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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.

‘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…

The Heliand Consort: Vermont woodwinds delivering ‘life and joy’

By JIM LOWE Staff Writer The Heliand Consort, an ensemble of some of Vermont’s finest woodwind players and their friends, took its name from an epic poem in Old Saxon…

Ayad Akhtar’s ‘Disgraced’: Identity can mean heartbreak at Northern Stage

Jim Lowe THE LOWE DOWN Northern Stage Artistic Director Carol Dunne offered two compelling reasons for presenting “Disgraced,” Ayad Akhtar’s controversial and unsettling play about a Muslim-American struggling for identity…

Will Vermont change the tenor, or the tenor Vermont?

By JIM LOWE The Lowe Down When Boston tenor Joshua Collier came to Vermont last June to perform in Puccini’s “Il trittico” with Opera Company of Middlebury, he and his…

‘Legacy’ and ‘Lux Aeterna’: VSO and VSO Chorus pay tribute to Robert De Cormier

Jim Lowe THE LOWE DOWN When the Vermont Symphony Orchestra planned its tribute to Robert De Cormier, the founding director of the VSO Chorus who died in November, in addition…

Taconic Music is about community

By JIM LOWE The Lowe Down On New Year’s Eve afternoon, I attended a holiday concert in Manchester. My first impression was that the program was a bit under-rehearsed, with…

You can always come home

By JIM LOWE The Lowe Down Ignat Solzhenitsyn returned to his roots Dec. 9, performing a masterful solo piano recital at the Brattleboro Music Center in honor of his beginnings….

Weston Cabaret returns for the holidays

By JIM LOWE The Lowe Down Weston Playhouse is celebrating the yuletide and its new theater with “A Weston Holiday Cabaret” at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Weston Playhouse…