Commission and Performance Highlights:
Dan wants to thank ensembles in the great state of Minnesota for their support of recent and upcoming projects and visits: churches in Rochester, Apple Valley and St. Paul; 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 will premiere Listen for Me this April; the nine elementary school choirs who will get together this month to sing Won't You Sing Along?; the University of Minnesota-Morris Concert Choir who will perform Glorificamus Te! on their spring tour.; and the Angelica Cantanti Youth Choirs whom I will conduct on In Endless Song this spring at Orchestra Hall.
Dan with singers from the Virginia Children's Chorus in Norfolk, Virginia. They performed two all-Kallman concerts in November, including a newly commissioned work, My Help Comes From the Lord.
Dan has 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 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 recent 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.
Dan conducted his Jazz Suite, performed by the Minneapolis Trombone Choir on March 23, 2014 at Judson Memorial Baptist in Minneapolis.
Now available for full wind ensemble: An American Tapestry. The work was 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 be publishing the new concert band version as well. It has also been chosen for the Teaching Music Through Performance series (GIA Publ.) and will be recorded in conjunction with that publication in June of 2015.
Galop for wind ensemble (grade 4) will be published by Boosey & Hawkes in their 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.