Austin native bringing big talent to Our Savior’s

Published 9:53 am Thursday, January 24, 2013

Local residents can enjoy the latest composition from Austin native Daniel Kallman this weekend.

Music lovers will be excited to attend the American premiere of a new sonata composed by Kallman. Trumpeter Martin Hodel and pianist Kent McWilliams will perform Kallman’s sonata with other music at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church. The public is invited to enjoy music from several nations ranging from contemporary to Baroque styles. A highlight of the program will be the first American performance of Kallman’s composition, a sonata world-premiered recently in Germany to critical acclaim.

Daniel Kallman is the son of long-time Austin music teacher David Kallman and his wife, Donna. Educated at Luther College, Kallman has written music for worship, theater, and the concert hall. His compositions have been performed by the Air Force Academy Band and musical ensembles world-wide from Atlanta to Hong Kong.

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Kallman has worked with Garrison Keillor providing orchestral arrangements for the Minnesota humorist’s performances in many venues including the Boston Pops. Festive holiday music penned by Kallman has been featured by the Milwaukee Symphony as well as the Minnesota Orchestra. Concert-goers will have the opportunity to meet this Austin native at a reception following the program.

Trumpeter Martin Hodel is a professor of music at St. Olaf College and a renowned soloist. He was formerly a full time member of the Minnesota Orchestra and has toured Japan and the United States as principal soloist with the Eastman Wind Ensemble.

Canadian pianist Ken McWilliams has played in over a dozen countries and has won many awards. Educated in Stuttgart and Toronto, McWilliams has studied folk music in Poland and is only recently returned from a concert tour of China. McWilliams has taught at St. Olaf since 2011.