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.

Articles By This Author

Tom Jacobs - June 6, 2023

The university’s Brain and Creativity Institute and classical station KUSC collaborate on a concert and panel discussion. 

Tom Jacobs - June 5, 2023

There will be an added poignancy to the San Francisco Symphony’s performances of Adriana Mater this week.

Tom Jacobs - May 30, 2023

The in-demand conductor is resigning from his position at the Paris Opera after just two seasons.

Tom Jacobs - May 19, 2023

Immune to rigid ideologies, Ligeti made music that was both tactile and intellectual, a postwar avant-gardist who still attracts audiences.

Tom Jacobs - May 1, 2023

From world premieres to special guests to concerts at seven different venues around Southern California, LACO will extend its reach in 2023–2024.

Tom Jacobs - April 11, 2023

Whether it’s a piece for Joe Biden’s inauguration or a commission connected to King Charles’s coronation, Boyer knows how to strike the right tone.

Tom Jacobs - April 3, 2023

The Venezuelan conductor has been floated as a successor to Gustavo Dudamel, but right now he just wants to focus on his upcoming concerts with the LA Phil.

Tom Jacobs - April 3, 2023

SFCV chats with one of the pioneers in American composition about how the “minimalist” label doesn’t do his movement justice.

Tom Jacobs - March 10, 2023

Tapping into Los Angeles’ thriving small-theater scene might be the perfect way for classical musicians to reach a wider audience.

Tom Jacobs - March 6, 2023

In Fragments, the acclaimed cellist asks audiences to abandon preconceived notions about contemporary compositions and concert culture.