Jim Farber

Jim Farber wrote his first classical music review in 1982 for the Los Angeles Jewish Journal. Since then, he has been a feature writer and critic of classical music, opera, theater, and fine art for The Daily Variety, the Copley Newspapers and News Service, and the Los Angeles Newspaper Group (Media News).

Articles by this Author

Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
   Terry Riley to the Max
April 12, 2014

The “Minimalist Jukebox,” a grand exploration of minimalism, is spinning Los Angeles itself. Two days belonged to the man who started it all: Terry Riley.

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Feature Article
March 25, 2014

The Los Angeles Philharmonic does another deep dive into contemporary American music with its “Minimalist Jukebox” festival.

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Opera REVIEW
  Long Beach Opera <em>Klinghoffer</em> Sings Again at Long Beach Opera
March 15, 2014

A moving, masterful production of John Adams’ Death of Klinghoffer raises vital political and religious issues that refuse to die.

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Feature Article
February 19, 2014

The famous psychological horror story reimagined as an oratorio by teenagers at the Ramón C. Cortines School of Visual and Performing Arts.

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News Report
October 21, 2013

It’s been a long road, but Frank Zappa’s magnum opus has finally been reconstructed and is given a semistaged production, complete with video, this week at Disney Hall.

More "Letter From L.A.: The Philharmonic Checks In, 200 Motels" »
News Report
October 2, 2013

For 16 years, Los Angeles sweated over the creation of glorious, glamourous Walt Disney Concert Hall. Then it opened and the city celebrated. Ten years later, the celebrations continue.

More "Letter From L.A.: The Making of a Cultural Landmark, Walt Disney Hall" »
Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra REVIEW
  Los Angeles Philharmonic Sublime vs. Snafu at the Hollywood Bowl
August 13, 2013

The L.A. Philharmonic’s excellent performance of the Verdi Requiem was very nearly brought down by the slip-ups of an overmatched video crew.

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Opera REVIEW
   A Sublime <em>Marriage of Figaro</em> From L.A. Phil
May 19, 2013

The L.A. Philharmonic presentation of Marriage of Figaro combines dramatic intensity and social commentary with music-making at a level that could only be described as sublime.

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Feature Article
September 25, 2012

Musopen, the Palo Alto–based website, is pioneering the new frontier in classical music starting by creating a free resource of recordings.

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Artist Spotlight
June 6, 2012

Swedish virtuoso Martin Fröst not only swings on the clarinet, he sometimes dances. Plus, he once got to play Benny Goodman’s own licorice stick.

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Upcoming Concert
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    June 7 — 10

    Four days of musical pleasures by visiting luminaries await voyagers to the Ojai Music Festival in June.

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    Artist Spotlight
    February 8, 2012

    A young Russian-born pianist wins awards, emigrates to the West, concertizes widely, and teaches music at a prestigious school — all in a day’s work.

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    Feature Article
    February 7, 2012

    Los Angeles Philharmonic regulars and visitors might be unaware of it, but the best of L.A.’s adventurous contemporary arts scene is happening right beneath their feet.

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    Opera REVIEW
      Long Beach Opera: <em>Maria de Buenos Aires</em> Please Cry For Me, Argentina
    January 29, 2012

    Long Beach Opera’s politicized version of Astor Piazzolla’s surreal “tango operita,” Maria de Buenos Aires treads a fine line.

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    Artist Spotlight
    October 31, 2011

    In the top ranks of violinists, he continues to find Bach greatly pleasurable. But he has someone else teach the instrument to his children.

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    Artist Spotlight
    October 14, 2011

    L.A. Philharmonic’s president and CEO speaks about grappling with change, securing loyal audiences, and serving the community.

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    Artist Spotlight
    June 7, 2011

    Stardom has come fast for young Yuja Wang, who is learning how to pace herself and seeking a mentor.

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    Artist Spotlight
    May 23, 2011

    The last time Dawn Upshaw appeared at the Ojai Music Festival was in June of 2006. Five years later, and now a cancer survivor, the renowned soprano will reprise her performance there. Here, she talks with SFCV about what makes the Festival unique, teaching at Bard college, and an exciting new collaboration with Peter Sellars.

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    Artist Spotlight
    May 3, 2011

    The violinist-turned-conductor tells of conducting for Karajan, being encouraged by Previn, and having a sports-minded family.

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    Feature Article
    April 26, 2011

    Dawn Upshaw and Peter Sellars are collaborating to produce a unique festival that will come to Berkeley, as well. Sellars and Artistic Director Thomas Morris give SFCV the skinny.

    More "Ojai Music Festival: A Contemporary Music Lover’s Rite of Spring" »