California Literary Review

Profile of Lucy Butcher


Lucy Butcher is a writer and editor living in New York City.

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lucybutc [at] gmail [dot] com

Articles written for the California Literary Review:

  • NY Philharmonic’s Modern Beethoven Festival Concludes
    Posted on 28 Mar 2012 in Music, Performing Arts

    There’s nothing worse than a complacent performance of a Beethoven symphony. Being such a staple of the orchestral repertoire, Beethoven is all too easily performed on auto-pilot. Some conductors, however, have made it their mission to find fresh approaches to the great composer, like David Zinman, the music director of the Tonhalle Orchestra of Zurich, who led the New York Philharmonic’s Modern Beethoven festival at Avery Fisher Hall this month.

  • Music Review: New York Philharmonic, “John Williams: A Night at the Movies”
    Posted on 05 Nov 2011 in Movies, Music, Performing Arts

    Judging by the audience’s response, the final item listed on the program was what many had come for: Williams’s title theme from Star Wars, one of the most well-known compositions in the modern music repertoire. There were a couple of encores, including the theme from Indiana Jones and the “Imperial March,” or Darth Vadar’s theme, from Star Wars, which drew cheers from fans and a standing ovation.

  • Music Review: New York Philharmonic, “Alan Gilbert Conducts Bach, Berg, and Brahms”
    Posted on 17 Oct 2011 in Music, Performing Arts

    Taking the second violin part, Gilbert, who has previously played in the Philharmonic’s chamber music concerts, proved himself to be as much an accomplished instrumentalist as a conductor, though he quipped, in a video interview published on the Philharmonic’s Website, “I certainly don’t intend to try to take the city by storm as a violinist.”

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