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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 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 8 hours ago 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 yesterday 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 yesterday 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 6 days ago 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
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by Robert Leeper From Left: David Cossin, Derek Johnson, Robert Black, Ashley Bathgate, Ken Thomson, Vicky Chow, John Schaefer Downtown moved uptown last Monday as the Bang on a Can All-Stars Presented the 2017 Bang on a Can People's Commissioning... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2017 at Feast of Music
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by Nick Stubblefield It would be futile to try and encapsulate impressions of electro-acoustic artist Sxip Shirey's (pronounced SKIP SHY-REE) album release show at Williamsburg's National Sawdust in a single blog post. The show lineup included guest singers, tuba, penny-whistles,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2017 at Feast of Music
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by Nick Stubblefield With all the mayhem of travel, madness of scheduling, and the commercialism that has come to define modern-day Christmas-time, feeling "in the spirit" can seem like an insurmountable task for a busy New Yorker. Fortunately, if you... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2017 at Feast of Music
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by Dan Lehner On Tuesday night at (le) Poisson Rouge, while Charlie Haden's Liberation Music Orchestra was playing Carla Bley's deconstructed and deranged take on "America The Beautiful", Barack Obama was making his farewell speech as president. Between those of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2017 at Feast of Music
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By Dan Lehner and FoM The second night of the 2017 Winter Jazzfest Marathon arrived after a day full of snow in NYC, making hopping between clubs a bit more challenging than on Friday. Fortunately, there was plenty of solid... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2017 at Feast of Music
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by Nick Stubblefield Electro-acoustic composer, producer, and performer Sxip Shirey presents music from his upcoming album, A Bottle of Whiskey and a Handful of Bees at Brooklyn's National Sawdust on Monday night. The show's special guests include Carolina Chocolate Drops... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2017 at Feast of Music
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by Dan Lehner There was a sense of freshness in the air as the first night of the Winter Jazz Fest Marathon kicked off on Friday. The first real snowfall blanketed car windows, the first few days of 2017 were... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2017 at Feast of Music
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Just a quick reminder that the 13th annual Winter Jazzfest Marathon kicks off tonight with more than 150 bands playing across 13 venues throughout lower Manhattan. Both single day and full weekend passes for the Marathon are still available on... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2017 at Feast of Music
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As New Yorkers finish up their shopping and start thinking about heading home for the holidays, they'll be surrounded by music all day today as part of the 6th annual Make Music Winter, marking the shortest day of the year.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2016 at Feast of Music
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By Dan Lehner and FoM Winter Jazzfest returns for it's lucky 13th edition next month, filling the clubs of the East and West Village (and beyond) with more than 150 bands playing everything from hot jazz to the far out... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2016 at Feast of 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