Singer James Taylor, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, conductor John Williams and others are scheduled to perform at the concert Saturday. It will be followed by a reception hosted by violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter, pianist Peter Serkin and others organizing the event.
The celebration will feature a new tradition for the orchestra with the first Tanglewood Medal to be awarded to Japanese conductor Seiji Ozawa for his 29-year tenure as the BSO’s music director.
Ozawa is an icon in the classical music world. He was diagnosed with esophageal cancer in January 2010 and had back surgery to repair herniated disks the following year.
The Tanglewood Medal will be presented to Ozawa in absentia.