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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.

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…

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…