Wood Kraft

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Principal Timpani Shannon Wood visited with William Kraft, the composer of the Timpani Concerto No. 2, “The Grand Encounter,” in the composer’s home near Pasadena, California, this summer. Wood plays the work with the St. Louis Symphony, April 30-May 1, 2016, at Powell Hall. Wood sent me a video of their conversation, and cinematographer Joshua Dobkins put together this edition of the Video Blog, including excerpts of the timpanist practicing the work in his Grand Center studio. You’ll see a new look to the Video Blog. Swank.