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Japanese maestro Seiji Ozawa conducted his final concerts in Boston with the Boston Symphony Orchestra on Saturday.

Ozawa, who began his tenure with the orchestra in 1973, will be resigning in August and will start serving as musical director of the Vienna State Opera this fall.

In the first of the two final concerts, Ozawa conducted Hector Berlioz’s “Symphonie Fantastique,” which is known as his forte. He received a standing ovation from the audience of about 3,000.

He told the audience he was able to conduct the orchestra for such a long period of time because of them. Following the concert, a teary Ozawa told reporters that he finds it very difficult and sad to leave the orchestra.

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