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 - January 10, 2023

The state of California is making music and the arts available for students of all ages with a big boost in funding.

Tom Jacobs - November 15, 2022

The director’s latest collaboration with the chorus adapts a mournful but timely piece by early Baroque composer Heinrich Schütz.

Tom Jacobs - October 25, 2022

The famous composer talks about his latest work and coming back from a long struggle with depression.

Tom Jacobs - October 16, 2022

The classic film turns 50 this year, and a screening with live orchestra comes to Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre on Oct. 29.

Tom Jacobs - September 7, 2022

International stars, interesting programming, and performances across Southern California return with the chamber organization’s 2022–2023 season.

Tom Jacobs - August 18, 2022

Six L.A. ensembles will share the Zipper Hall stage in an inaugural event previewing their seasons.

Tom Jacobs - August 8, 2022

SFCV chats with the composer who, at 83, is still finding new challenges, be it writing his next piece or conducting another performance.

Tom Jacobs - July 11, 2022

The star conductor says she draws on all her training, from studying jazz to speaking six languages, when preparing a performance.

Tom Jacobs - June 11, 2022

At 63, the soprano has many irons in the fire, including un-retiring from the Metropolitan Opera to sing in a premiere.

Tom Jacobs - June 6, 2022

The three students played together for only a year before taking gold at the national chamber-music competition.