There has been no public word from the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra since William Bennett, its principal oboe, was rushed to hospital on Saturday night after he collapsed during the Richard Strauss concerto.
They must, of course, be terribly shocked by the fate of a close colleague, but there is a pressing need to put a public face on such events. Failure to do so appears callous and inept.
UPDATE: 12 hours later, the San Francisco Symphony’s Executive director posted the following notice on its Facebook page.
On Saturday evening February 23, our Principal Oboist William Bennett collapsed on stage at Davies Symphony Hall during his performance of the Strauss Oboe Concerto. Upon arrival of the paramedics, Bill was transported to a local hospital, where he was diagnosed as having suffered a brain hemorrhage. He is being closely monitored in “guarded” condition. Michael Tilson Thomas and the entire Symphony family send their best thoughts and well wishes to Bill and his family. He is a remarkable musician and wonderful friend, and we all hope for better news soon. We have passed along to the Bennett family your outpouring of well wishes. If you would like to send a message, we are receiving cards and notes at the Davies Symphony Hall box office. They can also be mailed to our street address at 201 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94102, Attention: Bill Bennett and Family. We will provide additional updates as we receive them. – Brent Assink, Executive Director, SF Symphony
2ND UPDATE, 24 HOURS LATER: Michael Tilson Thomas has tweeted: My heart is open to my dear friend and colleague Bill Bennett. Keeping him and his family in my thoughts during this difficult time.