2017 marks the 45th anniversary of Abendmusik at First-Plymouth. It’s been a privilege to fill our community with music for more than four decades and we’re excited to bring new sounds of hope, joy, and compassion to Lincoln this season. We are grateful to offer more free concerts this year than ever before, and we’re humbled to welcome you as we continue gathering to experience excellence in the performing arts. Whether you’re a fixture in the Abendmusik audience or you’ll be attending for the first time, we look forward to welcoming you to enjoy the musical treasures of 2017-18.
Mozart's Coronation Mass
Youth Masterworks Festival Concert
Tue | Feb 20 | 7:00pm ~ First-Plymouth Church
This incredible showcase of young talent will feature three of Nebraska’s finest high school choirs and musicians from Lincoln’s high school orchestras, each accompanied by professional soloists and instrumentalists.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s noble Coronation Mass will be conducted by our distinguished guest clinician, William Weinert, from the famed Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York.
FREE CONCERT ~ Freewill Offering
Considering matthew shepard
featuring Conspirare and conductor/composer Craig Hella Johnson
Sun | Feb 25 | 7:30 PM ~ Lied Center for Performing Arts
In October of 1998, Matthew Shepard, a young, gay student at the University of Wyoming, was kidnapped, severely beaten, tied to a fence and left to die in a lonely field. Approaching the 20th anniversary of his untimely and tragic death, composer Craig Hella Johnson leads his celebrated Grammy® award-winning choir, Conspirare, in the Nebraska premiere of Considering Matthew Shepard. Come to experience how a story of hate is transformed into a message of hope.
The concordia Choir
Led by conductor Renè Clausen
FRI| mar 9 | 7:30 PM ~ First-Plymouth Church
One of America’s most celebrated collegiate choirs, the Concordia Choir from Moorhead, Minnesota, returns to the Abendmusik stage. Led by Grammy award-winning conductor and composer René Clausen, the Concordia Choir has sung around the globe, sharing music of faith and hope.
Since 1920, the 72-voice choir has performed in nearly every major hall, including Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center. Don’t miss this rare appearance in Lincoln.
featuring Nebraska Wesleyan University Choir, The Plymouth Choir & Guest Conductor Anton Armstrong
Fri | Mar 30 | 7:00 PM ~ First-Plymouth Church
On Good Friday, we pause to remember how love, compassion and mercy become the human response to tragedy and injustice. John Muehleisen’s poignant and moving Pietà addresses, in concentric circles, the sorrow and pain of mothers who lose their sons — the innermost being the death of Mary’s son, Jesus; next the loss of a World War I soldier; and the outermost, our losses today, and the importance of healing and forgiveness worldwide. Pietà will be conducted by internationally-recognized choral director Anton Armstrong, conductor of the renowned St. Olaf Choir.