It's been a decade since Seiji Ozawa last performed at Tanglewood. But the longest-serving music director in the history of the Boston Symphony Orchestra will be back in the Berkshires this summer, working with fellows of the Tanglewood Music Center and conducting the BSO. Ozawa, who last month received a Kennedy Center Honor, will lead the BSO in one work — Beethoven's "Egmont Overture" — on July 9. (The remainder of that evening's program will be led by Canadian conductor Jacques Lacombe .)
Since leaving the BSO in 2002, Ozawa has deepened his interests in chamber music. In 2004, he founded the International Music Academy, an educational program near Geneva, which emphasizes the fundamental importance of quartet playing in the training of orchestral musicians. This summer, musicians from the Swiss program — now known as the Seiji Ozawa International Academy of Switzerland — will also perform alongside TMC fellows under Ozawa's leadership. That concert, featuring works by Beethoven and Tchaikovsky, will take place on July 5 — where else? — in Ozawa Hall.
Jeremy Eichler can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org