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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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(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 6 days ago 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
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The weather looks a bit iffy tomorrow, but the rain should hold off just long enough for Metropolis Ensemble's 2nd annual outdoor musical extravaganza Biophony at Brooklyn Botanic Garden, featuring the world premieres of 15 newly commissioned works. Over four... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2022 at Feast of Music
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Whether it's the annual Marathon or the summertime Loud Weekend up in the Berkshires, Bang on a Can has mastered the art of wall-to-wall music presentation over the past 35 years. This week, they are expanding to a full weekend... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2022 at Feast of Music
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(Photo: Steven Pisano) "This will be our reply to violence: to make music more intensely, more beautifully, more devotedly than ever before." - Leonard Bernstein, November, 1963 In dark times such as this, when the world is confronted with the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2022 at Feast of Music
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It's been three years since the vaunted Vienna Philharmonic has been to NYC - in pre-COVID times, they came here each year - but they'll be back this weekend with three concerts at Carnegie Hall. Dodging certain protests with the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2022 at Feast of Music
Friday, 2/11 Ethan Iverson at Roulette, 8pm Ever since leaving The Bad Plus, the rock-jazz trio he co-founded in 2000, pianist Ethan Iverson has flourished as a solo artist while also branching out into composition. This double bill features Iverson... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2022 at Feast of Music
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by Steven Pisano (All photos by Steven Pisano) The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra ended its most recent tour of the U.S. with a visit to Carnegie Hall on Monday night. Appropriately enough, it was an all-British program: Britten, Elgar, and Holst.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2022 at Feast of Music
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by Steven Pisano (All photographs by Steven Pisano) Italy is not the first country that comes to mind when considering the Jewish diaspora in Europe. The northern part of the country, however, has long been home to small outposts of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2022 at Feast of Music
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by Steven Pisano (All photographs by Steven Pisano) If you haven't been following the career of Taylor Mac, you've been missing out on one of the most protean theater artists of our time. Winner of a MacArthur Genius Grant, International... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2022 at Feast of Music
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Photo by Pete Matthews/Feast of Music After going virtual last year, Carnegie Hall's SongStudio returned live to the Resnick Education Wing this week. The Weill Music Institute's premier program for young vocalists, SongStudio offers singers and "collaborative pianists" (a.k.a. accompanists)... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2022 at Feast of Music
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Well, it's been a rough couple of months here in NYC. Just when we thought we were almost done with COVID-19, it came roaring back around Thanksgiving, shutting down bars, restaurants - and lots of live music. This month alone... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2022 at Feast of Music
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Patti Smith at City Parks Foundation SummerStage 9.19.21 Photo: Pete Matthews/Feast of Music If you're a music lover like I am, these past few weeks have been a joyous return, a reminder that music offers its own special form of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2021 at Feast of Music
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I've had the good fortune to witness the human dynamo that is Trombone Shorty on at least a half-dozen occasions over the past decade, in all sorts of contexts: at the Newport Jazz Festival in 2011, at Carnegie Hall in... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2021 at Feast of Music
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by Steven Pisano (All photos by Steven Pisano) The beach season may be winding down along the area's shorelines, but at the Brooklyn Academy of Music it is just starting. After 18 months of its theaters being darkened by the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2021 at Feast of Music
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The summer may have unofficially ended on Labor Day weekend, but with a delayed reopening to live music thanks to COVID, things are still going strong here in NYC into the third week of September. Good thing we still have... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2021 at Feast of Music
Thanks, Irwin. Appreciate the feedback - will fix #1 and #2, though I disagree with #3 for a non-scientist, and was even told as much by Johannes Goebel at the event!
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Acoustics are a funny thing. In most concert halls, you hear the instruments in your head in relation to their position on the stage, regardless of where you sit: violins sound as if they come from the left, basses from... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2021 at Feast of Music
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STOCKBRIDGE, Massachusetts - On a fairly unremarkable Tuesday in March 2020, I decided at the last minute to go see the NY Phil and Louis Langrée perform a concert at David Geffen Hall that included Debussy's Nocturnes and Prelude to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2021 at Feast of Music
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Louis Andriessen following the world premiere of Agamemnon at the New York Philharmonic, October 2018 Less than a week following the death of Frederic Rzewski, on Thursday we lost Dutch composer Louis Andriessen at the age of 82. One of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2021 at Feast of Music
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(Frederic Rzewski performing The People United Shall Never Be Defeated! at 2017's Big Ears Festival) De mortuis nihil nisi bonum ("Don't speak ill of the dead") - Chilon of Sparta I never met Frederic Rzewski, who died on Saturday at... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2021 at Feast of Music
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by Steven Pisano (All photographs by Steven Pisano) The year 2020 will be remembered as a vacuum in the New York City performing arts world for quite some time. For more than a year, the city's varied musical nightlife has... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2021 at Feast of Music