Boston Symphony mourns 40-year bassoon

The death has been announced of Richard E. Plaster, who played bassoon and contrabassoon in the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Boston Pops for 40 years.

Richard, who was in his 80s, studied at Juilliard with Simon Kovar. After U.S. Army service, he played in the New York Woodwind Quintet, before joining the Boston Symphony and Boston Pops in 1952. He was a faculty member at Boston University, the Boston Conservatory and the New England Conservatory.


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