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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 (All photos by Steven Pisano.) Of all the great American playwrights of the last hundred years, Eugene O'Neill has plumbed deeper and darker into the classic American identity than any other. Yet somehow, his work has not... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Feast of Music
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by Steven Pisano (All photos by Steven Pisano.) The composer Gregg Kallor has an affinity for the macabre. His musical setting for Edgar Allan Poe's "The Tell-Tale Heart" debuted two Octobers ago in the burial crypt of the Church of... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Feast of Music
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Carnegie Hall opened it's 127th season last Wednesday with Michael Tilson Thomas leading the San Francisco Symphony in a pops-style program that skewed heavily towards Americana and Broadway (with a little Liszt thrown in.) Which is precisely the sort of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2018 at Feast of Music
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Composer David Lang has never been comfortable with standards of music presentation. Thirty years ago, he - along with Michael Gordon and Julia Wolfe - founded Bang on a Can for the express purpose of upending concert hall conventions. Instead... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2018 at Feast of Music
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"John taught me that... a pipe organ, breathing the living force of air, has a soul.” - Reverend Andrew C. Mead, former Rector, St. Thomas Church Look around, and you might notice that New York City is living in a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2018 at Feast of Music
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by Steven Pisano (Photos by Rob Davidson for the Miller Theater.) "Proving Up," the new chamber opera by composer Missy Mazzoli and librettist Royce Vavrek, opened at the Miller Theatre Wednesday night, to an audience brimming with composers, singers, and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2018 at Feast of Music
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by Katie Zepf Seattle's Car Seat Headrest played two sold-out shows this past weekend at Williamsburg's Brooklyn Steel. The band is known for their unique lo-fi indie rock sound, which started out as the bedroom project of frontman Will Toledo,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2018 at Feast of Music
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In an age where almost any sound can be manufactured - or altered - in the production studio, it was a breath of fresh air to witness a true guitar virtuoso on Thursday night, when blues master Gary Clark, Jr.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2018 at Feast of Music
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by Steven Pisano (All photos by Steven Pisano.) In recent years, to prove that classical music is not dead, we have seen the canon, as well as contemporary works, presented in ways other than the conventional concert hall. The impressario... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2018 at Feast of Music
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Great Barrington, MA - When it comes to music in the Berkshires, there's more to life than just Tanglewood. Case in point: the 113 year old Mahaiwe theater, where last night I heard a stunning show by local singer-songwriter Sarah... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2018 at Feast of Music
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A packed house last night at Celebrate Brooklyn for alt-country singer Brandi Carlile. More pics on the photo page. Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2018 at Feast of Music
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I've been in and out of town a bunch over the past few weeks, but when I'm home, I always make a point of stopping by the Prospect Park Bandshell, where BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn is holding its 40th(!) annual season... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2018 at Feast of Music
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by Katie Zepf NEW HAVEN, CT - On Friday, California's The Neighbourhood paid a visit to New Haven's College Street Music Hall, located just outside the Yale campus. Known for their blending of alternative rock with electro-pop, the band -... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2018 at Feast of Music
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Photo: Chris Lee, NY Philharmonic When the New York Philharmonic reached out to Esa-Pekka Salonen several years ago to ask him to become an artistic partner, it was not, as many might assume, as a conductor. Rather, he was engaged... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2018 at Feast of Music
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by Steven Pisano (All photos by Steven Pisano.) Now in its 17th year, the River to River Festival is a series of free performances presented each summer in Lower Manhattan, offering music, dance, theater, and visual arts. On Sunday, in... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2018 at Feast of Music
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Over the past few years, I had several opportunities to see the Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson - perhaps best known as the Golden Globe-winning composer of The Theory of Everything, Arrival, and Sicario - perform his often-somber, occasionally menacing music,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2018 at Feast of Music
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by Steven Pisano Each June, the Northside Festival brings to Williamsburg and Bushwick a long list of interesting conferences revolving around today's tech and media worlds, but what always interests us most at Feast of Music is of course music--lots... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2018 at Feast of Music
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by Steven Pisano (All photos by Steven Pisano) You know it's summer when the BRIC Celebrate Festival season starts in Prospect Park (even if Mother Nature won't officially chime in for a couple of more weeks). On Tuesday, thousands of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2018 at Feast of Music
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Hard to believe it's already June, and while this year's Gov Ball has already come and gone, the music is just starting to move to the great outdoors. Below is a preview of some of our favorites - check out... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2018 at Feast of Music
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by Katie Zepf The eighth edition of the Governors Ball Music Festival kicked off on Friday, drawing a capacity crowd once again to Randall’s Island. Launched in 2011 by Founders Entertainment, the festival draws in roughly 150,000 patrons every year,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2018 at Feast of Music
Actually, there are different casts for each performance, as listed on the Regina Opera website: http://www.reginaopera.org/aida.htm
Toggle Commented May 17, 2018 on "Aida" by Regina Opera in Brooklyn at Feast of Music
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by Steven Pisano (All photos by Steven Pisano.) Now wrapping up its 48th season, the Regina Opera company in Brooklyn performs in the auditorium of a school, Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Academy of Brooklyn, in Sunset Park. It... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2018 at Feast of Music
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by Steven Pisano (All photos by Steven Pisano.) Heartbeat Opera is one of a number of smaller opera companies seeking to maintain traditional opera as a vital force in the twenty-first century by reimagining works from the canon in edgy... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2018 at Feast of Music
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MIAMI BEACH, FL - When most folks plan their vacation to South Beach, Florida, they likely dream of days spent lounging around pools in stylish art deco hotels, or sunning along the long, wide strip of ocean beach. At night,... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2018 at Feast of Music
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The love triangle between Johannes Brahms and Robert and Clara Schumann has often been depicted in music, novels, and film. This week, the Alexander String Quartet appears at Baruch College's Rosalyn and Irwin Engelman Recital Hall with a three-concert series... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2018 at Feast of Music