Postcard Thursday

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On the blog this summer you’ve seen Principal Timpani Shannon Wood in his Grand Center studio practicing on his solo for next spring, William Kraft’s Timpani Concerto No. 2, “The Grand Encounter.” Soon on the video blog you’ll see him talking with the composer during a visit to Kraft’s home and studio near Pasadena, California. But for now, the Woods are on vacation.

Carina and Shannon Wood enjoy a rooftop pool overlooking Palermo.
Carina and Shannon Wood enjoy a rooftop pool overlooking Palermo.
The Woods visited the Sicilian town of Cefalú, its Norman cathedral in the background.
The Woods visited the Sicilian town of Cefalú, its Norman cathedral in the background.

As Wood describes it, Cefalú is a beautiful old town on the Mediterranean, east of Palermo. “We enrolled in a language class there,” he writes. “I’m fairly fluent already, but it’ll help refine my skills. [Spouse] Jaci has been studying Italian for more than a year already, so it’ll be really helpful for her.”

They were in England before the month-long stay in Sicily. They head to Dublin before returning to St. Louis and then back to the basement and preparing for the season.

Next Postcard Thursday: Principal Harp Allegra Lilly.