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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

Choral Review
May 15, 2018

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

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Feature Article
May 11, 2018

The Grammy Museum and the Skirball Cultural Center collaborate on a celebration of the composer/conductor’s legacy.

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Opera Review
May 4, 2018

Two singers matched up well, dramatically and vocally at the Broad Stage.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
April 30, 2018

The vibrant L.A. festival showcases challenging new works by composers working on the edge.

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Modern Classical Review
April 23, 2018

A curious pairing of the hip ensemble with singer Will Oldham has curious results.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
April 19, 2018

Deprived of a Ted Hearne premiere, Gustavo Dudamel still led a fascinating concert, soon to be reprised in London.

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Opera Review
April 17, 2018

It's a "gagland" production with a dedicated, appealing cast.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
April 17, 2018

The premiere of Esa-Pekka Salonen's Pollux contrasts with Varèse's Amériques.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
April 17, 2018

The Passion of Ramakrishna was the main event in a concert that featured a piece by Glass mentor Ravi Shankar.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
April 9, 2018

Teatrocinema's innovative visual design mostly worked to enhance the inherent cinematic qualities of Das Lied von der Erde.

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Feature Article
April 4, 2018

Pacific Opera Project has a unique menu for success.

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Recital Review
April 2, 2018

Two legit greats team up for a powerhouse recital.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
March 20, 2018

Pierre Jalbert's new violin concerto highlights the orchestra's first reunion with its emeritus conductor.

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Opera Review
March 20, 2018

A magical-realism novella becomes a worthy Stewart Copeland opera.

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Opera Review
March 13, 2018

Joffrey Ballet collaborates with L.A. Opera in John Neumeier's fanfic reimagining of the myth's central relationships.

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Modern Classical Review
March 13, 2018

Despite markedly different approaches to the keyboard, the pianists found common ground in the world premiere of a Riley piece for four hands.

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Opera Review
March 6, 2018

The L.A. Philharmonic's production of Andrew Norman's opera for children is a joy.

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Chamber Music Review
February 27, 2018

The L.A.-based, Messiaen-loving presenter is expert in the art of curation.

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Chamber Music Review
February 26, 2018

A lack of information leaves the audience in the dark.

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Feature Article
February 24, 2018

Composer Andrew Norman, conductor Teddy Abrams, and director Yuval Sharon are planning A Trip to the Moon.

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