Oregon Trail Suite Concert
This is a benefit concert to start community fundraising efforts to preserve the Independence Pioneer Spring Cabin located at Truman and Noland Road.
The concert will be Sat., Nov. 10 at 7 pm at the new Farmer’s Market in the Independence Square.
Tickets are $25 for the live performance.
Composer and musician Dana Mengel will share several selections from The Oregon Trail Suites for Strings and Percussion performed by a five-piece ensemble of talented local musicians.
Guests will hear Mengel's original compositions as he follows the early pioneers from Wayne City Landing across the vast prairie to Oregon City. The evening will also include a performance of a musical selection Mengel has written for the pioneer spring cabin.
All tickets sales and donations will go into a designated fund at Truman Heartland Community Foundation to support rehabilitation of the pioneer spring cabin which is owned by the City of independence.
The event is being organized by the Jackson County Historical Society along with community partners.
This event is an endorsed Missouri 2021 bicentennial project.
Through the Endorsement Program, Missouri 2021 offers official endorsement to local communities, non-profit organizations, and government agencies for projects, programs, and events that align with the Missouri 2021 mission and vision occurring between January 1, 2018, and December 31, 2021.
Background on the Suite
The Oregon Trail Suite is a yet to be performed 21-movement suite composed by Independence native Dana Mengel.
The concert includes seven movements selected to demonstrate the musical variety and richness of the full composition which is written for a full orchestra of 28 string players (16 violins, 8 violas and four basses) plus percussionists.
The selections follow pioneers westward from Independence, across the plans to Oregon. The pieces musically share the arduous experience of traveling 2,000 miles over the great expanse of the continent — an extraordinary overland migration that began in 1843.
The seven pieces are below as recorded from a dress rehearsal in May 2018.
Mengel's music is featured in the recent documentary film The American Artist: The Life & Times of George Caleb Bingham.
Learn more about Dana Mengel and how American history inspires his musical compositions.