At Ojai, John Adams Will Highlight a New Generation of Composers

Glance through the program of the 2021 Ojai Music Festival, which takes place this weekend following a three-month pandemic delay, and two things are immediately apparent.

The music director is John Adams. And there is very little music by John Adams.

When he was asked to reprise his role as music director (he first held the position in 1993), “They obviously hoped there would be some of my music on the program,” the veteran composer said in a telephone interview.

“But, being very well-represented in the Los Angeles area, I was not that impelled to fill the programs with my music. I was mostly interested in focusing on young musicians. Now, particularly in the United States, there is an explosion of talent.”