SWEENEY TODD

"It's especially satisfying to hear a full complement of musicians, vividly conducted by James Lowe, playing Jonathan Tunick's splendid orchestrations."

Everett Evans, Houston Chronicle

CAMELOT

"The conductor James Lowe drew a delicious performance from the (Glimmerglass) orchestra."
Steve Smith, THE NEW YORK TIMES

FLORENCIA EN EL AMAZONAS

"The warmth of Catán's descriptive and harmonically lush score (was) deliciously played by members of the Utah Symphony and beautifully sculpted by conductor James Lowe."

Robert Coleman, OPERA NEWS

"There have been a few Utah Opera productions in which the Utah Symphony’s performance alone would justify the ticket price, and this is one of them. The orchestra is as much a character in "Florencia" as the Amazon River...James Lowe conducted the Utah Symphony in a performance bursting with color and life".
Catherine Reese Newton, THE SALT LAKE TRIBUNE

OF MICE AND MEN

"The music's immediacy elevated the orchestra's role, conveying drama and advancing the plot as effectively as any of the characters. Conductor James Lowe took full advantage, leading members of the Utah Symphony with impeccable pacing and exquisitely shaped phrases."

Robert Coleman, OPERA NEWS

"The opera’s pacing is spot-on under the baton of James Lowe. The action never drags, suspense builds effectively and the Utah Symphony plays with passion ... The opera’s English text is projected on a screen above the stage, but thanks to Lowe’s expert balancing, Floyd’s canny orchestration and the strong performances of the singers, your eyes probably won’t leave the action often."

Catherine Reese Newton, THE SALT LAKE TRIBUNE

HOPPER'S WIFE

"James Lowe conducted the New York City Opera Orchestra in an energetic reading of the score."

Vivien Schweitzer, THE NEW YORK TIMES

"James Lowe...conducts the neatly raucous score with nice propulsion."

Martin Bernheimer, THE FINANCIAL TIMES

MADAMA BUTTERFLY

“…Lowe and his players proved again that the foundation for all great opera lies in the orchestra…the passion detailed by Puccini asserted its magnetic strength one more time…sweepingly intense storytelling.”

Charles Ward, HOUSTON CHRONICLE

LITTLE WOMEN

“James Lowe's conducting is so vital and flexible, and the orchestra so alive, that Adamo's score exerts its magical spell.”

Donald Rosenberg, CLEVELAND PLAIN DEALER

FLIGHT

“The ultimate effect…with the strong musical direction of James Lowe, is that of, say, a well oiled off-Broadway show.”

Robert Croan, PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE

SWEENEY TODD

“Drawing a smooth response from the orchestra, James Lowe conducted with an authority and sensitivity that reinforced the score’s operatic dimensions.”

Tim Smith, OPERA NEWS

THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA

“The lush orchestrations are sumptuously recreated by conductor James Lowe and the first-rate orchestra…the performances meshed in an ever more captivating whole.”
Robert Hurwitt, SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

“…From the sumptuous costumes…to conductor James Lowe’s masterful direction of the lush sounding orchestra, there is always something to captivate your attention.”
Chad Jones, OAKLAND TRIBUNE

“The 16-piece orchestra sounds wonderfully expressive under James Lowe's baton.”
Dennis Harvey, VARIETY

“The string-laden orchestra, under the direction of James Lowe, gives Guettel's lush score the majesty it deserves.”
J. Wynn Rousuck, BALTIMORE SUN

“The Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra, led stirringly by James Lowe, soars its way through Guettel’s exquisite score.”
Trey Graham, WASHINGTON CITY PAPER

“Guettel's dreamy score (was) eloquently performed by the singers and conductor James Lowe's orchestra…”
Judith Newmark, ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH

“The Fox orchestra, conducted by James Lowe…gorgeously rises to the challenge of conveying the score’s swelling symphonic luster.”
Dennis Brown, ST. LOUIS RIVERFRONT TIMES

THE LITTLE PRINCE

“James Lowe conducted to good effect…”
Bernard Holland, THE NEW YORK TIMES

"Conductor James Lowe let Portman's sugar-coated score soar..."
William Albright, OPERA CANADA

THE TENDER LAND

"James Lowe conducted the performance caringly..."

Charles Ward, HOUSTON CHRONICLE

SOLO PIANO RECITAL

“A revelatory solo recital...Lowe is a splendid musician, gifted with an agile technique, ample power and, most crucially, an extraordinary sense of rhythm...Lowe found the evasive pulse of this music and made its many colors shimmer beautifully...”

Mike Greenberg, SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS

FUNNY GIRL

"Lowe...provided such high-level musical direction and coaching, conducting and keyboarding..."

Herbert M. Simpson, ROCHESTER CITY

FALSETTOS

“Trina’s hilarious 'I'm Breaking Down' (was) a showstopper in a top-level production...credit here goes to James Lowe's very slick musical direction..."
Herbert M. Simpson, ROCHESTER CITY

"Conductor/pianist James Lowe was right on target with the musical direction...a strong and nuanced artist..."
Robert Haskins, ROCHESTER DEMOCRAT & CHRONICLE

LA TRAVIATA

"Ash Lawn's orchestra, conducted by James Lowe, was in fine form..."

Clarke Bustard, RICHMOND TIMES-DISPATCH

GOIN' TO THE MALL (Backwash CD)

"...a Godzillagasm!"

ROCHESTER DEMOCRAT & CHRONICLE

ARRANGEMENT OF GERSHWIN'S "BY STRAUSS"

"The Strauss of the original involved the Schlag of Johann, but an oh-so-cute adaptation by James Lowe incorporated the Schmaltz of Richard."

FINANCIAL TIMES

  

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