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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.

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…

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…