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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.

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‘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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Who are Vermont’s top violinists?

Jim Lowe THE LOWE DOWN Thirty years ago, when I began writing for The Times Argus and Rutland Herald, there were far more fine fiddlers in Vermont than classical violinists….

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Violinist Katherine Winterstein: A concerto for today

By Jim Lowe THE LOWE DOWN For Katherine Winterstein, the Vermont Symphony Orchestra’s longtime concertmaster, Samuel Barber’s Violin Concerto is perfect for right now. “It’s quintessentially American to me,” she…

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‘Weston 101’ offers insights into the summer season

By Janelle Faignant THE ARTS For fans of all things theater, acting and production, the Weston Playhouse Theatre Company has the answer: a series of classes that goes behind the…

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Manchester Music Festival: Taking a new direction

Jim Lowe THE LOWE DOWN For the first time in 16 years, Manchester Music Festival is making an artistic change. Pianist Adam Neiman, a longtime veteran of the festival, is…

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What does Princiotti’s leaving mean for the VSO?

Jim Lowe THE LOWE DOWN Anthony Princiotti conducted his last concerts as principal guest conductor of the Vermont Symphony Orchestra last weekend. For 16 years, the New Hampshire musician has…

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How does programming define a theater?

Jim Lowe THE LOWE DOWN Vermont’s largest and smallest summer theater companies are the first to announce their 2017 summer seasons, and they say a lot about them as well…