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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

Opera Review
December 4, 2018

A new opera by Ellen Reid and Roxie Perkins explores the lasting effects of sexual trauma.

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Recital Review
November 30, 2018

Pianist Gloria Cheng celebrates the late composer at Piano Spheres.

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Chamber Music Review
November 20, 2018

Young performers share the limelight with the eclectic ensemble’s regulars.

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Opera Review
November 20, 2018

Los Angeles Opera offers an alternative fairy tale for the holidays.

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Artist Spotlight
November 17, 2018

The composer’s new opera was four years in the making, but it’s right up to date.

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Modern Classical Review
November 17, 2018

Susanna Mälkki showcases avant-garde works from five European composers.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
November 13, 2018

150 performers stranded in a becalmed production.

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Opera Review
November 10, 2018

John Cage’s aleatoric collision course of all of opera history plays on the soundstage of A Night at the Opera.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
November 6, 2018

A world premiere at the LA Phil and a significant revival at Long Beach Opera offer an intriguing overview of the composer’s ideas.

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Opera Review
October 23, 2018

Philip Glass’s portrait of Gandhi’s early career is vital and suggestive in the celebrated production by Phelim McDermott and Julian Crouch.

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Dance Review
October 22, 2018

The Los Angeles Philharmonic Gives Prokofiev’s ballet an L.A. spin.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
October 15, 2018

The folksy composer and instrumentalist fronts a program honoring former composer-in-residence Steven Stucky.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
October 11, 2018

The orchestra commissions six new works in a variety of styles.

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Feature Article
October 8, 2018

Glass’s second-most-improbable opera will be seen in the famous staging that cemented the show in the international repertory.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
October 7, 2018

The vibrant new composition works brilliantly in tandem with a transitional work from Esa-Pekka Salonen.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
October 2, 2018

The beginning of a long celebration emphasized everything that’s special about the orchestra and the city.

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Chamber Music Review
October 2, 2018

The superstar violinist is the standout in a program that didn’t always work.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
October 2, 2018

The orchestra fills eight miles with a musical block party that showcases diversity.

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Choral Review
September 25, 2018

Shawn Kirchner’s Songs of Ascent provides a powerful contrast with the Mozart Requiem.

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Opera Review
September 25, 2018

L.A. Opera’s Don Carlo proves that Plácido Domingo is forever young.

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