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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.

Vermont loses one of its favorites

Jim Lowe THE LOWE DOWN On Tuesday, Vermont lost one of its most beloved musicians and friends. Robert DeCormier (1922-2017) was known to the rest of the world as one…

An open letter to our new Arts Council director

Jim Lowe THE LOWE DOWN On October 16, Karen S. Mittleman, Ph.D. became the Vermont Arts Council’s first new executive director in some 20 years. Dear Ms. Mittleman, First of…

‘L’elisir d’amore’: Italian opera full of comic surprises

By JIM LOWE THE LOWE DOWN The Opera Company of Middlebury is entering its 15th season this weekend with Gaetano Donizetti’s comedy, “L’elisir d’amore (The Elixir of Love),” the fizzy…

Top musicians find a home in Vermont

By JIM LOWE THE LOWE DOWN Vermont has more than its share of top-notch classical musicians, many who have eschewed the financial and professional rewards of living in New York…

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,…