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Abendmusik welcomes you to another season of musical excellence. 

We hope the Abendmusik of 2018-19 will inspire us to unite in hope as we face the challenges of a divided world.  

“Music can change the world because it can change people”
— Bono

We will rise!

featuring Wartburg Choir & Plymouth Choir; Tom Trenney, conductor

Sun | nov 4 | 3:00 PM ~ First-Plymouth Church

Winner of the 2016 American Choral Prize, the Wartburg Choir from Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa, joins the Plymouth Choir in an uplifting program designed and conducted by Abendmusik's own Tom Trenney in celebration of his tenth anniversary at First-Plymouth.

“Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.  They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary.  They will walk and not faint.”

FREE CONCERT ~ Freewill Offering 

Messiah Community Sing-Along

Hat/Glove/Scarf Drive & Freewill Offering to Matt Talbot Kitchen & Outreach

Sun | Nov 25 | 4:00 PM ~ First-Plymouth Church

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George Frideric Handel's iconic Messiah gives us reason enough to gather to sing together.  But for this special community sing we have the opportunity also to support Matt Talbot Kitchen & Outreach in their mission to defeat hunger and homeless and to restore hope.

“He shall feed his flock like a shepherd, and he shall gather the lambs with his arm.”

Messiah Community Sing-Along FAQs

Do I need a ticket?  No ticket required!  Instead of a price for admission, bring new or lightly used winter hats/gloves/scarfs or monetary donations to Matt Talbot Kitchen & Outreach are encouraged! This event is FREE and open to all.

What time should I come?  Doors will open at 3:00 PM. 

Are we singing the entire Messiah?  We will be singing Part One (the Christmas section) of the Messiah plus the "Hallelujah" Chorus.

Is there a rehearsal?  There is NO rehearsal. It may be helpful to listen to a recording of the choral movements or to plan a rehearsal with some friends!

Are the musical scores provided?  Scores will NOT be provided.  Please bring music if you have it; any edition of Messiah will work! If you do not have a Messiah score of your own, consider asking to borrow a copy from your church.  As another option, you may purchase a score at the door.  Dietze Music will be selling scores for $10 beginning at 3:00 p.m. on concert day.

What should I wear?  There is no dress code. Be comfortable!

If I don't want to sing, may I attend to listen to the music?  While we encourage everyone to participate, no one is required to sing.  You may choose to sit within one of the sections to feel a part of the chorus, or you may sit in the balcony to take it all in!

What is most needed to donate to Matt Talbot Kitchen & Outreach?

Matt Talbot Kitchen & Outreach has a vision to defeat hunger and homelessness. Restore hope!

Donating winter accessories like hats, gloves, and scarfs as well as monetary donations, will help to share the warmth of the holiday season.


Hat/Glove/Scarf Drive & Freewill Offering to Matt Talbot Kitchen & Outreach

the weary world rejoices

An Abendmusik Christmas

FRI | Dec 14 | 7:00 PM ~ First-Plymouth Church

Sun | Dec 16 | 4:00 PM ~ First-Plymouth Church

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Hear the Christmas story through inspirational lessons and magnificent song, opening your heart to the hope and joy that the season promises to brings.

“A thrill of hope,
the weary world rejoices.
For yonder breaks
a new and glorious morn.”

FREE CONCERT ~ Freewill Offering 

Last blast!

featuring the Plymouth Brass & the UNL Husker Horn Choir

MON | Dec 31 | 7:00 PM ~ First-Plymouth Church

Ring in the New Year with a beloved Lincoln tradition featuring the Plymouth Brass, the University of Nebraska Husker Horn Choir, and First-Plymouth's magnificent Lied Organ.

“Music is a weapon
in the war against unhappiness.”
— Jason Mraz

For Tickets: 402-476-9933 or CLICK HERE

$20 Adults | $15 Seniors | $10 Students

My Funny valentine: 2 1/2 Tenors

An Abendmusik Fundraiser

THUR | Feb 14 | 7:00 PM (Reception to follow) ~ First-Plymouth Church

Back by popular demand, this year's Valentine fundraiser once again features Tom Trenney and the Great American Songbook, but this time he will be (joyfully!) upstaged by two real tenors: Drew Duncan and Ariel Merivil.

“If music be the food of love, play on.”
— William Shakespeare

For Tickets: 402-476-9933 or CLICK HERE

$40 Concert followed by reception

New york polyphony

Classical Vocal Quartet

Sun | Feb 24 | 4:00 PM ~ First-Plymouth Church

One of the world's foremost vocal chamber ensembles, New York Polyphony gives vibrant voice to repertoire ranging from Gregorian chant to the cutting-edge. The two-time GRAMMY nominated quartet will perform the newly commissioned Missa Charles Darwin, modeled after a five-movement mass but with text by Charles Darwin.

“If I had my life to live over again, I would have made a rule to read some poetry and listen to some music at least once every week.”
— Charles Darwin

For Tickets: 402-476-9933 or CLICK HERE

$20 Adults | $15 Seniors | $10 Students

antonio vivaldi's Gloria

Youth Masterworks Festival Concert

mon | Feb 25 | 7:00pm ~ First-Plymouth Church

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More than 200 of Lincoln's most talented high school singers and instrumentalists from Lincoln East High School, Norris High School, and Lincoln Southeast High School join professional soloists and orchestral section leaders in a side-by-side performance of a timeless masterwork: Vivaldi’s Gloria. Led by guest clinician and conductor, Deanna Joseph.

“I don’t sing because I’m happy.
I’m happy because I sing.”
— William James

FREE CONCERT ~ Freewill Offering 

baylor a cappella choir

Brian Schmidt, conductor

sun| mar 10 | 4:00 PM ~ First-Plymouth Church

Baylor University's A Cappella Choir makes its Lincoln debut, singing music to express the joys and struggles of the Christian journey. Themes focusing on prayer, grief, human loss, and grace will be heard in music of Herbert Howells, Felix Mendelssohn, Will Todd, Moses Hogan, and Marques Garrett. 

“Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord.”

For Tickets: 402-476-9933 or CLICK HERE

$15 Adults | $10 Seniors | $5 Students

a German Requiem

by Johannes Brahms

Sun | April 14 | 4:00 PM ~ First-Plymouth Church

Featuring Doane University Choir, Nebraska Wesleyan University Choir, Abendmusik Chorus, Abendmusik Festival Orchestra; Sapphire Munford, soprano; Samuel Kidd, baritone; Tom Trenney, conductor

The incomparable Johannes Brahms shattered all expectations in writing what many have called "a requiem for the living."  Powerfully and thoughtfully weaving together texts from scripture, this work carries a profound message of hope and light sure to revive the soul and awaken the spirit.

“They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.”

For Tickets: 402-476-9933 or CLICK HERE

$20 Adults | $15 Seniors | $10 Students

Red, white, & Brass

featuring the Plymouth Brass

Sun | june 30 | 4:00 PM ~ First-Plymouth Church

Celebrate the gift of freedom and independence with a toe-tapping and heart-pounding program of Patriotic favorites, featuring the engaging and entertaining Plymouth Brass.

“Anybody can write music of a sort.
But touching the public heart is quite another thing”
— John Philip Sousa

For Tickets: 402-476-9933 or CLICK HERE

$20 Adults | $15 Seniors | $10 Students