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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 Nick Stubblefield The moment the heavy string vibrato and lush jazz harmonies of "Moon River" hit my eardrums at the New York Philharmonic's live play-a-long to Breakfast at Tiffany's Thursday night at David Geffen Hall, I was instantly transported... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2017 at Feast of Music
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by Nick Stubblefield Last weekend, I was privileged to hear Alan Gilbert lead the fine musicians of the New York Philharmonic in a pair of Viennese choral works that, while radically different, shared the same ferocious energy and enthusiasm. Arnold... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2017 at Feast of Music
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Photo by: Lisa Marie Mazzucco It's been a little bit since we did a ticket giveaway, so I'm excited that we have THREE PAIRS of tickets to see the world-renowned Emerson String Quartet this Sunday afternoon at Carnegie Hall. And,... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2017 at Feast of Music
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by Steven Pisano (All photos by Steven Pisano.) The MATA Young Composers Now! festival, ending a week-long run at The Kitchen tonight, turns 20 years old next year. Over that span of time, MATA has introduced audiences to what developing... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2017 at Feast of Music
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Photo Credit: WEMU Kevin Eubanks might be best remembered for the 15 years he spent as the bandleader on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, but his career as one of today's leading jazz guitarists goes all the way back... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2017 at Feast of Music
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There is a change happening in opera. Once the province of coloratura sopranos and heldentenors belting at the top of their lungs, opera is beginning to embrace all sorts of singing and instrumentation, including colloquial styles you might associate more... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2017 at Feast of Music
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"My subject is War, and the pity of War. The Poetry is in the pity ... All a poet can do today is warn." - Wilfred Owen At first, I thought the timing of Thursday's performance of Benjamin Britten's War... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2017 at Feast of Music
Thanks so much, Barbara. Would love to get a copy! I'll send you an email separately with my contact info.
Toggle Commented Apr 7, 2017 on Kit at Feast of Music
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(Photo: David Andrako) "The definition of a Celebrity is that you're allowed to do what you otherwise have no business doing." - John O'Hurley Anyone fan of Seinfeld remembers Peterman, Elaine's pompous, larger-than-life boss who appeared on the sitcom from... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2017 at Feast of Music
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"I can't tell you how much I love this quartet. The way they play this music is just amazing. I actually just sat with them backstage and told them: 'We have the same DNA.'" - John Adams After two days... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2017 at Feast of Music
Hi Robert, Wow, that is very generous of you, and much appreciated! Thanks so much for stopping by. Pete
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If there's such a thing as a rock star composer, Tan Dun comes pretty close. In addition to winning an Oscar, a Grammy and the Grawemeyer Award, he's written music for the 2008 Beijing Olympics and a "Disney Symphony" for... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2017 at Feast of Music
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"I think the unexpected nature (of Knoxville) gives the festival a certain relief that it wouldn't have if it was where everybody expects it to be." - Ashley Capps, Founder/Artistic Director, Big Ears Festival When most people think of Knoxville... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2017 at Feast of Music
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Occasionally, I use this space to reflect on the passing of a notable musician or composer, someone whose contributions deserve to be remembered long after they're gone. Today, I want to talk about my friend Kit Gill, who lost her... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2017 at Feast of Music
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by Robert Leeper and FoM Let me cut to the chase: there is no one today writing music that is more relevant, more engaging, more viscerally exciting than Tristan Perich. Over the past decade, Tristan has carved out a unique... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2017 at Feast of Music
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At the end of a momentous week at the NY Philharmonic, it felt only right to stop by David Geffen Hall on Saturday night for the orchestra's final concert before leaving on their European tour this week. Indeed, the first... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2017 at Feast of Music
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When Beethoven premiered his Symphony No. 9 in Vienna's Karntnertör Theater in the spring of 1824, it wasn't the clean, polished experience one might expect of the most revered symphony ever written. The performers were a mixed bag of players... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2017 at Feast of Music
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Photo: Chad Batka, The New York Times Not that long ago, things looked pretty grim at the New York Philharmonic. Last January, music director Alan Gilbert - whose up-and-down eight year tenure comes to a close this season - was... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2017 at Feast of Music
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By Robert Leeper, Nick Stubblefield and FoM Friday, 2/24/17 Among the world's leading orchestras, the Vienna Philharmonic is unique in that it does not have a permanent music director, and the foremost ruling body of the organization is the Orchestra... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2017 at Feast of Music
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Hot on the heels of the Vienna Phil's blistering concerts last week, the Boston Symphony Orchestra takes the stage at Carnegie Hall this week for three concerts under the direction of their white hot maestro, Andris Nelsons. In addition to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2017 at Feast of Music
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Aside from the unseasonably warm weather this week, the other sign that spring has come early to NYC is this week's arrival by the incomparable Vienna Philharmonic for their annual residency at Carnegie Hall. Led by their longtime collaborator -... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2017 at Feast of Music
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by Annette Gold “Where is evil?” sings Baron Peel (the booming, authoritative Robert Osborne), described as a “distinguished anatomist of talent and experience” by his contemporaries. Peel knowingly responds, “You can’t hide it…you can’t stop it.” And then he plunges... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2017 at Feast of Music
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by Nick Stubblefield On cold, windy Brooklyn nights in January, warming up can be daunting. New Yorkers, like moths to a light, find comfort in small spaces — closer quarters means more body heat. Take the cozy McKinney Chapel of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2017 at Feast of Music
Tonight, the Berlin Staatskapelle kicks off an unprecedented nine concert survey of Anton Bruckner's complete symphonies at Carnegie Hall. Led by music director Daniel Barenboim - who incredibly made his Carnegie debut 60 years ago tomorrow - the concerts will... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2017 at Feast of Music
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by Annette Gold (All pics by Steven Pisano) Following it's world premiere at Opera Philadelphia in September, the much-hyped Breaking the Waves had its New York City debut at the Skirball Center at NYU last Friday night as part of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2017 at Feast of Music