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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

Modern Classical Review
November 21, 2017

Some clear winners emerged from the 21-concert music fest, along with some also-ran entrants.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
November 14, 2017

Martian invasion threatens L.A. Philharmonic concert!

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Opera Review
November 13, 2017

L.A. Opera and Beth Morrison Projects explore the intricacies of Ingmar Bergman’s film in an opera by Keeril Makan and Jay Scheib.

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Choral Review
October 31, 2017

A mostly somber Día de los Muertos program casts the limelight on choral works by Latin American composers.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
October 23, 2017

The CDMX Festival ended on a serious, new music note, with composers who are part of an international community of explorers.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
October 17, 2017

In the second installment of the Ciudad de la Mexico Festival, Gustavo Dudamel and the L.A. Phil celebrate a “Noche de Cine.”

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
October 17, 2017

Gustavo Dudamel’s CDMX: Music from Mexico City enchants with big ideas and small details.

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Feature Article
September 16, 2017

Women film composers are banding together to have their voices and their music heard.

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Feature Article
August 21, 2017

The lauded film derives much of its power from an intricate tapestry of music, sound, and effects.

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Chamber Music Review
April 18, 2017

The Los Angeles Philharmonic explores the phenomenon that is contemporary Icelandic music.

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Opera Review
March 14, 2017

Long Beach Opera’s The Perfect American examines the life of the visionary animator.

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Feature Article
February 28, 2017

New music may be suddenly hip but keeping an arts nonprofit afloat is still challenging.

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Feature Article
February 16, 2017

Where will the expanding universe of emerging artists and presenters find the support they need?

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Opera Review
November 8, 2016

Phelim McDermott, the wizard behind the 2007 English National Opera production of Satyagraha, comes through again with a spectacular staging of a brilliant but difficult show.

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Opera Review
November 1, 2016

Artist in residence Matthew Aucoin created and conducted a new pastiche score for F.W. Murnau’s classic film that was surprisingly moving.

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Opera Review
October 21, 2016

It’s hard to come to grips with the new opera presented by L.A. Opera, which may be part of the point.

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Modern Classical Review
October 4, 2016

A 12-hour event, “Noon to Midnight,” showcases the city’s new music scene.

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Artist Spotlight
September 22, 2016

The director who has been reimagining opera for new audiences, trains his sights on the concert hall in a collaboration with the L.A. Philharmonic

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July 12, 2016
The new film provides an inside look at the logic and logistics of the innovative “Opera for the 21st Century.”...
Feature Article
May 23, 2016

Kaija Saariaho headlines at Ojai and Ojai North this year, sharing time with Tania Leon, Dina El Wedidi, Airuna Sairam, soprano Julia Bullock, and musicologist Susan McClary.

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