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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.

‘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…

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…

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…

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…

Celebrate with the VSO

By Jim Lowe Staff Writer When Anthony Princiotti conducts the Vermont Symphony Orchestra in music by Beethoven, Tchaikovsky and Hindemith on Saturday at Burlington’s Flynn Center for the Performing Arts,…

‘Who Killed Classical Music?’

Jim Lowe THE LOWE DOWN I recently finished reading the controversial English columnist Norman Lebrecht’s book on the history of the classical music business. Although “Who Killed Classical Music?” was…

Can art change a community?

Jim Lowe THE LOWE DOWN Rutland artist Bill Ramage has dedicated his retirement to bringing timely visual art to his community — not to pretty it up, but to make…

Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’: Did Lady Macbeth make him do it?

By Jim Lowe THE LOWE DOWN With the Middlebury Actors Workshop production of Shakespeare’s “Macbeth,” director Melissa Lourie hopes to get into the mind of the doomed Scottish warrior. “I…

Can’t we get enough of Blanche Moyse’s Bach?

By Jim Lowe THE LOWE DOWN Blanche Moyse, founder and director of the legendary New England Bach Festival, died in 2011 and last conducted it in 2004, but audiences —…

Northern Stage’s ‘Macbeth’ is for today

Jim Lowe THE LOWE DOWN “Macbeth” is not only one of the most familiar of Shakespeare’s tragedies, it’s one that asks among the most contemporary and troubling questions. “One of…