Sea Creatures (orchestral version)

A spellbinding, colorful tour of the underwater world. Six movements, each preceded by narration. Young people’s concerts and all ages. Full orchestra, narrator.



Full orchestra, narrator. Duration: 28’00”. Six movements, each preceded by narration: I. The Depths: The Second Frontier; II. Dolphin; III. Puffer Fish; IV. Moray Eel; V. Shark; VI. Epilogue: The Future. Also available for wind octet.


(Wayzata Symphony Orchestra; Marlene Pauley, conductor; Mindy Ratner, narrator)


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Composer’s Notes

The original octet version of this piece was commissioned by the Halama Wind Octet of the Twin Cities, a superb group of professional musicians founded and conducted by Marlene Pauley. The full orchestral version was premiered in 2014 by the Wayzata Symphony under the same conductor. I spent a fun day at the Minnesota Zoo’s Discovery Bay getting ideas for the work by observing the aquatic life. There are six movements, each preceded by a narration that I wrote myself (with a bit of helpful ” tweaking” from Mindy Ratner who narrated the premiere). Sea Creatures is quite challenging both rhythmically and technically and definitely requires a competent conductor in addition to fine instrumentalists. It is perfect for young people’s concerts but appeals to all ages. The work has had several performances in Europe, Canada and the U.S.

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This project was 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.