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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 Robert Leeper Photo credit: Broadway Chamber Players For the musicians that haunt the orchestra pits of some of New York's biggest theaters, versatility is key: These pros read like the New York Phil, swing like the Jazz Standard, and... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Feast of Music
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After a fanstastic debut performance at St. Patrick's Cathedral in January, Broadway Chamber Players is bringing their musicians' Broadway chops to the classical scene once more, this Monday, April 14, at 5:30 p.m. Staying a bit closer to home than... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2014 at Feast of Music
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by Michael Cirigliano II Photo credit: Matthew Murphy For everything The Tallis Scholars has achieved in its niche market of Renaissance polyphony, it must also be terribly constricting to work within such a singular musical form. Founded by director Peter... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2014 at Feast of Music
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by Jacob Ryan Photo credit: Steve J. Sherman, Carnegie Hall The Kronos Quartet's 40th-anniversary concert last Friday night at Carnegie Hall started with a guest appearance by Big Bird—which, I suppose, shouldn't have been all that shocking. Big Bird appeared... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2014 at Feast of Music
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by Poppy Galloway Baby's All Right presented a showcase of the finest in experimental electronica Wednesday night; featuring Tristan Perich's Noise Patterns, Daniel Wohl with IKTUS Percussion, and the Los Angeles–based indie group Lucky Dragons. If you haven't seen or... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2014 at Feast of Music
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by James Rosenfield Photo credit: Hiroyuki Ito, The New York Times When flu-stricken Gustavo Dudamel had to cancel his set of concerts with the New York Philharmonic last week, the Pittsburgh Symphony's Manfred Honeck came to the rescue. Despite the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2014 at Feast of Music
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by Nick Fallon This past Saturday Grammy Award–winning jazz/fusion group Snarky Puppy made a stop at Irving Plaza to play to an enthusiastic sold-out crowd. As the final stop on the band's U.S. tour, they played a number of tracks... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2014 at Feast of Music
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by Robert Leeper After a delayed start to his run in Wozzeck at the Metropolitan Opera, Thomas Hampson returned from illness to take over the titular character last week. Hampson's tormented presentation of the oppressed and hapless soldier was missed... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2014 at Feast of Music
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Story telling among friends. That was the impression given during Wednesday nights Ecstatic Music Festival performance. The Merkin Concert Hall stage was a gathering of old friends and collaborators who wanted to play some new music that they had written. Timo Andres--whose new song cycle Work Songs was the impetus for the gathering--Gabriel Kahane, Ted Hearne, Becca Steven, and Nathan Koci each brought their unique charms to create a musical quilt in celebration of their musical friendship. The reserved approach to the evening could have done with another uptempo number or two, but the relaxing atmosphere added to the storytelling effect apparent in most of the pieces. Each whisper or shout had a supporting role to the stories being told, and was wrapped up in the warm, if often subdued, sounds behind them. Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2014 at Feast of Music
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by Melanie Wong This past Saturday at Carnegie Hall, National Symphony maestro Christoph Eschenbach led the Vienna Philharmonic through the penultimate event of this year's Vienna: City of Dreams festival. Eschenbach, a prolific artist in his own right and a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2014 at Feast of Music
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Recent Grammy Award winners Snarky Puppy will be making a stop in New York this Saturday at Irving Plaza, where the jazz/fusion group will be performing in support of their latest album, We Like It Here. Tickets for the 8:00... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2014 at Feast of Music
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With the Vienna Philharmonic wrapping up their historic Carnegie Hall residency this past Sunday, here's a look at some of the other concerts we didn't have a chance to cover: 2/25/14: Franz Welser-Möst conducting Schoenberg's Friede auf Erden and Beethoven's... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2014 at Feast of Music
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by Angela Sutton Photo credit: Chris Lee In a blockbuster program at Carnegie Hall on Sunday, the Vienna Philharmonic closed its latest visit to New York with maestro Zubin Mehta on the podium. From Mozart to Theodor Berger, the works... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2014 at Feast of Music
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by James Rosenfield Photo credit: Ian Douglas, The New York Times The superstars were out in force—at least a force of two—as Yuja Wang and Gustavo Dudamel shone from the Avery Fisher Hall stage Monday night, backed by the increasingly... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2014 at Feast of Music
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by Nick Fallon This past Friday, Yacht Rock Revue brought the "Greatest Show on Surf" to Gramercy Theatre, where they tore through all of your light-rock hits from the '70s. The sold-out crowd, full of "Captian's hats," danced the night... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2014 at Feast of Music
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by Angela Sutton An audience of connoisseurs joined Benjamin Hochman at SubCulture Monday night for his recital of four sets of contemporary variations for solo piano. In keeping with venue's unpretentious basement space, this was a simple and intimate affair:... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2014 at Feast of Music
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by Jordan Teicher Photo credit: Sasha Hippard Tucked into a cozy corner of The Top of the Standard, Baby Alpaca unassumingly began what would prove to be a short but seamless set. Frontman Chris Kittrell says his songs are written... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2014 at Feast of Music
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by Brian Corliss Photo credit: Billboard.com The Avett Brothers brought their distinctive brand of Southern rock to New York City Friday night for an incredible show at Brooklyn's Barclays Center that was both chaotic in its revel and beautiful in... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2014 at Feast of Music
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by Brian Corliss Lincoln Center's American Songbook series—a celebration of traditional American music encompassing folk, Southern rock, indie rock, country, bluegrass, and jazz—continued Thursday night with a superb performance by the Rhode Island quintet Deer Tick at Jazz at Lincoln... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2014 at Feast of Music
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by Angela Sutton On Tuesday evening I sat down with the excellent pianist (and one of the nicest people you're likely ever to meet) Benjamin Hochman to discuss his upcoming concert at SubCulture on Monday, March 10, among other musical... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2014 at Feast of Music
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by Melissa Caruso The band said that months had passed since their last performance, but they could've fooled me: this Brooklyn trio was on fire. What else do you expect from a band signed to Burger Records? To celebrate the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2014 at Feast of Music
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In honor of their 40th anniversary season, the Kronos Quartet takes over Carnegie Hall's Stern Auditorium this Friday night, March 28, with a host of notable guests, including Bryce Dessner of The National, pipa virtuoso Wu Man, and other new-music... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2014 at Feast of Music
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by Michael Cirigliano II Photo credit: Chriss Lee, WQXR With the wealth of talent that flies in and out of Carnegie Hall on a regular basis, it's hard for any one group to stand apart from the pack, even for... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2014 at Feast of Music
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by Robert Leeper Photo credit: David Andrak Saul Williams has been peddling his unique brand of hyperliterate hip-hop for several years now. His dense, lyrical offerings present socially conscious narratives with a quick angular flow across challenging rhyme schemes. Williams'... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2014 at Feast of Music
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by Nick Fallon On Thursday night, The Wood Brothers played to a 1,000-plus crowd at Irving Plaza. Playing their own music via a record player on stage, the band showed full control over the crowd from the start, setting the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2014 at Feast of Music