Commission and Performance Highlights:
Dan will collaborate with the Wayzata Symphony Orchestra and Artistic Director Marlene Pauley in 2014 to reorchestrate his work for wind octet and narrator, Sea Creatures. He will also compose a new work for the Minnesota Boy Choir and WSO to be premiered on the same family concerts. 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.
Now available for full wind ensemble: An American Tapestry. The work is being performed in 2012 and 2013 by the 18-member consortium of high school and college bands who supported the rescoring of this popular folk song medley, originally for chamber winds. Boosey & Hawkes, publisher of the original work, will also be publishing a version for concert band. Boosey will also be publishing Galop in the next Windependence Series.
Dan completed two new choral works in the fall of 2013. To Music (SATB, strings or piano) was commissioned by the Zumbro Education District in Southeast Minnesota. He is pictured below with directors Joseph Mish, Claire Folts, and Douglas Strandell. His new piece for young voices, Do You Wonder? (SA, piano) was commissioned by the Honors Choirs of Southeast Minnesota and premiered by four area choirs for their Children's Choir Festival.
That Life Should Be! (Three Settings of American Women Poets), a triptych for treble voices and piano, was premiered at Lawrence University, Appleton, Wisconsin, on November 9, 2012 by their fine women's chorus, Cantala, under the direction of Phillip Swan.The performance is archived at http://www.livestream.com/lawrenceuniversity/video?clipId=pla_e10f1c72-f8d9-4426-93b4-b494884599eb. Scroll 31:30 into the performance. The wonderful poems can be read at http://www.kallmancreates.com/that_life_should_be.html.
NEW from MorningStar Music: Down by the Riverside: Six Songs for Clarinet & Piano, a collection of six settings of American folk songs and spirituals for Bb clarinet and piano. A much needed book for church, school, or concert use. This collection is also available for alto sax and piano.
Recent commissions and projects for 2012-13: Sonata for Trumpet and Piano, for Martin Hodel and Kent McWilliams was premiered in Germany in July 2012 and was performed in three Minnesota locations in 2013. (This project was made possible in cooperation with the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council, Inc., through funding from the Minnesota State Legislature and the McKnight Foundation.) Carmel Highlands, a treble choir composition was commissioned by the American Choral Directors Association and performed by over thirty women's choirs nationwide. Jitterstomp, a work for the Edina (MN) High School Concert Band, was premiered in Singapore.
"Thank you for writing such sweet and meaningful melodies/texts with beautiful accompaniments! . . I especially love the way you write for children . . ." Amy Nelson, Director of the Children's Chorus of the Honors Choirs of Southeast Minnesota, Rochester, MN.
Three of Dan's choral compositions have been selected by Henry Leck for his Creating Artistry Series with Hal Leonard Publishing. Look for the following titles released in May 2012: Glorificamus Te! (SATB, piano), It Was A Lover and His Lass (SAA or TB, piano), and There Will Be Rest (SSA(A), piano, flute).
New! Improved! Three of Dan's choral works have revisions or additional instrumentations. Now We Await Your Coming, Lord/Veni Emmanuel (Advent response for solo cantor, SATB, piano, opt. congregation) now is available with optional chamber orchestration. Let All the World In Every Corner Sing (SA(T)B, SSA or TTBB; piano) now has optional chamber orchestration. Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee and Easter Hymn of Gladness (both for SATB, brass quintet, organ) are now available with both texts on one choral score.
Dan conducted West Side Story in the fall of 2011 at Northfield High School, Northfield, Minnesota, with an amazingly talented cast, design staff, and orchestra.
"Our Olympia Youth Chorus 'Dolce' choir (K-2) sang 'Won't You Sing Along?' at our fall concert last night to the delight of everyone. Thank you so much for writing wonderful pieces for young singers! We love your music!!" Beth Tobin, Director of 'Dolce' Choir, Olympia Youth Chorus, Olympia, Washington.
That's a Very Good Question, Kallman's first foray into the big band jazz genre, was premiered by the Winona State University Jazz Ensemble in April 2011. The piece also received performances at Luther College (Decorah, Iowa) and will be heard at Carthage College (Kenosha, WI) and Eastview High School (Eagan, MN).
Now available: There was a composer of genius . . . (wind ensemble) A recent commission combines the creation of a musical score with one of Dan's hobbies--coining limericks. The result is a four-movement work for wind ensemble entitled There was a composer of genius . . . (A Whimsical Celebration of Four American Composers) premiered in 2010 and 2011 by 29 wind ensembles in 13 states through a consortium commission funded by an Artist Initiative Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board.(more . . )
Let All the World In Every Corner Sing was performed by the ACDA Elementary Honors Choir at the ACDA-Minnesota state convention in November 2012.