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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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I will never forget the first time I attended the New York Philharmonic's annual free Memorial Day Concert at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. It was 2001, and Kurt Masur - who began the tradition in 1992 as... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Feast of Music
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It's still a couple of weeks until Celebrate Brooklyn! officially kicks off it's 37th season at the Prospect Park Bandshell, but the folks at BRIC are already warming up the crowd with a series of free Thursday night dance parties... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Feast of Music
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by Robert Leeper George Manahan, Photo Credit: Hiroyuki Ito/Getty Images Organizations that further the careers of young composers are plentiful these days, but the American Composers Orchestra takes its support a step further with its Underwood New Music Readings, offering... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2015 at Feast of Music
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For anyone who cares at all about the living art of music, there is no more vital institution than the Kronos Quartet. Since their founding 41 years ago, this indefatigable quartet has commissioned more than 850 works and has performed... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2015 at Feast of Music
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by Christina Klessig Last week, pianist Ignat Solzhenitsyn and violist Hsin-Yun Huang presented an intimate concert at Subculture entitled “Sonatas from the Soviet Era.” Solzhenitsyn, the son of Nobel Prize winning dissident Alexandr Solzhenitsyn, began with Sergei Prokofiev’s Piano Sonata... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2015 at Feast of Music
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by Steven Pisano With Cuba increasingly on people’s minds as access to that magical island becomes easier for Americans to travel to, Cuban jazz pianist Omar Sosa and his Quarteto Afrocubano attracted an eclectic audience to its show last week... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2015 at Feast of Music
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by Nick Stubblefield The Gerald Clayton Trio played a dynamic and thoughtful set of what Clayton called "originals, arrangements, and de-rangements" last Tuesday at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola at Lincoln Center to an enthusiastic crowd. The young Netherlands-born, SoCal-raised pianist was... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2015 at Feast of Music
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by Nick Stubblefield Photo by Stephen Pisano In his still-young career, Vijay Iyer has amassed an impressive set of credentials, and is known for pushing creative boundaries beyond what's generally accepted as jazz. Personally, I'd heard little of Vijay's music... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2015 at Feast of Music
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Somehow, I missed last week's announcement that Julia Wolfe, co-founder of Bang on a Can, won this year's Pulitzer Prize for her oratorio Anthracite Fields, inspired by the coal miners near where she grew up Pennsylvania. With this award, Julia... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2015 at Feast of Music
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Duke Ellington, who was born this day in 1899, was by any measure the greatest composer this country has ever produced. Over a career that spanned more than half of a century, Ellington composed more than 1,000 works, many of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2015 at Feast of Music
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The chamber orchestra is a unique musical animal, combining the fleetness of a string quartet with the power of a full symphony orchestra. Once the standard performance ensemble of the late 18th and early 19th centuries, the chamber orchestra has... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2015 at Feast of Music
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by Nick Stubblefield Growing up playing piano, I was often asked, "Who is your favorite pianist?" It was a tough question, and the fact was that pretty much all of them had passed on, or would soon. That changed when... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2015 at Feast of Music
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by Christina Klessig Entering into the minimalistic Whitebox Art Center on Friday night was like stepping into a rehearsal space at Julliard, the only stage set an empty five seat park bench on risers. Seeing two donation boxes with small... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2015 at Feast of Music
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This contest is now ended. PUBLIQuartet, one of New York's most "independent minded ensembles" (New Yorker), bring an innovative program to Carnegie's Weill Recital Hall tomrrow night, featuring works by Villa-Lobos, Gyorgy Ligeti, Jessie Montgomery, Howie Kenty, David Biedenbender, and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2015 at Feast of Music
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art has been working hard to pivot away from it's reputation as a sober repository of artistic masterpieces to a fun, friendly place to hang out. This is especially true on Friday nights, when the museum... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2015 at Feast of Music
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This Sunday, the Australian Chamber Orchestra - reputed to be one of the finest chamber orchestras in the world - makes a rare stateside visit to Zankel Hall with a wide-ranging program including works by Haydn, Mozart and Prokofiev. The... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2015 at Feast of Music
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by Steven Pisano With members hailing originally from Puerto Rico, Venezuela, Israel, and across the U.S., the lineup of the all-star SF Jazz Collective brings an international flavor to their fluid and thoughtful style of post-bop jazz. Their mastery was... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2015 at Feast of Music
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If you were to ask me five years ago how many percussion ensembles I could name, the answer would be, One: Sō Percussion. But, while Sō remains the gold standard in percussion quartets, they have given spawn to a whole... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2015 at Feast of Music
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by Stephen Policoff Photo by Valery Lyman This weekend, the 7th annual Brooklyn Folk Festival takes place at St. Ann's Church in Brooklyn Heights, with more than 30 bands playing a mix of old-time music, folk, blues, jug band, bluegrass,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2015 at Feast of Music
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California's Mountain Goats played a sold out show at Webster Hall last Thursday in celebration of their new release, Beat the Champ. The crowd was as broad an audience as you could imagine: lifelong Lower East Siders who had known... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2015 at Feast of Music
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Brooklyn's Living Room was the ideal setting for singer-songwriter Jenn Mundia's set last Monday, with both an intimate vibe and tall ceilings. Jenn's vocal timbre has a soft and laid back feel, but was equally at home powering through more... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2015 at Feast of Music
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by Nick Stubblefield Chick Corea and Herbie Hancock, two of the living legends of jazz, hit the stage at Carnegie Hall on Thursday night for an evening of duo music for piano and keyboard. They sat facing each other -... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2015 at Feast of Music
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by Anna Murphy Last night, Americana artist and musical scion Amy Helm took the stage at City Winery with her band The Handsome Strangers for the last night of their week-long residency. Best known as the daughter of the late... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2015 at Feast of Music
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KNOXVILLE, TN - It didn't take long after my arrival at the Big Ears Festival in Knoxville last weekend for me to realize that this was no run-of-the-mill music festival. After picking up my wristband, I wandered next door to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2015 at Feast of Music
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In the orchestra world, the received thinking is that if you're going to have a new work on a program, you put it on the first half, in order to give the audience a reason to come back after intermission.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2015 at Feast of Music