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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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Most of the works on last Thursday's Bang on a Can People's Commissioning Fund concert at Merkin Concert Hall were riffs on some found sound, or other pre-existing music. Which, in itself isn't bad - music has a long tradition... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Feast of Music
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For more than 40 years, Carnegie Hall has offered a series of free Neighborhood Concerts at theaters, libraries and community centers in all five boroughs. For many, these concerts - which run the gamut from classical, to jazz, to world... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Feast of Music
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An astonishing event last night at Carnegie Hall, with Daniele Gatti leading the Vienna Philharmonic in Brahms Symphonies No. 3 and 1 (in that order). More to come, but suffice to say these were among the most intense, passionate performances... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Feast of Music
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After last year's month-long Vienna: City of Dreams festival, I seriously considered sitting out this weekend's appearance by the Vienna Philharmonic at Carnegie Hall, where they've visited almost every year since the 1950's. I mean, isn't there such a thing... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Feast of Music
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Thinking back, I've seen some pretty massive concerts at Carnegie Hall over the years. There was Seiji Ozawa conducting Berlioz' Reqiuem with the BSO barely a month after 9/11/2001. Or James Levine conducting that same orchestra three years later in... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Feast of Music
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You might want to bring earplugs for this one. On Saturday night, Trinity Choir director Julian Wachner brings some 300 musicians uptown with him to Carnegie Hall for what is being billed as "The Big Concert", pairing Alberto Ginastera's modern-day... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2015 at Feast of Music
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(3/3/15): As nice as it was to think about, Rattle has accepted the London Symphony Orchestra's offer to become their next music director, starting in 2017. It's almost unbelievable to think about, but speculation has been been slowly building that... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2015 at Feast of Music
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SAN FRANCISCO, California - Who knew that I'd have to fly 3,000 miles west to hear yet another extension of my Scandinavian musical saga? It's not why I was there, but when I heard the San Francisco Symphony was going... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2015 at Feast of Music
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I rarely, if ever, see the same concert program twice, but in this case, I simply had to make an exception. Two weeks after witnessing their epic Sibelius and Nielsen program in their home concert hall in Copenhagen, I got... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2015 at Feast of Music
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HELSINKI, Finland - In addition to all of the opera, recitals, ballets and symphonies I gorged on during my two weeks in Scandinavia, I did happen upon my fair share of other types of music. Most of it was fairly... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2015 at Feast of Music
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HELSINKI, Finland - With the possible exception of Austin, TX, I don't think I've even seen a more musical city than Helsinki, Finland. Everywhere you go, you see people carrying music cases: on the street, in the Metro, drinking coffee... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2015 at Feast of Music
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by Steven Pisano In Michael Grandage's production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni now playing at the Metropolitan Opera, the snarling balls of flame that rocket up from the stage as the unrepentant title character is dragged down writhing and screaming into... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2015 at Feast of Music
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by Steven Pisano Independence Eve is a three-scene chamber opera by Sidney Marquez Boquiren currently under development by American Opera Projects that explores different viewpoints on black-white relations in America. On Tuesday, February 5, the work-in-progress was presented at The... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2015 at Feast of Music
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COPENHAGEN, Denmark - In addition to being the 150th anniversary of Sibelius' birth, 2015 is also the 150th anniversary of the birth of Denmark's best-known composer, Carl Nielsen. So, imagine my excitement when I learned that Denmark's leading orchestra, the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2015 at Feast of Music
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COPENHAGEN, Denmark - On the night I arrived in Copenhagen, the main event in town was the world premiere of the new opera sun goes up, sun goes down, commissioned from Danish composer Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen to celebrate the 10th anniversary... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2015 at Feast of Music
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STOCKHOLM, Sweden - Stockholm's Konserthuset, a striking neo-classical structure with art deco motifs, was built in 1926 facing the city's old hay market (Hötorget.) To most of the world, the Konserthuset is best known as the location of the annual... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2015 at Feast of Music
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by Steven Pisano Oscar Wilde once said early in his life: “Somehow or other I’ll be famous, and if not famous, I’ll be notorious.” Well, Wilde was both. His fame as a wit and raconteur was cemented long before he... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2015 at Feast of Music
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STOCKHOLM, Sweden - After a few more days in Norway, a short flight brought me to the Swedish capital, which, even in the snow - or perhaps because of it - was one of the most beautiful cities I've ever... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2015 at Feast of Music
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OSLO, Norway - Thanks to a confluence of fortunate circumstances - primarily some aggressively low airfares - I had the chance to visit Scandinavia for the first time last month. Scandinavia? In January? Before you scoff, know that the weather... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2015 at Feast of Music
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by Nick Stubblefield There are a lot of musicians that dedicate their careers to making experimental music. There are a lot of others that just want to create something that's melodious and fun to listen to. Jazz saxophonist Chris Potter... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2015 at Feast of Music
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by Nick Stubblefield Wordless Music Orchestra at Symphony Space Sometimes, you can have your cake and eat it too. I'm a lover of both music and movies, so as you could imagine, catching the Wordless Music Orchestra perform live the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2015 at Feast of Music
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by Steven Pisano Photos by Cory Weaver/Prototype If you could videotape and then three-dimensionally play back for an audience one of your recent dreams, it might look like Bora Yoon’s Sunken Cathedral, presented at La Mama last week as part... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2015 at Feast of Music
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by Robert Leeper All Photos by Cory Weaver/Prototype Opera Slovenian vocal ensemble Carmina Slovenica came to St. Ann's Warehouse last week to present the U.S. Premiere of Toxic Psalms. The group of 30 young women - all between the ages... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2015 at Feast of Music
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by Dan Lehner and FoM (See our Friday recap here.) It's a rare treat for jazz audiences to be able to hear a large work performed in its entirety, especially when the music on drummer Dan Weiss's "Fourteen" is a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2015 at Feast of Music
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By Dan Lehner The Friday portion of the 2015 Winter Jazzfest, with a temperature of 17°F before windchill, was the coldest in WJF history since the inaugural festival (when it was -2°F). Not that this, in any way, impeded the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2015 at Feast of Music