Thursday's double bill must have been as daunting for the orchestra as it was thrilling for the audience. Two celebrated international composers; two programs of intensely demanding material. No wonder Darcy James Argue took his hat off (literally) to JMO leader David Theak at the end of the evening.
As a conductor, Schneider's gestures were more fluid and expansive than Argue's, encouraging the music (and the musicians) to breathe. The closer, Sky Blue, enveloped the audience as tenderly as an embrace, David Theak's soprano sax gliding and swooping over the swelling theme with impassioned grace. Exquisite.
Jessica Nicholas writing in the Sydney Morning Herald