Sea Creatures (orchestral version)

A spellbinding, colorful tour of the underwater world with video option. Six movements, narration. Young people’s concerts. Full orchestra.



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.

VIDEO NOW AVAILABLE!! Enhance your performance for families with this delightful video. See below.


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


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An animated video is now available for use with Sea Creatures (for wind octet or full orchestra). In 2020 the Wichita Symphony Orchestra commissioned Scott Winters of Ion Concert Media to create the video. It was developed from artwork that Wichita Public School children created as they were inspired by Kallman’s music. The video is designed to synchronize with a live performance of the six-movement piece. Due to COVID restrictions, the Wichita Symphony presented the work virtually through the link above. Please check out the video, in which you can experience the animation, music and narration all together. Use the links below to obtain music and video for your own live performances.

Sea Creatures (score and parts) is available here: Full orchestra. Wind octet.

The video is available for purchase at Ion Concert Media.

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.