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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
April 16, 2019

The Santa Monica series focuses on a musical crossroads.

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Feature Article
April 15, 2019

With a new production of El Gato Montés, Los Angeles Opera and Plácido Domingo’s campaign to promote Spanish opera picks up speed.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
April 9, 2019

The violinist’s exuberant performance overshadowed the rest of the concert.

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Opera Review
April 9, 2019

POP’s striking new production features a bilingual libretto.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
March 26, 2019

Mozart sets the stage, with Jeffrey Kahane returning to the podium — and the piano.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
March 11, 2019

The premiere of Adams’s new piano concerto is devilish fun.

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Opera Review
March 9, 2019

Bryce Dessner’s Triptych homogenizes the legacy of Robert Mapplethorpe.

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Opera Review
March 5, 2019

James Conlon directs the company premiere of a Mozart masterpiece.

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Artist Spotlight
February 26, 2019

The composer/guitarist’s Triptych (Eyes of One on Another) premieres with the LA Phil’s New Music Group.

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Opera Review
February 26, 2019

Rod Gilfry takes an astonishing solo turn in the West Coast premiere of David Lang’s new opera.

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Choral Review
February 19, 2019

The L.A. Master Chorale parts The Sacred Veil.

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Opera Review
February 12, 2019

The composer’s newest synthesis of East and West needs a visual component and some cutting.

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Artist Spotlight
February 7, 2019

He just plays one in David Lang’s opera.

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Chamber Music Review
January 29, 2019

It’s one helluva musical journey at the Getty Villa.

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Feature Article
January 27, 2019

A world premiere, a role debut for Plácido Domingo, and a little bit of Hollywood.

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Feature Article
January 25, 2019

Russian violinist Philippe Quint revives the music of Charlie Chaplin.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
January 21, 2019

The massive symphony, with soloist Jean-Yves Thibaudet, was set off by Kaija Saariaho’s precise Trans.

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Modern Classical Review
January 15, 2019

Violinist Nadia Sirota hosts the first Living Music LIVE! program, a live podcast on stage in Los Angeles.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
January 15, 2019

The composer’s third David Bowie homage falls flat.

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Chamber Music Review
December 18, 2018

The long running L.A. chamber series plays Music for 18 Musicians for the first time.

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