The Ojai Music Festival Board has moved fast to replace Chad Smith, who has become CEO of the LA Phil.
Smith will stay in charge until next summer when he will be succeeded by Ara Guzelimian, another lifelong back-stager. Guzelimian is, until next June, Provost and Dean of the Juilliard School in New York City. Before that he was a programmer at Carnegie Hall.
So safety with budgets and no breath of fresh air.