Photo by Tom Roster
Commission and Performance Highlights:
Dan wants to thank ensembles in the great state of Minnesota for their support of recent projects and visits: churches in Rochester, Apple Valley and Austin; the St. Olaf Orchestra; high schools in Kenyon-Wanamingo, Cannon Falls, Bloomington, Eagan, and Northfield; 16 of the 32 ensembles in my recent folk song consortium for children's choirs; the 400 honor choir students in the Tonka district who premiered Listen for Me in April 2016; the nine elementary school choirs who formed a mass choir and sang Won't You Sing Along?; the University of Minnesota-Morris Concert Choir who performed Glorificamus Te! on their spring tour.; and the Angelica Cantanti Youth Choirs whom I conducted on In Endless Song in May 2016 at Orchestra Hall.
Dan with singers from the Virginia Children's Chorus in Norfolk, Virginia. They performed two all-Kallman concerts in November 2015, including a newly commissioned work, My Help Comes From the Lord.
Dan assembled a consortium of 32 children's choirs to support the creation of three unison folk song settings: Simple Gifts, The Pretty Little Horses, and She'll Be Comin' 'Round the Mountain. They are available separately or as the set Early American Songs, Set I.
Recent premieres of Dan's music include:
The Promise of Grace (Reminiscence on Two Sacred Harp Hymn Tunes) for the Luther College Concert Band, Decorah, IA, honoring the 50th anniversary of the class of 1965 (October 18, 2015).
Come and Hear the Word That's Whispered, an anthem on a new text by the Rev. Vern Christopherson for the 150th anniversary of Zumbro Lutheran Church in Rochester, MN (October 25, 2015).
All-Kallman concerts by the combined choirs of the Virginia Children's Chorus, Norfolk, VA (November 14 & 15, 2015). More info here.
A Little Jungle Music for wind ensemble was premiered May 21, 2015 by the fine Bloomington Jefferson High School Wind Ensemble, Daniel Fretland conducting, in Bloomington, MN. Swingin' from the vines! The piece will be available soon.
Dan enjoyed visits to New Jersey and Maryland for an all-Kallman choral concert (Concordia Vocal Academy, Belford, NJ) and the premiere of Look to This Day (Frederick Children's Chorus, Frederick, MD).
Martin Luther King/We Shall Overcome is now available. This choral medley begins with Dan's original composition in pop-gospel style and segues into the traditional freedom song We Shall Overcome for a stirring tribute to Dr. King. Appropriate for youth, high school, college and community choirs.
Dan has been fortunate to assemble a consortium of 34 youth choirs, mostly American and ranging from large city programs to elementary schools, who have supported the creation of a new musical setting of Elinor Wylie's lovely poem Velvet Shoes. He completed the setting for unison voices and piano in August of 2014, and most of the choirs will present it on their upcoming winter concerts. See a listing of the choirs on the Velvet Shoes link.
New publications and recordings of Kallman music out Fall of 2014:
Sonata for Trumpet and Piano available from Hickman Editions.
Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah in Brad Ellingboe's "Music for the Church Year" series through Kjos Publishing.
For treble voices: Come Make a Home in Henry Leck's "Creating Artistry" series with Hal Leonard publishing.
Behold the All, By Singing, by the National Lutheran Choir, will be included on their upcoming CD release in the fall of 2014.
Dan with Wayzata Symphony Orchestra Artistic Director Marlene Pauley. Dan has collaborated with the Wayzata Symphony Orchestra for the full orchestral version of his work for wind octet and narrator, Sea Creatures. He also has composed a new setting of Jabberwocky for the Minnesota Boychoir (Mark S. Johnson, Artistic Director) and full orchestra for the WSO family concerts (May 4 and May 10, 2014.)
The projects are supported by a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board and with funds from the Wayzata Symphony. Daniel Kallman is a fiscal year 2013 recipient of an Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.