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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

Feature Article
March 30, 2020

Why music conservatories were readier than most for the disruption of coronavirus.

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Opera Review
March 3, 2020

The Industry’s site-specific odyssey opera presents a not-so-sweet view of American history.

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Opera Review
February 24, 2020

Four Larks transforms Mary Shelley’s tale, awkwardly.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
February 18, 2020

The second weekend of the LA Phil’s exploration of Weimar culture was capped by two of Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill’s memorable collaborations.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
February 8, 2020

Several Icelandic composers and Kaija Saariaho filled out an exciting, if gloomy new-music concert.

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Opera Review
February 3, 2020

Matthew Aucoin more than fulfills his promise as LAO’s first composer-in-residence.

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Musical Theater Review
January 25, 2020

The rock icon’s dockside musical begins its national tour in Los Angeles.

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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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