Lou Harrison’s 30-minute seven-movement Pacifika Rondo was a treat that engaged the entire audience. What a feast of sounds!
From the look of it, Stewart must have loved mastering and performing the piece. The audience responded with sustained applause.
Stewart’s own Sinfonia, composed in 2010, was about as eclectic in style as an orchestral piece can be.
Rhythmically challenging, it, like the Harrison, drew smiles from the musicians. …from the mysterious to the eruptive……a lushly cinematic display"