Doctor says Seiji Ozawa not strong enough to make Tanglewood appearances this summer

Seiji Ozawa ailing.

Seiji Ozawa ailing.

Seiji Ozawa, following advice from his doctor to postpone any plans to travel abroad at this time, has had to cancel his Tanglewood appearances this summer due to lack of physical strength.

At the end of Maestro Ozawa’s month-long stay in Europe (where he performed with the Berlin Philharmonic in Berlin and the Seiji Ozawa International Academy Switzerland in Paris) this past April, due to overwork Ozawa developed a fever which resulted in weight loss. Upon his return to Japan, Ozawa continued with another demanding period of work, which further weakened his immune system. After thorough discussions with his doctors, family, and all concerned, Maestro Ozawa has decided to follow his doctors’ advice and during the next few months primarily focus on recovering his physical strength. Ozawa, therefore, has had to reschedule his performance activities for this summer, which has unfortunately resulted in cancellation of his concerts at Tanglewood. We wish Seiji a speedy recovery and look forward to his return visit to Tanglewood in future seasons.

Quote from Seiji Ozawa
“I am very very sad and sorry that I will have to miss this summer’s Tanglewood. I miss the Ground of Tanglewood and all my old colleagues and friends. Missing being in our house in West Stockbridge and playing tennis there. I am concentrating on eating and I am gaining more body strength now. I am so much looking forward to returning to Tanglewood SOON. My young colleagues, music students of Seiji Ozawa International Academy Switzerland will be there with you. They are so concentrated on playing Chamber music and Ensemble. I hope you will all enjoy their music-making as much as I enjoy!”

Quote from Mark Volpe, BSO Managing Director
“I know that Seiji is very disappointed not to be able to join us this summer at Tanglewood, as he was so very much looking forward to returning to the festival and working with his beloved Boston Symphony Orchestra and Tanglewood Music Center, introducing us all to his treasured Swiss Academy, and reconnecting with the many audience members who have supported him so passionately over the years. All of us at the BSO will miss Seiji’s presence this summer, but we understand that he has to follow his doctors’ advice to take the time needed to recover his strength after a busy work schedule in Europe and Japan in April and early May. We wish Seiji a speedy recovery and look forward to his return to Tanglewood in future seasons.”

Program Change Details

July 5, 2016
Seiji Ozawa International Academy Switzerland
Tanglewood Music Center Fellows
Music for string quartet and string ensemble

[Original Program]
Program to include string quartet movements plus
BEETHOVEN String Quartet No. 16 in F, Op. 135,
third movement (slow movement)
TCHAIKOVSKY Serenade in C for Strings, Op. 48,
first movement
Conductor: Seiji Ozawa

[Program change]
Program to include string quartet movements plus
MENDELSSOHN Octet in E-flat for Strings, Op. 20,
first movement
GRIEG “Holberg” Suite, Op. 40
Conductor (Grieg): To be announced

July 9, 2016
Boston Symphony Orchestra

[Original Program]
BEETHOVEN “Egmont” Overture
RAVEL Daphnis et Chloé, Suite No. 2
ORFF Carmina burana
Conductors: Seiji Ozawa (Beethoven)
Jacques Lacombe (Ravel, Orff)

[Program Change]
DEBUSSY Prelude to The Afternoon of a Faun
RAVEL Daphnis et Chloé, Suite No. 2
ORFF Carmina burana
Conductor: Jacques Lacombe

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s