FROM THE ARCHIVES — December 3, 2012 — Tonight, Ying Zhang (DMA ’15) performs Steven Bryant’s Concerto for Cello and Orchestral Winds and Percussion with conductor Robert M. Carnochan and The University of Texas Wind Symphony. Of the concerto, Bryant writes: “It is my first solo concerto (I have never before been particularly drawn to Concerti, or the traditional concerto form). Cast in two movements, the work displays more of my recent fascination with both serialized pitch usage and minimalist rhythmic patterns, while hopefully retaining the drama I strive to imbue in all of my music. The first movement explores a fairly strict serial treatment of a nine-tone pitch row (stated clearly in the first bar), punctuated by a few notable moments of triadic harmony (still melodically related to the row). The second movement exploits the natural harmonics of the Cello, and is thus necessarily in a bright D-major (veering toward A-major) tonality, full of life and joy.”