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Peter Matthews
New York, NY
Pete Matthews is a digital media professional who lives in New York City. At night, he goes to shows.
Interests: Music
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by Steven Pisano Photo by Steven Pisano The Brooklyn Youth Chorus enjoys a solid go-to reputation in the city’s classical music world, frequently singing a supporting role in choral works by Mahler and Britten with the New York Philharmonic. At... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Feast of Music
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Whenever I get the chance to go to the movies, I usually opt for indie flicks or foreign films. But, every once in awhile, I enjoy a big Hollywood blockbuster. (I mean, who doesn't?) Same goes for the opera, where,... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Feast of Music
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Way back in 2007, at the 2nd Fun Fun Fun Fest, I had this to say about my first experience seeing Battles: "The NYC outfit, founded by former Don Caballero guitarist Ian Williams in 2005, is as close to experimental/new... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Feast of Music
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by Steven Pisano Photo by Steven Pisano On Sunday evening, the good citizens of Bleecker Street were invaded by common street thugs, con artists, beggars, murderers, and whores from New Jersey. They hob-nobbed with criminal intent in a dark underground... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Feast of Music
I'm starting to think that - unconditional hero-worship aside - composers are the most generous artists we have. I mean, would you let a complete stranger into your apartment? Apparently, that's no big deal for ten composers, who have allowed... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Feast of Music
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Two days after joining in the standing ovation for John Adams during curtain calls at the final performance of The Death of Klinghoffer at The Met, it was strange, to say the least, to be stitting less than five feet... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Feast of Music
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285 Kent. Zebulon. Monkeytown/La Sala. The Pool Parties. This week, it's Death By Audio, soon to be followed by Glasslands. Times are a-changin' in Williamsburg, as some of NYC's best music venues get razed, replaced with glass and steel condos... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Feast of Music
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Austin, TX - The 9th edition of Austin's Fun Fun Fun Fest tore up Auditorium Shores once again last weekend with a heady mix of indie, punk, metal, electronica, and everything in between. While things got off to a bit... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2014 at Feast of Music
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Although I'd already seen the Met Opera's acclaimed new production of John Adams' The Death of Klinghoffer, I felt compelled to see it once more on Saturday afternoon, the eighth and final performance. I'm glad I did: aside from having... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2014 at Feast of Music
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For my money, there is no more arresting singer in the world today than Matthias Goerne: the German baritone I first discovered as Jesus in Bach's St. Matthew Passion, which he performs seemingly at the edge of sanity. And, it... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2014 at Feast of Music
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by Nick Stubblefield Ah, the music of the French: Je t'aime. Something about it has always moved me -- from the work of Ravel and Debussy, to the contemporary film scores of Yann Tiersen. But despite some peripheral familiarity, I've... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2014 at Feast of Music
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AUSTIN, TX - Opera is an expensive venture, with administrators at even the most established companies struggling to find ways to make ends meet. This is especially true in mid-sized markets, which often need to resort to importing productions from... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2014 at Feast of Music
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Still not entirely clear what "the problem" was yesterday, but there were literally thousands of people who bought one day and weekend passes to Fun Fun Fun Festival who never got in yesterday due to the four hour+ wait to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2014 at Feast of Music
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In a few hours, I'm headed back to Austin for the 9th annual Fun Fun Fun Fest, which for three days will fill Auditorium Shores with an omnivorous lineup of Alt-Rock (Modest Mouse, Neutral Milk Hotel, Dinosaur, Jr.) Hip-Hop (Nas,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2014 at Feast of Music
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by Robert Leeper The PUBLIQuartet is a group of young string players who bring both technical mastery and freewheeling joy to their music playing. On Monday evening at Subculture, they played folk-themed classical works from the early 20th century as... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2014 at Feast of Music
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For more than six decades, Mavis Staples has posessed one of music's most powerful and iconic voices, equal parts gospel, soul and R&B. Recently, however, Staples has expanded into new sonic territory, starting with 2007's We'll Never Turn Back, featuring... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2014 at Feast of Music
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by Steven Pisano Photo by Steven Pisano Conductor Alondra de la Parra is something of an anomaly. Aside from being a woman - still a rarity in the classical music world - she was raised in a country (Mexico) which... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2014 at Feast of Music
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After spending eight years in the Kronos Quartet, many were surprised when cellist Jeffrey Zeigler left Kronos - ostensibly one of the highest-profile gigs in the world - last year and moved back to NYC. At the time, Zeigler said... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2014 at Feast of Music
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by Steven Pisano Photo by Steven Pisano El Dia de los Muertos (“The Day of the Dead”) is a Latin American holiday when the dead are remembered a time to celebrate the lives of loved ones past. So it was... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2014 at Feast of Music
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by Robert Leeper The music of Benjamin Britten focuses on the idea of the outsider, of men uncertain of their place in the world. He delves into the lives those rejected by the community to which they belong or find... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2014 at Feast of Music
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by Steven Pisano Photo by Matthew Murphy Formed in 2010 by New York City Ballet (NYCB) dancer Troy Schumacher, Ballet Collective is a forum where dancers, choreographers, artists, writers, composers, and musicians can collaborate to create pieces that embrace the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2014 at Feast of Music
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by Nick Stubblefield Jim McGuire, symphonyspace.org Growing up in the Appalachian mountains of North Carolina, I heard more than my fair-share of banjo picking. But. it wasn't until a few years ago that I first heard the music of Béla... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2014 at Feast of Music
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Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera "There aren't many things left worth fighting for in this world. Art is one of them." - FoM In his 2008 memoir, Hallelujah Junction, John Adams devotes an entire chapter to his opera The Death of Klinghoffer,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2014 at Feast of Music
Our old friend Ljova was showing off his conductor chops in Bryant Park recently, leading a varied group of NYC subway musicians via FaceTime, connected through the MTA's Wi-Fi system (coming soon to a station near you.) Mixing everything from... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2014 at Feast of Music
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by Steven Pisano Photo by Steven Pisano Last Thursday's CMJ Music Marathon showcase at the Bowery Ballroom featured four very different bands, united by their love of Rock. Openers Slothrust was formed at Sarah Lawrence College in 2010. Lead singer... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2014 at Feast of Music