Seiji Ozawa to Return to the Podium in July

Classic Arts News   Seiji Ozawa to Return to the Podium in July
Seiji Ozawa will conduct several concerts in Japan in July, marking his first appearances since he was sidelined by bronchitis and shingles early this year, Agence France-Presse reports.

According to the news agency, Ozawa will lead an orchestra of young professional musicians on tour in four Japanese cities. The 70-year-old conductor's condition will prevent the tour from continuing to China and South Korea as originally planed, however.

Ozawa is also scheduled to lead the Boston Symphony, his former orchestra, in Mahler's Symphony No. 2 ("Resurrection") at Tanglewood on August 5. A spokesperson said today that the orchestra continued to expect him to appear.

Starting August 27, Ozawa is scheduled to appear at his Saito Kinen Festival in Japan.

Ozawa, the music director of the Vienna State Opera, canceled a series of engagements with the company this spring. He is not scheduled to return until spring 2007.

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