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Peter Matthews
New York, NY
Pete Matthews is a digital media and marketing professional who lives in New York City. At night, he goes to shows.
Interests: Music
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Zankel Hall was abuzz Thursday night where The Knights performed their final concert of the season as part of their new Carnegie Hall residency. Never content to just be a chamber orchestra, The Knights and their founder brothers, Colin and... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Feast of Music
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Last year, The Late Show host Steven Colbert did an interview with director Steven Spielberg and composer John Williams from Spielberg's office in L.A., where they reflected on their more-than five decade collaboration. Colbert: “Is there a favorite score that... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Feast of Music
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As the 2023-24 season winds down, the NY Philharmonic held its last Sound On new music concert of the season Friday night with a program of unsettling, multimedia works led by guest conductor Kwamé Ryan, incoming Music Director of the... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2024 at Feast of Music
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It's been seven long years since I last went to the Big Ears Festival, a combination of Covid shutting things down (2020-21) and my own inertia. But, I'm happily returning for this year's festival, which takes place next week (March... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2024 at Feast of Music
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After spending the past six weeks surveying orchestras from Boston, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, and Vienna, I felt it was high time I took in a concert by our own NY Philharmonic, which I did last Friday at Geffen Hall. There wasn't... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2024 at Feast of Music
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Photo: Sara Krulwich/The New York Times The Met's current revival of Verdi's La Forza Del Destino - which will be broadcast live in HD and on the radio this Saturday - has garnered both positive and negative reactions, mostly having... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2024 at Feast of Music
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Growing up in a proud Irish-American family, I am an unapologetic fan of all things Irish: the food, the literature, the craic. And, especially the music: a high-spirited blend of bodhráns, flutes and fiddles, usually played around a table filled... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2024 at Feast of Music
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by Pete Matthews In a world that's sometimes feels it's on the brink of chaos, it's comforting to know that some things can still be relied upon as winter turns to spring: buds appear on the trees, birds return from... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2024 at Feast of Music
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Franz Welser-Möst with the Vienna Philharmonic, Carnegie Hall, 2/26/17 “Now, whenever I stand in front of them, it’s just making music with good friends.” Franz Welser-Möst While the famously self-governing Vienna Philharmonic hasn't had a regular conductor for more than... Continue reading
Posted Feb 29, 2024 at Feast of Music
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by Pete Matthews (in Cleveland, OH and Pittsburgh, PA) Despite being several generations removed from their industrial heyday, both Cleveland and Pittsburgh punch well above their weight when it comes to cultural stimuli, maintaining world-class museums, universities, theaters, restaurants, and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2024 at Feast of Music
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by Pete Matthews While I will always and forever cherish my summers seeing the Boston Symphony Orchestra up in their summer home at Tanglewood, it's always a treat (not to mention a convenience) to catch them here in NYC, where... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2024 at Feast of Music
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by Dan Lehner Editors Note: Both Dan and I were originally supposed to cover this year's Winter Jazzzfest, but your's truly got COVID on Wednesday, so I've been self-isolating all weekend. I'm still hoping to make it out to Wednesday... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2024 at Feast of Music
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When it comes to live performance, many of us have our annual holiday traditions here in NYC. For some, it's Handel's Messiah; for others, it's The Nutcracker at NY City Ballet, or one of the five daily performances of the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2023 at Feast of Music
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Benjamin Sheehan's Akathist: Nov. 10, at 7:30pm at Trinity Church Wall Street Three years in the making, Benedict Sheehan’s oratorio Akathist weaves together a diverse array of musical languages—from medieval chant and minimalism to gospel and jazz—and is based on... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2023 at Feast of Music
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There are many reasons to go to Lincoln Center, but for me, dance isn't typically one of them. Mind you, I don't have anything against dance - it's perhaps the most arresting and physically impressive of all the performing arts... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2023 at Feast of Music
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"I could live to be 500, and I don’t think I’d run out of things to do in music." - David Harrington Unlike rock bands such as the Rolling Stones or The Who, a 50th anniversary isn't unheard of in... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2023 at Feast of Music
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There seems to be an overflow of musical treats on offer in NYC this week. And none of them have anything to do with ghouls or goblins. Thursday, 11/2 Pierre-Laurent Aimard plays Ligeti's Piano Concerto with the NY Phil: In... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2023 at Feast of Music
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Joyce DiDonato, Dead Man Walking, Metropolitan Opera, 10/22/23 Last Saturday, I went to the Metropolitan Opera for the first time this year to see the final performance of Jake Heggie's Dead Man Walking, which over the past 23 years has... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2023 at Feast of Music
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by Dan Lehner, Mackenzie Horne and Pete Matthews Happy 2023, all. After two years of cancellations and virtual performances, Winter JazzFest - the annual smörgåsbord of jazz and other forward-thinking music that kicks off the NYC music calendar each year,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2023 at Feast of Music
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by Pete Matthews "Music is one of the most important gifts we've been given from nature. It's all out there: all we need to do is organize the sound sources, and that search is the greatest fun. It's a search... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2022 at Feast of Music
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(all photos by Pete Matthews) In addition to all of the summer music happenings in NYC, things are finally getting back to normal at the festivals and amphitheaters out of town, many of which have been dormant - or half-baked... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2022 at Feast of Music
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by Pete Matthews (All photos by Pete Matthews) Life has never been easy being a member of the MET Orchestra, the concert stage orchestra of the Metropolitan Opera. For 33 weeks a year, these 120 musicians - widely considered to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2022 at Feast of Music
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by Pete Matthews (All photos by Pete Matthews) Indie folk singer-songwriter Phoebe Bridgers played the first of two sold out benefit shows last night at BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! The massive crowd - mostly female teens and tweens - sang along... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2022 at Feast of Music
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It's that time again when the music moves from inside to outdoors, and after two years of shutdowns and half-full lineups, everything feels back in full swing this summer. It's about f*cking time! Following is a rundown of some of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2022 at Feast of Music
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I know, it's a holiday weekend and a lot of folks are already on their way to the beach or country. But, for those sticking around, there are some solid musical offerings this weekend. Check it out. Friday 5/27: Saturday... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2022 at Feast of Music