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We are celebrating...and you are invited!

This season marks the 45th Anniversary of Abendmusik, and our concert series also celebrates the 20th Anniversary of the Lied Organ and the 40th Anniversary of the Plymouth Brass!

Abendmusik is excited to offer this season's events with gratitude to all of you who have gathered with us to experience excellence in the performing arts for four and a half decades!  To say thank you, we are FREE ADMISSION to three of our featured concerts, including our annual Messiah and Christmas festival.

Our season kicks off as Abendmusik's chamber choir in residence, sounding light, returns to Lincoln following its recent appearance at the National Convention of the American Choral Directors Association.  National prize-winning organ virtuoso, Daryl Robinson makes his Nebraska debut, performing an exciting program on the Lied Organ, featuring the Abendmusik Chorus.

Abendmusik's beloved holiday traditions continue! Our Thanksgiving Sunday Messiah will be offered as a free community sing-along.  Donations to our community partner, the Food Bank of Lincoln, will be collected. This year's Christmas festival, Savior of the Nations, Come, offers a message of hope and faith through music from cultures all around the world.  Then, to ring in the new year, Jack Levick and Jeremy Bankson come back for an epic Last Blast of 2017, celebrating 40 years of the incomparable Plymouth Brass.

Abendmusik continues its mission of enriching our community's young musicians through the annual Children's Choir Festival, this year in collaboration with Sing Around Nebraska.  Our outreach to high school singers and instrumentalists continues in this year's performance of Mozart and Handel for our Youth Masterworks Festival.

Tom Trenney singing and playing from the Great American Songbook during our annual Abendmusik fundraiser, My Funny Valentine, has become an Abendmusik favorite!

International sensation VOCES8 comes to our community for the first time. They will not only perform in concert but will also work with student ensembles. Abendmusik brings Grammy® award-winning chamber shoir, Conspirare, to Lincoln to share conductor Craig Hella Johnson's powerful and moving original work, Considering Matthew Shepardat the Lied Center for Performing Arts.

Our season closes dramatically on Good Friday, with the Nebraska premiere of John Muelheisen's Pietà. The Nebraska Wesleyan University Choir & Plymouth Choir of First-Plymouth Church come together to share a message of mercy and compassion in response to injustice and tragedy.

Plan now to gather with us to experience hope, peace, and joy in Abendmusik's inspiring 2017-2018 season!!!

 

Unclouded day

featuring sounding light

 
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Sun | oct 1 | 4:oo pm

First-Plymouth Church

 

Tickets Available - August 1, 2017

$15 Adults | $10 Seniors | $5 Students


Having recently received the highest honor offered by the American Choral Directors Association, the radiant voices of sounding light return to Lincoln to sing a diverse and inclusive program sure to enlighten and inspire.  From favorite gospel hymns to treasured choral masterworks, from familiar folk songs to brand new compositions, a message of hope shines through.  Join sounding light for a brilliant program that will brighten even the cloudiest day!

Daryl Robinson, Organ Virtuoso

with the Abendmusik Chorus

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Sun | Nov 5 | 4:00 PM

First-Plymouth Church

 

Tickets Available - August 1, 2017

$15 Adults | $10 Seniors | $5 Students


Winner of the American Guild of Organists’ most prestigious national competition, Daryl Robinson comes to Lincoln for the first time to pull out all of the stops on the magnificent 6000-pipe Lied Organ.  A special feature of the program will be the Nebraska premiere of a mass for two organs and choir by French composer Yves Castagnet.

Messiah Community Sing-Along

Food Drive & Freewill Offering to Food Bank of Lincoln

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Sun | Nov 26 | 4:00 PM

First-Plymouth Church

 

FREE CONCERT


As Thanksgiving weekend ends and the holiday season begins, raise your “Hallelujahs” with all of Lincoln in a community-wide sing-along of George Frideric Handel’s timeless and treasured masterpiece, Messiah.

Savior of the nations, come

An Abendmusik Christmas

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Sun | dec 10 | 3:00 PM

Sun | dec 17 | 7:00 PM

First-Plymouth Church

 

FREE CONCERT

Freewill Offering


Abendmusik invites you to experience a sanctuary of calm amidst the frenzied hustle and bustle of the season.  First-Plymouth welcomes you to ponder the peace of the sacred within the chaos of the commercial.  The Plymouth Choir, Plymouth Ringers, and Abendmusik Orchestra raise their voices and open their hearts to share the holy, healing story of Christmas.   Music and stories from around the world will gather us into a time of hopeful prayer: “Savior of the nations, come.”

Last blast!

Celebrating 40 years of The Plymouth Brass

 

Sun | dec 31 | 8:00 PM

6:30 PM Pre-Concert Reception 

Limited Availability

First-Plymouth Church

 

Tickets Available - August 1, 2017

$20 Adults | $15 Seniors | $10 Students

$15 Pre-concert Reception


What are you doing New Year’s Eve?  Join the Plymouth Brass for the Last Blast of 2017, celebrating the ensemble’s 40th anniversary.  Two of Abendmusik’s most beloved special guests, Jack Levick and Jeremy Bankson, will return to Lincoln for this entertaining and exhilarating evening of epic proportions!   

Abendmusik presents

sing around nebraska

A Children's choir concert festival

 

Sat | feb 3 | 3:00 PM

First-Plymouth Church

 

FREE CONCERT


Details to come.  

My Funny valentine

An Abendmusik Fundraiser

 

fri | feb 9 | 8:15 PM

6:30 PM Dinner 

Limited Availability

First-Plymouth Church

 

Tickets Available - August 1, 2017

$60 Dinner & concert

$20 concert only


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! 

 

VOCES8

 

Sun | feb 11 | 4:00 PM

First-Plymouth Church

 

Tickets Available - August 1, 2017

$20 Adults | $15 Seniors | $10 Students


“The singing of VOCES8 is impeccable in its quality of tone and balance. They bring a new dimension to the word ‘ensemble’ with meticulous timing and tuning.” Gramophone Magazine

The British vocal ensemble VOCES8 is now established as one of the world’s most versatile and best-loved singing groups. Touring extensively throughout Europe, North America and Asia, the ensemble performs a repertory from Renaissance polyphony to contemporary commissions and arrangements. 

In recent seasons VOCES8 has performed at venues such as the Wigmore Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Bridgewater Hall Manchester, Cité de la Musique Paris, Vienna Konzerthaus, Tokyo Opera City, National Concert Hall Taipei, National Centre for the Performing Arts Beijing, the Shanghai Concert Hall, Tel Aviv Opera House and Mariinsky Theatre Concert Hall. Artistic collaborations have included the Philharmonia Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, period ensembles Florilegium, L’Arpeggiata and Les Inventions, violinist Hugo Ticciati, cellist Matthew Sharp, and pianist/composers Jonathan Dove and Ola Gjeilo. VOCES8 has premiered commissions from Roxanna Panufnik, Alexander Levine, Alec Roth, Ben Parry, Ola Gjeilo, Philip Stopford and Thomas Hewitt Jones. The group also performs bespoke arrangements written by Arranger in Residence, Jim Clements. 

Fit for a King!

Youth Masterworks festival concert

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tue | feb 20 | 7:00 PM

First-Plymouth Church

 

FREE CONCERT


Four of Nebraska’s finest high school choirs sing alongside professional soloists, and two of Lincoln’s talented high school orchestras play alongside professional instrumentalists in a concert “fit for a king.”  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s noble Coronation Mass and George Frideric Handel’s regal Coronation Anthems will be conducted by our distinguished guest clinician, William Weinert, from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York.

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featuring Conspirare and conductor/composer Craig Hella Johnson

 

Sun | feb 25 | 7:30 PM

Lied Center for performing arts

 

Tickets Available - Lied center

402.472.4747 - liedcenter.org

$28 Adults | $14 Students


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 the hope that emerges from this story of hate.

pietàa  - by john muehleisen

featuring Nebraska Wesleyan University Choir & Plymouth Choir

 

fri | mar 30 | 7:00 PM

First-Plymouth Church

 

FREE CONCERT

Freewill Offering


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.