There has been much excitement over the 75th Anniversary Concert of the Tanglewood Music Festival, the largest musical undertaking in the BSO’s history. We reported on all the activities earlier in this story (link).
BSO Managing Director Mark Volpe announced today the recipient of the first-ever Tanglewood Medal
“As we begin a brand new tradition in honor of the 75th anniversary of the Tanglewood festival, the BSO is pleased to present Seiji Ozawa with the first-ever Tanglewood Medal.”
“Considering Seiji’s extraordinary 29-year tenure as BSO music director and his incredible commitment to the life and vitality of Tanglewood, the choice for the first recipient of this new medal was not a difficult one. Seiji’s years of devoted service, for which we owe him a great debt of gratitude, reflect a passion and dedication reminiscent of past BSO leaders and other influential musicians, such as Serge Koussevitzky, Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland, and Charles Munch. When Seiji’s great friend and colleague, John Williams, presents the Tanglewood Medal to him in absentia at the July 14 Gala Celebration, there is no doubt that all who are present will show enormous appreciation for the man who has had such an impact on the BSO and Tanglewood.” – Mark Volpe.