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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 In the Playbill for his solo concert at Carnegie Hall, the portrait of Russian pianist Daniil Trifonov taken by celebrity photographer Dario Acosta shows a groomed young man, hair slicked down, short beard well-manicured, his steady gaze... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2017 at Feast of Music
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by Steven Pisano and FoM Last weekend, BRIC hosted its third annual three-night JazzFest marathon, which back in 2015 instantly became a mecca for adventurous jazz fans looking to hear a wide-ranging array of jazz styles. This year's festival kept... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2017 at Feast of Music
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by Melissa Caruso Photo: Fernando Garcia I don’t love Margo Price simply because she’s saving country music, or because she can mesmerize an audience with a simple sway of the shoulder or scrunch of the nose. I don’t I love... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2017 at Feast of Music
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by Robert Leeper The 92Y’s season kicked off last Thursday with Orpheus Chamber Orchestra — best known for their conductor-less performances — performing with cellist Mischa Maisky. Schubert’s beloved “Arpeggione” Sonata, arranged for cello and string orchestra by Dobrinka Tabakova,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2017 at Feast of Music
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by Steven Pisano (All photos by Steven Pisano.) "We Shall Not Be Moved," which played at the Apollo Theater this week following its world premiere at Opera Philadelphia last month, is an urban opera that riffs on the history of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2017 at Feast of Music
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by Steven Pisano (All photos by Steven Pisano) The Civil War may have ended more than 150 years ago, yet in many ways our country has never fully recovered. The recent protests over removing Confederate statues from public locations have... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2017 at Feast of Music
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by Nick Stubblefield A church in Bedford-Stuyvesant might not seem like the first place you'd expect to hear classical music, but that's where you can find the Brooklyn Center for the Arts, home to the Classical Thursdays concert series that... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2017 at Feast of Music
Thanks so much, Elena! Wonderful to hear from you - she used to tell me all the time about her encounters walking Happy and Nikki in the park. Glad to hear you were one of her doggie pals! :)
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by Steven Pisano (All photos by Steven Pisano.) PHILADELPHIA, PA - "Elizabeth Cree," the new chamber opera by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Kevin Puts and librettist Mark Campbell playing through Saturday at Opera Philadelphia, is the rare opera that feels way... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2017 at Feast of Music
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by Nick Stubblefield Kendrick Scott Oracle played to an intimate but enthusiastic crowd at the Jazz Standard last Wednesday. Scott, a well-known drummer from various outfits around NYC, shined brightest at the helm of his own group as he dazzled... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2017 at Feast of Music
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LENOX, MA - In the summer of 1949, Aaron Copland invited Olivier Messiaen, who at that time was little-known in the U.S., to be a composer-in-residence at Tanglewood, which was just then entering its second decade. During his time in... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2017 at Feast of Music
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Those that braved the rain Saturday night at BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! got to see a pair of acts that are pushing both musical and geographical boundaries. Lebanese rock outfit Mashrou' Leila sang about the politics of exclusion and racism in... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2017 at Feast of Music
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For all those who think electronic music started with Frankie Knuckles in Chicago, or the Belleville Three in Detroit, a tutorial of sorts was provided by the Lincoln Center Festival this week, which invited pioneering electronic composer Morton Subotnick to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2017 at Feast of Music
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In 1932, artist and sculptor Alexander Calder devised Small Sphere and Heavy Sphere, Calder's first hanging mobile and one of the first works that sought to blend visual and performance art with sound. Consisting of a heavy iron sphere and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2017 at Feast of Music
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For five years now, the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America (or NYO-USA for short) has been providing teenagers the opportunity to hone their music skills with professional musicians, culminating in a performance at Carnegie Hall and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2017 at Feast of Music
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When Sufjan Stevens, Nico Muhly, Bryce Dessner and James McAlister first performed their collaboration Planetarium at BAM in 2013, we were blown away by the experience, which seamlessly blended elements of classical, pop, rock, and electronics, accompanied by some pretty... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2017 at Feast of Music
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Photo: Stephanie Berger The 22nd edition of the Lincoln Center Festival kicked off last week, bringing it's usual surfeit of starry theater and ballet companies to the various houses of the Lincoln Center campus left otherwise vacant for the summer.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2017 at Feast of Music
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It's been six years since I last saw Seun Kuti play Celebrate Brooklyn with Egypt 80, the backing band of his famous father, the late Afropop pioneer Fela Kuti. So, it was good to see him back at Central Park... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2017 at Feast of Music
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The bright, warm sun brought out the beautiful people in droves Saturday afternoon to Long Island City, where MoMA PS1 was back in full swing with Warm Up, which is now - incredibly - in its 20th year. On the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2017 at Feast of Music
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Virtuosos come in all stripes, as Robert Randolph showed on Thursday night, as he melted the stage at BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn with his pedal steel guitars - both sitting and standing - along with his crack band of blues rockers.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2017 at Feast of Music
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LENOX, MA - I've been going to Tanglewood, the Boston Symphony Orchestra's longtime home in the Berkshires, almost every summer now for the past two-and-a-half decades. Those that have been to Tanglewood know that it is a special place, where... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2017 at Feast of Music
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When my friend Sean told me he wanted to check out Nashville outfit Diarrhea Planet at Brooklyn Bowl last night, I had my suspicions. Expecting another run-of-the-mill hardcore band, I was instead surprised by a tight 90 minute set of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2017 at Feast of Music
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Rounding off a stellar weekend of music at the Prospect Park Bandshell, New Orleans brass ensemble The Soul Rebels blew into BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Saturday night with a high energy set that blended funk, rock and R&B. Eschewing the traditional... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2017 at Feast of Music
Now that the remnants of tropical storm Cindy seem to have sailed out to sea, the remainder of the weekend looks ripe for spending some quality time outdoors. And, I can't think of anywhere I'd rather spend a summer afternoon... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2017 at Feast of Music
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The rain came down hard last night in Prospect Park, but that wasn't enough to deter a few thousand devoted fans from sticking around to see tenor legend Pharoah Sanders at BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Taking the stage just a few... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2017 at Feast of Music