While sitting in the Denver airport just now waiting for a flight to New York I got a call from April Libman, chief spokeswoman for the Oregon Bach Festival, confirming that John Evans resigned as general director and president of OBF as long as two weeks ago. He will stay on in a consulting capacity until early next year.

Board members, musicians and donors were told, but no public announcement has been made, she said. “We were told not to put anything out” from the festival, Libman said, because the university would make an announcement.

Libman said Evans resigned his job to be with family. “John stepped down, I believe, to go back to the UK and be with his family. And I think he is looking forward to going home.”