The Reilly

After raising over $3 million and renovating the moth-balled city auditorium, Matt is the CEO and Artistic Director of the Reilly Arts Center. In 19-20 season, the Reilly hosted and produced over 190 events for nearly 75,000 guests. Events in the 700-seat theatre range from orchestra and ballet to international pop, comedy, country, and rock artists like Kenny G, Jim Breuer Wynonna Judd, Art Garfunkel, and dozens of other grammy-award winning artists.



The music of Philip Glass' originial and haunting Symphony No. 4 "Heroes"along side an authentic recreation of the Brian Eno produced David Bowie album, Heroes, and Bowies Greatest hits with full orchestra and rock band means one incredible night.

From Matt: This was a project that I had been thinking about for so long after reading about the friendship between Bowie and Philip Glass. I wanted my audiences to know about it, but I also wanted them to hear how Glass heard Bowie's music and specifically how he then used that to create something totally different, yet audibly completely related through melody, harmony and rhythm. Hearing a movement of the symphony and then the album song, played live, by an incredible band directly after points out the connection in a way that draws audiences in to both classical music and pop music for critical listening and just plain love of the art.


Music for


Podcasts are an incredible way to explore new topics, keep up with world events, and dive deep, deep down rabbit holes we never knew existed and learn something about ourselves while doing it. Lindsey Kilbride is an award winning journalist and podcast producer for WJCT, an NPR station in Jacksonville, FL. In the Summer of 2019, Matt worked with Lindsey to develop a theme song and music beds for her podcast, Oddball.

Some samples from 

Oddball OpeningMatthew Wardell
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TransitionMatthew Wardell
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Transition 2Matthew Wardell
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Editing Room FloorMatthew Wardell
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