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 - May 3, 2022

The multitalented musician is still one of the bestselling classical recording artists. Here are some of the most exciting moments from a long media trail.

Tom Jacobs - April 25, 2022

“Classical California” aims to build and sustain listenership with new audio streams and a dedicated YouTube channel.

Tom Jacobs - April 6, 2022

Staff members who went public with their resignations last month don’t agree with the report’s findings.

Tom Jacobs - March 14, 2022

Touring California during a pandemic is just the latest challenge for the indomitable London Symphony Orchestra.

Tom Jacobs - February 15, 2022

From Die Walküre to Kinky Boots, Deborah Harry to Itzhak Perlman, the summer centennial celebration has something for everyone.

Tom Jacobs - February 6, 2022

Lots of firsts for the company as Lina González-Granados takes up the baton, the banjo makes an appearance, and an opera for babies debuts.

Tom Jacobs - January 29, 2022

The acclaimed mezzo’s new CD debuts 17 new songs written for her during the pandemic.

Tom Jacobs - January 15, 2022

The revered Hollywood Bowl conductor talks about bringing the jazz legend’s symphonic works into the canon, and reveals the challenges of “COVID conducting.”

Tom Jacobs - December 14, 2021

The American Modern Opera Company takes on the music (and more) directorship for the June festival.

Tom Jacobs - November 2, 2021

For the major symphony and opera organizations, supplementing live performances with online offerings is the way of the future.