
St Andrew’s-Wesley United Church – Burrard & Nelson, Vancouver
Tickets $20 at the door
$10 in advance

Hailing from Zululand, Priaulx Rainier was one of the most original composers of her generation. The rhythm, language, music and natural sounds of her homeland, the sounds of wild animals and bird calls were to prove the most important influences on her music. 

Several of her songs and cycles (Cycle for Declamation, Dance of the Rain, Prayers from the Ark) were composed for and premiered by the tenor Peter Pears. Several of the pieces on the program will be North American premieres.

The last few years have begun to see a re-appraisal of Rainier’s work. While she is well-known in England and South Africa, North America has yet to discover most of her music. Erato Ensemble is proud to present and evening of her tour-de-force solo vocal works.