To the editor of THE EAGLE:

Twenty summers ago, Seiji Ozawa Hall opened to great acclaim at Tanglewood.

Naming the hall for Ozawa -- who joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra family in 1960 as a student at Tanglewood and in 2002 retired as the BSO’s longest-tenured music director -- was a brilliant, if rather obvious, decision. So is renaming Japan’s Saito Kinen Festival, founded by Ozawa in 1992, the Seiji Ozawa Matsumoto Festival.

Ozawa, whom I’ve known for 35 years and photographed in more than 50 concerts halls around the world, has a place in the pantheon of music legends worthy of these honors.

On Sept. 1, Ozawa begins his 80th year. Happy birthday, Seiji!