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Pioneer History in Story and Song - with David Gordon

Church in the Forest MAPLink
Stevenson School
3152 Forest Lake Rd,
Pebble Beach, CA 93953

Music was an integral part of life in mid-19th century America, especially for the pioneers heading west. In those days—even in settled areas— most live music was locally produced: a square dance with a fiddle; an upright piano or a pump organ at home; a song with guitar or banjo; or unaccompanied voices joined together in a hymn or a familiar song.

In his Pioneer Era concerts David focuses on songs that were popular west of the Mississippi between 1840 and 1880: songs sung by the emigrants on the Oregon Trail, by the miners in the mountains, the soldiers during the Civil War, and the settlers in the western territories. The songs range from rustic to refined, and David interweaves them with fascinating historical background, a combination that ignites the imagination and brings life to history.

After 20 sold-out concerts in Oregon, featuring 80 songs and eleven different themes, David is bringing his favorite songs and stories to the Monterey Peninsula for his only local concert there this fall.

The October 1 "Greatest Hits" program features tunes sung on the Oregon Trail, songs from the Gold Rush, and a bouquet of ballads by American songwriter Stephen Foster.

You can expect to hear an eclectic mix of songs like My Old Kentucky Home; Wait for the Wagon; Hard Times Come Again No More; Home, Sweet Home; What was Your Name in the States; Beautiful Dreamer; In the Days of '49; O California; The Daring Young Man on the Flying Trapeze; O Shenandoah, and a surprise or two.

Learn More About David's Pioneer History Concerts

View the Sept 19 email about this concert

Sunday October 1, 5:00pm

The concert is about 75 minutes, with no intermission

Tickets are $20 and available at the door

Church in the Forest MAPLink
Stevenson School
3152 Forest Lake Rd,
Pebble Beach, CA 93953

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