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UPI Almanac for Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013.
By United Press International

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UPI Almanac for Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012.
By United Press International

Classical stars at Tanglewood gala

BOSTON, July 14 (UPI) -- A top-tier lineup of classical musicians was on the bill for Saturday's concert marking the 75th anniversary of the Tanglewood concert venue in Massachusetts.

Cancer-stricken conductor performs briefly

MATSUMOTO, Japan, Sept. 6 (UPI) -- Japanese conductor Seiji Ozawa asked an audience at the Saito Kinen Festival to support him next year when he returns to conducting following cancer treatment.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Monday, Sept. 1, 2008.
By United Press International
China to open new performing arts center

China to open new performing arts center

BEIJING, Dec. 27 (UPI) -- U.S. soprano Kathleen Battle and Chinese pianist Lang Lang have agreed to perform at the opening of China's National Centre for the Performing Arts.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Saturday, Sept. 1, 2007.
By United Press International

The Almanac

Today is Friday, Sept. 1, the 244th day of 2006 with 121 to follow.
By United Press International

The Almanac

Today is Thursday, Sept. 1, the 244th day of 2005 with 121 to follow.
By United Press International

Ozawa's opera company debuts in Tokyo

TOKYO, March 14 (UPI) -- The internationally known Japanese-born conductor Seiji Ozawa has led the first performance of a new opera company he founded in Tokyo.

The Almanac

Today is Wednesday, Sept. 1, the 245th day of 2004 with 121 to follow.
By United Press International

More changes in Boston Symphony hierarchy

NEW YORK, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- Bernard Haitink, principal guest conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra since 1995, has accepted a new position as conductor emeritus of the orchestra.

The Almanac

Today is Monday, Sept. 1, the 244th day of 2003 with 121 to follow.
By United Press International

The Almanac

Today is Sunday, Sept. 1, the 244th day of 2002 with 121 to follow.
By United Press International

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Seiji Ozawa
Composer-conductor Leonard Bernstein (L) and Boston Symphony Music Director Seiji Ozawa holds a news conference in Boston on September 24, 1980 following a rehearsal of the BSO at Symphony Hall. Ozawa with open the symphony’s 100th anniversary season on September 25, in a program that features the world premiere of Bernstein’s Divertimento for Orchestra. (UPI Photo/Pam Price/Files)
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Seiji Ozawa (小澤 征爾, Ozawa Seiji?, born September 1, 1935) is a Japanese conductor, particularly noted for his interpretations of large-scale late Romantic works. He is most known for his work as music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and principal conductor of the Vienna State Opera.

Seiji Ozawa was born on September 1, 1935 to Japanese parents in the city of Shenyang, Manchukuo in what is now northeastern China. When his family returned to Japan in 1944, he began studying piano with Noboru Toyomasu, heavily studying the works of Johann Sebastian Bach. After graduating from the Seijo Junior High School in 1950, Ozawa sprained his finger in a rugby game. Unable to continue studying the piano, his teacher at the Toho Gakuen School of Music (Hideo Saito), brought Ozawa to a life-changing performance of Beethoven's Symphony No. 5, which ultimately shifted his musical focus from piano performance to conducting.

Almost a decade after the sports injury, Ozawa won the first prize at the International Competition of Orchestra Conductors in Besançon, France. His success in France led to an invitation by Charles Münch, then the music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, to attend the Berkshire Music Center (now the Tanglewood Music Center). In 1960, shortly after his arrival, Ozawa won the Koussevitzky Prize for outstanding student conductor, Tanglewood's highest honor. Receiving a scholarship to study conducting with famous Austrian conductor Herbert von Karajan, Ozawa moved to West Berlin. Under the tutelage of von Karajan, Ozawa caught the attention of prominent conductor Leonard Bernstein. Bernstein then appointed him as assistant conductor of the New York Philharmonic where he remained for the next four years. While with the New York Philharmonic, he made his first professional concert appearance with the San Francisco Symphony in 1962.

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