Glissando Mission

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Opening Weekend with the St. Louis Symphony has a lot of cool stuff, including the phenomenal Joshua Bell as soloist. It’s also got Gerry Pagano doing some awesome glissando. Can you do this with your arms? Cinematographer Joshua Dobkins continues to astonish with this week’s Video Blog.

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.