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 San Francisco Symphony's principal oboist collapses during solo
Author: GBK 
Date:   2013-02-24 23:42

San Francisco Symphony's principal oboist William Bennett suffered a cerebral hemorrhage on Saturday night, midway through a performance of Richard Strauss' Oboe Concerto.


http://www.sfgate.com/music/article/SF-oboist-stricken-during-symphony-concert-4304378.php

...GBK



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 Re: San Francisco Symphony's principal oboist collapses during solo
Author: JRC 
Date:   2013-02-25 03:48

This is just terrible! I hope he recovers.

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 Re: San Francisco Symphony's principal oboist collapses during solo
Author: Chris P 
Date:   2013-02-25 07:47

Again I hope he makes a full recovery.

I'm just wondering if this will compromise his career as an oboist - could being an oboist be the main cause or a contribution to this?

Chris.

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 Re: San Francisco Symphony's principal oboist collapses during solo
Author: huboboe 
Date:   2013-02-25 23:04

Anyone wishing to send a card can do so at:

Bill Bennett
156 Hillcrest Road
Berkeley, CA 94705

Robert Hubbard
WestwindDoubleReed.com
1-888-579-6020
bob@westwinddoublereed.com

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 Re: San Francisco Symphony's principal oboist collapses during solo
Author: GoodWinds 2017
Date:   2013-02-26 00:27

The discussion as to whether or not playing oboe can harm one has been covered in depth here. If one doesn't know how to breathe correctly, yes, playing can create problems. But this fellow is a career oboist, and it is unknown as to whether or not he had some hidden problem (i.e. a brain aneurysm) or high blood pressure or other risk factors. I think we as a group should avoid further speculationa and send him good thoughts / pray for his recovery so that he can spend his life in quality and playing again.

GoodWinds

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 Re: San Francisco Symphony's principal oboist collapses during solo
Author: huboboe 
Date:   2013-02-27 20:35

Update Wednesday 2/27: Bill is still unconscious - we are just waiting...

Robert Hubbard
WestwindDoubleReed.com
1-888-579-6020
bob@westwinddoublereed.com

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 Re: San Francisco Symphony's principal oboist collapses during solo
Author: huboboe 
Date:   2013-02-28 17:50

I'm sorry to report that Bill passed away this morning. He will be missed!

Robert Hubbard
WestwindDoubleReed.com
1-888-579-6020
bob@westwinddoublereed.com

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 Re: San Francisco Symphony's principal oboist collapses during solo
Author: oboegouger 
Date:   2013-02-28 18:10

He will be missed. Hideki



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 Re: San Francisco Symphony's principal oboist collapses during solo
Author: oboemoboe 
Date:   2013-02-28 19:14

Although I've never had the pleasure to meet him, I always admired his work. This is very sad news.

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 Re: San Francisco Symphony's principal oboist collapses during solo
Author: soo123w 
Date:   2013-02-28 19:25

http://www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc/2013/02/breaking-san-francisco-oboist-dies-in-hospital.html



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 Re: San Francisco Symphony's principal oboist collapses during solo
Author: soo123w 
Date:   2013-02-28 19:25

http://www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc/2013/02/breaking-san-francisco-oboist-dies-in-hospital.html

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 Re: San Francisco Symphony's principal oboist collapses during solo
Author: Chris P 
Date:   2013-02-28 21:15

That is absolutely dreadful news.

Chris.

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 Re: San Francisco Symphony's principal oboist collapses during solo
Author: JRC 
Date:   2013-03-01 03:11

Indeed. On the other hand, I wish I would die while doing what I love. I envy him immensely.

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 Re: San Francisco Symphony's principal oboist collapses during solo
Author: huboboe 
Date:   2013-03-01 04:10

Yes! He died with his boots on!

Robert Hubbard
WestwindDoubleReed.com
1-888-579-6020
bob@westwinddoublereed.com

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 Re: San Francisco Symphony's principal oboist collapses during solo
Author: GoodWinds 2017
Date:   2013-03-01 04:49

Bittersweet gratitude, there. May we honor his memory by playing better, with our hearts and 'our boots on'.

GoodWinds

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 Re: San Francisco Symphony's principal oboist collapses during solo
Author: jhoyla 
Date:   2013-03-07 13:42

For a limited time (until March 25th), KDFC is streaming online Bill's previous Richard Strauss concert which originally aired on the 5th March this year.

You can hear it online here.

The file is large and so it may take a minute or two to load, depending on your connection.

J.



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 Re: San Francisco Symphony's principal oboist collapses during solo
Author: OboeDad 
Date:   2019-01-14 23:30

Sorry to resurrect a sad thread, but I thought some might be interested in William Bennett's family history, which I just learned about, by chance.

Mr. Bennett's father was a passionate and very accomplished amateur clarinet player. He was also a distinguished professor of physics at Yale. There are warm stories about his love of music in this link, and elsewhere on the web:

https://yaledailynews.com/blog/2008/09/08/physicist-bennett-dies/

Mr. Bennett's sister Jean Bennett has garnered great acclaim recently for her pioneering and successful work on gene therapy. (Just Google if you are interested.)

A remarkable family that has shown the fruits of passion and commitment, regardless of the field.

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