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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
May 19, 2013

The L.A. Philharmonic presentation of Marriage of Figaro combines dramatic intensity and social commentary with music-making at a level that could only be described as sublime.

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Feature Article
September 25, 2012

Musopen, the Palo Alto–based website, is pioneering the new frontier in classical music starting by creating a free resource of recordings.

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Artist Spotlight
June 6, 2012

Swedish virtuoso Martin Fröst not only swings on the clarinet, he sometimes dances. Plus, he once got to play Benny Goodman’s own licorice stick.

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Upcoming Concert
May 30, 2012

Four days of musical pleasures by visiting luminaries await voyagers to the Ojai Music Festival in June.

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Artist Spotlight
February 8, 2012

A young Russian-born pianist wins awards, emigrates to the West, concertizes widely, and teaches music at a prestigious school — all in a day’s work.

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Feature Article
February 7, 2012

Los Angeles Philharmonic regulars and visitors might be unaware of it, but the best of L.A.’s adventurous contemporary arts scene is happening right beneath their feet.

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Opera Review
January 29, 2012

Long Beach Opera’s politicized version of Astor Piazzolla’s surreal “tango operita,” Maria de Buenos Aires treads a fine line.

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Artist Spotlight
October 31, 2011

In the top ranks of violinists, he continues to find Bach greatly pleasurable. But he has someone else teach the instrument to his children.

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Artist Spotlight
October 14, 2011

L.A. Philharmonic’s president and CEO speaks about grappling with change, securing loyal audiences, and serving the community.

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Artist Spotlight
June 7, 2011

Stardom has come fast for young Yuja Wang, who is learning how to pace herself and seeking a mentor.

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Artist Spotlight
May 23, 2011

The last time Dawn Upshaw appeared at the Ojai Music Festival was in June of 2006. Five years later, and now a cancer survivor, the renowned soprano will reprise her performance there. Here, she talks with SFCV about what makes the Festival unique, teaching at Bard college, and an exciting new collaboration with Peter Sellars.

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Artist Spotlight
May 3, 2011

The violinist-turned-conductor tells of conducting for Karajan, being encouraged by Previn, and having a sports-minded family.

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Feature Article
April 26, 2011

Dawn Upshaw and Peter Sellars are collaborating to produce a unique festival that will come to Berkeley, as well. Sellars and Artistic Director Thomas Morris give SFCV the skinny.

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Artist Spotlight
April 11, 2011

The young French artist is well on the rise, performing this week with the S.F. Symphony — and in June playing “live” to hundreds of American theaters with fellow hotshot Gustavo Dudamel.

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Upcoming Concert
March 28, 2011

The celebrated pianist essays an all-Schubert recital at three Bay Area venues, with his friend and colleague Jamie Laredo on violin.

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Feature Article
February 1, 2011

Los Angeles correspondent Jim Farber takes a look at an opera company that is at home away from home, and specializes in reinventing the opera experience.

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Upcoming Concert
January 11, 2011

Joana Carneiro conducts the premiere of Mantichora for string orchestra, an exciting piece by Boosey and Hawkes Emerging Composer Du Yun that was commissioned by the Berkeley Symphony.

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Upcoming Concert
January 3, 2011

The guitar has roots in all kinds of music, and the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet is determined to share them all ... and then some.

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