Basement Tapes Vol. 3

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The official video: Shannon Wood practices William Kraft’s Timpani Concerto No. 2, “The Grand Encounter,” in his Grand Center studio. He’ll be taking a break and traveling with family for a while, but we’ll hear from him again on a later Postcard Thursday this summer. Symphony musician in a Frank Zappa T-shirt. Can ya dig it?

Kraft Talk

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Shannon Wood arrived in his Frank Zappa T-shirt to talk about the William Kraft Timpani Concerto No. 2. Wood gives the St. Louis Symphony premiere of the piece April 30-May 1 at Powell Hall, David Robertson conducting.

Shannon Wood. Photo credit: Maureen Byrne.
Shannon Wood. Photo credit: Maureen Byrne.

My colleague Maureen Byrne came along with me to Shannon’s Grand Center studio and caught the action shot above with her magic phone. I’ll have a video of Shannon playing a bit of the concerto and talking about it next week.

Shannon talks Kraft.
Shannon talks Kraft.

Shannon told us that the Kraft Concerto No. 2 was commissioned by the San Francisco Symphony and premiered in 2005. Also commissioned was the making of the nine tenor timpani, which you see hanging from above. Six regular timpani are set on the floor.