You can join the Boston Symphony Orchestra in marking Seiji Ozawa’s 75th birthday on Wednesday, September 1, 2010. Those who would like to wish Mr. Ozawa happy birthday can send a personal message through the BSO’s Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/bostonsymphony. Highlights of an Ozawa/BSO discography appear below for broadcast outlets who would like to mark the birthday by airing one of the BSO’s recordings under the direction of Seiji Ozawa. In addition, a photo of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Tanglewood Festival Chorus, BSO staff members, and audience members singing “Happy Birthday” to Mr. Ozawa (taken last weekend during the last BSO Open Rehearsal of the 2010 Tanglewood season), appears below in an attachment. Seiji Ozawa, music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra from 1973-2002, currently holds the title of Music Director Laureate of the BSO (additional biographical information appears below).
An comprehensive Ozawa/BSO discography is available at http://www.bso.org/images/pressreleases/OzawaBSOrecordings.pdf.
Mr. Ozawa is currently working at the Saito Kinen Festival in Masumoto, Japan, where he will lead the Saito Kinen Festival Orchestra in the first movement of Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for String Orchestra in C, on September 5,6,8, and 9. Due to some back pain caused by sciatica, Mr. Ozawa has had to curtail his originally scheduled program at the 2010 Saito Kinen Festival (http://www.saito-kinen.com/). In the 2010-11 season, Seiji Ozawa will act as Artistic Director of Carnegie Hall’s JapanNYC, a citywide festival in New York, which will explore the Japan of today, where newfound artistic sensibilities continue to transform and revitalize the cultural landscape. The cornerstones to the festival are provided by Maestro Ozawa himself, as he leads performances by the Saito Kinen Orchestra and the Seiji Ozawa Ongaku-juku (Seiji Ozawa Music Academy Orchestra). The festival will take place in December 2010, and continue in March and April 2011. Mr. Ozawa underwent treatment for esophageal cancer this past year.