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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 Steven Pisano and Pete Matthews (All photos by Steven Pisano.) The American composer George Crumb turns 90 later this year, but the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center started the birthday celebration early with a two-part program spanning his... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Feast of Music
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On any given night in New York, there are literally dozens - hundreds - of music events competing for your attention. Most of which are well above grade. But, you could do far worse than the recital I heard last... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Feast of Music
Pérotin, Sederunt principes, c. 1199, written for Notre Dame de Paris. Performed by The Early Music Consort, directed by David Munrow. Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2019 at Feast of Music
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by Nick Stubblefield HereNowHear, the dynamic new-music piano duo of Andrew Zhou and Ryan McCullough, closed out Kettle Corn New Music’s sixth season at the DiMenna Center for Classical Music this past weekend. The young performers delighted a youthful and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2019 at Feast of Music
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by Steven Pisano (All photos by Steven Pisano.) On March 30, the World Music Institute hosted a fascinating concert at Merkin Hall featuring the Mongolian musical group Anda Union, whose nine members represent different nomadic ethnic groups, many from the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2019 at Feast of Music
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by Steven Pisano (All photos by Steven Pisano.) The Czech composer Leoš Janáček (1854-1928) is perhaps best known in this country for his operas Jenufa and The Cunning Little Vixen, though he wrote seven other operas, as well as orchestral,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2019 at Feast of Music
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by Steven Pisano (All photos by Steven Pisano) The conductor Leon Botstein has led the American Symphony Orchestra for more than 25 years, and has developed a reputation for championing works that have sometimes been neglected by other maestros. This... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2019 at Feast of Music
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by Steven Pisano (All photos by Steven Pisano) The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra was at Carnegie Hall recently for a four-concert stand featuring works by Beethoven, Brahms, Mozart, Ives, and Mahler, under the batons of Adam Fischer and Michael Tilson Thomas.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2019 at Feast of Music
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by Katie Zepf PARIS, FRANCE - While in Paris two weeks ago (Feb. 22), I had the good fortune to see singer-songwriter Maggie Rogers perform at La Gaîté Lyrique. Rogers was discovered by Pharrell Williams at a master class at... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2019 at Feast of Music
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by Katie Zepf Thursday, I had the pleasure of seeing The Kooks for a second time at Terminal 5. The English indie rock band, fronted by Luke Pritchard, are best known for their easygoing and carefree sound, with tracks such... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2019 at Feast of Music
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by Steven Pisano (All photos by Steven Pisano) William Christie founded Les Arts Florissants in 1979 as a way to celebrate his love of Baroque music from the 1700s, and for the last forty years he and his fellow musicians... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2019 at Feast of Music
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by Steven Pisano (All photos by Steven Pisano.) He may not be a household name, but few songwriters have enjoyed the enormous success that Desmond Child has had over the last 40-plus years. Child has had a hand in writing... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2019 at Feast of Music
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by Steven Pisano (All photos by Steven Pisano.) The pianist Yuja Wang has been wowing audiences worldwide for over a decade. Her exuberant virtuoso technique has always been one of her hallmarks. So it seemed an intriguing idea for her... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2019 at Feast of Music
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by Steven Pisano (Photo by Andrew Ousley/Unison Media.) Last week, the Crypt Sessions, a series of concerts curated by Andrew Ousley in the burial crypt underlying the Church of the Intercession, presented Olivier Messiaen's twentieth-century masterpiece, the "Quartet for the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2019 at Feast of Music
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by Steven Pisano (All photos by Steven Pisano.) The composer Robert Ashley's opera Improvement (Don Leaves Linda) is an interesting case as an opera because it was not conceived traditionally as a work of theater with music, to be presented... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2019 at Feast of Music
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by Steven Pisano (All photos by Steven Pisano.) The "American Songbook" series presented by Lincoln Center for over 20 years has been a reliably top-notch showcase for showing off the strengths of American songwriting. Some of the artists are singer-songwriters;... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2019 at Feast of Music
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by Dan Lehner and Pete Matthews Winter finally reared its adversarial head for last weekend’s Winter Jazzfest, which was incredibly celebrating its 15th year. The bitter cold may have deterred some would-be last minute attendees, but the bulk still huddled... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2019 at Feast of Music
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Winter Jazzfest ventured out to Bushwick's Brooklyn Steel on Wednesday night for a special evening with Medeski Martin and Wood and contemporary chamber orchestra Alarm Will Sound. For nearly 30 years, MMW have trailblazed a singular path through jazz, funk,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2019 at Feast of Music
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by Steven Pisano (All photos by Steven Pisano) The Winter JazzFest is filling venues all week with a wide range of musical styles linked to "jazz", including old school, new school, and everything in between. One thing you can be... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2019 at Feast of Music
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By Dan Lehner Theo Bleckmann and The Westerlies at SubCulture Winter Jazzfest’s famous marathon, a two-night musical expedition that lasts eight hours and stretches almost the entire width of Manhattan, had apparently become so popular that a third needed to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2019 at Feast of Music
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by Nick Stubblefield Photo: New York Philharmonic The New York Philharmonic rounded out the year with a sold-out performance of John Williams' score for the 1990 film Home Alone, part of the Phil’s ongoing “Art of the Score” series. It... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2019 at Feast of Music
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by Steven Pisano (All photographs by Steven Pisano.) The Carnival of the Animals, a fanciful suite of brief musical portraits of different animals, was composed in 1886 by Camille Saint-Saens as a way to avoid working on his more serious... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2019 at Feast of Music
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by Steven Pisano (All photos by Steven Pisano) The YIVO Institute for Jewish Research was established in 1925 in Poland, with support from leading intellectuals of the time such as Sigmund Freud and Albert Einstein. It moved to New York... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2018 at Feast of Music
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by Steven Pisano (All photos by Steven Pisano.) The composer Mark-Anthony Turnage made his mark in London almost 20 years ago with his second opera, which was based on the Sean O'Casey play about Word War I, The Silver Tassie.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2018 at Feast of Music
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by Steven Pisano (All photos by Steven Pisano) Back in 2008, Heidi Rodewald was nominated for a Tony and won an Obie for her musical "Passing Strange," which was eventually turned into a film by Spike Lee. She has collaborated... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2018 at Feast of Music