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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

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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Opera Review
September 16, 2019

Strong performances bolster Barrie Kosky’s edgy production of the Puccini favorite.

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Artist Spotlight
September 9, 2019

The new production opens LA Opera’s season on Sept. 14.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
August 25, 2019

Laura Karpman literally throws in the kitchen sink on a commissioned premiere for the orchestra.

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Opera Review
August 20, 2019

This Japan-England-America mashup will be very welcome to opera fans.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
July 19, 2019

Dudamel and the LA Phil team with LA Dance Project for an exhilarating take on Prokofiev’s ballet.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
July 16, 2019

Composer Thomas Adès and choreographer Wayne McGregor collaborate on The Dante Project.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
July 16, 2019

Paolo Bortolameolli teams with Siudy Garrido and the LA Phil for a passionate performance of Manuel de Falla’s El amor brujo.

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