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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.

‘Anne of Green Gables’: Weston showcases theater’s next generation

Jim Lowe THE LOWE DOWN When the Gretchen Cryer and Nancy Ford musical adaptation of “Anne of Green Gables,” the L.M. Montgomery classic, opened in New York in 2007, critic…

You can come home: New York Philharmonic cellist returns to his Vermont roots

Jim Lowe THE LOWE DOWN When asked how he became a cellist, Eric Bartlett responded, “Practice, practice, practice! … Oh, that’s Carnegie Hall!” The Marlboro native and member of the…

‘A Streetcar Named Desire’: André Previn’s opera delivers the power

Jim Lowe THE LOWE DOWN Two American icons shared history when André Previn set Tennessee Williams’ 1947 masterpiece, “A Streetcar Named Desire,” to music as an opera in 1998. “The…

Divine Arts Recording Group: Brandon’s own classical record company — from England

By JIM LOWE The Lowe Down Hidden in Brandon, unknown even to most locals, an international classical recording company celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2017, and its 500th release this…

Creating tomorrow’s theater: Writers and composers escape to Weston Playhouse

By JIM LOWE Staff Writer When Weston Playhouse’s retiring producing artistic director Steve Stettler chose participants for this year’s Artist Retreat, he selected six individuals or teams, writers that had…

Pianist Gloria Chien: Getting personal with a new Vermont presence

Jim Lowe THE LOWE DOWN Pianist Gloria Chien is becoming a familiar face in Vermont. Since becoming the wife of violinist Soovin Kim and co-artistic director of the Lake Champlain…

Fauré Requiem and Vaughan Williams? Grace Church pairs two ethereal masterworks

By Jim Lowe THE LOWE DOWN Pairing Gabriel Fauré’s beloved Requiem Mass and Ralph Vaughan Williams’ also beloved “The Lark Ascending” may seem unusual, but not to Alastair Stout. “Both…

‘Our Town’ becomes a Bouchard family affair

By JIM LOWE The Lowe Down Ever since it premiered in 1938, “Our Town” has been a favorite of professional and community theater companies, as well as audiences. Thornton Wilder’s…

Vermont’s Stellaria Trio: ‘filled with musical wonder and desire’

By JIM LOWE The Lowe Down Next to string quartets, piano trios are the favorite way to collaborate for string players; and for pianists, the favorite. “Everyone gets to bring…

A Winter Dance Gala: Showcasing Vermont’s emerging professional dance world

JIM LOWE THE LOWE DOWN V ermont’s professional dance community, which comprises myriad styles and genres, is often hidden in dance classrooms throughout the state. But seven of its most…