Timpani don’t get called kettle drums much any more, at least around Powell Hall. But then Principal Timpani Shannon Wood sent me these pictures of his setup for William Kraft’s Timpani Concerto No. 2, “The Grand Encounter,” which Wood and the Symphony will perform April 30-May 1, 2016, David Robertson conducting.
To me it looks like a kitchen of kettles in the home of the mad ramen chef. Rather, it’s Wood’s studio, not far from Powell Hall, where he is already at work figuring out the double-decker timpani system.
Wood has agreed to shoot a video with me about the Kraft work soon, in which we may try to work in another Kraftwerk pun. See it here later this month.