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Jim Lowe is music critic and arts editor for the Rutland Herald and The Barre-Montpelier Times Argus writes about arts events around Vermont.

Winning in Montreal, next the world

By Jim Lowe THE LOWE DOWN The 16th annual Montreal International Piano Competition finals opened — somewhat predictably — with a performance limited by the youth of the pianist. But…

Igniting new theater: Weston Playhouse’s Artist Retreat

By Jim Lowe THE LOWE DOWN Most folks attending the theater don’t give a thought to where the play they’re enjoying came from. But Weston Playhouse, Vermont’s oldest professional theater,…

30 years of chipping away: West Rutland’s Carving Studio

By George V. Nostrand THE ARTS Spring has finally returned to West Rutland. The robins hop across the grass and in, around and upon the sculptures at the Carving Studio…

August Wilson has arrived in Vermont

By Jim Lowe THE LOWE DOWN WOODSTOCK – Vermonters have the unusual opportunity, right now, to experience authentic African-American theater here, produced by a Vermont theater company. JAG Productions opened…

‘Mamma Mia!’: ABBA with heart

By Jim Lowe THE LOWE DOWN “Mamma Mia!” the Broadway smash hit based on the music of ABBA, might have been just another jukebox musical — but it’s much more…

Remembering Sam Lloyd Sr.: Weston’s larger-than-life actor, statesman and friend

By Jim Lowe THE LOWE DOWN Sam Lloyd Sr. was a businessman, state legislator, town moderator, family man and more, but first and foremost he was a man of the…

‘Sweeney Todd’ is gruesome — and fun

By Jim Lowe LOWE DOWN How many musical comedies find humor in insane revenge, multiple murders, and cannibalism? Perhaps only one. Main Street Arts opened a spectacular production of “Sweeney…

The Lowe Down: What will Trump do to the arts?

By Jim Lowe The Lowe Down While the country is reeling — some celebrating — over the havoc wreaked by the first weeks of the presidency of Donald J. Trump…

Music masters celebrate 40 years

By JIM LOWE THE LOWE DOWN There is nothing like the deeply satisfying experience of hearing masters playing great music together. Add to that that cellist Dieuwke Davydov and pianist…

Will Vermont theater ever make it to Broadway?

Jim Lowe THE LOWE DOWN Northern Stage is currently presenting the world premiere production of Jack Neary’s very black comedy “Trick or Treat” at its Barrette Center for the Arts…