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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

Jazz Review
January 21, 2020

The virtuoso bassist and band join forces with the Lyris Quartet for an explosive romp through jazz, funk, and beyond.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
January 21, 2020

From Naive and Sentimental to Flower Power with the LA Phil.

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Opera Review
January 14, 2020

LBO’s King Arthur treads a fine line between 17th-century elegance and 21st-century political theater.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
January 13, 2020

The LA Phil’s former music director puts the 12-tone system in context for those willing to listen and learn.

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Opera Review
December 23, 2019

A concert staging of Erich Wolfgang Korngold’s Der Ring des Polykrates is a success for the young company.

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Recital Review
December 17, 2019

Organist James Walker and treble vocalist Felicity Robles shine in a delicate David Lang commission.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
December 16, 2019

Pianist Daniil Trifonov gives an electric performance of Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
December 10, 2019

With Susanna Mälkki on the podium, the orchestra and soloist make the most of the late composer’s short, intricate works.

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Feature Article
December 6, 2019

Los Angeles is the land of opportunity for young musicians — but it’s not easy!

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
December 2, 2019

Soloist Seong-Jin Cho is a team player in Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2.

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Opera Review
November 19, 2019

LA Opera’s latest wakes up an audience in the wake of #MeToo.

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New Music Review
November 12, 2019

After more than 50 years, the iconoclast composer’s five-part opera is given its first full reading.

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New Music Review
November 8, 2019

Gabriella Smith’s Carrot Revolution and the premiere of Sky Macklay’s Swarm Collecting highlight a diverse program.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
October 22, 2019

The LA Phil premieres Castor, the powerful, noisy second half of his Gemini project.

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Musical Theater Review
October 21, 2019

The Los Angeles baritone is up-close and personal in a cabaret show at Boston Court Pasadena.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
October 14, 2019

LA Phil catches fire with a pan-American concert of old favorites and a world premiere.

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Artist Spotlight
October 7, 2019

The Broadway baritone talks Light in the Piazza at LA Opera and a path not taken at the Met years ago.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
October 7, 2019

Knoxville: Summer of 1915, Jean-Yves Thibaudet’s raucous Gershwin concerto, and Copland’s Appalachian Spring make for a summery opener at Disney Hall.

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October 1, 2019
The rapier-witted, cantankerous, prizewinning classical-music critic for the LA Times died Sept. 29.
Feature Article
September 28, 2019

Move over Hollywood, there’s a new 800-pound gorilla on the block.

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