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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.

Sinfonia Concertante: Student and teacher share Mozart’s love duet

Jim Lowe THE LOWE DOWN The great American violinist Pamela Frank was 18 when she played the Sinfonia Concertante, Mozart’s concerto for violin, viola and orchestra, for the first time….

Humor, humanity revealed in ‘American Buffalo’

By Jim Lowe THE LOWE DOWN It’s David Mamet at his funniest — until it isn’t. Dorset Theatre Festival opened a brilliant production of Mamet’s masterpiece, “American Buffalo,” with a…

Why is comedy so difficult?

Jim Lowe THE LOWE DOWN This summer has seen some stellar musical comedy in Vermont. But some of the nonmusical comedy hasn’t been so successful. In fact, two productions by…

Delightful entertainment, just in time

By Jim Lowe THE LOWE DOWN WESTON — Imagine working for Barbra Streisand in her own personal shopping mall. That’s exactly what Alex More does in Jonathan Tolins’ delightful flight-of-fancy…

A seismic shift for Weston Playhouse?

Jim Lowe THE LOWE DOWN It’s hard to remember when Weston Playhouse wasn’t the foremost professional theater in Vermont. It began its spectacular growth 30 years ago, when three young…

Weston’s ‘Lost in Yonkers’ deeply satisfying

By Jim Lowe THE LOWE DOWN WESTON — Neil Simon’s “Lost in Yonkers” is a masterpiece of comedy and drama, because it is at once neither and both. In short,…

Rebeck’s tragic puzzle solved ‘Downstairs’

Jim Lowe THE LOWE DOWN When Theresa Rebeck’s new play “Downstairs” opened Friday at the Dorset Playhouse, the audience seemed to think it was watching a sitcom. That was at…

Will the Vermont Arts Council become relevant?

By Jim Lowe The Lowe Down My first Lowe Down column, in the May 7, 2014, Times Argus and Rutland Herald, suggested that the Vermont Arts Council had become largely…

‘Il trittico’: hilarious to devastating

By Jim Lowe The Lowe Down MIDDLEBURY – Although contradicting Giacomo Puccini’s wishes, director Doug Anderson’s decision to change the order of the composer’s trilogy “Il trittico” bore fruit. He…

Puccini’s ‘Il trittico’: Three times the opera

By Jim Lowe THE LOWE DOWN “Il trittico” was Giacomo Puccini’s final opera score — three operas, actually. Despite its 20th century premiere, Puccini remained true to his Romantic roots…