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All Abendmusik events are held in the beautiful sanctuary of First-Plymouth Church, 2000 D Street, Lincoln, unless otherwise noted.

The Lied Organ Goes Down Under 

Thomas Heywood, Organist As the only professional concert organist in Australia’s history, Thomas Heywood is celebrated for his unique ability to make music come alive on the King of Instruments. With an ever-growing repertoire of over 5,000 works, more than two dozen acclaimed recordings, and more than 6,000 pipes in the Lied Organ, Thomas Heywood will take listeners “Down Under” in an exuberant and eclectic recital. 

The American Boychoir 

One of the most beloved musical ensembles in the country, the American Boychoir, returns to dazzle Lincoln with its unique blend of musical sophistication, spirited presentation and ensemble virtuosity. The American Boychoir performs regularly with the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Boston Symphony, and has been featured with internationally renowned artists—from great classical singers such as Jessye Norman and Frederica von Stade to jazz legend Wynton Marsalis and pop icons, Beyoncé and Sir Paul McCartney. 

Handel’s Messiah and Dixit Dominus 

Thanksgiving marks the beginning of the holiday season, and Thanksgiving Sunday brings Lincoln’s annual performance of George Frideric Handel’s Messiah. This tradition continues in 2016 with Abendmusik’s newly appointed chamber choir in residence, sounding light. Conducted by Tom Trenney and accompanied by Abendmusik’s chamber orchestra, sounding light will also perform Handel’s rarely performed masterwork, Dixit Dominus. For the grand finale, the audience will be invited to join in singing the heroic “Hallelujah” Chorus. 

O Come, Let Us Adore Him 

Gather around the manger with Mary and Joseph, the shepherds, kings, and angels as we honor the true gift of Christmas. The Plymouth Choir, Plymouth Ringers, and Abendmusik Orchestra shepherd our musical journey to Bethlehem. Reawaken your Christmas spirit as the angelic music and hopeful message encourage us all to return the love and adoration that first came to us, wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger. 

Last Blast! With The Plymouth Brass 

Haven’t decided yet what you’re doing New Year’s Eve? Don’t worry. Abendmusik has plans for you. Bring your friends and family to experience the delightful stylings and heartwarming spirit of the Plymouth Brass, led by guest conductor and saxophonist David Sharp. The musicians will be accompanied by celebrated young organ virtuoso David von Behren, recently named by The Diapason as one of America’s most promising young organists. David comes home to Nebraska to join the trumpets, trombones, tubas, horns and drums for Lincoln’s last blast of 2016! 

Nordic Choir from Luther College 

Founded in 1946, the Luther College Nordic Choir enjoys international acclaim as a premier collegiate choral ensemble in the United States. Nordic Choir has toured extensively, including performances at Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, Chicago’s Orchestra Hall, LA’s Walt Disney Concert Hall, and the Mormon Tabernacle. Traditions within the Nordic Choir include holding hands during all performances, the sapphire blue velvet robes, and singing Pavel Chesnokov’s O Lord God as the signature benedictory since 1948. Come experience one of America’s richest choral traditions. 

My Funny Valentine: An Abendmusik Fundraiser 

Won’t you be Abendmusik’s valentine? Back by popular demand, Tom Trenney serenades concertgoers from the Steinway piano, singing another unique and unexpected collection of love songs from the Great American Songbook. If you enjoy the incomparable melodies and unforgettable lyrics of Irving Berlin, the Gershwins, Cole Porter, Jerome Kern, Rodgers and Hammerstein and Lerner and Lowe, Abendmusik will be your true love this Valentine’s Day! 

Gloria! A Joyful Choral/Orchestral Celebration 

The Abendmusik Chorus and the Concordia University A Cappella Choir join forces in dramatic fashion with the Abendmusik Orchestra in Francis Poulenc’s ebullient and energetic Gloria and Giacomo Puccini’s boisterous, bubbly Messa di Gloria. Soprano Caroline Kouma and tenor Drew Duncan add their powerful and expressive solo voices to the musical merrymaking. Join Abendmusik for a refreshing, exhilarating, uplifting season finale of operatic proportions!