Tom Jacobs

Tom Jacobs is a former senior 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.

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Tom Jacobs - April 8, 2024

With an upcoming premiere at Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Skye continues the multicultural musical exploration he’s become known for.

Tom Jacobs - April 1, 2024

The pioneering conductor chats with SFCV ahead of her long-overdue debut at the Metropolitan Opera this spring.

Tom Jacobs - March 18, 2024

The 2025–2026 season, Conlon’s 20th with the company, will be his last in the role.

Tom Jacobs - March 18, 2024

Andres is featured as both a pianist and a composer this week at the LA Phil.

Tom Jacobs - March 5, 2024

In his penultimate year with the orchestra, Music and Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel plans to have fun with a favorite composer.

Tom Jacobs - February 20, 2024

The monthly series presented by Brightwork newmusic is going bold with its upcoming concerts.

Tom Jacobs - February 6, 2024

The LA Phil’s conductor emeritus is just one big name in the all-star lineup, with many programs this summer focusing on individual composers.

Tom Jacobs - February 5, 2024

The company is cutting back on contemporary offerings for now, canceling what would have been the world premiere of Mason Bates’s new opera.

Tom Jacobs - January 29, 2024

From orchestras to soloists to chamber ensembles, the creme de la creme is on offer next season from the Philharmonic Society of OC.

Tom Jacobs - January 15, 2024

At Disney Hall, a production of Wagner’s Das Rheingold features scenic design by the architect of the iconic L.A. venue.