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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
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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Artist Spotlight
September 18, 2018

The L.A. Master Chorale’s music director seems to be involved in every choral concert and opera in town.

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Feature Article
September 10, 2018

The evolution of the Los Angeles Philharmonic presents a more hopeful view. Part II of LA Phil at 100.

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Feature Article
August 31, 2018

The orchestra’s chief operating officer chats about plans for the upcoming milestone and the work behind the scenes to support the LA Phil’s success.

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Upcoming Concert
August 10, 2018

The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion comes alive with flappers, bullfighters, witches, and pioneers for social justice this year.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
August 10, 2018

Star Wars and the LA Phil make John Williams’s score soar.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
July 20, 2018

Conductor Speranza Scappuci and soloist Ray Chen bring glitz and glamor to their outing with the LA Phil in the famed venue.

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Opera Review
July 17, 2018

Hollywood Bowl resounds with Verdi's gut-wrenching opera.

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Chamber Music Review
June 19, 2018

Chamber Music in Historic Sites sponsors intimate music in architecturally significant chambers.

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Modern Classical Review
June 19, 2018

A dedicated ensemble playing unique instruments presents rarely performed microtonal works by Harry Partch and Ben Johnston.

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Modern Classical Review
June 12, 2018

Patricia Kopatchinskaja strives to undo comfortable concertgoing rituals with exciting, dramatic gestures.

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Choral Review
May 15, 2018

A poorly-coordinated performance of Terry Riley’s In C caps off the evening.

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