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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 Angela Sutton Lincoln Center photo With a partially apt, partially grim choice of programming, Saturday's final concert of this year's Mostly Mozart Festival began with a melding of works by J. S. Bach (chorales from the St. John Passion)... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Feast of Music
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by Emre Tetik Armen Elliot for The New York Times For the third time this week, the International Contemporary Ensemble (a.k.a., ICE) appeared at the Park Avenue Armory's Board of Officers Room Thursday night with a program of recent and... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Feast of Music
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After a roundabout subway trip from Brooklyn due to the out of service G Train, I found myself in a vacant lot in the shadow of Long Island City's Citibank Tower on Saturday, where a band was setting up to... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Feast of Music
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Among the orchestras, new music ensembles and violinists all taking part in this final week of Mostly Mozart, there was percussionist Steve Schick, who I first encountered during his Miller Theatre residency in January. As I remarked then, Schick is... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Feast of Music
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by Robert Leeper As if to provide a soundtrack to the lightning storm crackling just outside the windows of the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse last night, violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja dug into the dark variations of Bach’s Chaconne in D minor... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Feast of Music
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by Emre Tetik Richard Termine for The New York Times The Mostly Mozart Festival, now in its final few days, has offered NYC a variety of engaging programs this summer centered around core Classical repertoire. Such was the case this... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Feast of Music
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by Robert Leeper With the crumbling of New York City Opera last year and the recent labor-related histrionics from the Met, it would seem that opera in our fair city requires a different kind model. Cue Gotham Chamber Opera. The... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Feast of Music
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by Robert Leeper The no longer new, new music revolution taking place within the Mostly Mozart Festival continued Tuesday night with the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) performing three works by the enterprising Icelandic composer Anna Thorvaldsdottir. It was a study... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Feast of Music
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So far at this year's Mostly Mozart Festival, now in its final week, there's been a fair amount of Mozart, a bit of Haydn, and a whole lot of Beethoven. There have also been smatterings of contemporary music - most... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2014 at Feast of Music
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Composer and Vocalist Lisa Bielawa says she is happiest when she's working with artistic collaborators who are friends. That sentiment is reflected in Lisa's first-ever residency at The Stone this week, where many of the performers are musicians with whom... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2014 at Feast of Music
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by Robert Leeper Ruby Washington for the New York Times Programs pairing Beethoven with the work of a contemporary composer have become increasingly common of late, and with the prevalence of new music at the Mostly Mozart Festival, one might... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2014 at Feast of Music
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by James Rosenfield Osmo Vanska, Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra (Photo: New York Times) A dozen years ago, Mostly Mozart had become moribund, a snooze through the sultry summer months. Then, Louis Langree became Music Director in 2002, abetted by Lincoln... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2014 at Feast of Music
Sadly, I've been out of town for the past two weeks and therefore didn't get to see St. Vincent's free show in Prospect Park Saturday night to close out the 2014 edition of Celebrate Brooklyn! But, all indications are that... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2014 at Feast of Music
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by Dan Lehner Audiences at the Newport Jazz Festival are frequently given opportunities to see how radically different a single format can be. For the audiences of the Quad Stage on Sunday morning, it was the vast possibilities of the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2014 at Feast of Music
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by Dan Lehner At the close of his set at Newport, Brian Blade said of his last tune, an optimistic gospel piece entitled “Let Your Line Shine Through”, that it would hopefully make itself "true in spirit." He was alluding... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2014 at Feast of Music
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By: Nick Fallon Last Thursday, the Mercedes Benz Evolution Tour kicked off its tour with their first stop at Terminal 5. Despite the brazen corporate sponsorship, concertgoers seemed to enjoy the wide variety of music on hand, ranging from Flag... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2014 at Feast of Music
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Pulitzer Prize winning composer John Luther Adams, who moved from Alaska to NYC earlier this year, made a ritualistic offering to his new hometown Friday night in the form of a new site specific work for Lincoln Center's Hearst Plaza,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2014 at Feast of Music
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Photo: Francesco Marano Lyricist Robert Hunter, formerly the silent member of the Grateful Dead, performed some of the Dead's iconic songs on July 23rd at City Winery. (There's one more show coming up, on August 2nd.) More than a wordsmith,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2014 at Feast of Music
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by Robert Leeper Rainforest IV Photo credit: John Driscoll Most trips to the Caramoor estate in bucolic Katonah, New York end with a charming Italian Opera, chamber music, or maybe some jazz. One thing you wouldn't expect to hear is... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2014 at Feast of Music
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Whether it's a performance of contemporary music in South Beach or Wagner in the Berkshires, I realized long ago that young musicians can more than hold their own in a concert setting, especially when surrounded by 100 or so of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2014 at Feast of Music
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by: Nick Fallon On Saturday, Deltron 3030 played a free show at the Prospect Park Bandshell as part of the ongoing Celebrate Brooklyn Series. The group, which consists of Del The Funky Homosapien, Dan The Automator and Kid Koala, were... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2014 at Feast of Music
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In their heyday, which never ended if you're a Deadhead, the Grateful Dead were distinguished by great tunes, long jams, and exquisite, poetic lyrics. Lyricist Robert Hunter, the silent member of the band, will perform some of the Dead's iconic... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2014 at Feast of Music
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I really wanted to be at today's all-star tribute to Pete and Toshi Seeger, happening right now at Damrosch Park, but there are too many other things to do. At least I can watch it from home, courtesy of this... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2014 at Feast of Music
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by Poppy Galloway Inspired by Appalachian string bands, Memphis soul, New Orleans dixieland, and honky tonk harmonies, Roosevelt Dime describe their multi-faceted sound as "Steamboat Soul". After years of thrilling audiences at festivals and venues across the country, the band... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2014 at Feast of Music
There are lots of great interviews with Lorin Maazel online, but this one - shot by the Philharmonia Orchestra while riding the London Eye - gets into his life as a composer. In one amusing anecdote, Maazel describes how he... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2014 at Feast of Music