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

Lincoln’s beautiful First-Plymouth Church has been home to Abendmusik (translated as “evening music”) since 1972. Over the past 43 years, constellations of performers from around the world have come to share with Abendmusik’s audiences. This year, you are invited to gather beneath First-Plymouth’s newly restored starry ceiling for a host of celestial experiences with heavenly choirs and glorious music. Abendmusik welcomes you to a new season of music that inspires.

The Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge, England

Tuesday, September 22 at 7:30 p.m.                                             TICKETS

The choir of Trinity College, Cambridge was recently voted the fifth best choir in the world in Gramophone magazine’s “20 Greatest Choirs.” Conducted by the internationally renowned Stephen Layton, the choir comprises 32 choral and organ scholars. A recent addition to the choir’s rich discography is “Beyond All Mortal Dreams,” a recording of American a cappella music, nominated for a Grammy Award in 2012. Their Lincoln debut will include breathtaking performances of works by Byrd, Tallis, Tavener, Whitacre, Howells, Rautavaara and Bach. Parry’s “I Was Glad” and a selection of light music will round out the program.

Fanfares, Funerals and All That Jazz

Sunday, November 1 at 4:00 p.m.                                                 TICKETS

Join Music Director Ken Kielniarz and the Omaha Brass Ensemble for a concert of brass and percussion fanfares, funeral marches and a splash of New Orleans jazz. Featured on the program are the powerful “Fanfares Liturgiques” by Henri Tomasi and Edvard Grieg’s “Funeral March in Memory of Rikard Nordraak.”  The Omaha Brass Ensemble is made up of a full orchestral brass section, including three percussionists.

Handel’s Messiah

Sunday, November 29 at 4:00 p.m.                                             TICKETS

As Thanksgiving weekend ends and the rushed holiday season is set to begin, Abendmusik welcomes you to receive the gift of history’s most treasured, timeless sacred work. Come to be transported by the holy strains of George Frideric Handel’s monumental Messiah. An annual highlight of the program is the grand finale, when the audience is invited to join Abendmusik’s Chamber Choir, Soloists and Orchestra in singing the heroic “Hallelujah” chorus.

Behold the Star!

Saturday, December 19 at 7:00 p.m.                                             TICKETS

Sunday, December 20 at 4:00 p.m.                                            

Reawaken your spirit to the radiance and wonder of the most beautiful story ever told. The Plymouth Choir, Plymouth Ringers and Abendmusik Orchestra guide us on an inspiring spiritual journey, basking in the glow of the Christmas message. Raise your voice in singing beloved carols that enlighten the true meaning of this holy season. Behold the star!

Last Blast with the Plymouth Brass

Thursday, December 31 at 8:00 p.m.                                             TICKETS

Why even bother asking, “What are you doing New Year’s Eve?” Just bring your friends and family to the fun, festivity and frivolity of Abendmusik’s last blast of  2015! This annual marquee concert features the engaging and entertaining Plymouth Brass in a colorful program conducted by Jeremy Bankson. Make your plans now to have a blast on New Year’s Eve with trumpets, horns, trombones and tubas!

South Dakota Chorale

Sunday, January 24 at 4:00 p.m.                                             TICKETS

One of the hidden treasures of the Midwest makes its first concert appearance in Lincoln. The South Dakota Chorale is a collaborative network of musicians combining the talents of singers locally, regionally and across the nation. Their critically acclaimed performance at the 2015 National Conference of the American Choral Directors Association has affirmed their place in the upper echelon of America’s professional choral ensembles. While in Lincoln, the South Dakota Chorale will produce its third commercial recording in collaboration with Grammy Award-winning producer, Blanton Alspaugh.

St. Olaf Choir

Saturday, January 30 at 7:00 p.m.                                             TICKETS

The St. Olaf Choir returns to First-Plymouth for an encore performance following its standing-room-only appearance in 2011. For over a century, the St. Olaf Choir has set a standard of choral excellence inspired by its founder, F. Melius Christiansen. Conducted since 1990 by Anton Armstrong, the choir continues to share meaningful music of faith that lifts people’s hearts and spirits. Perhaps the essence of the St. Olaf Choir tradition is never more deeply felt than in their signature performance of “Beautiful Savior.”

My Funny Valentine

Saturday, February 13 at 8:30 p.m.                                                      TICKETS

[Pre-concert fundraising dinner at 7:00 p.m.] 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!

To complete your evening, join us before the concert for a delicious meal prepared by Abendmusik’s own chef Jeremy Bankson and served by the Abendmusik Board.

Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra with First-Plymouth’s Pipes

Friday, April 8 at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 9 at 7:30 p.m.                                                 TICKETS

Maestro Ed Polochick and Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra pull out all the stops in a concert featuring the four-manual, 6000-pipe Lied Organ and organist Tom Trenney. Samuel Barber’s bold and majestic “Toccata Festiva” opens the concert. Next, the Abendmusik Chorus and Doane Choir premiere Jake Runestad’s soothing “Gaelic Prayer,” with the composer himself conducting. Pianist Jeffrey Biegel joins the orchestra and choirs in Runestad’s heart-rending “Dreams of the Fallen.”  Then, the Lied Organ takes center stage in a spectacular conclusion: Saint-Saëns’ ravishing “Organ Symphony.”

Wartburg Choir

Saturday, April 23 at 7:30 p.m.                                                    TICKETS

Founded in 1937, the internationally acclaimed Wartburg Choir is an ensemble of great tradition and distinction. For three-quarters of a century, the choir has developed a reputation for a cappella choral excellence. During the past 20 years, the pride of Waverly, Iowa has performed at the White House, Kennedy Center, the National Cathedral and Carnegie Hall. Under the direction of Lee Nelson, the Wartburg Choir’s Lincoln performance will include the premiere of a newly commissioned work by Abendmusik’s own Tom Trenney.