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Tom Jacobs

Tom Jacobs is a staff writer for Santa Barbara-based Pacific Standard magazine, and a former staff writer for the Los Angeles Daily News and Santa Barbara News-Press. He tracks and analyzes trends in the arts and social sciences, with an emphasis on psychology, the role of culture and the cultivation of creativity. A native of Chicago, he earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in journalism from Northwestern University.

Articles by this Author

Artist Spotlight
June 30, 2017

Patrick Posey, Music Academy of the West's executive director, tells us how he renewed the 70-year-old festival through contemporary music.

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Artist Spotlight
February 2, 2017

Bruckner Orchestra Linz’ music director chats about working with the legendary composer, and conducting.

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Artist Spotlight
November 19, 2013

Finding inspiration in history and pop culture, composer Michael Daugherty launches a new work for strings, provoked by Frank Lloyd Wright’s architectural style.

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Artist Spotlight
November 6, 2013

When playing Mozart works, pianist Jeremy Denk finds himself fascinated with the boundary he crosses between light and dark, but always follows their beauty and wonder.

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Artist Spotlight
October 7, 2013

It has been an eventful couple of years for bass-baritone Bryn Terfel, professionally and personally. Now, he is back at the S.F. Opera for the first time in over a decade, in one of his signature roles, Verdi’s Falstaff.

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Artist Spotlight
February 26, 2013

A passionate advocate of contemporary music, as well as a master of the classics, violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter talks about composers she venerates.

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Artist Spotlight
January 16, 2013

Now happily at home in San Francisco, Scottish-born conductor Alasdair Neale discusses his vision for the Marin Symphony and the need for a new model of concert-giving.

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Artist Spotlight
October 19, 2012

Violinist Karen Gomyo approaches music with the assurance and sensitivity of someone who is doing exactly what she has always wanted to do.

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Artist Spotlight
September 6, 2012

Semyon Bychkov reflects on his conducting goals, before he lifts his baton at the S.F. Symphony to perform Tchaikovsky, Bruch, and his fellow-St. Petersburg native Shostakovich.

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