Listen: From Everlasting to Everlasting

Excerpt from From Everlasting to Everlasting


From the archival recording of the world premiere, performed by Margaret Lattimore, mezzo-soprano, with the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Delta David Gier.


For information on performing this work or obtaining a perusal score, please contact SDG.


Excerpt from From Everlasting to Everlasting


From the archival recording of the world premiere, performed by Margaret Lattimore, mezzo-soprano, with the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Delta David Gier.


For information on performing this work or obtaining a perusal score, please contact SDG.


The inside scoop

Enjoy an "insider's view" as composer and conductor share the joys and challenges of creating a new piece, to be heard by an audience for the first time.

Other SDG-Commissions from Daniel Kellogg

Children of God
Scored for children’s choir, piano quintet, and soprano and mezzo-soprano soloists. Based on passages from the Bible, as well as poetry written by Dr. Jill Pelaez Baumgartner, with a focus on children in the Bible. Duration: 18 minutes

The Fiery Furnace
An oratorio for bass and tenor soloists, chorus and orchestra, highlighting the dramatic story from the Old Testament book of Daniel. Duration: 35 minutes.

O Greening Branch
A celebratory work for chorus and concert band inspired by the poetry of Hildegard von Bingen. Commissioned for the 150th anniversary of Wheaton College (IL). Duration: 10 minutes.

Preserve Me, O God
An a cappella work for mixed chorus based on Psalm 16. The first commission in SDG’s Psalm Project, a series of choral works based on Psalm texts. Commissioned in honor of Dr. Howard Matson, who clung to the words of Psalm 16 as he battled a life-threatening lung disease. Duration: 6 minutes.

About the Composer

“Daniel Kellogg … is one of the most exciting composers around – technically assured, fascinated by unusual sonic textures, unfailingly easy to listen to, yet far from simplistic.”—The Washington Post

For Mr. Kellogg's complete biography, please visit his website.

To read Mr. Kellogg's writings, please visit his composition blog.

From Everlasting to Everlasting

Daniel Kellogg
From Everlasting to Everlasting

Mezzo-soprano soloist & orchestra
DURATION: 17 minutes
TEXT: Psalms 57, 29,130, 103
Psalm cycle with four prayers that encompass praise, sorrow,
anger, and regret.




World Premiere
February 2012
South Dakota Symphony Orchestra
Margaret Lattimore, mezzo-soprano
Delta David Gier, conductor


Mary Sommervold 1935 - 2008  

From Everlasting to Everlasting was written in honor of Mary Sommervold, the namesake of the South Dakota Orchestra’s concert hall and former President of the South Dakota Symphony Board of Directors. It was during Daniel Kellogg's three-year term as the orchestra's Composer-in-Residence that he had the opportunity to get to know Mary, who was a passionate supporter of the arts.

"I came to know Mary when I first began serving as the composer-in-residence for the South Dakota Symphony. She was always a wonderful host, and I enjoyed visiting with her and talking about music or the orchestra in her kitchen. She was a tireless supporter of the South Dakota Symphony and the arts in Sioux Falls. Her service to the arts lasted her whole adult life, and there is no simple way to measure the full scope of her impact on the community. She was everything one could want in a supporter of the arts, and this piece celebrates her legacy. Mary also had a profound faith. She regularly turned to the Psalms for her daily prayer life and found great comfort in their words. One afternoon I was able to sit with Mary for a few hours and talk about the Psalms. All the Psalms selected for this work were among her favorites."—from Daniel Kellogg’s program notes for From Everlasting to Everlasting

The extended Sommervold family was in attendance for the world premiere and expressed their heartfelt gratitude for this piece:

“What you have delivered is the capstone to the Mary W. Sommervold legacy: live, new, sacred music that offers the entire audience the opportunity to give glory to God through the arts exceptionally performed, conducted and created…. Words will never be enough to express the peace, comfort, joy and exultation [the Sommervold family has] received through your performance of From Everlasting to Everlasting.”—Jon Sommervold

South Dakota Symphony Orchestra  


The four pieces that comprise From Everlasting to Everlasting offer what the Psalm texts have given us for thousands of years: prayers of praise, sorrow, anger, and regret. Simple. Heartfelt. Authentic.

1. Psalm 57: a call to God to be merciful
“Be merciful to me, O God,
For in you my soul takes refuge” *

2. Psalm 29: a joyful declaration of praise
"Ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.
Ascribe to the Lord O heavenly beings,
Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name."

3. Psalm 130: a penitential confession
“O my soul, O my soul,
My soul waits for the Lord
Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord!
Hear my voice, O Lord.
Hear my pleas for mercy.”

4. Psalm 103: a song of contemplative praise
“Bless the Lord, O my soul!
And all that is within me, bless his holy name!”

* NOTE: The composer has followed the spirit of the text from the English Standard Version, making modifications as needed musically.


Delta David Gier  

The world premiere performance of Kellogg's From Everlasting to Everlasting was performed by the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra, featuring Grammy-nominated mezzo-soprano Margaret Lattimore, for whom new music is central. She has worked with some of the most gifted American composers in the 20th and 21st centuries. Conductor Delta David Gier is also passionate about his commitment to new music.Since Mr. Gier took the post of Music Director of the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra in 2004, the orchestra has received the coveted ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming for five seasons in a row, largely due to its series of concerts featuring works of Pulitzer Prize-winning composers. Maestro Gier has served as a juror for the Pulitzer Prize in music, as well as ASCAP’s Rudolf Nissim Composition Prize.





Johann Buis  

Prior to both the  performances, composer Daniel Kellogg and guest Johann Buis gave a pre-concert presentation, which was open to the public. Johann Buis, a Soli Deo Gloria board member, is an Associate Professor of Musicology at the Wheaton College Conservatory of Music (IL) and is a guest lecturer for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the Art Institute of Chicago and other organizations.