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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 Before even setting foot into the Metropolitan Museum of Art on Saturday night, I knew I was in for a one-of-a-kind concert experience. An eerie blue light, visible from the street, emanated through the large glass panels... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2016 at Feast of Music
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(Photo: David Andrako) I had the privilege of returning to the legendary Café Carlyle Tuesday night for another exquisite evening of dinner and music, this time with guitarist John Pizzarelli and vocalist Jessica Molaskey. Remarkably, this year marks the husband-wife... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2016 at Feast of Music
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In an age when the concert recital feels a bit like a quaint relic of the past, how can musicians grab our attention? Some opt for marathon performances, such as Paul Jacobs' 18 hour survey of Bach's complete organ music,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2016 at Feast of Music
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by Nick Stubblefield Classical Thursdays, a new concert series hosted in Bedford-Stuyvesant, presented its penultimate show of the year last week with pianist Francesca Khalifa, who performed a well-rounded program of Bach, Beethoven, Liszt, and Debussy to an enthusiastic crowd... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2016 at Feast of Music
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For music lovers, one of the supreme privileges of living in New York has been the near-annual visits of Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic over the past decade, during which they've wowed us with their stunning artistry in cycles... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2016 at Feast of Music
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by Hayley Douglas (Photo by The Juilliard School) Last Saturday was a perfect fall day to visit The Met's Cloisters, situated within Fort Tryon Park on the northern end of Manhattan. A beautiful walk above the Hudson River brought me... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2016 at Feast of Music
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by Hayley Douglas There's something remarkable about period instruments: close your eyes, and you're suddenly transported to another century. As such, period ensemble Grand Harmonie have made it their mission to perform on strings, brass, and woodwinds that were made... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2016 at Feast of Music
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2016 Richard Tucker Award Winner Tamara Wilson redefines stardom alongside diva Anna Netrebko at this year's Tucker Gala. Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2016 at Feast of Music
Mark this Thursday (11/10) on your calendar for a healthy serving of moody, synth-induced sounds at Le Poisson Rouge. Salt Cathedral is a Futurepop male/female duo hailing from Colombia whose music "has a strange, evocative bite even as it mines... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2016 at Feast of Music
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Ireland's County Clare has long been the home of the Emerald Isle's most talented traditional musicians, where practically every pub in sight hosts seisúns until the wee hours of the morning. Count among them Martin Hayes, six-time All-Ireland fiddling champion... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2016 at Feast of Music
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It's been a bit busy this week, so here's a quick rundown of some new and interesting music I experienced at the end of last week. The Parksville Murders - Last Thursday, DIY opera heroes Opera on Tap presented a... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2016 at Feast of Music
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by Steven Pisano (All photos by Steven Pisano.) If the name Ned Sublette rings a bell, you may remember that his band achieved fame in the late nineties and early oughts for country music flavored with Cuban stylings, including the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2016 at Feast of Music
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As I learned when I was in Copenhagen last year, the Danes are really good at music. Count among them the Danish String Quartet, three of whom - violinists Frederik Øland and Rune Tonsgaard Sørensen, and violist Asbjørn Nørgaard -... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2016 at Feast of Music
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(Photo by Ken Howard/ Metropolitan Opera) "When you hear the music, you will understand." - Richard Wagner Even for Wagner, whose operas are among the most complex and challenging in the entire repertoire, Tristan und Isolde is something of a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2016 at Feast of Music
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Next week, Carnegie Hall celebrates Steve Reich's 80th birthday with an all-Reich program that includes the world premiere of Pulse and a rare performance of the video opera Three Tales, written together with his wife, Beryl Korot. Conducted by David... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2016 at Feast of Music
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After seeing the Berlin Radio Choir open the White Light Festival earlier this week with their indelible, interactive version of Brahms' German Requiem, it was a shock to see them arrive in formal concert attire last night at the Church... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2016 at Feast of Music
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When I arrived at the Synod House of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine last night, the first thing I encountered was a long line at the door. A really long line. Reason: everyone attending that evening's performance of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2016 at Feast of Music
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by Steven Pisano (All photographs by Steven Pisano.) On Saturday night, for one performance only, the Center for Contemporary Opera presented the U.S. premiere of a double-bill of Louis Andriessen's one-act chamber operas Anaïs Nin and Odysseus' Women at National... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2016 at Feast of Music
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Photo: Matthias Heyde The seventh edition of Lincoln Center's White Light Festival kicks off this week with a typically eclectic mix of music, theater, dance and film that all share a spiritual dimension. Offering a welcome antidote to the televised... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2016 at Feast of Music
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by Steven Pisano (All photos by Steven Pisano.) The BRIC JazzFest Marathon, three nights of topflight music now in its second season, opened Thursday night with a night of free jazz. Not free as in style, but free as in:... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2016 at Feast of Music
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O'Neill. Faulkner. Hemingway. Dylan. Ending years of what many felt was nothing more than wild speculation, the Swedish Academy awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature this morning to Bob Dylan for “having created new poetic expressions within the great American... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2016 at Feast of Music
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It's been four years since the New York Philharmonic appeared at the Park Avenue Armory, in a concert designed to take advantage of the unique acoustic properties of the Wade Thompson Drill Hall. The Phil returns to the Armory tomorrow... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2016 at Feast of Music
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If you were to guess which American orchestra is the only one Sir Simon Rattle - by wide acclaim the world's preeminent conductor - conducts with any regularity, you would be forgiven for not automatically thinking of Philadelphia. Barely a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2016 at Feast of Music
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When I first saw the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela at their Carnegie Hall debut nine years ago, there was a sense among those in attendance that we were at "a historic evening...witness to an orchestra of remarkable capabilities,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2016 at Feast of Music
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A packed house filled Roulette on Saturday night, where experimental composer/musician Glenn Branca led an ensemble of four electric guitars, bass and drums in two of his works, including "The Light (For David)", written in tribute to his musical hero... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2016 at Feast of Music