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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
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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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
December 16, 2018

Physically frail but alert as ever, the 82-year-old conducted a dashing all-Brahms concert.

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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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