It’s suit for suit at US music festival

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.

 

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  • This will be number 250,001 — surely you could have found a kinder way of describing these two gentlemen rather than “suits.”

    • ah but the reality is that it’s tid-bits like this that have garnered those 250,001 comments and most likely the reason for said tid-bits.

  • While at Carnegie, Guzelimian was responsible for some of the most vibrant programming in New York, and indeed, the U.S. He has strong relationships with many of the greatest creative artists of our time. While at Juilliard, he has been focused on the next generation. To at least some observers, this is a formidable combination of strengths. He is no mere “suit.”

  • Surely the gentlemen in question are bringing/have brought more to their jobs than their sartorial splendours? Or are you aware of something that the rest of us don’t know?

  • Poor Mr. Guzelimian! On June 29 he was described on this site as the “dean and musical conscience” of Juilliard. In the meantime he has become nothing more than a “suit.”

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